SEC Football Week 7 Preview and Predictions: The Tide rolls to Knoxville for College Gameday, Number 1 Georgia hosts Vanderbilt, Can Kentucky hold off red hot Will Rodgers?
System picks aren’t out yet, but I can’t wait to watch these games on Saturday.
Here are my opening thoughts on Week 7 along with my gut predictions.
#3 Alabama @ #6 Tennessee on CBS at 3:30 PM ET
This is an exciting week in the SEC as ESPN College Gameday will be hosted in Knoxville for the highly anticipated matchup between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the unbeaten Tennessee Volunteers. For the first time in almost 3 decades, both teams come into Saturday’s game undefeated. Tennessee has yet to beat the Tide in over 16 years, and they’re looking to end that streak this Saturday. Both teams have talent at quarterback with weapons around them, I see this game being a shootout. Vegas has the spread at Alabama -7.5 and the O/U at 65.5. I see Tennessee covering the spread, but Alabama will come out on top in an overtime thriller. ALA 42-TENN 35, covering the over as well.
Vanderbilt (3-3) @ #1 Georgia SEC Network at 3:30 PM ET
The Vanderbilt Commodores will be traveling to Athens for a shot at the reigning national champions Georgia Bulldogs. The Commodores have improved from last season, winning more games through 6 weeks than they did in all the 21-22 season. Don’t expect the Bulldogs to take this week lightly as they have shown signs of struggles on both sides of the ball. They are looking to make a statement to the country that they deserve to be #1. Vegas has the spread at Georgia -38, and the O/U at 58.5. I fully expect Georgia to cover the spread as Vanderbilt is 0-3 against the spread (ATS) as a double-digit underdog against ranked opponents this season. Georgia has also covered in each of its last 4 home games against Vanderbilt.
#16 Mississippi State @ #22 Kentucky 7:30 PM ET on SEC Network
The Kentucky Wildcats are looking to bounce back after a disappointing loss to South Carolina last week at home, without NFL prospect quarterback Will Levis. Mississippi State travels to Lexington after rolling over Texas A&M and Arkansas in the last two weeks. Bulldog quarterback, Will Rodgers, has been on quite the streak lately, leading the nation in passing yards and second behind Heisman candidate C.J. Stroud in passing touchdowns. The Bulldogs enter this weekend as a 6.5-point favorite over the Wildcats. With Levis back this week, I have a strong feeling that the Cats will be out for revenge as they will cover the spread and come out on top. 33-30 Kentucky.
LSU (4-2) @ Florida (4-2) @ 7 PM ET on ESPN
LSU will be traveling to the swamp looking for revenge after a beatdown by Tennessee in Week 6. While Florida is just coming off a win against Missouri, the swamp is no cake walk for anyone to play in. While both offenses have struggled to put points on the board this season, I can see this game being a battle of defenses. Vegas has this game set at Florida (-2.5) which I do see the Gators covering. UF has gone 3-2 ATS this season, while LSU has only gone 1-3 ATS this season. Florida 31-24.
(3-3) Auburn @ #9 Ole Miss ESPN 12:00 PM
A pair of SEC West opponents meet up this week in Oxford as the Auburn Tigers will be traveling to Oxford to try and make a statement after losing 3 of its last 4 games. While Ole Miss is sitting second in the West behind Alabama, Ole Miss will be looking to make a move on that #1 spot. The spread for this game is set at Ole Miss favored by (-14.5) and the total being set at 55 points. I believe that the Rebels will continue to win, as well as cover the 14.5 point spread this week. Ole Miss is 3-2 ATS this season when favored over 14 points. Auburn has covered the spread once in the last 6 games. Great teams cover the spread and Auburn has not impressed me this season. I know firsthand that Vaught-Hemingway is a very hostile environment for visitors to play in. Ole Miss 42-21.
Enjoy some football this weekend!