2022 SEC Football Pick of the Week: Week Three
In a weekend where it seemed as if nobody was safe, including us here at DSE, the entirety of college football’s top-25 seemed at risk.
Alabama nearly fell to Texas, Notre Dame, Texas A&M both lost and Florida, who we picked to win in our pick of the week, lost as well. We’re now 1-1 on the year and 64-46 since 2015.
To recap: on the Gators’ first offensive series, quarterback Anthony Richardson was hit low (an uncalled penalty) and for the rest of the game both he and the Gators felt the effects in a 26-16 loss.
But hey, at least we’re not Nebraska.
In our other games, Vanderbilt nearly covered against Wake Forest and Tennessee covered against Pittsburgh, although I thought the Volunteers would win big.
Let’s move on.
SEC Pick of the Week: No. 1 Georgia (-15) at South Carolina, 12:00pm ET on ESPN.
Is it too early in the season to be going back to the well? In terms of betting, probably not. So I’m going to say: why not?
The Bulldogs looked very pedestrian last week against in their 33-0 victory over Samford. But unlike the other half of the top-25 they won.
They’ll also be fine as the season continues to roll on. There appears to be no drop-off on the defensive side of the ball and the offense continues to do what it needs to do with Stetson Bennett under center.
South Carolina, well, not so much. A week after getting beat (but putting up a fight) by Arkansas, the Gamecocks looked sloppy in a closer than needed win against Georgia State.
I know that there are some of you out there who have picked this game as a potential issue for Georgia since the spring. But I just don’t see it.
Dawgs win big. Very big.
Upset alert: No. 13 Miami at No. 24 Texas A&M (+1.5), 9:00pm ET on ESPN.
I’ve got a feeling that Miami wins this thing but I don’t want to count out A&M quite yet.
Despite my dislike for Fisher as a head coach and my lack of belief in Haynes King as the Aggies’ quarterback, they’re still a decent team – I’d rank them somewhere between 15 to 20 – and they can be dangerous.
They’re also backed into a corner. If they lose this one, the heat is going to be on Fisher in a big way and he tends to always handle things the wrong way.
Miami on the other hand is riding high under first-year head coach Mario Cristobal. A native son returns, yeah, we’ve all heard this story before.
Keep an eye on Hurricane quarterback Tyler Van Dyke. He’s good. Like, really good.
Speaking of keeping an eye on…
Keep an eye on: No. 22 Penn State (-3) at Auburn, 3:30pm ET on CBS.
This has a chance to be the best game of week. Last year’s game in Happy Valley didn’t disappoint, but some of the major players are gone.
The (likely) farewell tour for Auburn head coach Brian Harsin continues.
Trending up: Tennessee.
Maybe, just maybe.
Trending down: Texas A&M.
The worst loss by a SEC member so far this season belongs to the Aggies. They fell 17-14 to Appalachian State. Yes, those guys are back.
If A&M is to make a playoff run they have absolutely no margin of error. They’ve got to win out in a big way. Style points matter for the Aggies now.
Unless of course, chaos reigns.