Inside and Around SEC Football: Week 13 Previews and Predictions

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent

Maroon week 12 summary
Auburn controlled the second half, edging Western Kentucky 41-17 on Senior Day when Carnell Williams won his second game as interim head coach. The Tigers were particularly dominant on the ground. Tank Bigsby rushed for 110 yards and two touchdowns while Jarquez Hunter added 109 yards and a score while also throwing for a 20-yard touchdown pass. Auburn improved to 5-6 and ended the year with the Iron Bowl this Saturday (November 26) against Alabama.
Alabama week 12 summary
It wasn’t as dominant as Crimson Tide fans are used to, but Alabama rode to a 34-0 win over Austin Peay in its final pre-Iron Bowl vote. Alabama led 17-0 at halftime, with Bryce Young for 221 yards and two touchdowns. Jase McClellan rushed for 156 yards and two points while Jermaine Burton caught seven passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns. Alabama improved to 9-2 overall and host Auburn on Saturday.
Week 13 SEC Rankings
1. Georgia (11-0, 8-0)
2nd LSU (9-2, 6-1)
3. Alabama (9-2, 5-2)
4. Tennessee (9-2, 5-2)
5. Ole Miss (8-3, 4-3)
6. Mississippi State (7-4, 3-4)
7. Arkansas (6-5, 3-4)
8.South Carolina (7-4, 4-4)
9. Maroon (5-6, 2-5)
10.Vanderbilt (5-6, 2-5)
11 Florida (6-5, 3-5)
12. Kentucky (6-5, 3-5)
13. Missouri (5-6, 2-5)
14.Texas A&M (4-7, 1-6)
Week 13 previews and predictions
Week 12: 7-2; Season: 69-18
Game of the week: Auburn at Alabama (-22). This season’s Iron Bowl is a rarity as neither team has championship ambitions. There’s a very slim chance Alabama could sneak into the playoffs, but the Crimson Tide needs at least four or five upsets in the next two weeks. Alabama is undefeated at home this season and this will be Bryce Young’s last home game as a UA quarterback. Auburn’s season turned around when Carnell Williams was promoted to interim manager. The ex-AU and Etowah High running back is 2-1, having suffered his only loss in overtime against Mississippi State. Williams was a 3-1 player in the Iron Bowl, but the Tigers need to play their best game of the season to have any chance of ending Saturday’s upset. Alabama leads the series 48-37-1 and they have won twice in a row, including last year’s 24-22 overtime thriller at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Prediction: Alabama 34, Auburn 13.
State of Mississippi at Ole Miss (-2.5). The Egg Bowl is always full of intrigue and hate, and this year’s matchup is no different between the Rebels and the Bulldogs. While both teams have had successful seasons, this year’s central story revolves around whether or not Lane Kiffin will go to Auburn. Kiffin has an Ole Miss contract extension on the table, but Auburn can offer more money, more years and a bigger NIL pool. No one knows what Kiffin will do, but Ole Miss fans will be expecting a much better performance than the Rebels put on in a 42-27 loss to Arkansas last week. Ole Miss has two straight wins in that series and leads 64-46-6 overall, but there may be too many distractions around the program to beat the Bulldogs for a third straight season. Prediction: Mississippi State 34, Ole Miss 31.
Arkansas near Missouri (+3). Arkansas earned its sixth win for bowl eligibility by defeating Ole Miss, and now Missouri has an opportunity to do the same against the Razorbacks. Eli Drinkwitz has already been rewarded with a contract extension, but a sixth win would go a long way towards advancing into the offseason. Prediction: Missouri 24, Arkansas 20.
Florida in the state of Florida (-9.5). Not many teams in the country are currently playing better than Florida State. The Seminoles had a disappointing three-game stretch midseason with losses to Clemson, North Carolina State and Wake Forest, but FSU could be one of the top 10 teams in college football right now. Meanwhile, Florida lost away to Vanderbilt and Billy Napier has his hands full before entering his first full offseason as Florida’s head coach. Florida has three straight wins in this series and leads the all-time record at 37-26-2, but this could get ugly the other way. Prediction: Florida State 41, Florida 24.
Georgia Tech in Georgia (-35.5). Just two wins stand in the way of Georgia entering the playoffs as No. 1, and even if the Bulldogs lose to LSU in the SEC title game, they’ll likely remain in the four-team field. A loss to Georgia Tech would be the most shocking loss in recent college football history, but don’t expect that loss to be competitive for long. Georgia has won four straight games in the series and leads 69-41-5 overall. Prognosis: Georgia 34, Georgia Tech 3.
South Carolina at Clemson (-14.5). Shane Beamer got the signature win of his young career as his Gamecocks dominated Tennessee. Now Beamer has a chance to make an even bigger statement if he can upset Clemson and eliminate playoff rivals South Carolina. Clemson has won seven straight games and dominated the series under Dabo Swinney, leading 72-42-4 overall. Prediction: Clemson 31, South Carolina 13.
Louisville-Kentucky (-3). These two rivals have seen their seasons go in completely opposite directions over the past two months. Kentucky was in the top 10 once this season, but now the Wildcats sit 6-5 and lost to Vanderbilt a week ago, despite having a predicted top-10 quarterback in Will Levis for next year’s NFL draft. Meanwhile, many thought Louisville would fire head coach Scott Satt-erfield if he didn’t have a good season. Those talks heated up after the Cardinals fell to 2-3 after losing to Boston College. However, Louisville has won five of their last six games and they sit at 7-4 as they head to Lexington this weekend. Kentucky has won three consecutive times in the series and leads 18-15 overall. Forecast: Louisville 26, Kentucky 23.
LSU at Texas A&M (+10). LSU is still alive for the College Football Playoffs but has no margin for error. The Tigers nearly lost to Arkansas two weeks ago and now face the worst team in the league in Texas A&M. The Aggies have a knack for creating a stir when LSU isn’t ready to play. Prognosis: LSU 27, Texas A&M 13.
Tennessee at Vanderbilt (+14). Tennessee’s playoff hopes ended in an embarrassing 63-35 loss to South Carolina last week, during which the Volunteers lost star quarterback Hendon Hooker to a knee injury for the remainder of the season. UT must regroup for a budding Vanderbilt team that has won two straight SEC games and is fighting for bowl eligibility. Expect this one to be around at all times. Prediction: Tennessee 31, Vanderbilt 24.


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