2021 SEC Football Pick of the Week: Week Ten
The streak lives!
It first occurred to me about halfway through the 2nd quarter of Florida’s loss to Georgia that the Gators’ streak of scoring might be in jeopardy. I kept it to myself, but in the 4th quarter I turned to my two traveling buddies for this game (who are both UGA fans) and said I just don’t know about this.
Then we scored a touchdown. I must have gave a high five or fist pump to half of the remaining Gator fans in attendance. The streak is now at a NCAA-record 418 games. The Gators haven’t been shutout since an early season game against Auburn in 1988. 1988!
The only positive to come of this, aside from the continuation of the streak, was Georgia covered and with that we improved to 7-3 on the year.
So now we trudge on.
SEC Pick of the Week: No. 17 Mississippi State at Arkansas (-5), 4:00pm ET on SECN.
I guess you could say this is an upset but I don’t think it is. Or at the very least it’s a small one, but I still think the Bulldogs take this.
Mississippi State has one of the best rushing defenses in the country, though Arkansas quarterback KJ Jefferson is a different animal, I think they’ll be fine.
Mike Leach and Sam Pittman are two coaches who like to go against the grain. I think that there will be a few surprises in this one.
Bulldogs by a field goal.
Upset alert: Tennessee (-1) at No. 18 Kentucky, 7:00pm ET on ESPN2.
When I first circled this game as an upset pick, Kentucky was favored by a field goal. Now the line has trended the other way and the Vols are favored.
No matter. It’s basically a pick ’em. I’m OK with that development. I think the Vols win but I wouldn’t be surprised if the Wildcats win a close one.
I was right last week with Kentucky laying an egg. Maybe they bounce back this week?
Keep an eye on: Liberty at No. 15 Ole Miss (-9.5), 12:00pm ET on SECN.
Why this game has gone from the Rebels favored by over two touchdowns to less than ten points is shocking to me.
I guess everyone is assuming a shootout, whoever has the ball last wins.
Also of note: is Liberty head coach Hugh Freeze auditioning for a return to the SEC?
Trending up: Tennessee vs. the NCAA.
With the recent news that the Volunteers will not surrender a possible bowl game as part of their self-imposed penalties relating to recruiting infractions by the previous regime, they are basically telling the NCAA it’s your move.
A bowl ban is standard practice. Teams miss out on the revenue, whether shared from the conference or not, but still, it’s always done as a form of appeasement.
Tennessee is giving the NCAA the finger and telling them no, it’s your move. Probably the best move the Vols have made in 20 years.
I like it.
Trending down: Dan Mullen.
Listen, in no way shape or form do I think he’s in any danger of losing his job. But I do think that there will be plenty of staff changes this offseason, especially on defense.
I like Mullen. I think he’s a great play-caller and coach. The Gators can win some big games with him at the helm. But he needs to recruit better. He’s got some assistants who are great at it (Tim Brewster, Billy Gonzales, to name two) but he would just rather coach it seems.
That style might work at Mississippi State or, gulp, the NFL, but at a school like Florida, you’ve got to go all in. Steve Spurrier got away with nonchalantly recruiting at Florida but he still went all out when he had to do so. Mullen just needs a wakeup call.