Here’s a look at the Top 25 and SEC college football games for Week 9 of the college football season.
I’ve broken down the schedules and predictions into three parts: 1-SEC schedule with analysis and score prediction. 2-Top 25 and SEC game time schedule with predicted winner, straight-up. 3-My featured five games for all of college football with analysis and winners. The BCS rankings were used in the schedules below.
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**SEC Schedule – Week 9 – Saturday, Oct. 27 Games**
My record last week was 6-0.
My record after week 8, straight-up, is 59-10 (86 %.)
Kentucky (1-7, 0-5 SEC) at Missouri (3-4, 0-4 SEC)
12 a.m. ET / 11 a.m. CT • ESPNU
Columbia, Mo. • Memorial Stadium / Faurot Field (71,004)
Vince’s Vibe: Kentucky is getting some play-making at quarterback and improved play on the lines. Missouri still has questions at quarterback. I like the Tigers though to get the offense going against the weak ‘Cats defense and outscore UK in a close game.
Winner: Missouri 37-30
Tennessee (3-4, 0-4 SEC) at #13 South Carolina (6-2, 4-2 SEC)
12 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. CT • ESPN
Columbia, S.C. • Williams-Brice Stadium (80,250)
Vince’s Vibe: I’ve heard some media from South Carolina and outside the state of Tennessee compliment the Vols because of the early-season offensive stats of the offense and expecting inspired play for Derek Dooley. Knowing this team, I don’t see it. South Carolina has been beat-up with the rough schedule in recent weeks, but South Carolina will be inspired, mentally tougher, has far better coaching and more talent.
Winner: South Carolina 38-17
Ole Miss (4-3, 1-2 SEC) at Arkansas (3-4, 2-2 SEC)
12:21 p.m. ET / 11:21 a.m. CT • SEC Network
Little Rock, Ark. • War Memorial Stadium (53,955)
Vince’s Vibe: These two programs have bowl games within reach. Arkansas has settled down an ugly early season situation. I think the leadership of Tyler Wilson is a big reason for it. The Razorbacks still have on-field issues (defensive injuries and ineffective run game.) Arkansas’ wins have been versus bad teams. I like the fight and schemes of Ole Miss. I think the Rebels make big plays and surprise many in Fayetteville.
Winner: Ole Miss 31-24
#2 Florida (7-0, 6-0 SEC) vs. #10 Georgia (6-1, 4-1 SEC)
3:30 p.m. ET / 2:30 p.m. CT • CBS Sports
Jacksonville, Fla. • EverBank Field (82,000)
Vince’s Vibe: Georgia’s players were called-out by a teammate. How will that play-out? It was warranted but will it help? My guess is it will a little but come crunch-time the soft players will revert to those bad habits. Florida’s best in the 4th quarter. Unless Georgia swarms Florida early and forces the Gators to play from behind with the passing game, I think UF wins. Even though UGA is capable, I trust Florida more.
Winner: Florida 27-16
#20 Texas A&M (5-2, 2-2 SEC) at Auburn (1-6, 0-5 SEC)
7 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. CT • ESPNU
Auburn, Ala. • Jordan-Hare Stadium / Pat Dye Field (87,451)
Vince’s Vibe: The pressure mounts for Gene Chizik at Auburn. It could get really rough today. The only teams that have had success slowing down “Johnny Football” Johnny Manziel have been Florida and LSU, both of which have elite defenses. Auburn is far from that. This could be another 500-plus total yardage game for Manziel. A&M big.
Winner: Texas A&M 45-20
Massachusetts (0-7) at Vanderbilt (3-4, 2-3 SEC)
7 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. CT • FSN
Nashville, Tenn. • Vanderbilt Stadium (40,550)
Vince’s Vibe: No letdown coming for the Fighting Franklins.
Winner: Vanderbilt 41-13
#11 Mississippi State (7-0, 3-0 SEC) at #1 Alabama (7-0, 4-0 SEC)
8:30 p.m. ET / 7:30 p.m. CT • ESPN
Tuscaloosa, Ala. • Bryant-Denny Stadium (101,821)
Vince’s Vibe: What an opportunity for Mississippi State to bring down the team they arguably want to beat most every year. The Bulldogs present the toughest challenge of the year for Alabama, so far. That won’t be enough though. Bama QB AJ McCarron hasn’t thrown an interception in 10 games. It could happen today with Banks, Slay and a skilled MSU secondary. Alabama’s ground game will be devastating in the second half to pull away.
Winner: Alabama 35-17
OPEN: #6 LSU (7-1, 3-1 SEC)
**Week 9 Top 25 & SEC College Football Schedule**
Record last week = 21-1
Season record after Week 7 = 155-30 (84 %)
*My predicted winners
Saturday, October 27 (All Times Eastern)
*#23 Texas Longhorns at Kansas Jayhawks
Kentucky Wildcats at Missouri Tigers*
Tennessee Volunteers at #13 South Carolina Gamecocks*
*Ole Miss Rebels at Arkansas Razorbacks
Colorado Buffaloes at #4 Oregon Ducks*
*#9 USC Trojans at Arizona Wildcats
Duke Blue Devils at #12 Florida State Seminoles*
*#2 Florida Gators vs. #10 Georgia Bulldogs (Jacksonville, FL)
#14 Texas Tech Red Raiders at #3 Kansas State Wildcats*
*#24 Ohio Bobcats at Miami (OH) RedHawks
Kent State Golden Flashes at #15 Rutgers Scarlet Knights*
Michigan State Spartans at #25 Wisconsin Badgers*
*#21 Boise State Broncos at Wyoming Cowboys
Washington State Cougars at #17 Stanford Cardinal*
*#20 Texas A&M Aggies at Auburn Tigers
Massachusetts Minutemen at Vanderbilt Commodores*
*#22 Michigan Wolverines at Nebraska Cornhuskers
#5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish at #8 Oklahoma Sooners*
#11 Mississippi State Bulldogs at #1 Alabama Crimson Tide*
*#7 Oregon State Beavers at Washington Huskies
**Ferrara’s Feature Five**
Record Last Week = 5-0
Season record after Week 7 = 26-14 (65 %)
#5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish at #8 Oklahoma Sooners
I like Oklahoma, but not because of the faulty record for the Irish vs. ranked opponents in recent years. I like Oklahoma because the Sooners have the ability to make Notre Dame play in a way it’s not accustomed to. The great offense edges out the great defense when Notre Dame has to throw to win late. It will be close and in the 20s I believe.
#2 Florida Gators vs. #10 Georgia Bulldogs (Jacksonville, FL)
Winner: Florida (see SEC schedule for analysis above)
#11 Mississippi State Bulldogs at #1 Alabama Crimson Tide
Winner: Alabama (see SEC schedule for analysis above)
#14 Texas Tech Red Raiders at #3 Kansas State Wildcats
I’ve been able to read Texas Tech pretty well this season (other than the West Virginia blow-out.) It says a lot about TTU that it didn’t have the let down last week. Problem is, the Red Raiders will have difficulty tackling Collin Klein and the Wildcats offense. Arthur Brown and the Wildcats defense are a little under-rated, and will get enough stops to win.
Winner: Kansas State
Tennessee Volunteers at #13 South Carolina Gamecocks
Winner: South Carolina (see SEC schedule for analysis above)
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