2019 SEC Football Pick of the Week – Week Three
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Auburn beat Tulane 24-6, which of course did not cover the 18.5 point spread.
We start off the year 0-2 as a result. Both of our loses thus far have been by a half a point. A half a point!
There’s not a whole lot of great games this week but let’s see what we can find.
SEC Pick of the Week: No. 2 Alabama (-24.5) at South Carolina, 3:30pm ET on CBS.
So the Jake Bentley era at South Carolina is officially over? That’s what you’re telling me? This is a good thing?
Oh, OK, it is. Alright then, who they got next? Alabama?
I’ll take the Crimson Tide to cover and I don’t care where the game is being played at.
But, what? That Ryan Hilinski kid can play?
Yeah, it’s not going to matter. One bit, at all. Alabama has been the best team in the SEC for a decade and Carolina has been Carolina forever.
I’ll gladly give them the four touchdowns, thank you.
SEC Pick of the Week II: No. 9 Florida (-7) at Kentucky, 7:00pm ET on ESPN.
Until last season Kentucky had beaten the Florida Gators like twice since I’ve been alive. And I’m 35 years old. Sure there were some close calls in there, especially the last few years, but man, Kentucky was always a win to me. Not anymore.
For this game though, it’s probably over early. With the game being held in Lexington at Kroger Field – which isn’t really an easy place to play – the Gators will be fired up for a revenge game that in all honesty shouldn’t be a revenge game.
Wildcat quarterback Terry Wilson tore a tendon in his knee and is out for the rest of year.
That’s not good. Kentucky really can’t afford injuries to anybody as their two-deep isn’t good enough to hang with most of the SEC and maybe Tennessee.
The Gators on the other hand have a few players banged up in the secondary but their status remains to be seen as of this writing.
One of them, CJ Henderson, is too important to their long-term goals especially in another week, so if he’s not 100% I’d be OK with holding him out another week as ankle sprains can be tricky.
With all that being said, I fully expect the Gators to roll. Big. Give me a score of 30-10 or thereabouts.
Upset alert: Chattanooga at Tennessee (-28), 12:00pm ET on SECN.
Big brother Tennessee welcomes little brother UT Chattanooga to Knoxville for round one of the battle for Tennessee.
The Mocs play in the SoCon of the FCS so logic says the Vols should win this one big, but they’ve struggled quite a bit so far this season. Losses to Georgia State and BYU to begin the year has the people in Knoxville in a panic.
They’re not good but UTC isn’t that good either. Who knows at this point.
Keep an eye on: Kansas State at Mississippi State (-7.5), 12:00pm ET on ESPN.
I know nothing of Kansas State except for the fact that Bill Snyder isn’t the head coach anymore and that the guy who coached North Dakota State is there now.
This game though, the Bulldogs are down a couple of quarterbacks so yeah, sure … Has K-State ever been to Starkville? They have a lot of cowbells there so somebody should tell them.
Trending up: SEC in the CFP.
The SEC has a legitimate chance to get two teams in the playoffs this year … again.
Much like when they were winning seven BCS titles in a row, the conference – at least the top half – is just that much better than anybody else.
Alabama, Georgia and LSU (though I have some doubts on the Tigers) look seriously good and Florida, Texas A&M (despite losing to Clemson) and maybe, maaaaybe Auburn are the next group up of contenders that if things break properly can make a run.
I don’t buy the talk of three SEC teams getting in mostly because it’s so early, but the chances of two are really good.
Trending down: SEC in the FCS.
If Tennessee loses, yeah.
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