To get you ready for this Saturday's action, ESPN reporters Sam Khan Jr. and Alex Scarborough give their picks and analysis of Week 6 in the SEC.
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Scarborough: All right, Sam, we're back after a so-so time picking games last week. We both went 6-2 -- we got LSU-Troy dead wrong, while I was wrong about Vanderbilt and you were wrong about Mississippi State -- but overall I think we're in good shape. My remedial math has you at 38-13 and me at 41-10.
But this is a new week and there are a couple of intriguing games on the schedule and no Group of 5 gimmes to trip up on -- thanks again, Troy.
Let's start with the early games: Georgia at Vanderbilt and Ole Miss at Auburn.
Barring catastrophic injury, I like Georgia and Auburn to win big. The Bulldogs are playing really well right now, and seeing how well Florida ran against that Vanderbilt defense gives me even more confidence in Nick Chubb, Sony Michel & Co. Same thing for the Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Ole Miss' defense probably isn't as bad as the 66 points it gave up to Alabama indicates, but it's not all that much better either. With Kerryon Johnson and Kamryn Pettway expected to play, the Rebs are going to get torched on the ground.
What do you think?
Khan: I'm in agreement here. Auburn looks like it's starting to find a groove, and getting the Rebels a week after Alabama is advantageous for the Tigers. Georgia is playing really good football and is simply a more talented team than the Commodores, so we agree on both picks.
Arkansas at South Carolina is a game that intrigues me. Neither has been terribly consistent this year. The Gamecocks still have issues offensively, whereas the Razorbacks have begun to find themselves in that regard. I like Arkansas to go into Williams-Brice Stadium and come out with the victory. How do you see this one?
Scarborough: I don't know why I haven't bailed yet, but I'm sticking on the South Carolina bandwagon. I think, at home, we'll see Jake Bentley have a good game. Remember, that Arkansas defense is next to last in terms of sacking the quarterback. I think Austin Allen throws another poorly timed interception and the Gamecocks find a way to win a close one at home late in the game.
What's your read on Missouri-Kentucky? Not a game with a lot on the line in terms of the bigger picture, but do we see the Tigers rebound from what's been a horrific start to the season?
Khan: I can't take Missouri until the Tigers give me a reason to do so. Plus, Kentucky has this one at home. This is a team that's a few plays away from being undefeated. Give me the Wildcats.
Scarborough: Same here. Kentucky should take care of business at home.
Speaking of home games ... any chance we see an upset in College Station? Texas A&M gets Alabama at home, and the Aggies are playing well of late.
Khan: The Aggies have quietly gotten better each of the past couple of weeks, but I just don't see them pulling off the upset. I think they'll show good fight and keep it competitive in the first half (this team is becoming more confident), but Alabama's too good, in my opinion, and ends up winning by double digits. I assume you feel similarly.
Scarborough: I do. I think the only hope A&M has is if Christian Kirk plays all 11 positions on offense, does his usual thing in the return game and picks off a couple of passes on defense. And that isn't happening. This Alabama team is too focused right now to slip up on the road. I like the Tide to win big.
Khan: All right, LSU-Florida. Tons of storylines here. Which one intrigues you the most?
Scarborough: Other than this game being the face of SEC mediocrity? I'll save that for a column later. What I'm interested in with this game is whether Derrius Guice is 100 percent and how that helps LSU's struggling offense. It's clear that Danny Etling can't carry this team, and he's going to need a ton of help from the run game to put up points. On the other hand, how well does Feleipe Franks play? The Gators scored a bunch of points against a beat-up Vanderbilt defense, but they all came on the ground, and I think we'll see LSU dare Franks to put the ball in the air.
Give me Florida, mostly because the game is in The Swamp. I don't think it will be pretty, but the Gators get the job done. What do you think?
Khan: Call me crazy, but I'm going with LSU. Between the embarrassment that was last week's loss to Troy, all the internal soul-searching, players-only meetings, etc., I think this Tiger team is finally going to show up with the type of energy and enthusiasm that has been seemingly missing the last couple of weeks. I think pride kicks in here, in part because of the Tigers' situation but also because of how Florida went into Death Valley last year and came out with a win. So, against all logic, I'm taking LSU.