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The Rebel Walk Roundtable: Our Week 8 SEC Picks

The Rebel Walk Roundtable: Our Week 8 SEC Picks

With a big home game in the Vaught against Texas A&M on Saturday night, the Rebels are geared up for an SEC West battle that could have huge bowl implications. For the rest of the SEC, the same. It’s Week 8!

We continue on with Week 8 of SEC action. After last week, our records are as follows:

Jake Evans: 43-14
Land Teller: 43-14
Evie Van Pelt: 42-15
Hays Dubberly: 42-15
Ross Montgomery: 42-15

RW Roundtable: Our Week 8 SEC Picks

Photo credit: Josh McCoy, Ole Miss Athletics

6:30 P.M. – Texas A&M (3-3, 1-2 SEC) vs Ole Miss (3-4, 2-2 SEC)

Spread: A&M -6.5
O/U: 55.5

Jake: I’m hopeful. I think everyone realizes that the Rebs must win, otherwise a bowl game is basically gone. At home, under the lights, with beer, and missing a few key guys, I see the Rebels giving us their best game yet. Plumlee AKA Johnny Football 2.0 (yep, I said it), will run all over the Aggies. Benito Jones and Co. will make Kellen Mond beat them, and I don’t think he can. Rebs get a HUGE win in an all-out dogfight.

Evie: I’m with Jake on this one. I am hopeful, too. (But, then again, I’m always hopeful.) The Aggies will try to slow down Plumlee, but let’s face it–they won’t be able to do what Alabama and Mizzou couldn’t do, as the young freshman ran for over 100 on each of them. I think we continue to see Corral come in and the tandem QBs will lead the Rebels to a win. Tariqious Tisdale and Jacquez Jones will be chomping at the bit to play the second half after first-half suspensions for targeting, and they very well could be the difference in the game. Ole Miss wins a very close one. 

Land: Their best unit has to take on our worst unit… Their receivers are very good and Ole Miss’ secondary is not..Unless the Rebel’s D-line gets pressure…A&M’s passing game is going to have a field day…I say A&M in a runaway second half. 

Hays: The losses of Tariqious Tisdale and Jacquez Jones will affect the game more than most are giving credit for. These guys are fantastic defensive players. Statistically, Ole Miss is 130 out of 130 in FBS defending passes 10-20 yards through the air. The Aggies like to hit intermediate passing routes. This does not look good for the Rebels, and I do not think they will have the horsepower to pull it out. Aggies win in a close one.

Ross: Ole Miss has the offensive firepower to stay in this game. Plumlee and Corral are going to work some two quarterback magic, but it will not be enough to overcome the Rebels’ depleted secondary. Kellen Mond is going to have a field day, resulting in an Aggie win.

11 A.M. – #9 Florida (6-1, 3-1 SEC) vs S. Carolina (3-3, 2-2 SEC)

Spread: UF -5
O/U: 47

Jake: Florida is legit. South Carolina’s win last week was just in the cards. I mean c’mon, they beat Georgia, on their own field, with a 3rd string QB. They’re not a great team; it was just their day. South Carolina will be fired up at home, but depth and talent leans towards the Gators. Their defense will get after the Gamecocks depleted offense, and the Chomp will prevail.

Evie: I would love nothing more than for Dan Mullen to pick up another loss–but it won’t happen this weekend. The Gators defense is for real and although SC QB Hilinksi should be back from an injury last weekend, it likely won’t matter. Florida will get back on the winning side after a loss to LSU last weekend. 

Land: South Carolina is coming off a massive win. Don’t bet on Muschamp to do it two weeks in a row…Florida in a blowout. 

Hays: This is a trap game for Florida, but I think they pull out a close one. Both teams are coming off of emotional games but in different ways. I have a feeling it will be within a touchdown the entire game, but Florida’s defense is just too much.

Ross: After a magical win between the hedges last week, the Gamecocks are going to run out of luck. Gators bounce back after a tough loss to LSU last week.

11 A.M. – #11 Auburn (5-1, 2-1 SEC) vs Arkansas (2-4, 0-3 SEC)

Spread: AUB -19.5
O/U: 55.5

Jake: Auburn will whack Arkansas here, but I think the Hogs will hang around for a bit, because of a shaky Bo Nix. In the end, Auburn will pull away though.

Evie: Auburn is a huge favorite here–almost 20 points. I don’t think they’ll cover the spread but I do think they beat Arkansas. 

Land: #GUSBUSROLLON

Hays: Auburn seems to kill Arkansas every single time, and the Gus Bus will take no prisoners again. Arkansas is awful and will probably go winless in the SEC.

Ross: Poor Arkansas and poor Chad Morris. The Hogs stay winless in SEC play.

2:30 P.M. – #2 LSU (6-0, 2-0 SEC) vs  State (3-3, 1-2 SEC)

Spread: -17.5
O/U: 61.5

Jake: State sucks. LSU is quite the opposite. Need I say more? *Coach O voice* GEAUX TIGERS!

Evie: LSU is 17-2 in the last series meetings, overall, and that will be 18-2 after Saturday. The Tigers lead the FBS in scoring offense (52.5 ppg) and rank second in total offense (561 ypg). Oh, and LSU QB Joe Burrow is only three TDs away from the LSU single-season record of 28. Tigers roll all over State. Yay!

Land: Can’t wait for LSU to drop 60…LOL

Hays: LSU scores 40 points every game, and there is absolutely no way that the Bulldogs can keep up.

Ross: Garrett Schrader has been named the starter for the Bulldogs this week, and he will run the offense better than what Stevens did last week against the Vols, but this will not be enough. LSU is a very good team, and State is terrible. LSU covers.

3 P.M. – #22 Missouri (5-1, 2-0 SEC) vs Vanderbilt (1-5, 0-3 SEC)

Spread: MIZ -21
O/U: 56.5

Jake: Missouri is legit this year, and Vandy might lost to my middle school team. I mean wow they’re bad. Tigers ROLL this week, by probably more than 21. I can’t see Vandy putting up more than about 14. Tigers big.

Evie: The spread on this one is Missouri minus 21….and I think that’s being generous to Vandy. Mizzou by a lot. 

Land: MIssouri is ranked (good for them) and they will prove why…The ZOU dominates. 

Hays: There is no hope for Vanderbilt because the Tigers look stout defensively. The struggles for Vanderbilt will continue.

Ross: Mizzou wins and it’s not close.

5:00 P.M. – Kentucky (3-3, 1-3 SEC) vs #10 Georgia (5-1, 2-1 SEC)

Spread: UGA -25
O/U: 46.5

Jake: Didn’t see that coming last week…Georgia still controls its own destiny, and after a BAD loss last week, they’ll be back with a vengeance this week, to prove that they still belong in the playoff talk. Dawgs by a few TDs.

Evie: UGA has won nine straight over Kentucky and I don’t see that streak coming to an end this Saturday. Georgia has averaged 293.7 rushing yards per game against Kentucky since 2013–the most by any SEC team against a single opponent in that span. I don’t think UGA covers the 25-point spread, but they will win easily.

Land: Georgia is now mad…and Kentucky does not want that.

Hays: Kirby will have the Dawgs ready after the upset last week, and it will not be close.

Ross: Georgia will bounce back, after a tough loss last week to keep their CFP hopes alive.

8:00 P.M. – Tennessee (2-4, 1-2 SEC) vs #1 Alabama (6-0, 3-0 SEC)

Spread: -34.5
O/U: 61

Jake: Third Saturday in October! Bama has dominated this series in the last decade, and that will continue this weekend. This is a bitter rivalry, and Alabama loves feasting on the Volunteers. Plus, Saban always destroys his former assistants…Bama will roll again, move to 7-0, and break out the cigars in the postgame.

Evie: Let’s consider a few things here. Alabama has won an FBS-record 87 consecutive games against unranked opponents. Oh, and Nick Saban is 18-0 when coaching against his former assistants…such as Vols’ head coach Jeremy Pruitt who was on Saban’s staff from 2007-2012 and 2016-17. Yeah, Bama wins big in this one. 

Land: Saban doesn’t lose to his assistants so until he does…I’m going Saban.

Hays: The Third Weekend of October has been an ugly one for the Vols in the last decade, and that trend will continue.

Ross: Jermey Pruitt said they might never kick it to the Tide on Saturday. Sounds like a pretty good game plan to me. If they don’t have the ball, they can’t score. Boy that would be fun to watch, so let’s see if Pruitt has the guts to do it. It will not matter though, Tua will continue to throw them slants. Tide rolls.

 

A&M

vs

Ole Miss

#9 Florida

vs

S. Carolina

#11 Auburn

vs

Arkansas

#2 LSU

vs

State

#22 Mizzou

vs

Vandy

UK

vs

#10 UGA

Tenn.

vs

#1 Bama

Jake OM

27-23

#9 UF

31-21

#11 AUB

34-13

#2 LSU

49-14

#22 MIZ

44-7

#10 UGA

31-20

#1 BAMA

52-9

Evie OM

31-28

UF

35-21

AUB

28-10

LSU

52-14

MIZ

45-7

UGA

38-17

BAMA

56-10

Land A&M 

38-24

UF 

41-27

AUB 

31-13

LSU 

56-17

MIZ

41-19

UGA 

38-13

BAMA

52-13

Hays A&M

31-27

UF

28-21

AUB

49-10

LSU

49-17

MIZ

38-10

UGA

42-10

BAMA

59-21

Ross A&M

38-31

UF

34-17

AUB

34-21

LSU

52-17

MIZ

38-10

UGA

28-17

BAMA

49-13

 

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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