Elliott close to being named head coach at Georgia State

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Shawn Elliott + Georgia State

South Carolina offensive line coach Shawn Elliott is close to being hired for the head coaching vacancy at Georgia State University, according to multiple sources and reports.

As we reported back on Nov. 14th, Elliott was expected to be the frontrunner for the vacant position based on Elliott’s longtime friendship with Georgia State athletics director Charlie Cobb.

Cobb fired football coach Trent Miles after a 37-23 loss to Louisiana-Monroe at the Georgia Dome.

Miles was 2-8 this season and 9-38 overall at Georgia State.

Several sources have reported the deal could be finalized at anytime.

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Lorenzo Nunez to Transfer from South Carolina

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Lorenzo Nunez

Lorenzo Nunez former South Carolina QB turned WR to Transfer from Gamecocks

Redshirt sophomore Lorenzo Nunez set to transfer from South Carolina.

Nunez signed with the Gamecocks in 2015 out of Harrison High School in Kennesaw, GA and was ranked as a three-star prospect, the 53rd-best player in Georgia and the No. 18 dual-threat quarterback by ESPN and had numerous offers from all over the country. Nunez completed 32-of-52 passes for 376 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for 375 yards (second on the team) on just 59 carries, a 6.4-yard average, with two more scores, he was 1-1 in his two starts. The Gamecock coaching staff converted Nunez to wide receiver and he took a redshirt for the 2016 season.

“Lorenzo Nunez has come to me, he and his father, he wants to transfer,” Muschamp said. “He wants to play quarterback. We’re trying to help him through that process, getting him to some spots where he feels like he has an opportunity.”

South Carolina will face South Florida in the Birmingham Bowl. The Gamecocks started two freshmen this year in Jake Bentley and Brandon McIlwain. Bentley took over the starting role in the second half of the season and led the Gamecocks to wins over Tennessee and Missouri.

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Carnage in the Valley; Gamecocks accuse Clemson of being disrespectful

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Clemson quarterback and Gainesville High graduate Deshaun Watson reacts after throwing a touchdown pass to Artavis Scott during the second half of Saturday's game against South Carolina in Clemson, S.C. Credit: GainesvilleTimes

Clemson quarterback and Gainesville High graduate Deshaun Watson reacts after throwing a touchdown pass to Artavis Scott during the second half of Saturday’s game against South Carolina in Clemson, S.C. Credit: GainesvilleTimes

Clemson destroyed South Carolina in a 56-7 bloodbath Saturday night in the Valley that will be remembered as possibly the most dominating performance in the history of the Palmetto Bowl. Honestly, it probably should’ve been worse than the final scoreboard showed. For perspective, the Tigers out gained the Gamecocks 622 to 218, rang up 40 first downs to Carolina’s 14 and that was against the Clemson back-ups for most of the second half.

The talent gap between Clemson and South Carolina was on full display Saturday night. Some fans started blasting coach Muschamp and Ray Tanner for the hiring of coach Boom.

Those fans are absolute idiots.

If you need to blame coaches, blame Spurrier and his former staff.

Spurrier and his enormous ego put the South Carolina program in this situation, not Muschamp. Spurrier and that idiot Lorenzo Ward, a guy who has absolutely no business coaching D-1 football or speaking to the public are the two main guys you should be blaming. Not Muschamp. Spurrier thought his name alone would be enough to entice recruits to attend South Carolina, he was wrong.

Spurrier built something nice at South Carolina over the better part of a decade, but isn’t it pointless and wasted after he destroyed it in 3 years?

To make matters worse, Muschamp had to address “disrespect” issues after the game.

Come on!

You got your ass handed to you on the field, don’t whine about disrespect after getting whipped like a bunch of children. To quote the ESPN announcers, ” This is like children trying to block grown men at the lines of scrimmage.” Settle it on the field and fight like Gamecocks are known for.

It sounds like excuses.

Apparently, several Gamecock players directly expressed their displeasure at the way the Tigers finished out Saturday’s Palmetto Bowl via social media.

The Gamecocks got their feathers ruffled by Clemson using back-to-back timeouts in the fourth quarter with the game out of hand to acknowledge seniors and several juniors that are likely to bolt early for the NFL in their final home game.

“I feel like they kind of disrespected us at the end,” safety D.J. Smith said. “Holding the ball and doing all that showboating. I feel like it wasn’t really classy, but it is a rivalry game. It’s going to stick with all of us and we’re going to remember.”

Clemson players accused Gamecocks safety Chris Moody of using the term “little brother” to describe the Tigers earlier in the week. To Clemson, the 56-7 beat down Saturday night was making a point in the rivalry, which Clemson now leads 68-42-4.

“South Carolina has been and always will be the little brother in this rivalry. It is what it is. Look at the record,” said Clemson senior linebacker Ben Boulware. “They had their little five-peat (from 2009-2013). It’s kind of like when you have a little brother and your mom comes in the room and you have your PlayStation and your mom says, ‘Let your little brother play a little bit. Let him see what it feels like to win.’ So we kind of gave them the controllers for a little bit and let them see what it felt like to win. … We got tired of that, and snapped those controllers back.”

Dabo Swinney said in his post game press conference the first timeout was called by a player and the second timeout was called by Swinney to let those players be recognized a final time in Death Valley, those players received a standing ovation.

Wide receiver Terry Googer was visibly upset after the game and had to be escorted to the locker room prior to coming out to sing the alma mater.

In addition to the way the Gamecocks accused the Tigers of “disrespect,” there were some more serious accusations made after the game as well when several Gamecock players took to social media to expose their displeasure.

“I don’t want to talk too much about it because it’s irrelevant now. Bryson Allen-Williams said. “The score was what it was. They called one of our defensive linemen, they used the N word, one of their offensive linemen, I don’t know what number. We’re going to get them back. We’ll definitely have this game circled. That’s not common. They were doing a lot of disrespectful things, warming up on our side of the 50, you don’t do that. Like I said, the score was what it was, they beat us and they were the better team today.”

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said he spoke with his team and that all these accusations are “absolutely false.”

If these accusations are accurate, then Dabo and the Clemson community should be ashamed and embarrassed that such ignorant behavior would take place, but that’s Clemsons problem, this article is about the Gamecocks and how they quit Saturday night against their instate rival.

I don’t claim to be the smartest guy in the room, ever, but if all this, “disrespect” took place, handle it on the field.

That’s been the knock on this team all season, the lack of physicality.

Disrespect them back, handle your business on the field. Hell, implement the old Dick Sheridan method of tearing ACL’s. No, it wouldn’t have helped on the scoreboard last night, but it could have helped future Clemson opponents and hushed some of the so- called “disrespect.” Instead, you got dominated on the field, by back-ups, the entire second half and then whined on social media about how Clemson ended the game after the fact.

If you didn’t like what Clemson was doing on the field, you should’ve stopped them. Don’t like the touchdown celebrations? You should’ve kept them out of the end zone. Didn’t like the fans heckling you? You should’ve won the game, they would’ve shut up.

Sounds salty and petty complaining about late timeouts and running up the score after a whooping.

This was an embarrassment of epic proportions. The Gamecocks haven’t played good football since the Missouri game and quite honestly, didn’t seem to care or be prepared for the Clemson game.

Is there a quarterback controversy?

No!

B-Mac will be an important part of this program moving forward, but it was clear, even against the Clemson back-ups in mop up duty that he doesn’t understand down and distance football yet.

This season was about getting the program back on track and heading in the right direction, anyone that says Muschamp hasn’t done that is just plain ignorant. He’s building the foundation.

A loss can’t take that away, not even a blowout loss to your instate rival.

Go Gamecocks!

 

 

 

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Clemson football team’s entrance an architectural screw up, Gamecock fans chuckle

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ESPN has turned what’s known as “the most exciting 25 seconds in college football,” into a 10-minute movie. Why?

The Clemson Tigers’ ‘Run Down the Hill’ into Memorial Stadium

The Clemson Tigers’ ‘Run Down the Hill’ into Memorial Stadium

It was announced late Saturday the ACC had decided the South Carolina vs. Clemson rivalry game would be televised in prime time at 7:30 ET on ESPN.

For those not familiar with Clemson’s ridiculous entrance, the Clemson football team leaves as a unit in full uniform from the Tigers locker room (which is located beneath the west end zone) and boards a series of buses. Why do they have to ride buses to enter the stadium? Because it’s Clemson and the architects screwed up. I have nothing against cow colleges, people. But a spade is a spade. The team and coaching staff are then driven 1/16 of mile or so, they make two right turns, and then get OFF the buses, congregate at the top of a hill behind the east end zone (which is the student section). There the players rub Howard’s Rock ( Yes, they have a pet rock), and a cannon ( which happens to be a toygeorge-bennett-vertical cannon attached to some Home Depot hand trucks) shot sends them running down the hill and onto the field under a bunch of purple and orange balloons.

Crazy right?!?!?! It’s a little ridiculous, I mean, folks get hyped up about the workaround of an architectural screw up.

Their school mascot is a Tiger. Super original.

Come on, seriously? Auburn’s tiger is Aubie; LSU has Mike, and Clemson has… a tiger. They can’t even give their mascot a name, folks.

But, if your idea of excitement is watching a bunch of teenage kids in full uniform ride a bus around a stadium, rub a rock and run down a hill under a bunch of balloons, tune in to ESPN Saturday night about 7:20. ESPN will certainly have a hard-on.

For Gamecock fans, we’ll just sit back and enjoy a good chuckle.

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Alshon Jeffery suspended by NFL for PED violation

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Alshon Jeffery Suspended by NFL

According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, the Chicago Bears will be without their top offensive player for the next four games. Jeffery has been suspended four games for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy.

“We’re very disappointed,” Bears coach John Fox said. “He’s fairly embarrassed about it. We’ll support him and welcome him back after serving his suspension.”

Jeffery is playing on a $14.6 million franchise tag this season after sides couldn’t come to a long-term agreement this summer. Jeffery was looking to earn top-end wideout money.

Jeffery played for the South Carolina Gamecocks from 2009-2011 under former head coach Steve Spuurier, earning All-American recognition as a sophomore. The 6-foot-3, 218-pound receiver was a second-round draft pick of the Bears in the 2012 NFL Draft.

A Pro Bowler in 2013, Jeffery has racked up 4,358 yards and 25 touchdowns on 292 career receptions.

Jeffery will be eligible to return to the Bears‘ active roster on Monday, Dec. 12 following the team’s Week 14 game against the Detroit Lions.

Monday evening, Jeffery posted to his Twitter account attributing the suspension to a anti-inflammatory drug and issued an apology:

As a professional athlete, I have been careful about what I put in my body. I took a recommended supplement to combat inflammation. Unfortunately this supplement contained an ingredient that was on the NFL’s banned substance list. I take full responsibility and I’m deeply upset with myself for not doing the proper research on this supplement. I want to apologize to my family, the Bears organization, my teammates, and Bears fans. I will work hard to earn back the respect and trust of the Bears nation and look forward to being back on the field.

Jeffery will be a free agent after this season.

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Shawn Elliott a strong consideration for Georgia State

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Shawn Elliott + Georgia State

Georgia State athletic director Charlie Cobb fired football coach Trent Miles after Saturday’s 37-23 loss to Louisiana-Monroe at the Georgia Dome.

Miles was 2-8 this season and 9-38 overall at Georgia State.

According to the 247Sports Georgia State site, Gamecocks offensive line coach Shawn Elliott, a longtime friend of Georgia State athletics director Charlie Cobb, is expected to be on the radar of the Sun Belt program as they look to fill the vacancy.

Based on the relationship between Cobb and Elliott, many close to the GSU program have indicated Elliott would be at the top of Cobb’s list for the vacant head coaching job at Georgia State.

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Poor offensive and defensive effort dooms Gamecocks vs. Gators

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Will Muschamp reacts after South Carolina loss to Florida. Credit:TheState

Will Muschamp reacts after South Carolina loss to Florida. Credit:TheState

The Gamecocks performance today was eerily similar to the Mississippi State game back in September, when the Gamecocks were whipped on both lines of scrimmage and appeared to lack the effort they have played with lately. In what was clearly a revenge game for Will Muschamp and Kurt Roper, I expected a little more aggressiveness on both sides of the ball, and by aggressiveness, I don’t mean winning the toss and taking the ball. You had nothing to lose, why not take some chances?

The offense looked lost, which isn’t out of the ordinary for a bunch of freshman playing on the road for the first time against a NFL front and secondary. The offensive line continues to be this teams achilles heel. I’ve made it clear I’m not a fan of Shawn Elliott and continue to feel the same way. Elliott was the only coaching holdover from the Spurrier debacle and quite frankly, Elliott’s lines have underachieved for several years after being hyped during the preseason as a team strength. Is it all coaching? I doubt it, a lack of talent is also an issue, but isn’t that Elliott’s fault as well? The offensive line needed to step up and create some opportunities for the offense to have a chance and it didn’t happen. Florida was able to get home rushing three or four and caused havoc in the backfield all day. The running game, well, there wasn’t one.

Good lord, Kurt Roper didn’t have his best day calling plays. The offense seemed to have two plays, gap dives and screens, neither of which worked. The Gators stuffed the run and embarrassed the Gamecock offensive line all day, while the Gator secondary and team speed proved to be too much for the Gamecock receivers and tight ends to block one-on-one on the perimeter. I was a little surprised Roper didn’t take some shots down field and attack the middle of the field more, especially with two starting linebackers out for the Gators.

https://twitter.com/RubrChickens/status/797503700482883584

Jake Bentley played decent, especially given the circumstances he faced as a true freshman on the road for the first time. Sure, he made some mistakes and seemed baffled at times, but  he was under pressure a lot and it got the better of him. The lack of a running game hurt Bentley and the receivers had several huge drops in the game.

Special teams continue to be anything but ‘special’ for the Gamecocks.

We’ve got to get faster as a team…It’s really hurting us on special teams. Antonio’s a really good player, especially with the ball in his hands. But that’s a major issue for our football team, we’ve got to improve our team speed.

Someone should be beaten over the head for not telling Kelly to punt the ball out of bounds, instead, the Gamecocks continued to kick the ball to Callaway. Hell, on punt returns, the Gators tried to out kick their coverage twice and the Gamecocks still managed to find a way to lose yardage.

This team isn’t good enough to overcome poor field position, which they faced the entire first half.

The defense continues to find magic in the red zone, but at the end of the day, the defense struggled. This game could and probably should have been 40-0 at the half. The defensive line was non-existent against the run and did nothing to make Appleby uncomfortable. To make matters worse, it was basically against the entire second or third team Gator offensive line depleted by injuries.

The tackling was atrocious by the linebackers and secondary and the lack team speed was evident. The linebackers and secondary took horrible angles and appeared to be running in the Florida sand. Jamarcus King has played very well this season as has Lammon’s, when he’s not ejected for targeting, but neither seemed focused or prepared to play yesterday.

The only thing we learned from this game is that the Gamecocks have to get better on both lines of scrimmage to compete with the better teams in the SEC, right now, they just don’t have the talent to compete with the more physical teams in the conference.

Hopefully, the Gamecocks will return to Columbia, sharpen their spurs and prepare for a Western Carolina team that would love nothing more than to upset the Gamecocks at Williams-Brice Saturday afternoon. South Carolina needs this one to become bowl eligible, something the Gamecock faithful should be proud of given the situation Will Muschamp took over from Spurrier.

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SEC Picks Week 11, Kentucky at Tennessee & South Carolina at Florida are big ones

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SEC Football

With a win on Saturday, Florida will be one win away from clinching back-to-back SEC East championships. The Gators will welcome former Florida head coach Will Muschamp to Spurrier field, as Muschamp looks to extend his Gamecocks’ three-game win-streak. A win would make South Carolina bowl eligble in his first season as head coach of the Gamecocks.

Auburn travels to Athens for a battle between the hedges, a place where Auburn hasn’t won in since 2005. However, Saturday’s matchup will be the first since 1997 where the Tigers travel to Athens as favorites.

Billy:

Last week’s record: 3-4
Season record: 40-33 (54% ATS)

Keach:

Last week’s record: 4-3 
Season record: 44-29 (60% ATS)

Josh:

Last week’s record: 3-4 
Season record: 40-33 (54% ATS)


Kentucky (5-4) vs. Tennessee (6-3) Game Preview

Line

Tennessee -13, o/u: 60

Broadcast

Date: Saturday, Nov. 12
Game Time: 12:00 pm
Venue: Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, TN
Network: SEC Network

Tennessee is having fun now after realizing they can’t just win with the, “T” on their helmet and that’s on Butch Jones. He mismanaged this team all season, but the Vols’ seemed to play loose last week. Maybe things have settled down in Knoxville and they can focus on playing football.

This Tennessee roster isn’t the same as when the season started, thanks to a slew of major injuries and defections. Kentucky should be able to run the football and shorten the game. I haven’t seen a team in the SEC East worthy of a two-touchdown favorite, I’ll take the points.

The Picks:

Billy: Tennessee

Keach: Tennessee

Josh: Kentucky

Alabama (9-0) vs. Mississippi State (4-5) Game Preview

Line

Alabama -29, o/u: 55.5

Broadcast

Date: Saturday, Nov. 12
Game Time: 12:00 pm
Venue: Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, AL
Network: ESPN

Alabama ain’t suffering a let down after the LSU game, come on! This is Alabama, in Tuscaloosa, the Tide will destroy the Bulldogs at the line of scrimmage.

This one will be ugly, but 30 points is a pile of points.

The Picks:

Billy: Alabama

Keach: Alabama

Josh: MSU, Bama tends to take their foot off the gas, so I’ll take the points.

South Carolina (5-4) vs. Florida (6-2) Game Preview

Line

Florida -11.5, o/u: 37.5

Broadcast

Date: Saturday, Nov. 12
Game Time: 12:00 pm
Venue: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville, FL
Network: CBS

Good lord, Florida is the walking wounded. 11.5 points against an improving South Carolina team, crazy!

Florida has better talent overall. But I’ll keep this one short. I don’t expect either offense to look great and Roper will be super conservative, as always. So, the 11.5-point number is too stiff for my taste.

The Picks:

Billy: Florida

Keach: South Carolina

Josh: South Carolina

Auburn (7-2) vs. Georgia (5-4) Game Preview

Line

Georgia -10.5, o/u: 48

Broadcast

Date: Saturday, Nov. 12
Game Time: 3:30 pm
Venue: Sanford Stadium, Athens, GA
Network: CBS

Auburn has everything on the line in this one and history has shown the underdog typically does well in this rivalry.

Smart has faced Malzhan numerous times while at Alabama under Saban. Smart will have a game plan in place to slow down the Tiger rushing attack. This will be Kirby’s lone shinning moment in what’s been a disappointing season for the Dawgs.

The Picks:

Billy: Auburn

Keach: Auburn

Josh: Dawgs – Auburn wins, but not by 10.5

Vanderbilt (4-5) vs. Missouri (2-7) Game Preview

Line

Missouri -3.5, o/u: 52.5

Broadcast

Date: Saturday, Nov. 12
Game Time: 3:30 pm
Venue: Faurot Field, Columbia, MO
Network: SEC Network

Vegas clearly knows something I don’t. How is Mizzou favored? No clue, I’m taking Vanderbilt and the points.

Vanderbilt has been competitive lately, I think Derek Mason will record his second career SEC road victory on Saturday.

The Picks:

Billy: Vanderbilt

Keach: Missouri

Josh: Vanderbilt

LSU (5-3) vs. Arkansas (6-3) Game Preview

Line

LSU -7, o/u: 46

Broadcast

Date: Saturday, Nov. 12
Game Time: 7:00 pm
Venue: Razorback Stadium, Fayetteville, AR
Network: ESPN

LSU is recovering from the Alabama slugfest, while Arkansas is coming off a blow out of the Gators. This will be a field goal game. The LSU defense will do enough to slow down the Arkansas offense and win a low scoring game.

The LSU offensive line can’t block, but Fournette and the run game will roll in this one and the passing game will open up for Etling. Give me the road team, Arkansas will wear down late.

The Picks:

Billy: LSU

Keach: Arkansas

Josh: LSU

Ole Miss (4-5) vs. Texas A&M (7-2) Game Preview

Line

Texas A&M -20, o/u: 55

Broadcast

Date: Saturday, Nov. 12
Game Time: 7:30 pm
Venue: Kyle Field, College Stadium, TX
Network: SEC Network

Battle of the backup QB’s. Ole Miss can’t stop the run.

The Picks:

Billy: Ole Miss

Keach: Ole Miss

Josh: Ole Miss

While we’ll track season performance against the spread, please remember these picks are for entertainment purposes only, you do NOT want to wager any MOOLA based on our picks. If you do, you should be slapped.

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Jake Bentley Earns SEC Freshmen of the Week

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The SEC named it’s Freshman of the week and South Carolina’s Quarterback Jake Bentley earned the honor.

Completing 22-of 28 passes for 254 yards and accounting for 2 touchdown passes for the win against Missouri,  it’s easy to see how the SEC could choose this young man. In the three games Bentley has started he has racked up a total of 622 yards, 6 touchdowns, with no interceptions.

The Gamecocks have been rolling in the honors for two weeks in a row as Jamarcus King was named the Defensive Player of the Week after the Tennessee game.

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SEC Week 10 Predictions & Preview

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SEC Week 10 Predictions & Preview

Tiger Stadium

LSU’s Tiger Stadium at Night

October is behind us and November is upon us , which means conference play is heating up, and the SEC has 4 legitimate teams vying for spots in the College Football Playoff.

If Week 9 was any indication, top-ranked teams should be wary of matchups with pesky unranked foes—ask Butch Jones and the Vol nation.

Tennessee’s football team left Williams-Brice Stadium following a 24-21 upset loss to South Carolina on Saturday night with a lengthy list of questions. To make matters worse, the loss was following a bye week.

“It starts with me.” Jones said. “We talked about it all week long. Again, we have to own it. Where do we go from here? It’s a long, long football season, and you can’t let one football game define you, but we’re going to find out the competitive make-up of us in how we bounce back.”

Some have short-term answers, while others may not be addressed until after the season.

Alabama-LSU highlights this week’s slate, as the playoff picture starts to clear up. Week 10 provides us with a full slate with all 14 teams in action, but we won’t pick the Vol game since no line is available.

Week 9 all three of us went 3-2, although our losses came from different games.

Billy:

Last week’s record: 3-2 
Season record: 37-29 (56% ATS)

Keach:

Last week’s record: 3-2 
Season record: 40-26 (60% ATS)

Josh:

Last week’s record: 3-2 
Season record: 37-29 (56% ATS)

Let’s take a look at our SEC week 10 Predictions & Preview:


Georgia Southern at Ole Miss

SEC Week 10 Predictions & Preview

Akeem Judd, left, leads Ole Miss’ struggling rushing game with 382 rushing yards this season and quarterback Chad Kelly, right, ranks second at 269

12:00 ESPNU
Line: Ole Miss -27.5 o/u: 62.5

It has been a tough season for Ole Miss. The Rebels are just 1-4 in the SEC, and I’m sure they’re ready to beat up on someone. This one is simple, Offense has been a problem for the Eagles all season long. They’re the 83rd ranked offense in the nation. The Eagles are only gaining 386 yards per game this season and the Eagles defense has been fairly disappointing this season.

Can the eagles stay within three scores?

The Picks:

Billy: Georgia Southern 

Keach: Georgia Southern 

Josh: Ole Miss is looking to beat the hell out of someone, a one-dimensional Southern team is just what they need.


Texas A&M at Mississippi State

Trevor Knight: SEC Week 10 Predictions & Preview

Texas A&M quarterback Trevor Knight (8) celebrates with teammates after rushing for a touchdown (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

12:00 SEC Network
Line: Texas A&M -14 o/u: 60.5

The Aggies aren’t a playoff contender, even though the committee gave them some love last night. The Aggies are a good team, but they’re a pretender not a contender. It won’t matter this week against a struggling MSU team with an extremely sketchy defense. The Aggie running game will have a field day in this one and Trevor Knight will move the chains all day.

The Picks:

Billy: Texas A&M

Keach: Texas A&M

Josh: Texas A&M


Vanderbilt at Auburn

SEC Week 10 Predictions & Preview

Auburn Football Coach Gus Malzahn

12:00 ESPN
Line: Auburn -26 o/u: 45

The Commodores and Derek Mason are actually thinking about bowl eligibility, but this week won’t help that cause. Gus Malzahn is back on the plains and has his Tigers playing as good as any team in the country right now, confidence is a beautiful thing in college football.

Give the Auburn team/staff credit after a tough start to the season with losses against Clemson and Texas A&M, who by the way are both ranked in the current top 5, not bad. The staff sat down and decided what they do best, which is a power run game and solid defense and suddenly the Iron Bowl looks very interesting.

This one will get sideways.

The Picks:

Billy: Vanderbilt

Keach: Auburn

Josh: Vanderbilt – I don’t see this being close, but Vandy will ugly this game up and 26 is a big number.


Florida at Arkansas

SEC Week 10 Predictions & Preview

Florida Gators vs. Arkansas Razorbacks

 3:30 pm CBS
Line: Florida -5 o/u: 47

The Hawgs are coming off a much needed bye week after getting ran out of town by a dominant Auburn rushing attack in week 8. This is a weird Arkansas team, in that the offensive line has struggled, which is atypical for a Bret Bielema team. The passing game has actually been the strength of this team, not the rushing attack, while the defense hasn’t played very well.

Defensively, Florida is as good as any this season, but offensively they’re below average.

I still don’t like this matchup for Arkansas, the Hawg passing game against a stout Gator defense sounds like a disaster, Arkansas only managed 3 points against Auburn’s defense two weeks ago.

The Picks:

Billy: Florida

Keach: Arkansas

Josh: Florida Arky bad o-Line vs a great Gator D-line, I’ll take FL.


Missouri at South Carolina

SEC Week 10 Predictions & Preview

South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley (4) celebrates a touchdown during the first half of the Tennessee game

4:00 pm SEC Network
Line: South Carolina -7.5 o/u: 54.5

The emergence of the Freshman trio of Bentley, Dowdle and Edwards and two straight wins, including an upset of Tennessee, have the Gamecocks thinking bowl, but this one is an absolute must. Fortunately for them, they face a Tigers team that has been struggling of late.

The Tigers defense was thrashed for 377 rushing yards by Kentucky, as the defense continues to struggle in Barry Odom’s first year as head coach. Why in the world Odom decided they needed to change the defense this off-season is baffling. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

The Picks:

Billy: Missouri

Keach: Missouri

Josh: Missouri


Georgia at Kentucky

Jacob Eason

Georgia Bulldogs offensive cordinator Jim Chaney talks with quarterback Jacob Eason (10) on the sideline during the third quarter of the 2016 Chick-Fil-A Kickoff game against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

7:30 pm SEC Network
Line: Georgia -2.5 o/u: 51

Georgia is an offensive wreck. The offensive line absolutely stinks and the play calling by Chaney hasn’t been much better. The play calling has been very predictable at times, run-run-pass and the O-line just hasn’t been able to block well enough. I’ve heard some Dawg fans speculate the offensive struggles this season may work in the teams favor with Chubb and Michele possibly returning next year. Listen, it ain’t happening. Georgia isn’t going to magically improve on the offensive line next year. This isn’t the NFL so free agency isn’t an option to find some veteran players and too expect any true freshman to make an impact next season isn’t realistic, freshman offensive lineman don’t work in the SEC. Chubb and Michele are both going to do what is best for their families and that’s turning pro after the year, even with both their stock being down this season.

Here’s a stat for UGA fans: Chaney is 9-37 in SEC games a O-Cord.

Kentucky isn’t good either, but they very well may be the second best team in the SEC East, which by the way is the worst power 5 division in football.

The Picks:

Billy: Georgia

Keach: Kentucky

Josh: Dawgs


Alabama at LSU

Alabama vs. LSU

Alabama Crimson Tide will visit LSU

8:00 pm CBS
Line: Alabama -7 o/u: 47

Sure, LSU has a chance, hell, Custer had a chance, then he went down the hill. If LSU beats Alabama Saturday night, Orgeron should be printed on a civil war coin.

LSU has been playing well and made a remarkable turnaround since Orgeron has taken over in Baton Rouge, but the competition has helped them get better. Southern Miss, Mizzou and Ole Miss aren’t exactly defensive juggernauts, so they’ve gotten well offensively against some weak defenses. The passing game will be critical for Etling, can he get the ball downfield? When Alabama has struggled this season it’s was against Ole Miss and Texas A&M, two teams that were able to rack up some passing yards against the Tide.

Conversely, how will young Jalen Hurts perform in a big situation on the road? He’s played well so far at Ole Miss and Arkansas, but he hasn’t faced an atmosphere like he will see in Tiger Stadium Saturday night.

The Picks:

Billy: Alabama

Keach: Alabama

Josh: Alabama


While we’ll track season performance against the spread, please remember these picks are for entertainment purposes only, you do NOT want to wager any MOOLA based on our picks. If you do, you should be slapped.

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