Vanderbilt Commodores wide receiver Jonathan Krause (17), a South Gwinnett grad, catches a pass for a touchdown against the Texas A&M Aggies on Oct. 26 College Station, Texas. (Thomas Campbell/USA Today Sports)
Staff correspondent Andrew Hall offers his preview of each week’s SEC football games for the Daily Post. Here’s his take on this week’s schedule:
Troy at Ole Miss
Ole Miss will reach seven wins for the second consecutive season under Hugh Freeze on Saturday with a victory over Troy. The Rebels are poised for one of their better seasons in recent history and a 5-5 team from the Sun Belt won’t be able to do much to disrupt them. Earlier this year, Troy lost to Mississippi State by 55 points; the Trojans won’t be competitive.
Our pick: Ole Miss by 30.
Kentucky at Vanderbilt
Saturday, 12:21 p.m./Peachtree TV
Suddenly this Vanderbilt team seems like a very respectable squad. Close losses to South Carolina and Ole Miss have been accounted for by upset wins over both Georgia and Florida. Kentucky, on the other hand, has not won a conference game since 2011 and has defeated just two FBS opponents over the past two seasons. The Commodores will control this game at home.
Our pick: Vanderbilt by 17.
No. 25 Georgia
at No. 7 Auburn
Saturday, 3:30 p.m./CBS
With Todd Gurley, Michael Bennett, Arthur Lynch and Chris Conley slated to be on the field, this Georgia offense is once again beginning to take shape. Similarly, the Bulldogs’ defense has quietly improved and will be looking to contain Auburn’s Nick Marshall (a former Dawg defensive back). As well as Auburn has played this season, Georgia has a mental edge thanks to six wins over the Tigers over the last seven years and is looking to ruin their rival’s BCS hopes.
Our pick: Georgia by 7.
No. 10 South Carolina
Saturday, 7 p.m./ESPN2
The Gators are unraveling rapidly and Will Muschamp’s job security is disappearing in Gainesville. With games against South Carolina, Georgia Southern and Florida State remaining, the Gators will need to steal one from either the Gamecocks or the Seminoles to become bowl eligible. Unfortunately, the injuries and lack of offensive firepower will prove insurmountable in this game.
Our pick: South Carolina by 14.
No. 1 Alabama
at Mississippi State
Saturday, 7:45 p.m./ESPN
Nick Saban once again showed why he’s the best college football coach in the country last week with a dominating second-half performance against LSU. On the other side of the field, Dan Mullen is outmatched in skillset and talent and faces a stout challenge. Enjoy watching this Alabama team as it continues to improve, but don’t expect too much out of the Bulldogs.
Our pick: Alabama by 21.