Wright’s Renegade SEC football picks

Wright's Renegade SEC picks

It’s time for a rivalry week after some really shocking results on Saturday. Good luck to all teams in week 13.

By Steve Wright

Week results: 7-3

Closest choice: LSU 41, UAB 21. The actual score was LSU 41, UAB 10. Missed this by 11. This was not a great week.

Worst choice: Tennessee 52, South Carolina 17. You could pick one of the misses — the others being Vandy over Florida and Arkansas over Ole Miss — but South Carolina’s 63 to 38 win really came out of nowhere.

Season results: 83-19 (81.4%). Last week was 82.6%

Bye – No

State of Mississippi @ No. 20 Ole Miss – This depends on how well Ole Miss’s defense plays after being abused by Arkansas last time. I don’t know if the Bulldogs have the running game to put full pressure on the Rebels, especially if the Ole Miss offense ends the drives it failed on in that play. Ole Miss 35, Miss State 28.

Arkansas @ Mizzou – The game in Arkansas was huge against Ole Miss last week as they went 335 yards on the ground with Rocket Sanders leading the way. Mizzou has only lost by more than one score in one SEC game (Tennessee), and they’ll be close again here. Arkansas 27, Mizzou 21.

Florida @ No. 19 State of Florida – There are a lot of tough teams to work out in the SEC, and Florida tops the list. The passing play went off against Vandy – Anthony Richardson passed for over 400 yards – but they still lost. The problem here is that the FSU run game is very good. That – plus the home field advantage – will bring the Seminoles home. State of Florida 35, Florida 28.

Georgia Tech @ No. 1 Georgia – It’s sad that “clean, old-fashioned hate” has become a dead rivalry. It has one of the best rivalry names in the game, but the Bulldogs have won 24 of the last 30, are 4-1 under Kirby Smart, and when they win, they win big. More of the same here. Georgia 45, Georgia Tech 10.

South Carolina @ No. 9 Clemson – South Carolina scored the most points of any unranked team against an AP Top 25 team in history on Saturday against Tennessee. If that momentum continues here – Spencer Rattler went wild in the win – they could give Clemson some trouble. However, Clemson has a stronger back seven defensively. That will be the difference. Clemson 38, South Carolina 24.

Louisville near Kentucky – Kentucky played Georgia exactly as we predicted, with the game close but with the Bulldogs coming out with the win. Based on their season, this will be more of the same, but this time I like the 6-4 Wildcats beating the 7-4 Cardinals. Kentucky 27, Louisville 21.

Maroon @ No. 8 Alabama – Auburn would be thrilled to hand Alabama its third loss in a season for the first time since 2010. By doing so, they would make Cadillac Williams 3-1 as interim head coach AND make him eligible for the bowl. The run game is strong enough to cause ‘Bama trouble, but there’s no way Bryce Young loses his last game in Tuscaloosa, even if he nearly kills himself, to make sure it doesn’t happen. Alabama 33, Maroon 24.

No. 6 LSU @ Texas A&M – Jayden Daniels will be the best player on this field, and he alone will be involved in more points than the entire Aggies offense. LSU 31, Texas A&M 10.

No. 9Tennessee @ Vanderbilt – How down are the Vols? Hendon Hooker has played his last game for Tennessee after going down in the fourth quarter with an ACL tear. Spencer Ratter nearly doubled his total touchdowns for the season—he had six after coming into the game with eight—and South Carolina scored a whopping 63 points. Vandy is ready for this after beating Florida, and this suddenly becomes a big game for Josh Heupel and his program. Tennessee 31, Vandy 21.

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