Is ‘Cupcake Saturday’ a Challenge to Pick?
They call it "Cupcake Saturday" for a reason. Many SEC teams are playing teams they are heavily favored against.
Last week I went 6-1 because Tennessee quit at Missouri, so my season record is now 26-5. Here are this week's Bake Sale picks:
UL-Monroe (2-8) at Ole Miss (8-2, 5-2 SEC) 11 a.m. CT • SEC Network
Oxford, Miss. • Vaught-Hemingway Stadium
We know Ole Miss will win. I will say 58-10. But, is Lane Kiffin leaning to going to A&M announcing after the Egg Bowl next week? I'm hearing its a real possibility.
Southern Miss (3-7) at Mississippi State (4-6, 1-6 SEC) 11 a.m. CT • SEC+ / ESPN+ Starkville, Miss. • Davis-Wade Stadium at Scott Field
Talk about two bad teams. The Bulldogs would have to beat Southern AND Ole Miss to get bowl eligible. Not likely, but I will give them this one. State wins 28-20.
Abilene Christian (5-5) at Texas A&M (6-4, 4-3 SEC) 11 a.m. CT • SEC+ / ESPN+ Bryan-College Station, Texas • Kyle Field
The Aggies fired Jimbo Fisher because Oil Money was tired of mediocrity. That won't help Abilene. TAMU wins big, 45-9.
Georgia (10-0, 7-0 SEC) at Tennessee (7-3, 3-3 SEC) 2:30 p.m. CT • CBS Knoxville, Tenn. • Neyland Stadium (101,915)
Shout out to these programs for their bakery boycott. This is far from a cupcake game. That said, Georgia is playing well and UT is not. Even at home, the Vols won't have enough bullets for the Dogs. UGA wins, 31-20.
New Mexico State (8-3) at Auburn (6-4, 3-4 SEC) 3 p.m. CT • SEC Network Auburn, Ala. • Jordan-Hare Stadium
Auburn may get more than it bargained for... for a half. Still, SEC players beat those from Conference USA. Sorry, Aggies. You will still get a nice paycheck. Auburn wins 45-21.
FIU (4-6) at Arkansas (3-7, 1-6 SEC) 6:30 p.m. CT • ESPNU Fayetteville, Ark. • Reynolds Razorback Stadium
This one made cable over Alabama? Oh, well. The Hogs won't be bowling and may or may not fire coach Sam Pittman, but they will win this one 38-14.
Florida (5-5, 3-4 SEC) at Missouri (8-2, 4-2 SEC) 6:30 p.m. CT • ESPN Columbia, Mo. • Faurot Field
Again, not a cupcake game, but Florida is not yes bowl eligible and I don't see them beating Mizzou OR Florida State. That's not good for Billy Napier. Tigers win, 38-24.
Kentucky (6-4, 3-4 SEC) at South Carolina (4-6, 2-5 SEC) 6:30 p.m. CT • SEC Network Columbia, S.C. • Williams-Brice Stadium
Okay, so the bakery isn't as busy as I thought, but I'd rather take my wife to a movie than watch this. To get bowl eligible SC will have to beat UK AND Clemson. Ain't happening. Wildcats take it, 24-20.
Georgia State (6-4) at LSU (7-3, 5-2 SEC) 7 p.m. CT • ESPN2 Baton Rouge, La. • Tiger Stadium
My brother spent about eight years as a GSU student before they had football. I doubt he watches this one. Tigers romp, 59=13.
Chattanooga (7-3) at Alabama (9-1, 7-0 SEC) 11 a.m. CT • SEC+ / ESPN+Tuscaloosa, Ala. • Bryant-Denny Stadium Tide 100.9, 95.3 The Bear, 1230 AM WTBC
Tide 100.9 loyal listener "Jumbo" tells us not to look ahead. Nick Saban tells his wife Terry the same. Still, this is a SCRIMMAGE. The hope is backups and walk-ons will be on the field in the fourth quarter and that's legit. Bama wins 56-7.
Open: Vanderbilt (2-9, 0-7 SEC) At least the 'Dores won't lose this week.
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