Tucker’s Pick ‘Em: College football picks and previews for Week 7
Record last week: 7-5
Record this year: 51-15
No. 13 Georgia (4-1, 2-1 SEC) @ No. 23 Missouri (4-1, 1-0 SEC)
Saturday, October 11 at 12 p.m. CBS
The SEC East’s only two ranked teams get the conference schedule rolling at noon.
Georgia, fresh off a 44-17 homecoming win over Vanderbilt, visits the 23rd-ranked Tigers in what could be the de facto East title game.
The Dawgs will avenge last year’s loss to Mizzou with lots of help from Todd Gurley, who sat out last year’s 41-26 embarrassment in Athens:
Georgia 45, Missouri 41
Duke (4-1, 0-1 ACC) @ No. 22 Georgia Tech (5-0, 2-0 ACC)
Saturday, October 11 at 12:30 p.m. ACC NETWORK
Both the Blue Devils and Yellow Jackets are coming off games against Miami.
Two weeks ago, Duke fell to the Hurricanes on the road. Last week, the Hurricanes fell to Georgia Tech in Atlanta.
The Jackets are 5-0 for just the third time since coach Bobby Dodd retired in 1966. They haven’t lost to Duke since 2003, when current defensive coordinator Ted Roof was the Blue Devils’ interim head coach:
Georgia Tech 23, Duke 20
Arkansas State (3-2, 1-0 Sun Belt) @ Georgia State (1-4, 0-2 Sun Belt)
Saturday, October 11 at 2 p.m.
Georgia State lost a heartbreaker last week at Louisiana-Lafeyette, falling to the Ragin’ Cajuns 31-28.
The Panthers return to the Dome Saturday to face one of the conference’s best teams:
Arkansas State 38, Georgia State 21
Kentucky State (2-3, 1-1 SIAC) @ Fort Valley State (3-2, 2-1 SIAC)
Saturday, October 11 at 2 p.m.
Fort Valley State will be back in Peach County after a hard-fought battle in Tuskegee, which the Wildcats lost 35-28.
They’ll rebound with a win over Kentucky State after losing 17-11 to the Thorobreds last year on the road:
Fort Valley State 31, Kentucky State 21
No. 9 TCU (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) @ No. 5 Baylor (5-0, 2-0 Big 12)
Saturday, October 11 at 3:30 p.m. ABC/ESPN2
The Bears and Horned Frogs meet for the 110th time in what will be Baylor’s conference home opener. For the first time ever, both teams enter the game ranked inside the Top 25.
The series is dead even–51 wins each with seven ties. Baylor has won two of the last three, but they were both close: the Bears won 50-48 in 2011 and 41-38 last year.
Points a plenty:
Baylor 49, TCU 42
No. 2 Auburn (5-0, 2-0 SEC) @ No. 3 Mississippi State (5-0, 2-0 SEC)
Saturday, October 11 at 3:30 p.m. CBS *ESPN’s College GameDay
You read that right. Mississippi State is No. 3 in the nation.
The Bulldogs are ranked higher than they’ve ever been before, and if they can knock off Auburn at home, they very well could be No. 1 this time next week.
This series has had some close outcomes over the years, most recently Auburn’s last-minute score to win last year in Jordan-Hare.
The Tigers won’t need a miracle this year:
Auburn 38, Mississippi State 27
Austin Peay (0-5, 0-2 OVC) @ Mercer (4-2, 1-2 SoCon)
Saturday, October 11 at 4 p.m. ESPN3
Mercer steps back out of conference play to host the Governors of Austin-Peay.
Last week in Birmingham, Samford led 21-10 late in the fourth quarter when Mercer freshman Chandler Curtis returned a punt 99 yards for a touchdown. The two-point try was good, but the Bears failed to recover the onside kick and took their second conference loss.
Mercer has now lost to two of the SoCon’s defending co-champs (there were three) by a combined 8 points:
Mercer 42, Austin Peay 24
No. 7 Alabama (4-1, 1-1 SEC) @ Arkansas (3-2, 0-2 SEC)
Saturday, October 4 at 6 p.m. ESPN
Coming off its first loss of the season, Alabama stays on the road for another SEC game.
The Razorbacks were off last week. Last time out, they blew a big lead to Texas A&M and lost in overtime.
The Crimson Tide has dominated this series the last seven years, racking up seven wins and winning the last two games by a combined score of 104-0.
Arkansas has improved, but it will be hard to beat this angry bunch:
Alabama 35, Arkansas 17
Idaho (0-5, 0-3 Sun Belt) @ Georgia Southern (4-2, 3-0 Sun Belt)
Saturday, October 11 at 6 p.m. ESPN3
Georgia Southern looks to push its Sun Belt Conference record to 4-0 with a homecoming win over the pitiful Idaho Vandals.
The Eagles’ No. 1 ranked rushing offense should pave the way for another win here, but their pass defense will need to have a good day as well.
While the Vandals are winless, their passing game ranks 13th in the nation:
Georgia Southern 45, Idaho 28
LSU (4-2, 0-2 SEC) @ Florida (3-1, 2-1 SEC)
Saturday, October 11 at 7:30 p.m. SEC NETWORK
Just when it looked like the Gators might turn things around, their hero gets suspended.
That hero was quarterback Treon Harris. The freshman took over for Jeff Driskel last week in Knoxville and led the Gators to a come-from-behind 10-9 win.
Two days later, he was being investigated in a sexual assault case and was suspended until the investigation is complete.
I’m picking LSU to win strictly because Driskel has proven he can’t get it done:
LSU 24, Florida 14
No. 3 Ole Miss (5-0, 2-0 SEC) @ No. 14 Texas A&M (5-1, 2-1 SEC)
Saturday, October 11 at 9 p.m. ESPN
After getting blown out by Mississippi State in Starkville, Texas A&M faces a must-win situation here if it wants any shot at making it to Atlanta.
Ole Miss, of course, is coming off an upset win over Alabama. The Rebels held the Tide’s offense, which had averaged 42 points a game, to just 17.
You could easily call it the biggest win in school history.
With its back against the wall, Texas A&M bounces back with a big win of its own:
Texas A&M 31, Ole Miss 28