SEC Football: Week 4 Preview & Predictions

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SEC Football: Week 4 Preview & Predictions

Tennessee head coach Butch Jones and Florida head coach Jim McElwain, from left, meet on the field before the Tennessee-Florida game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Fla. on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)

SEC Football: Week 4 Preview & Predictions

Half of the 14 SEC teams suffered losses in their season opener. Heading into week 4, the SEC has rebounded with eight teams represented in the latest AP top 25, which leads all power-5 conferences.

Week 4 gives us three Top 25 matchups and a HUGE game between LSU and Auburn because of what’s on the line for both, Les Miles and Gus Malzhan.

Sure, it’s only week 4. But by midnight Saturday on the east coast, we should know which SEC teams are legitimate contenders and which are pretenders.

Billy:

Last week’s record: 6-4 
Season record: 22-13 (62%)

Keach:

Last week’s record: 6-4 
Season record: 19-16 (54%)

Josh:

Last week’s record: 6-4 
Season record: 18-17 (51%)

Here is your SEC Football: Week 4 Preview and Predictions.


Mississippi State (1-2) vs. Massachusetts (1-2) Game Preview

Line: MSU -22

Broadcast

Date: Saturday, September 24th
Game Time: 3:30 pm
Venue: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA
Network: ESPN3

The UMass football team hosts Mississippi State in Foxborough on Saturday, On Monday, Miss. State unveiled the alternate, New England Patriots-inspired uniform Dan Mullen’s crew will be wearing at Gillette Stadium. Saturday’s game in Foxborough will be Mississippi State’s first played in New England since 1986.

UMass, an independent, are 1-2 this year. After opening the season with losses to Florida and Boston College they registered their first win of the season against FIU last week, 21-13. Give UMass props for scheduling, MSU is the second of three SEC teams the Minutemen will face this year with South Carolina being the third in late October.

MSU, defensive lineman Will Coleman (back) is questionable for the game against UMass.

https://twitter.com/HailStateFB/status/777892524404772866?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

The Picks:

Billy: UMass

Keach: UMass

Josh: MSU


Vanderbilt (1-2) vs. WKU (2-1) Game Preview

Line: WKU -7.5

Broadcast

Date: Saturday, September 24th
Game Time: 4:30 pm
Venue: L.T. Smith Stadium, Bowling Green, KY
Network: CBS Sports Network

The Commodores offense was atrocious Saturday afternoon at Bobby Dodd as they got ran out of Atlanta, 38-7, by the Ramblin’ Wreck. Paul Johnson and his option offense racked up 511 total yards while the Commodores had a measly 275. Kyle Shurmur, struggled once again with a paltry 149 passing yards, one touchdown, and one interception. Georgia Tech ended the game on a 31-0 run.SEC Football: Week 4 Preview & Predictions

Vanderbilt has a solid defense, but they were exposed last week against an option offense that requires a discipline.

Western Kentucky is by no means a power house, but I do believe they are the better team in this matchup.

SEC Football: Week 4 SEC Predictions & Preview

The Picks:

Billy: Western Kentucky

Keach: Western Kentucky

Josh: Western Kentucky


South Carolina (2-1) vs Kentucky (1-2) Game Preview

Line: Kentucky -3

Broadcast

Date: Saturday, September 24th
Game Time: 7:30 pm
Venue: Commonwealth Stadium, Lexington, KY
Network: SEC Network

The Wildcats tried their best to lose to Sunbelt member, New Mexico State, before closing things out late after a costly Aggies’ INT. The Gamecocks held on and got the win against East Carolina, but it was U.G.L.Y. #BBN is good enough to beat South Carolina if Muschamp’s crew repeats last weeks performance. Kentucky can score, they can’t stop anyone, but a shootout favors the Wildcats’ and Stoops all but has to win this game if they have any hopes of reaching bowl eligibility in Lexington. Likewise, South Carolina has aspirations of reaching a bowl this season and a loss in Lexington, with what remains on their schedule, would make it very difficult. Kentucky has struggled stopping anyone on defense and the fan turnout showed as much last week, but leave it to a, reserve Gamecock defensive player, Chris Moody, to provide Stoops and #BBN with some bulletin- board material. Idiot!

Is South Carolina the make-or- break game for Mark Stoops? As Chris Moody would say, it’s been a “weird” rivalry of late between South Carolina and Kentucky. Garnet and Black Attack published a piece on the Top 5 South Carolina games vs. Kentucky. Keach said it best, “Kentucky should hire Art Briles too go along with John Calapari and give a big ole’ FU to the NCAA.

The Picks:

Billy: Kentucky

Keach: Kentucky

Josh: South Carolina – Safe bet is to stay the hell away from this game.


LSU vs. Auburn Game Preview

Line: LSU -3.5

Broadcast

Date: Saturday, September 24th
Game Time: 6:00 pm
Venue: Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, AL
Network: ESPN

It is a battle of coaches on the hot seat as LSU head coach Les Miles and Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn are both under immense pressure to win. LSU dropped their season opener to Wisconsin (who damn near lost at home to Ga. State last week), the Bayou Bengals have responded with two wins, including a close, 23-20 victory against Mississippi State this past Saturday. Les tried his very best to give that game away late, but luckily he has Fournette, who was able to salt the game away before Les had time to screw things up, again!SEC Football: Week 4 Predictions & Preview

Auburn is downright struggling, a 29-16 loss to Texas A&M saw another poor offensive outing and a quarterback shuffle has resumed between Sean White and John Franklin III.

Listen, I enjoy listening to Gus and Les and think they’re great for the SEC, but whichever coach drops this game better start getting that resume updated.

Rick Neuheisel on XM Radio– “I have a prediction. Art Briles will be at Auburn next year. Whether as the head coach or the offensive coordinator — Art Briles to Auburn, along with [quarterback] Jarrett Stidham.”

Auburn fans after this game, if they lose:

The Picks:

Billy: LSU

Keach: LSU

Josh: LSU


Georgia (3-0) vs. Ole Miss (1-2) Game Preview

Line: Ole Miss -7

Broadcast

Date: Saturday, September 24th
Game Time: 12:00 pm
Venue: Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Oxford, MS
Network: ESPN

Ole Miss’ faces yet another top-25 opponent Saturday when the Rebels welcome No. 12 Georgia to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. The Rebels allowed 334 yards on the ground to Alabama last week after failing to maintain a large first half lead for the second time this season.

Georgia survived a scare from Mizzou over the weekend to remain unbeaten, (albeit the ugliest 3-0 in CFB) and is eerily similar to the Rebels’ first two opponents, Alabama and Florida State. Georgia will trot out freshman quarterback, Jacob Eason, who tossed the game-winning touchdown in Georgia’s 28-27 win over the Tigers, and another strong running attack led by Nick Chubb and Sony Michele. Chubb has failed to reach 100 yards rushing in his last two games. Will Georgia get its running game back on track against a scrappy Ole Miss defense? Can Hugh Freeze and his Rebels’ jump out to another big lead, if so, will they be able to close the game out?

I don’t trust Ole Miss, although Hugh Freeze has done a hell of a job purchasing a quality team in Oxford, a loss here would make the Rebels’ 1-3 on the season. In Oxford, Backs against the wall, Chad Kelly vs. the UGA secondary = Disaster!

The Picks:

Billy: Georgia

Keach: Ole Miss

Josh: Ole Miss – Big! My wife’s going to kill me for this pick.


Arkansas (3-0) vs. Texas A&M (3-0) Game Preview

Line: A&M -5.5

Broadcast

Date: Saturday, September 24th
Game Time: 9:00 pm
Venue: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
Network: ESPN

Bret Bielema has had several, “Bert,” moments this season, but he has the Hawgs’ flying high after jumping out to a 3-0 start. Austin Allen has been solid at quarterback so far and the defense has looked better than I expected, but not as good as the Aggies’ defense. Listen, this is a huge game for Sumlin, although with his buyout at $10+ million, I’m not sure it matters what happens, he “ain’t” going anywhere after this season. We’ve seen this from the Aggies’ before, hot starts and then they fade down the stretch once they get into conference play, will they be able to sustain the momentum this season? Trevor Knight, who transferred from Oklahoma, has been solid in College Station, mounting close to 850 passing yards and 5 TD’s through three games.

The Picks:

Billy: Arkansas

Keach: Arkansas

Josh: Texas A&M


Florida vs. Tennessee Game Preview

Line: UT -6.5

Broadcast

Date: Saturday, September 24th
Game Time: 3:30 pm
Venue: Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, TN
Network: CBS

Florida has dominated Tennessee in the series of late, as the Gators have reeled off 11 straight wins in the series, keep in mind, several of those years being among the worst Gator teams in program history.

Florida probably would have been favored in this one, too, thanks to its smothering defense and Tennessee’s offensive struggles, but Gator QB Luke Del Rio, is expected to miss the game with a knee injury. Tennessee has looked vulnerable all year, offensively and defensively, but the Vols’ have this one marked on their calendar – guaranteed! If Butch Jones drops this game his credit book with the Vol faithful will be maxed out and I’d imagine the Rocky Top boosters won’t have any trouble selling enough shine to muster up the $4 million buyout. Tennessee has their share of key injuries as well, with several defensive starters listed as either out or questionable, but the Vols’ still have the talent edge over the Gators and the game is in Knoxville. Streaks have to end at some point, what better time than against a backup Gator QB?

Expect a physical game, as no love is lost between these two programs.

The Picks:

Billy: Tennessee 

Keach: Tennessee

Josh: Florida


Alabama (3-0) vs. Kent State (1-2) Game Preview

Line: Bama -43.5

Broadcast

Date: Saturday, September 24th
Game Time: 12:00 pm
Venue: Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, AL
Network: SEC Network

Really? Why is Alabama playing Kent State?

The Picks:

Billy: Kent State

Keach: Alabama

Josh: Kent State – Saban won’t run it up vs. his alma mater, I hope.


Missouri (1-2) vs. Delaware State (0-2) Game Preview

Line: None

Broadcast

Date: Saturday, September 24th
Game Time: 4:00 pm
Venue: Faurot Field, Columbia, MO
Network: SEC Network

Delaware State, a Football Championship Subdivision team from the MEAC, visits Faurot Field Saturday and will be outmatched—heavily. The Hornets (0-2), the two losses coming against Delaware & Monmouth, were 1-10 last year and have only faced one power conference FBS team in its history since 1924: A 63-6 drubbing at in Ann Arbor, against Michigan in 2009.

Delaware State, enjoy cashing that paycheck.


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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