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SEC College Football Picks Week 13 Odds: Alabama Cruises Auburn to Iron Bowl Tennessee Returns

SEC College Football Picks Week 13 Odds: Alabama Cruises Auburn to Iron Bowl Tennessee Returns

Rivalry Week is upon us, and that means bragging rights all over the SEC, including during No. 7 Alabama wins over opponents Chestnut in the Iron Bowl in the SEC on CBS Game of the Week. The Crimson Tide have fallen out of SEC West contention, but after last season’s four-overtime thriller, the state championship could be won. Auburn had a rough campaign, but an upset over the Crimson Tide with interim coach and legendary Tigers running back Cornell Williams would lead the program into the offseason on a much-needed high.

Elsewhere, #1 Georgia will encounter Tech while the Bulldogs look to wrap up another perfect regular season, No. 5 LDU looks to keep him weak Student football Playoff hopes are alive Texas A&M and South Carolina will look to pull off a second consecutive upset over No.8 Clemson.

Let’s break down each game and make a selection straight up and against the spread.

Appetizer: Style points for the Tigers

Don’t be surprised if LSU coach Brian Kelly leaves his foot on the gas against Texas A&M if his Tigers can jump out ahead. He knows that making a big final impression is very important in this day and age. No, Texas A&M is not exactly cool company this year. In fact, it’s a disaster.

Let’s play a game for a second. Let’s say, hypothetically, LSU beats Georgia in the SEC Championship Game. Will the CFP Selection Committee give the two-loss Tigers a spot in the four-team playoff? They would get two quality wins over Georgia and Alabama, but lose Tennessee doesn’t look as good as it did before Tennessee’s loss to South Carolina and loss to No. 16 in the season opener State of Florida that’s no excuse for a team worthy of the title.

LDU headed UAB 41-10 last week despite being favored by only two touchdowns. A blowout win over Texas A&M coupled with a potential upset over Georgia would show the committee that it’s peaking at the right time while creating some interesting conversations in that boardroom.

Main Course: Revenge?

Auburn is a 22-point underdog to Alabama, which suggests this edition of the Iron Bowl is poised to be a hot one. Not so fast. Last season, the spread was 20.5 points and Alabama needed four overtimes to beat an Auburn team led by a quarterback TJ Finleywho was hampered by a leg injury throughout the game.

It’s in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and there’s no doubt the crimson and white crowd will make things difficult for the Tigers. However, Auburn’s pass defense has been much better over the past three games — two of which have come against the pass rush Mississippi State and Western Kentucky. The Crimson Tide’s wide receiving corps has been inconsistent all year. If Auburn can shut down deep threats and force Alabama to be one-dimensional, it will have a chance.

Plus, assuming Carnell Williams doesn’t land the full-time job at Auburn, sending him off with a three-game winning streak and a win over a team he threw for 204 yards against in 2003 would be a storybook capping off a wild season. to the plains.

Dessert: Return of the Rattler

One-time South Carolina quarterback Spencer Rattler was the Heisman Trophy favorite at Oklahoma. He hasn’t lived up to the hype, but he looked the part last Saturday as he threw for 438 yards and six touchdowns in a 63-38 win over Tennessee. Can he repeat that feat and end Clemson’s CFP hopes? It will require an effort even greater than what we saw against the Volunteers.

The Tigers are allowing just 214.5 passing yards per game and, more importantly, 6.2 yards per attempt. The big passing game is exactly what gave the Rattler success Saturday as he averaged 11.8 yards per attempt. Rattler destroyed Tennessee’s CFP chances last weekend, and he has a chance to do the same this weekend against his team’s archrival. But it’s going to take a lot more magic than last week.


directly: 75-25 | Against distribution: 46-44-2
*Preliminary selection has been made on Instagram as the SEC Smothered & Covered kicks off in Week 3

Mississippi State is ranked 20th Be Miss

Selected game | Ole Miss Rebels vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs

The Rebels have lost two straight, and their defense has regressed to the point where even a 703-yard offensive effort could produce a victory. Additionally, Rebels coach Lane Kiffin is rumored to be looking for another job in the SEC. Ole Miss’ pass defense is allowing 216.1 yards per game through the air (10th in the SEC), and the Bulldogs’ quarterback Will Rogers will stay hot in upset win over faltering Rebs. Pick: Mississippi State (+2.5)

Selected game | Missouri Tigers vs. Arkansas Razorbacks

The Tigers’ offense has struggled for most of the season, which isn’t a good sign considering Arkansas just beat an Ole Miss team that is built specifically for shootouts. Razorbacks linebacker K. J. Jefferson is back, and it’s almost impossible to prepare for how he operates as a runner between the tackles and the pass rusher. Jefferson and the star run back Raheem Sanders will run away from the Tigers in the second half. Pick: Arkansas (-3)

Florida at No. 16 Florida State

Selected game | Florida State Seminoles vs. Florida Gators

The Seminoles have topped the 38-point mark in each of their last four games, including a win over Syracuse two games ago. This will force the Gators quarterback Anthony Richardson become more of a threat with his arm, which is not his strong point. Yes, he threw for 400 yards last weekend in a loss Vanderbilt, but he had to do it for his team to have a chance after a slow start. I’ll take the Seminoles to win and cover, especially since a 10-point win is money. Pick: Florida State (-9.5)

Georgia Tech is ranked #1 in Georgia

The Yellow Jackets have really played very good defense lately, including last week when they were strong North Carolina 365 yards of offense in a 21-17 road win at Chapel Hill. They’ll be able to make enough stops to keep this one within five touchdowns. Don’t get me wrong, Georgia will win and be in control throughout, but the Bulldogs have bigger fish to fry and will come out on top early in the fourth quarter. Pick: Georgia Tech (+35.5)

South Carolina at No. 8 Clemson

Selected game | Clemson Tigers vs. South Carolina Gamecocks

The Gamecocks will come back down to Earth in Clemson as the Rattlers can’t recapture the magic of last week against a much better defense. Tigers defender DJ Uiagalelei will avoid mistakes, they’ll go on long drives to make sure the Rattler stays on the sideline and its strong back seven commits enough mistakes to give them late cover. Pick: Clemson (-14.5)

Selected game | Kentucky Wildcats vs. Louisville Cardinals

The Cardinals could do without their star quarterback Malik Cunningham, although even if he plays, it is unlikely to be 100%. The Wildcats shut down Georgia’s offense for much of last week’s loss, and they won’t be intimidated by what the Cardinals do with or without Cunningham. Wildcats coach Mark Stoops will get a balanced game from the running back Chris Rodriguez Jr. and defender Will Lewiswhich would be enough to win it by a touchdown or more. Pick: Kentucky (-3)

Auburn at No. 7 Alabama

Selected game | Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Auburn Tigers

The “Cadillac factor” under interim coach Cornell Williams has made a huge difference for the Auburn Tigers, but this is a different animal. This is the Iron Bowl against an Alabama team that is much more talented and has a quarterback Bryce Young which is most likely making its last home before moving on to NFL. I fully expect it to be close(ish) for two and a half quarters, but things will start late and Young will come out with a bang. Pick: Alabama (-22)

No. 5 LSU at Texas A&M

Selected game | Texas A&M Aggies vs. LSU Tigers

Honestly, I have no idea why LSU is only a 10-point favorite over an Aggies team that is ravaged by injuries and coming off a miserable season. LSU has polished the rushing attack John Emery Jr. and Noah Cain in the backfield, and quarterback Jayden Daniels taking pictures. The last thing Texas A&M will want to do is get into a fistfight when nothing is imminent. It will be very, very ugly. Pick: LSU (-10)

#10 Tennessee at Vanderbilt

Selected game | Vanderbilt Commodores vs. Tennessee Volunteers

Let’s go back in time to a month ago and think about how crazy it would be to say that Tennessee would only win by two touchdowns against Vanderbilt in the regular season finale. Yet here we are as the reeling Volunteers take on a Commodores team riding a two-game winning streak. Volunteer quarterback Joe Milton steps in Hendon Hooker and torches the Dores pass defense to make this a shootout. Wendy won’t be able to keep up and the Vols will enter the cup season with little momentum. Pick Tennessee (-14)

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