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2017 SEC Pick of the Week – Week Six

2017 SEC Pick of the Week – Week Six

Throw another one into the win column. By virtue of Auburn’s 49-10 victory over Mississippi State we moved to 3-2 on the year in our weekly pick segment.

For those keeping score, since we started this thing at the beginning of the 2015 season we are 21-11 overall in weekly picks. Not too shabby if I do say so myself.

As always, our round up of other highlighted games: Georgia and Alabama obliterated Tennessee and Ole Miss, respectively, so yeah, there’s that.

Probably should have gone with Troy and LSU (more on them later) and/or South Carolina and Texas A&M.

Anyway, let’s head on to week six…

SEC Pick of the Week: Missouri at Kentucky (-10), 7:30pm ET, SECN.

I’m all in on how bad Missouri is. Barry Odom is down to his last games as coach of the Tigers, their defense it’s non-existent and their offense has fallen off.

Kentucky on the other hand is probably a rising team within the conference and they’ve always played better at night.

Wildcats running back Benny Snell Jr. ran for over 180 yards and two touchdowns last season against the Tigers and I expect much of the same this time around.

Missouri needs a fast start here and I’m not sure they have the horses to do it. They turn the bag over too much and have the second lowest average time of possession in the country.

Turnovers will doom Missouri again. I’ll take Kentucky by two touchdowns or more.

Upset alert: Arkansas (-2) at South Carolina, 4:00pm ET, SECN.

I get why Arkansas is favored here. I really do. It’s all about their offense. For as long as Bret Bielema is and will be the head coach of the Hogs they will be known for their offense.

The problem here? On the other side is Will Muschamp and his defensive mind. For as much as Bielema is known for offense, Muschamp is known for defense. He’s one of the top five or six defensive coaches of this era.

I’m inclined to think that he’ll have his boys ready to go on Saturday. Until he gets another recruiting class or two under his belt the Gamecocks will probably be hit or miss on the defensive side of the ball.

I’ll say this Saturday they’ll be on.

Keep an eye on: LSU at Florida (-3), 3:30pm ET, CBS.

As far as rivalries go this game used to be very civil. Until last year that is. Remember? LSU, of all places, showed a complete lack of respect towards a hurricane and those potentially affected by it.

Karma has since come down hard on the Tigers. Not only did their plan fail last year, but this year it’s just downright hilarious.

It’s homecoming in The Swamp and the Gators will be ready to play. The defense has sort of been called out and Feleipe Franks finally has the keys to the kingdom for good.

Tending up: Rivalries for the divisions.

As of now it looks like two games will decide the divisions within the SEC this year.

In the East it looks like things will come down to the winner of Florida-Georgia game in the Worlds Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party. I’m also not the only one who has noticed this.

Out in the West give me the Iron Bowl between Alabama and Auburn. Like either of those rivalries need anything extra.

Then again, Auburn and Georgia will meet up again this year in the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry so who knows what will happen.

Tending down: LS(who)U.

Is it time to panic on the Bayou, yet? The LSU Tigers were upset by the Troy Trojans 24-21 Saturday night in Death Valley. How does that even happen?

Well, other coaches have their theories: LSU has become soft. With their toughest stretch of the schedule coming up, beginning this Saturday in Gainesville at The Swamp, we’ll see how true those statements are.

Butch Jones: He’s done.

I’m going to go ahead and call it right now. He’s done. Finished. Unless a miracle happens he won’t be the head coach of Tennessee next season. The absolute only thing that can save him now is his buyout. Can Tennessee afford it?

Final straw: a 41-0 loss at home to Georgia. It’s the first time the Volunteers had been held scoreless since 1994 when my Gators beat them up 31-0.

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