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RW Roundtable: Our Week 5 SEC Picks

RW Roundtable: Our Week 5 SEC Picks

On this week’s Rebel Walk Roundtable, we tackle the best game in the best conference, as the Rebs head to Tuscaloosa to face the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide.

Tisdale and Luke

Tariqious Tisdale and head coach Matt Luke celebrate a defensive play. (Photo: Josh McCoy, Ole Miss Athletics)

There was a shift in our Rebel Walk Roundtable standings after last week’s games. Jake Evans and Evie Van Pelt had enjoyed a slim one-game lead over Land Teller; however, Land and Hays Dubberly dominated last week’s picks–going 7-2, while Jake and Evie each went 5-4. Ross Montgomery has joined the Roundtable, going 5-4 in his first week. Here are the updated standings as we enter Week 5.

Land: 35-10
Hays: 34-11
Jake: 34-11
Evie: 34-11

RW Roundtable: Our Week 5 SEC Picks

2:30 P.M – Ole Miss (2-2, 1-0 SEC) vs #2 Alabama (4-0, 1-0 SEC)

Spread: Bama -38.0

O/U: 60

Jake: This is the largest underdog Ole Miss has been in program history. The last two years against Alabama have been miserable for the Rebs, as they scored a combined 10 points against the Tide. With a QB carousel going on due to starter Matt Corral’s injury vs. Cal, the game being played in Tuscaloosa, and with all the pieces still trying to mesh, the Rebels will be beaten by Bama…badly. Earlier this week, Saban said he’s “worried” (No idea why…?), so he might hang 60 on the Red and Blue. Gonna be a long Saturday.

Evie: Not many teams will stand a chance against Bama this season, and pretty much every one of those will be a double-digit underdog, so that big spread doesn’t bother me. What I’m looking for is a very, very young Rebels team (70 of the 120 on the roster are freshmen or sophomores) to keep fighting all the way until the final second ticks off the clock. I think they will. Bama wins, but Ole Miss doesn’t quit. 

Land: It used to be Ole Miss-Alabama could go either way…nowadays it’s how much Bama will win by…its going to be a lot…like so much.

Hays: The Ole Miss secondary and offensive line has looked rough in recent weeks, and I think the Crimson Tide will expose that.

Ross: Ole Miss has had success against the Crimson Tide in recent years. Saban even said the Rebels are probably the best team they have faced this year, but let’s not be naive; the Rebels are no match for Alabama. This game will be over by halftime.

11 A.M. – #23 Texas A&M (2-2, 0-1 SEC) vs Arkansas (2-2, 0-1 SEC)

Spread: A&M -23.5

O/U: 59.5

Jake: Kellen Mond might throw for 450 this week. A&M is most likely the best 2-2 team in the country, and they’ll get back above .500 with a big big win over the Razorbacks this week

Evie: Arkansas QB Nick Starkel would love to beat his former A&M team. But A&M has won all seven meetings against Arkansas since joining the SEC. This will be the eighth win for the Aggies. 

Land: Arkansas is a DUMPSTER FIRE… Jimbo takes advantage and gets the Aggies back on track.

Hays: Chad Morris is absolutely awful, and his Razorbacks lost to San Jose State last week, which is arguably one of the worst jobs in the FBS. Arkansas will get beat soundly by the Aggies.

Ross: Could this be the game that saves Chad Morris’ coaching career at Arkansas? It would be a huge win for the Razorbacks, but I do not see that happening. The Hogs are simply not a good football team. Gig ‘em.

11 A.M. – Northern Illinois (1-2) vs Vanderbilt (0-3)

Spread: VAN -6.5

O/U: 51.5

Jake: Vandy is the only Power-5 team without a win yet this season…yikes. However, RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn will run all over a weaker team. Vandy finally wins at home, but not by as much as you’d expect. 

Evie: Man…this game is the very definition of a yawner to me. Ke’Shawn Vaughn should be the difference. I think Vandy wins, but by four points or less. 

Land: Vandy hasn’t won a game yet…the only Power 5 team to do so… I think the ‘Dores FINALLY get one in the win column. DON’T CALL IT A COMEBACK.

Hays: I think Riley Neal is atrocious even with all the offensive weapons surrounding him. I think Vandy pulls this one out.

Ross: Upset time in Nashville, well I guess it qualifies as an upset?? Vandy will continue in its losing ways, and the Huskies will pick up a road win against an SEC team.

3:00 P.M. – Towson (3-1) vs #9 Florida (4-0)

Jake: No spread, no explanation needed. Gators by a bunch in The Swamp.

Evie: Towson has a football team? Gators by a lot. 

Land: I mean… Florida.

Hays: I’m going out on a limb and think Florida wins.

Ross: Gators.

6:00 P.M. – Mississippi State (3-1, 1-0 SEC) vs #7 Auburn (4-0, 1-0 SEC)

Spread: AUB -10.5

O/U: 46

Jake: Every week I say Auburn is overrated, and every time they win. Guess I kinda need to back off of that…Auburn whips the Bulldogs at home and SOMEHOW climbs in the rankings. 

Evie: Auburn and State have split their previous eight meetings — with the home team going 6-2 in those 8 games. This one will be played at Jordan-Hare. Oh, also..Auburn is averaging 259.5 yards rushing per game, most in the SEC. They’re going to beat State and cover the spread. 

Land: Man it’s fun to pick against State, and it’s nice to see Jake has finally quit doubting Auburn… GUS BUS ROLL ON.

Hays: Auburn’s defensive front 7 is awesome and arguably the best in the SEC. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs are still searching for an answer at quarterback, and this is not the team that will find the answer. 

Ross: Hmm, a Tiger would beat a Bulldog in a fight. Plus I am not picking State. Soooo, Auburn wins.

6:30 P.M. – Kentucky (2-2, 0-2 SEC) vs South Carolina (1-3, 0-2 SEC)

Spread: USC -3.0

O/U: 52.5 

Jake: Seems like a very evenly matched game to me. I think both teams are playing a bit under their potential right now, but this is a game where we could see that change. I think South Carolina wins a close one…crowd will be a big factor.

Evie: I agree with everyone here–and Vegas–that this will be a close game. Ultimately, the Gamecocks pick up an SEC win because of their home-crowd edge. 

Land: Will Muschamp’s days in Columia are numbered. Kentucky feels like they are so close to being good… two desperate teams hashing it out makes for good television. Give me the Cats.

Hays: I love Ryan Hilinski at quarterback for the Gamecocks, and I think they are one of the best 1-3 teams in the nation. I know that sounds ridiculous, but this is a solid football team. Kentucky’s backup Sawyer Smith really struggled last week, and this will be a tough road matchup for him.

Ross: Kentucky and South Carolina are one in the same to me. They are evenly matched and both are middle-of-the-pack teams out of the eastern division. This will be a very close game, and I’m going to give the edge to South Carolina due to the game being at home.

 

 

Ole Miss

vs

#2 Bama

 

#23 Ark

vs.

A&M

N. Illinois

vs.

Vandy

Towson

vs

#9 Florida

Miss. St.

vs.

#7 Auburn

Kentucky

vs

S. Car.

Jake BAMA

52-17

A&M

38-17

VU 

27-23

UF 

48-6

AUB 

31-20

SC 

27-23

Evie Bama

41-17

A&M

41-14

VU

31-27

UF

49-7

AUB

31-17

SC

24-21

Land Bama

66-10

A&M 

45-13

VU 

34-20

UF 

56-7

AUB 

35-24

UK 

21-17

Hays Bama

52-10

A&M 

48-14

VU 

34-31

UF 

52-7

AUB 

35-21

SC 

21-14

Ross BAMA

48-13

A&M

34-21

NI

27-24

UF 

45-10

AUB 

34-24

SC 

24-21

 

 

About The Author

Jake Evans

Jake is a senior Integrated Marketing and Communications major at Ole Miss, from Nashville, TN. Along with RW, Jake hosts "The Flagship Football Show" podcast. He's also a huge fan of the Rebels, Titans, Predators, and Braves.

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