If the drama at the SEC wasn’t enough in the first nine weeks of the season, week 10 will likely be the highlight of the conference.
A battle rages between the two undefeated SEC East teams as number 1 Georgia takes on number 2 Tennessee in Athens, Georgia. Number 6 Alabama goes to Death Valley to face LSU Number 10 in the night game. The state of Mississippi will face Auburn – just days after sports director John Cohen left MSU for the Tigers and head coach Bryan Harsin has been fired.
Needless to say, it was an interesting week at the SEC. Increased drama will come as these teams take the grate to fight Saturday. As the school’s football season ends, each week will be more important to the top teams attending the conference.
Here are the betting odds for week 10 according to the SI Sportsbook along with the match predictions for the SEC matches this coming Saturday:
Kentucky (-2) in Missouri (11:00 SEC Network)
This duel between Kentucky Wildcats (5-3, 2-3) and Missouri Tigers (4-4, 2-3) may be one of the most underrated games this weekend. Mizzou is on top of a huge victory in South Carolina – the team that was placed in the 25th place at the time. On the other hand, Kentucky was kicked out of Tennessee in Knoxville last week.
At the start of the season, Missouri was very close to upset with Georgia in Colombia. Memorial Stadium will be rocking and that will be a big challenge for Kentucky. Talents such as the recession of Chris Rodriguez Jr. and quarterback Will Levis, must go against Mizzou, who is third in total defense in the SEC. You can expect this one to be close, but the Tigers will find a way to have a great game at home.
Prediction: Missouri 38 Kentucky 28
Florida in Texas A&M (-3.5) (11:00 ESPN)
Both Florida (4-4, 1-4) and Texas A&M (3-5, 1-4) want to find support next Saturday. Billy Napier and Gators were dominated by Georgia last week, while Jimbo Fisher and Aggies couldn’t find a way to beat Ole Miss at College Station. This is an important rebound game for both teams for many reasons and reasons.
Despite Georgia leading up to the 28-3 break in Florida, the Gators fought for the score 28-20 in the third quarter. However, the Bulldogs eventually pulled out to win 42-20. First-year quarterback Connor Weigman started his first Aggies game against the Rebels – throwing in 338 yards and four touchdowns in a loss. Talents like Weigman and broad Moose Muhammed III flashed in moments, but that wasn’t enough to stop the Lane Train.
The fight between the Gators and Aggies will be another fierce battle. Both teams have something to prove on Saturday and they want to bounce back from heavy losses in week 9. Wait for Texas A&M to bounce off Florida at Kyle Field.
Prediction: Texas A&M 38 Florida 28
Number 2 in Tennessee in Number 1 in Georgia (-8.5) (2:30 PM, CBS)
All eyes will be glued to TV screens across the country as the real best team in the country climbs to the top. The undefeated Tennessee Vols travel to Athens to take on the undefeated Georgia Bulldogs. Tennessee is gaining momentum with huge wins against Alabama and Kentucky. Playmaker Hendon Hooker is one of the favorites for the Heisman trophy, and Jalin Hyatt was just as impressive for the Vols.
Georgia’s best defensive player Nolan Smith is not playing until the end of the season due to a chest injury. It will be intriguing to see how the Bulldogs defense is doing without Smith being able to put pressure on opponents on Saturday. After this weekend, there will be no question of who is the best team in college football.
Forecast: Tennessee 35 Georgia 31
Freedom in Arkansas (-13.5) (3pm, SEC web)
The Arkansas Razorbacks are back on track, but playing against Liberty will be a difficult task for the Hogs. Sam Pittman and Arkansas (5-3, 2-3) will want to put out Hugh Freeze and Liberty Flames (7-1) on Saturday. The Hogs recovered from heavy losses with a big win at BYU and a dominant appearance against Auburn last Saturday.
Liberty will have to set up the passing game early and often. The Arkansas secondary team is one of the worst at the SEC and fell in big moments early in the season. Ultimately, the Hogs should be able to maintain their week 10 winning streak.
Prophecy: Arkansas 42 Freedom 28
No.6 Alabama (-13) in No.10 LSU (6:00 PM, ESPN)
The match between Crimson Tide (7-1, 4-1) and the Tigers (6-2, 4-1) can become the game of the weekend. LSU has proven to have the talent to compete with the top SEC West teams, and playing at the Tiger Stadium at night is no easy task.
Both teams kick off the weekend with an open date and talented beacons at the helm. Alabama quarterback Bryce Young has shown why he is one of the best players in the country and LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels is getting better every week. However, the secondary Crimson Tide improved significantly compared to his early season performances. Expect the tide to blow over LSU as we head for another big game next weekend against Ole Miss.
Anticipation: Alabama 35 LSU 21
Auburn, Mississippi (-13.5) (6:30 PM, ESPN2)
It’s been an interesting week between Auburn Tigers and the Mississippi State Bulldogs. MSU sports director John Cohen left the Bulldogs for the Tigers on Monday, and Auburn head coach Bryan Harsin was fired shortly thereafter. Needless to say, the fight between MSU (5-3, 2-3) and Auburn (3-5, 1-4) will be intriguing.
Auburn was Arkansas-dominated at home last Saturday, and the Bulldogs are emerging from a much-needed farewell week. Mississippi is probably the healthiest state of the season. Jalen Crumedy’s defensive strike will make its debut at MSU this weekend, which could play a huge role in the Bulldogs’ defensive success.
The Bulldogs will try to score early and often against Auburn’s 11th place defense in the SEC. Expect MSU to find a way to beat the Tigers big at Davis Wade Stadium.
Prediction: Mississippi 41 Auburn 20
South Carolina (-7) at Vanderbilt (6:30 PM, SEC Network)
It cannot be denied that the Gamecocks looked rough against the Missouri in Week 9. South Carolina’s offensive line allows too much pressure to get into quarterback Spencer Rattler, which led to bad decisions and a lot of bags for the Gamecocks offensive.
Vanderbilt’s main struggle was in defense. They allow the most yards per game in the SEC, as well as the most points. If Vandy wants to “anchor down” and score more points than the Gamecocks, she must find a way to score early and prevent explosive play. South Carolina will find a way to do this in Nashville, Tennessee.
Forecast: South Carolina 35 Vanderbilt 20