Week 3 SEC Picks from Southern Girl Rebel
I’m Going to T-Town!! Ole Miss is making its way to Tuscaloosa for the biggest revenge match in SEC History–no bias, just fact (wink)–and I’ll be there to cheer them on.
I don’t know that I have ever been more excited about a game in which Ole Miss has the potential to lose in a big way on a national stage, or win in a big game on a national stage. Alabama is riding a 17 home-game winning streak that dates back to A&M and Johnny Football in 2012. They are going to do all they can to keep the Rebels from coming in and having a repeat of last year’s game at the Vaught.
On a different note, Can we please not remind me about my picks from last week? I’m still trying to soothe myself with the knowledge that very few could have predicted the upset or almost-upset for some teams that Week 2 had in store.
Let’s recap, shall we? Or, if you’re Auburn or Arkansas, maybe let’s not.
Upset was the theme of the week. No one would have predicted preseason that Jeremy Johnson, the Auburn quarterback on everyone’s Heisman watch list, would tank so early in the season. Jacksonville State took the Tigers to over time, but Auburn still managed to pull off a win. Arkansas wasn’t so lucky. A loss to Toledo for the dark horse hopefuls seemed to take Hog fans back to early 2014 and make them forget the latter part of that season.
What does Week 3 have in store? Let’s hope big wins, big upsets, and a big time for the SEC fan base! My Picks are as follows:
Nevada at No. 17 Texas A&M
11:00 am SEC Network
A&M looks solid in their pursuit of the playing for the West. Easy pick for me this week.
My Pick: Texas A&M
UConn at No. 22 Missouri
11:00 am ESPN
Still waiting on that Missouri offense to show up and really play in a game. Either way, should be another win.
My Pick: Missouri
No. 18 Auburn at No. 13 LSU
2:30 pm CBS
Another hot SEC Match for the week. The Tigers head into Death Valley coming off of a flat performance against, ahem (clears throat), Jacksonville State. I think Auburn will give a more competitive performance against LSU, but will ultimately lose out to the home team.
My Pick: LSU
Northwestern St at Mississippi State
3:00 pm SEC Network
State took a tough loss last week after coming back and fighting in a strong second half against LSU. This week should feel like a vacation.
My Pick: Mississippi State
Austin Peay at Vanderbilt
3:00 pm SEC Network
Oh Vandy. I try so hard to hope for my doctor friends that you make it, but you just can’t get the game of football together. Here’s hoping for a better week!
My Pick: Vandy
South Carolina at No. 7 Georgia
5:00 pm ESPN
Spurrier, speak to me. Tell me an amazing one-liner that will leave me in stitches and make me forget that you let Kentucky take a win from you (Two years in a row) in something other than basketball. I think the Gamecocks will show up feisty against Georgia, but will be no match for its defense.
My Pick: Georgia
Texas Tech at Arkansas
6:00 pm ESPN2
I can’t stop the bleeding for Arkansas fans no matter how much I want to. I’ll refrain from commenting any further on last week if that helps but…I mean…Let’s ease back into this thing. Last year Arkansas had one of its best performances against Texas Tech and has the potential to do the same again this year if they can refocus. I think it’ll stay close, but I’m giving the Razorbacks the edge.
My Pick: Arkansas
West Carolina at Tennessee
6:00 pm ESPNU
Rest up Vols, this week should prove no contest.
My Pick: Tennessee
Florida at Kentucky
6:30 pm SEC Network
I don’t want to be a Debbie Downer, but Kentucky has a 28-game losing streak against Florida. Read that again. TWENTY-EIGHT. So, no-brainer on the pick right? Actually, Kentucky is a much improved team this season, and after pulling off a win against the Gamecocks, should be ready to take the Gators in an all out battle for an upset.
My Pick: Kentucky
No. 15 Ole Miss at No. 2 Alabama
Forward Rebels, March to Fame! Hit that line and win this game, We know that you’ll fight it through, For your colors Red and Blue! Rah Rah Rah!
To say I’m excited, is an understatement.
Ole Miss is equipped with the weapons to go to Alabama and take its first victory in Bryant-Denny since 1988-with College Gameday and the nation watching.
Ole Miss has never beaten Alabama in back-to-back games and is 0-16 against teams ranked in the Top 2. Doesn’t sound very promising. Last year, with under a minute on the clock, Senquez Golson intercepted a pass meant for O. J. Howard in the back of the end zone. It was the play that helped Ole Miss ultimately secure the victory on a crisp autumn night in God’s Country.
This is the year my gut says the Rebels will get their signature road win against the Tide.
The Rebels distribute the ball well on offense and lead the league in rushing. Chad Kelly looks flawless on the field and has helped lead the Rebels in two 70+ point wins in a row. The first by any SEC team ever.
History may be against us, but time and circumstance are not. The Rebels are ready! Let’s go to T-Town and fight 60 minutes for the win!
My Pick: Ole Miss!
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