SEC Week 8: Should Chubb, Fournette, shut it down? Can anyone beat Bama?
Week 7 in college football was anything but boring with Arkansas defeating Ole Miss in overtime, while Clemson needed overtime to beat a North Carolina State team that lost at home to ECU earlier this season. What will the SEC week 8 slate bring us?
Can anyone beat Bama? Sure, it’s possible, but not likely, unless Alabama plays poorly. This week, the Tide faces an SEC West showdown with Texas A&M, but it appears it’s Alabama and the others.
Alabama silenced the, “who’s the best team” debate with an almost inconceivably dominating 49-10 thumping of Tennessee Saturday at Neyland Stadium. The Tide proved, for now, they’re not only the best team in college football, but also the most complete.
Georgia, what are you doing? It’s time for Nick Chubb to shut it down and prepare for the NFL draft, dude isn’t right. Randy Moss said it best, “straight cash homie.” Georgia has three losses to date, what do they have to play for other than 3 measly rivalry games against Florida, Auburn and Georgia Tech… who cares? Chubb has a $5 million dollar insurance policy, paid for by the university, only, for permanent disability.
Christ, Chaney and Smart lined Chubb up for 4th and 1 at fullback, Chubb, a decoy? Come on. I would almost guarantee Chubb has never lined up at fullback in practice, let alone a game. To make matters worse, you gave the ball to a dude that weighs 165 pounds wet, maybe!
Hey Georgia fans, the Big 12 expansion is off the table, should McGarity holler at Herman? Kirby Smart isn’t ready for a job as big as Georgia. They hired an alumni, didn’t really conduct a search and made a mistake. Sure, he was groomed by Saban, but so was Muschamp, and what do Georgia fans and SEC fans say about Muschamp? Exactly! Kirby should have taken a job years ago somewhere like Purdue, Kentucky etc… to get some coaching experience. Assistant coaches don’t become elite head coaches overnight, it takes time. Hire the best man for the job and Kirby wasn’t the best man for Georgia, but he’ll get 8-9 wins per year.
South Carolina (-20.5) vs. UMass Game Preview
When: Saturday, October 22 – 12:00 p.m. ET
Where: Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, SC
TV Broadcast: SEC Network
Is it time for South Carolina to test drive that Bentley? I think so. Why waste his redshirt… it’s not a waste, it’s what’s best for the future. No offense, but McIlwain isn’t ready for SEC football, and to be honest, from a mobility standpoint, Nunez was better.
South Carolina is dead last in the nation, 128th out of 128, in scoring offense, it’s time for an offensive spark. Sure, Bentley will make some mistakes, he’s a freshman, but he will also make some throws no one else on the current roster is capable of making. Bentley is the son of a coach and has a high football IQ and swagger about him South Carolina hasn’t seen since Stephen Garcia, an attitude is something this team needs. What’s the downside of playing Bentley? Simple, the fans turn on Bentley like they have on McIlwain. I think it’s a smart move toward the future and for the first time all year the Gamecocks will score more than 20 points with the running game finally starting to work against a porous UMass defensive front. I expect a four quarter battle, but the Gamecocks will pull away late.
The Minutemen are 1-6, but remember, they gave Mississippi State all they wanted, and it did a great job against the Florida offense to start the season. The Umass defense has some issues and has struggled all season, what better opportunity for SC to take some chances?
Billy: South Carolina
Auburn (-9.5) vs. Arkansas Game Preview
When: Saturday, October 22 – 6:00 p.m. ET
Where: Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, AL
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Arkansas strides into Auburn off of a big win against Ole Miss, but they will have to run the ball effectively against a stout Tiger defense. Auburn has played better with Sean White guiding the team, but they’ll need to step it up another notch on offense against an experienced and solid Hawg defense. This one should be physical.
9.5 points? Vegas, what am I missing?
Auburn is the better team but 9.5 is way too many points in a game that figures to be physical. Both of these teams have played a tough schedule to date and I expect Arkansas to play well enough to cover this one.
LSU (-6) vs. Ole Miss Game Preview
When: Saturday, October 22 – 9:00 p.m. ET
Where: Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, LA
TV Broadcast: ESPN
LSU is riding a 2 game winning streak with new head coach, Ed Orgeron. Will we see the”real,” Fournette or has he shut it down for the season to get healthy for the combine? Ole Miss is coming off a devastating loss to the Hawgs’, but Ole Miss plays hard behind Quarterback Chad Kelly and they’ll need to show that grit against a talented LSU team. This should be a close game and the coaching drama from LSU’s interim coach and former Ole Miss head coach returning to the Grove should make for an exciting, hard fought ballgame.
It’s a night game in Baton Rouge, so the rowdy cajun’s will make it tough, but it’s nothing Chad Kelly hasn’t seen before, he’ll keep it close enough to cover the spread.
Keach: Ole Miss
Josh: Ole Miss
Alabama (-17) vs. Texas A&M Game Preview
When: Saturday, October 22 – 3:30 p.m. ET
Where: Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, AL
TV Broadcast: CBS
A&M will give Alabama one of its toughest games yet, but it won’t matter.
Texas A&M is a legit football team and will look the part early behind a solid running game and Knight’s legs, but once again, it won’t matter.
Alabama will take control in the second half with a pounding ground game before Knight begins to panic, and presses, which will result in another Alabama non-offensive score, extending the streak.
Billy: Texas A&M
Mississippi State (-3) vs. Kentucky Game Preview
When: Saturday, October 22 – 7:30 p.m. ET
Where: Commonwealth Stadium, Lexington, KY
TV Broadcast: SEC Network
Kentucky will try to beat a Dan Mullen-coached Mississippi State team for the first time in seven attempts, both of these teams are bad. Kentucky will try to move Mark Stoops closer to his first bowl trip as UK head coach. Aside from MSU’s win over LSU, they have looked below average at best, while Kentucky looks to win their 4th game of the season.
I don’t trust either one of these two teams, no way I’d touch this game, but Kentucky seems to be playing better football of late. I’ll go with the hotter team that happens to be playing at home.
Missouri (-7) vs. Middle Tennessee Game Preview
When: Saturday, October 22 – 4:00 p.m. ET
Where: Faurot Field, Columbia, MO
TV Broadcast: SEC Network
The Tigers have been outscored 82-21 over the last two weeks by LSU and Florida, and that’s the wrong kind of streak to be on if you’re Mizzou.
MTSU lost to Vanderbilt, at home, but Mizzou has turned the ball over a ton and that’ll be enough to allow MTSU to cover.
Josh: Blue Raiders
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