The Almost Perfect Picks panel sees this as a week to rebound from last week’s mediocre showing in predicting SEC games.
Put Alabama at the top of the list for playing a game that has no suspense, but Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and Auburn also take on creampuffs prior to big rivalry games the final week of regular season play.
Western Carolina (7-4 overall) at Alabama (9-1 overall, 6-1 SEC) at 3 p.m. CST with television coverage by the SEC Network – Western Carolina gave Bama’s basketball team a battle earlier this week, but the Catamounts football team – its winning record notwithstanding – has losses to the likes of Samford and Presbyterian, not to mention a 51-0 loss to Chattanooga. Bama is better than Chattanooga, but may not run it up quite that bad, even though the College Football Playoff Selection Committee seems to be putting a premium on that lack of sportsmanship. J.K. Scott has an easy day, unless he gets to kick a few extra points or kickoffs. Alabama 49, Western Carolina 0.
Eastern Kentucky ((9-2) at Florida (5-4, 4-4) at noon EST, 11 central, on the SEC Network Alternate – This game has not been the big news in Gainesville this week. Will Muschamp has elected to finish out the season as coach after getting his walking papers. That season will extend to a bowl game as the Gators get their sixth win. Florida 42, Eastern Kentucky 13.
Charleston Southern (8-3) at Georgia (8-2, 6-2) at noon EST, 11 central, on the SEC Network – Even though Georgia eyes will be focused on the Missouri game at Tennessee, and even though Charleston Southern fell by only 21-20 against another SEC team, that SEC team was Vanderbilt. Georgia 49, Charleston Southern 0.
South Alabama (6-4) at South Carolina (5-5, 3-5) at noon EST, 11 central on FSN – The self-proclaimed Ball Coach has had a disappointing season, but can make a bowl game with a win this week. Joey Jones, the former Tide wide receiver, is doing a nice job at South Alabama, but doesn’t have the horses to compete at this level. South Carolina 42, South Alabama 17.
Samford (7-3) at Auburn (7-3, 4-3) at 6 p.m. CST on ESPNU – Look for Auburn to break its two-game losing streak, even though the Tigers have only one goal in mind these days – ruining Alabama’s season the following week. They’ll take it out on one of their all-time greats, Pat Sullivan, the former Heisman Trophy winner at Auburn who now coaches Samford. Auburn 63, Samford 0.
Missouri (8-2, 5-1) at Tennessee (5-5, 2-4) at 7:30 p.m. EST, 6 central on ESPN – Missouri has been in control of its own destiny ever since Georgia lost to Florida, but the Tigers have to win at Tennessee this week and at home the following week against Arkansas to make a second consecutive trip to the SEC Championship Game. The suspense ends early. Tennessee 21, Missouri 20.
Ole Miss (8-2, 4-2) at Arkansas (5-5, 1-5) at 2:30 CST on CBS – Arkansas went 17 SEC games without a victory before beating LSU, 17-0, last week. The Razorbacks can make it to a bowl game with a win over the Rebels. A few weeks ago Ole Miss would have been a prohibitive favorite, but the Rebels have lost their best player in Laquon Treadwell. Arkansas 24, Mississippi 21.
Vanderbilt (3-7, 0-6) at Mississippi State (9-1, 5-1) at 6:30 CST on the SEC Network – Mississippi State may be down this week after losing to Alabama and losing its number one ranking a week ago and the Bulldogs may be looking ahead to the Egg Bowl to end the regular season. Still, Vanderbilt is clearly one of the worst teams in the nation. Mississippi State 56, Vanderbilt 6.
For the year, the APP has been 76-18 in picking winners and 84-63 in scores against the point spread and the over/under.