2020 SEC Football Pick of the Week – Week Thirteen
We’re battling back!
We’ve now won three weeks in a row of picks and are sitting at 5-6 on the year and we can get to .500 (or over) during what amounts to basically rivalry week here in the SEC.
The Egg Bowl, Iron Bowl, LSU and Texas A&M and even Florida hosting Kentucky highlight the weekend.
For some reason I’ve always loved the Egg Bowl. They always seemed to turn out to be great games too with last year bring an all-timer.
It’s just too bad the game has been pushed back a few days and won’t be played on Thanksgiving this year.
Anyway, on to the next.
SEC Pick of the Week: Kentucky at No. 6 Florida (-23.5), 12:00pm ET on ESPN.
This one isn’t going to be close.
No way, no how.
Like always though, my only concern is garbage time. The Wildcats just might score late to cover the spread, when you know, the Gators have put in their backup backups.
The Wildcats won’t stop a Gators offense that gets Kyle Pitts back for the first time since the Georgia game and whose No. 2 option in the passing game, that would be Kadarius Toney, is peaking.
There’s just too much for the Wildcats to handle.
On defense, the Gators, despite developing a habit of giving up big plays here and there has settled down the last couple of weeks.
Kentucky lost to Alabama 63-3 last week. Something along the lines of 45-17, 48-20 or even 52-10 seems about right for this one.
Gators win big and cover.
Upset Alert: No. 9 Georgia (-21.5) at South Carolina, 7:30pm ET on SECN.
I don’t necessarily beehive that the Gamecocks will pull this one out again but I do think they have a decent chance to cover the spread.
Former Bulldog quarterback Mike Bobo is now in charge of Carolina, taking over for fired former Bulldog Will Muschamp.
This is a revenge game for Georgia and I think they’ll try too hard. Carolina can keep this one close. Even as JT Daniels seems to finally have the Bulldog offense going in the right direction.
Keep an eye on: LSU at No. 5 Texas A&M (-14.5), 7:00pm ET on ESPN.
The last time these two teams met in College Station they played in a seven overtime thriller. And punches were thrown. And the Aggies won 74-72.
I don’t expect the matchup this year to come close to that but stranger things have happened. And it’s still 2020. And A&M seems due to drop a game they shouldn’t.
And this game, between these two programs, is the closest thing to a natural rivalry the SEC has with any of the four new teams the conference has added since 1992.
I can see this game hovering around the 10-point area and I can also see this game being a blowout for th Aggies.
We shall see.
Trending up: Two in the CFP.
There’s definitely a path to getting two SEC teams into the playoffs this year. A path made much easier if Florida runs the table and wins in the championship game.
Think about it. If Florida wins the SEC do you really think the payoff committee is going to keep out a 10-1 Alabama team or even a 9-1 Texas A&M team? Not a chance.
The only other conference that can get two in is the ACC but that only happens if Clemson beats Notre Dame in their championship game, Alabama beats Florida and the playoff committee likes a 9-1 Notre Dame team over a 9-1 Texas A&M team or a 9-2 Florida team that lost to Alabama.
But what happens if Florida and Clemson both win and Notre Dame, Alabama and Texas A&M are all sitting there with one loss. Assuming Ohio State is the other unbeaten, that’s three.
Does the committee really pick Notre Dame ahead of Alabama or Texas A&M when they all have one loss?
Not a chance.
Or maybe Alabama rolls over Florida and Texas A&M sneaks in as the No. 4 team anyway.
There’s a lot to figure out in the coming weeks.
Trending down: Jeremy Pruitt.
If you’ve been following these posts over the years you know that I was never high on Pruitt as a head coach. I’m also sure that at this point I’m time the only reason why he still has a job is his buyout.
Teams just don’t have upwards of $20 million to change coaching staffs this year. Still though, Tennessee could raise the money and fire him anyway, like Florida State did with Willie Taggert last year. Heck, South Carolina just did exactly that with Will Muschamp.
If the Vols lose out or only beat Vanderbilt, Pruitt is in trouble. Aside from Vandy, the Vols play Auburn, Florida and Texas A&M.
Good luck Jeremy. You’re going to need it.