SEC Week 9 Preview: Gators-Dawgs, 'Cocks-Vols Top the Slate

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SEC Week 9 Preview: Gators-Dawgs, 'Cocks-Vols Top the Slate

Icon Sports MediaWeek Nine finds a three-team tie in the SEC East, where five of the six teams have two losses. 

 

LSU and Alabama are tied atop the West, and are scheduled for a showdown in two weeks. 

 

This Saturday, we have teams looking to rebound from upsets and heartbreaking losses—and “The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party” in Jacksonville.
 

Florida at Georgia (neutral site - Jacksonville, FL)

 

This is one of the best rivalry games every year. 

 

Both teams are in a three-way tie with South Carolina atop the SEC East and are looking to take over first place. 

 

Florida is coming off an "upset" win at Kentucky and is led by Heisman hopeful Tim Tebow at QB. 

 

Tebow is the Gators’ leading passer and rusher, and will be key to Florida’s success.

 

Georgia was idle last week. The Bulldogs have been inconsistent this year, losing to South Carolina early before rebounding to win their next three games—including a win over Alabama. 

 

The Bulldogs were soundly beaten by Tennessee and barely escaped with a win over Vanderbilt.

 

This game will be close to start, but the Gators will pull away. Florida keeps rolling, as they look like the best pick to reach Atlanta from the Eastern Division. 

 

Prediction: Florida 32, Georgia 12

 

South Carolina at Tennessee 

 

Both teams come into this one looking to rebound from last week and get a leg up in the tight SEC East race. 

 

Tennessee holds a 20-3-2 edge in a series that dates back to 1903, but the last meeting in Knoxville was won by the Gamecocks, who escaped with the 16-15 win.

 

The Gamecocks’ offensive woes of late are alarming. USC’s offense has gone six consecutive quarters without a touchdown. This is due largely to inconsistency on the offensive line.

 

Tennessee has been very inconsistent this year as well. One week they easily tame the Georgia Bulldogs; the next they get steamrolled by Alabama.  


If South Carolina doesn’t put it together offensively, and a good and prepared Tennessee team shows up, the Gamecocks will continue to slide. 

 

If South Carolina can play consistently on offense, they’ll make it two straight in Knoxville.

 

Prediction: South Carolina 19, Tennessee 17  

 

 

Kentucky and Auburn look to rebound from last-minute losses to Florida and LSU, respectively.  Kentucky welcomes Mississippi State, while Auburn has the visiting Ole Miss Rebels.

 

Both teams are led by excellent QBs and look to feast on the weaker talent at the bottom of the SEC West. Kentucky and Auburn win and win big.

 

 

Vanderbilt looks to build on the success of their upset win at South Carolina as they take on Miami (OH) from the MAC. The Commodores should have no problem defeating the Red Hawks, who have losses to Minnesota, Cincinnati, and the streaking Temple Owls.

 

 

Arkansas is coming off a blowout win over Ole Miss, and look to continue the dominance as they welcome the winless Florida International.  Expect Darren McFadden and Felix Jones to once again carry the Razorbacks to victory.

 

 

LSU and Alabama are both idle, but square off for the top spot in the SEC West in two weeks.

 

Bonus Picks

 

Boston College at Virginia Tech

 

South Florida at UConn

 

West Virginia at Rutgers

 

Ohio State at Penn State

 

Nebraska at Texas

 

Southern Cal at Oregon

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