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2019 SEC Pick of the Week – Week Seven

AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 26: Trent Richardson #3 of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates his touchdown against the Auburn Tigers with Brandon Gibson #11 and mascot Big Al at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 26, 2011 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Finally a good week.

Because of LSU’s 42-6 win over Utah State, we picked up a win on our first game on Saturday. Then, in the later game, Missouri, despite losing quarterback Kelly Bryant to a knee injury beat up on Troy to the tune of 42-10 covering their spread as well.

As a result, we improved to 4-5 on the year and 38-28 since 2015.

Anyway, week seven…

SEC Pick of the Week: No. 1 Alabama (-17) at No. 24 Texas A&M, 3:30pm ET on CBS.

I haven’t talked a lot about the Crimson Tide all that much this year and some of that is because I just don’t think they’re at the level the Crimson Tide have been the last couple of years.

Are they still good enough to win their division? Yes. Are they still good enough to win the SEC? Sure. Can they make the playoffs? Absolutely. Are they a lock to play for the national championship? I just don’t know.

What I do know is this. Their offense, especially their wideouts, is incredible. Somewhat surprisingly though, it’s their defense that gives me pause.

I just have a feeling that Nick Saban will pull them together at some point. Week to week, basically.

Speaking of this week…

Saban with two weeks to prepare for an opponent, give me the Crimson Tide, big.

Upset alert: No. 7 Florida at No. 5 LSU (-13.5), 8:00pm ET on ESPN.

First things first: the winner of the game belongs in the top four. No ifs, no ands and no buts.

Second thing: this just HAD to be a night game. Weird things happen in Death Valley at night. Baton Rouge comes alive and it’s pretty incredible.

Thirdly though, let’s just see how legit the Tigers are when they go up against the best defense they’ll see all year. The Gators have the horses on defense to hang with the Tigers’ new fangled offense.

The question is, will the Gators be able to put up the points needed? This feels like a game in which if a team scores 30 or more they’re winning it.

Keep an eye on: Mississippi State  (-7) at Tennessee, 12:00pm ET on SECN.

Don’t look now but the Vols may be on to something. The switch at quarterback to Brian Maurer from Jarrett Guarantano might just be the straw that stirs the drink up there in Knoxville.

After leading the Vols to their only points against the Gators in his limited action in The Swamp, he looked, well, somewhat knowledgeable against the Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday. Sure the Vols lost, 43-14, but that was to be expected. Maurer though played just fine. In fact, until the depth of the Bulldogs shown through, he had the Vols in the lead for about four minutes of gametime.

Against the other Bulldogs, who have issues of their own, including at quarterback, the Vols could very well sneak in a conference victory.

Trending up: Florida.

Well now, here we are. The Gators are 6-0 for the first time since 2012 and are flying high. The defense is playing lights out and the offense is doing just enough, plus a little bit extra.

If the Gators win this Saturday in Baton Rouge, they’ll unquestionably be one of the top four teams in the country. As of right now though, they’re in the top six and looking at a possible return trip to a New Year’s Six bowl game for the second year in a row.

Trending down: Knees.

Both Kelly Bryant of Missouri and Kyle Trask of Florida suffered knee injuries as the result of low hits last Saturday.

The difference? Bryant’s was due to an illegal hit while Trask’s wasn’t despite what head coach Dan Mullen said and thought during his halftime interview.

Which leads me to say…

Trending down II: Halftime coaches interviews.

Unless you’re Will Muschamp and you’re tired of the “adversity on the field,” I’ve yet to see a meaningful interview with a head coach ever as they head to the locker room for halftime.

The winning coach says something along the lines of: “Well Tracy, we’ve got to clean some things up, but I like some of the decisions we’ve made.”

The losing coach is therefore around: “Well Karen, we aren’t big but we’re slow. We’ve got to cut down on the mistakes and I’ve got to coach better.”

Blah, blah, blah. What’s ever been the point?

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