Predictions for SEC Games on Sept 27, 2014


Arkansas vs. Texas A&M 2011


My picks this week:

Texas A&M 42-35 over Arkansas, Georgia 14-10 over Tennessee, and Ole Miss 35-21 over Memphis. All three winning teams do not cover the line but they win the game. Auburn beats LA Tech by 40, Kentucky beats Vandy 21-20, LSU 70-7 over New Mexico State and South Carolina 49-7 over Missouri.


September 27 lineups announced

Sep 16, 2014
SEC Staff

    The SEC Office on Monday announced the start times and television networks that will televise its games of Saturday, September 27. The schedule features four conference games and three non-conference games, including a neutral site contest with Texas A&M and Arkansas squaring off in Arlington, Texas.

    The weekly SEC Network triple-header will feature Vanderbilt at Kentucky, Louisiana Tech at Auburn and New Mexico State at LSU.

    SEC Television Schedule for Saturday, September 27, 2014

    12:00 pm ET / 11:00 am CT Tennessee at Georgia ESPN
    12:00 pm ET / 11:00 am CT Vanderbilt at Kentucky SEC Network
    3:30 pm ET / 2:30 pm CT Texas A&M vs. Arkansas CBS
    4:00 pm ET / 3:00 pm CT Louisiana Tech at Auburn SEC Network
    7:00 pm ET / 6:00 pm CT Missouri at South Carolina ESPN
    7:30 pm ET / 6:30 pm CT New Mexico State at LSU SEC Network
    7:30 pm ET / 6:30 pm CT Memphis at Ole Miss FSN

    Ultimate SEC road trip 2014: Week 5

    May, 27, 2014

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    It’s going to be a slow week.The final Saturday in September won’t be a banner day for SEC football. With all due respect to matchups like Arkansas-Texas A&M, Louisiana Tech-Auburn and Vanderbilt-Kentucky, nothing there rises up to the level of true excitement. The games could very well be sellouts and the venues will likely be packed with tailgaters, but it’s not going to draw anyone’s national attention.

    We’re going to make do, though. SEC diehards will always find a way. There are only 14 weeks of regular-season football, so you have to make every one count.

    If you’re just now jumping on board, we at the SEC blog have been getting ready for the coming season by plotting out our top destinations every week. So far we’ve been to LSU, Alabama, South Carolina, Houston, Vanderbilt and Oklahoma. We’ve got four weeks down and 10 more to go.

    Let’s take a look at the best options for Week 5:

    Sept. 27
    Arkansas vs. Texas A&M (in Arlington, Texas)
    Louisiana Tech at Auburn
    Tennessee at Georgia
    Vanderbilt at Kentucky
    New Mexico State at LSU
    Memphis at Ole Miss
    Missouri at South Carolina

    Alex Scarborough’s pick: Missouri at South Carolina

    I might as well get a second office set up in Columbia. In playing our little road trip game here on the SEC blog, I chose stops at South Carolina in Week 1 and Week 2 of the season. And looking over the schedule for Sept. 27, I couldn’t in good conscience go anywhere else.

    This game should be a good one, if for nothing other than the rematch angle after last season’sepic double-overtime bash. There was no better game to exemplify quarterback Connor Shaw‘s illustrious career than when injured, he came off the bench in the fourth quarter to help score 17 unanswered points to tie the score. His 15-yard touchdown pass to Bruce Ellington on fourth-and-goal in the first overtime was a thing of beauty. His guts were on full display then, as was South Carolina’s defense, whose effort was somewhat lost in the comeback.

    The names and faces will be very different this time, but the stakes at play could be much the same. The SEC East is wide open, and both Missouri and South Carolina have reasons to believe they could make it to Atlanta. This could turn out to be a swing game in determining who wins the division.

    The Tigers will be a bit of a mystery entering Columbia with so few starters returning on both sides of the ball. But you have to like what you saw from Maty Mauk at quarterback last fall, and Markus Golden has the chance to be a star at defensive end. With games against South Dakota State, Toledo, UCF and Indiana to start the season, Missouri will have a chance to find itself without running the risk of losing a game.

    Meanwhile, I have high expectations for South Carolina. Steve Spurrier should have a strong offensive line, a plethora of weapons at receiver and running back, and a veteran under center, even though Dylan Thompson has never been a full-time starter. The Gamecocks will have the edge against Missouri with the game at home, but this should be a hard-fought contest.

    Greg Ostendorf’s pick: Tennessee at Georgia

    Missouri-South Carolina is a good pick, and as tempting as it would be to check out AT&T Stadium for the Arkansas-Texas A&M game, I’m going to stay in the East and head down to Athens for Georgia-Tennessee.

    Talk about a good game from 2013 — these two teams played aninstant classic last fall. Tennessee scored twice in the fourth quarter to take a 31-24 lead, only to see Aaron Murray throw a touchdown pass with five seconds left to force overtime. In the extra session, Tennessee’s Alton “Pig” Howard fumbled as he tried to stretch the ball over the end-zone pylon on the Vols’ first possession, which set up Georgia’s Marshall Morgan for a game-winning 42-yard field goal.

    Though Georgia escaped Rocky Top with a victory, it didn’t leave in one piece. The game was remembered more for the amount of devastating knee injuries suffered by the Bulldogs than the final outcome — and nobody wants to see that again.

    Instead, I want to see the combination of a healthy Todd Gurley and a healthy Keith Marshalltearing through SEC defenses. I want to see Justin Scott-Wesley and Malcolm Mitchell back and making plays in the passing game. If the Bulldogs are at 100 percent, they make a strong case for the best team in the SEC East and maybe the whole conference.

    With that said, I think this Tennessee team will be better than advertised. There will be plenty of question marks, including two glaring ones at quarterback and offensive line, but they’re a young, talented group with loads of potential. I want to see how this heralded recruiting class responds to its first SEC game. I want to see Marquez North because it doesn’t matter who’s throwing him the ball — he can go get it. The Vols are looking for their first winning season since 2009 and would love nothing more than to steal one on the road.

    And honestly, does it get any better than a traditional SEC rivalry between the hedges? It’s our first stop there this fall and likely won’t be our last.

    Alex Scarborough | email

    Alabama/SEC reporter

    Greg Ostendorf | email

    Auburn/SEC reporter


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