SEC Football Predictions: 2018 Week Four

Get ready for week four of the 2018 SEC football season

Week 4 is where we really get into it… Six of the eight games involving SEC teams are conference matchups, and some of them are really good games. Let’s take a look at this week’s slate!

Kent State @ Ole Miss – 12 PM ET (SECN)

Ole Miss got completely shut down by the godly Alabama Crimson Tide last week. Ole Miss even scored on the first play and then never came close again. This week should be different! Kent State won’t be able to keep up with the high-powered offense of the Rebels. The wide receivers will have a big day thanks to Jordan Ta’amu as he continues to grow as a quarterback and Ole Miss cruises to 3-1.

Prediction: Ole Miss 56, Kent State 24

No. 2 Georgia @ Missouri – 12 PM ET (ESPN)

Missouri is good, and Drew Lock is leading the SEC in touchdowns, completions, passing yards… you get the point. But, and I’ve said it a lot already, Georgia is stacked and by far the most talented team in the East. If Mizzou pulls it off at home, there will certainly be some Georgia miscues we will be able to look back at and point to.

Until I see Georgia slip up, can’t bet against them winning these types of games. Jake Fromm and company will pull away in the second half.

Prediction: Georgia 40, Missouri 27

Texas A&M @  No. 1 Alabama – 3:30 PM ET (CBS)

We all knew he was good, but Tua Tagovailoa has been nothing but sensational so far, completing 72% of his passes this season, throwing 8 beautiful touchdowns and zero interceptions. He looks comfortable in the pocket and has controlled every game he’s played in despite never playing close to four full quarters.

The Aggies of Texas A&M took Clemson down to the wire a few weeks ago, and that was beyond impressive. I think A&M is a much better football team than anyone thought they would be, but Alabama is just too dominant right now. Maybe they hang with the Tide for a couple quarters… It almost seems that Alabama has won the National Championship already… It’s only week four. Buckle Up.

Prediction: Alabama 42, Texas A&M 20

South Carolina @ Vanderbilt – 4 PM ET (SECN)

This is probably the game that intrigues me the most this weekend! Both teams have 1 loss to top-10 teams and have looked impressive in their other win(s). South Carolina’s Week 3 home stand against Marshall was cancelled due to Hurricane Florence, so the Gamecocks remain 1-1 and are basically coming off of a bye week to face the Commodores in Nashville.

South Carolina may be rested, but they better not be caught sleeping in this one. Vanderbilt nearly upset Notre Dame in South Bend and is hungry for an SEC win at home. I’m picking Vandy here in a close one. But both of these teams have more than a shot – Tossup game.

Prediction: Vanderbilt 27, South Carolina 24

Louisiana Tech @  No. 6 LSU – 7 PM ET (ESPNU)

LSU will win this game, but by how much? The Tigers trot home to Baton Rouge now ranked 6th in the nation to face the Bulldogs of Louisiana Tech. Tech is not a bad football team at all, and will put some points on the board. LSU has to play efficiently and control the tempo of the game in order to run away with this one.

The Tigers are favored by around 21, 22 points and should win this one from the get-geaux. I don’t think they’ll quite cover, as they’re a flawed 3-0 team… Nonetheless, make it 4-0 for Coach O and the squad.

Prediction: LSU 34, Louisiana Tech 20

No. 14 Mississippi State @ Kentucky – 7 PM ET (ESPN2)

This MAY be the best matchup of the weekend. Fans, as well as the teams themselves, should learn a lot about the type of football they are playing both in Starkville and Lexington. Both of these squads are off to 3-0 starts. 3-0 is a great place to be, especially really getting into SEC play.

Unfortunately for one of them, college football games don’t end in ties, and someone will be 3-1 by the end of this one. And I think it has to be Kentucky to lose this one. Benny Snell is a workhouse and should give the elite Bulldog run defense some issues they haven’t faced yet this season.

But all-around Mississippi State is playing better football. Who controls football games? The quarterback. Gimme Nick Fitzgerald over Terry Wilson. Bulldogs move to 4-0 ahead of the return of Dan Mullen to Starkville.

Prediction: Mississippi State 35, Kentucky 24

Florida @ Tennessee – 7 PM ET (ESPN)

Florida is certainly better than they were last year. Dan Mullen is now their coach, and the Gators are looking to return to the top of the SEC. I don’t see that happening quite yet. Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt is looking to revamp a Volunteers team that went an atrocious 0-8 in conference play last season.

I think Florida is a more complete team, and although both teams have failed their only real tests so far in the young season, I’m rolling with the Gators to move to 3-1 before Mullen heads to Starkville. An improved Feliepe Franks should make a bad Tennessee defense dizzy by the end of the night.

Florida 27, Tennessee 21

Arkansas @ 9 Auburn – 7:30 PM ET (SECN)

Arkansas has already embarrassed the SEC. Week 4 hasn’t begun yet. They got clobbered by North Texas and look awful. That being said, this week should yield a similar result as they head to Auburn, who, although they suffered their first loss to LSU, looks like a very solid football team. The Tigers are physical, deep, and still hold a top-10 ranking as quarterback Jarrett Stidham looks to bounce back after a shaky, uncharacteristic performance against LSU. This one could get ugly. Fast.

Auburn 49, Arkansas 15

Let us know what you think about the picks! Your picks? And enjoy this week of SEC college football – great matchups will should make this the best week yet!

All stats via Sports-Reference.com