Aubie, Auburn Tigers tight end C.J. Uzomah (81) and running back Johnathan Ford (23) celebrate with fans after the game against the Mississippi Rebels at Jordan Hare Stadium. The Tigers defeated the Rebels 33-20. (Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports)
Daily Post staff correspondent Andrew Hall previews the Southeastern Conference slate each week.
Here’s his look at this week’s schedule:
Mississippi State at
No. 14 South Carolina
Saturday, 12:21 p.m./Peachtree TV
Following an overtime upset win over Missouri on the road, the Gamecocks draw a Mississippi State team that has reached 4-3 thanks to a conveniently easy schedule. The Bulldogs’ four wins have come against Alcorn State, Troy, Bowling Green and Kentucky while losses have come to Oklahoma State, Auburn and LSU. South Carolina is peaking at the right time, and the Gamecocks will win in convincing fashion.
Our pick: South Carolina by 17.
Georgia vs. Florida
Saturday, 3:30 p.m./CBS
Heading into the season it was hard to imagine a scenario in which Georgia could defeat both South Carolina and Florida and still find itself on the outside looking in within the SEC East race. That may very well be the case. Neither Georgia nor Florida has lived up to expectations this year, but injuries have played a large role in each team’s disappointment. Georgia holds two decisive edges in this game: coaching and quarterback play. Those advantages will make a huge difference in what could be a physical, low-scoring affair.
Our pick: Georgia by 6.
No. 11 Auburn at Arkansas
Saturday, 6 p.m./ESPN2
The SEC’s biggest surprise, Auburn, should improve to an 8-1 mark with a win over the Razorbacks, who have fallen to 3-5 thanks to five consecutive losses. The Tigers rank in the top 30 in both scoring defense and scoring offense while Arkansas fails to crack the top 85 in either category.
Our pick: Auburn by 17.
Tennessee at No. 9 Missouri
Saturday, 7 p.m./ESPN
For a team that is leading the division, there sure is a lot of pressure each week for Missouri. The Tigers are still relative newcomers in the SEC and will try to maintain the first division lead they’ve held in the conference with a win over Tennessee. But don’t be surprised if an improving Tennessee team threatens a Mizzou team that has to watch other contenders like South Carolina, Georgia and Florida play all day. In any event, Georgia fans will be rooting for the Volunteers – no matter how much it hurts.
Our pick: Missouri by 10.
Alabama State at Kentucky
Saturday, 7:30 p.m./CSS
The Wildcats should march comfortably to their second win of the season, but there is still at least one compelling storyline in this game. Former Georgia running back Isaiah Crowell plays for Alabama State and will be playing in his first game against SEC competition since being dismissed in Athens. This year, Crowell has run for 882 yards and 12 touchdowns in eight games.
Our pick: Kentucky by 24.
UTEP at No. 12 Texas A&M
Saturday, 9 p.m./ESPN2
UTEP is one of the worst teams in Conference USA, and Texas A&M is one of the better teams in the SEC. The caliber of athletes that A&M brings into this game will absolutely overwhelm the Miners.
Our pick: Texas A&M by 35.