September 23, 2021
We head into week four of SEC action this weekend still plenty of question marks surrounding who will be legitimate contenders to challenge Alabama and Georgia.
Alabama eked out a win on the road at Florida, while Georgia cruised to an easy win at home against South Carolina. While both teams have looked impressive, Arkansas, Ole Miss, and Texas A&M look like real threats to Alabama in the SEC West this season.
Let’s look at some highlights from Week 3 and look ahead to the top matchups as we head into week 4.
Alabama got out to a 21-3 lead in the swamp but Florida clawed their way back in the second half to make it a close game that Alabama was able to close out late in the fourth quarter. Alabama showed some holes on the defensive side of the ball which is a big concern for the Tide as they face a high-powered Ole Miss offense in two weeks followed by Texas A&M the week after on the road.
Ole Miss put on an offensive display against Tulane at home led by Matt Corral who combined for 7 touchdowns and now is the Heisman trophy favorite over Alabama QB Bryce Young. Lane Kiffin’s offense used a high tempo style to keep the Green Wave on their heels and playing from being early and often. Ole Miss heads into an off week before a big showdown at Alabama next week.
Mississippi State went on the road to Memphis and was upset 31-29 in a game that had a series of controversial calls that drew complaints from the SEC league office afterward.
Auburn went on the road to top 10 Penn State and came up short in the fourth quarter and fell 28-20 in a tough non-conference matchup. Auburn still has everything in front of them with SEC play around the corner and if they can get through the SEC West unscathed this early season loss will be forgiven by year’s end.
One of the most intriguing SEC matchups this weekend pits Mississippi State against LSU in Starkville as the Tigers look to continue to build momentum after their week one loss at UCLA. Mississippi State will be looking to bounce back after their gut wrenching loss in Memphis in front of a packed Davis Wade Stadium.
LSU is favored by 2.5 over the Bulldogs but I like Mississippi State’s chances at home to outscore LSU who still have questions at Quarterback.
Pick: Mississippi State to Win
Another big SEC West showdown as the Hogs take on the Aggies at Jerryworld in a matchup of undefeated teams. Texas A&M grinded to a 10-7 win at Colorado and week 2 where they lost starting QB Haynes King and there are still questions on offense for the Aggies.
This game is always close, but I’d head to FoxBet and place my money on Arkansas’s offense and KJ Jefferson at QB to pull the upset in Arlington.
The Gators get a chance to rebound from their tough loss to Alabama by beating up on old rival Tennessee at home. The Gators should roll although I like Tennessee to cover.
Pick: Tennessee to cover, Florida to win
Kentucky is quietly 3-0 under head coach Mark Stoops and I like them to go on the road and put up a boatload of points on South Carolina, who have looked shaky offensively.
Pick: Kentucky cover
Matt Corral (Ole Miss) and Bryce Young (Alabama) are the top two favorites to win the Heisman trophy as we head into week four. Ole Miss and Alabama face off in week 5, so the winner of that matchup has a good shot at becoming this year’s winner.