It’s nice to ponder that, isn’t it?
Anyhoo, here are the six non-Dawg games, the spreads and my thoughts on the outcomes:
- Florida at Ole Miss (+14.5). I would love to see Junior pull off the upset. Unfortunately, reality intrudes: Dan Mullen has a history of disliking Ole Miss, Kiffin’s roster has been ravaged by NCAA sanctions and Florida wants to impress with a good start. Gators cover.
- Kentucky at Auburn (-7.5). It’s the most intriguing SEC game this weekend. With an excellent offensive line, the ‘Cats are a trendy upset pick. I, however, can’t quite bring myself to pick them to cover. Auburn is the deeper team and I’m going to need to see how Terry Wilson looks before I’m willing to buy into UK this season.
- Mississippi State at LSU (-17.5). Yes, LSU lost a ton from last season. No, it won’t matter tomorrow. Tigers win and win big.
- Alabama at Missouri (+28.5). This was going to be lopsided before Mizzou lost twelve players for the game. Alabama is loaded and reeks of confidence. The Tide covers.
- Vanderbilt at Texas A&M (-30.5). Vanderbilt… isn’t good. The ‘Dores open on the road, which… isn’t good. For some strange reason, though, I think they’ll cover, albeit barely. I guess I’m not convinced this is the year Jimbo shows the world TAMU is back.
- Tennessee at South Carolina (+3.5). Vegas sees this as the closest SEC game of the week and I can’t say I disagree. The loser is likely eliminated from the divisional race before it even gets started, which I think means there’s more pressure on Pruitt than Boom. If SC had a good back, I’d like them to win outright, but without one, I’ll just pick the ‘Cocks to cover, mainly because Guarantano is inconsistent.