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The SEC had seven conference games last week so we picked them all. We finished 4-3 against the spread.

We missed badly when we picked LSU to beat Ole Miss. The Rebels stunned the Tigers 53-49.

We also picked badly when we wrote that Tennessee would win but not cover 12.5 in Knoxville. The Vols rolled over the Gamecocks 41-20.

But Alabama came through when it covered against Mississippi State, winning 40-17,

That leaves us at 11-20 after fiive weeks. Let's see if we can do better as the calendar turrns to October.

LSU (3-2) (giving 6.5) at Missouri (5-0). Mizzou has had a wondrful run to open the season but it all comes to an end over the next four weeks,  begining with LSU in COMO. After this game Missouri plays Kentucky, South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee. LSU cannot afford another loss. LSU wins and covers the 6.5.

Alabama (4-1) (giving 3.5) at Texas A&M (4-1): Neither team has lost a conference game and the winner of this one has the inside track in the SEC West. It will come down to quarterback play.  Alabama's Jalen Milroe was solid against Mississippi State last week. Max Johnson took over at Texas A&M when Conner Weigman went down. I may live to regret this but I'm taking Alabama and laying the points.

Vanderbilt (2-4) at Florida (3-2) (giving 18.5). After last week's beat down  by Kentucky, Florida and Billy Napier need to make Vanderbilt pay and diffuse some of the heat in Gainesville. The Gators wil do exactly that. And they will cover the 18.5.

Kentucky (5-0) at Georgia (5-0) (giving 15). Georgia is still No. 1 but has yet to play a complete football game. The Bulldogs haven't had to. On Saturday, against a Kentucky team that manhandled Florida, Georgia  may need to play a complete to avoid the upset. If Georgia's defense can hold Kentucky's Ray Davis to less than 100 yards, the Bulldogs will win comfortably. Georgia wins and covers  the 15.

Arkansas (2-3) at Ole Miss (4-1) (giving 12). With its win over LSU, Ole Miss played its way back into the SEC West race. The question becomes: Can the Rebels follow it up with  another good performance or do they have an LSU hangover? Arkansas is better than its 2-3 recod shows. Still, Ole Miss   wins and  covers.

Texas (5-0) vs. Oklahoma (5-0) (getting 6): (In Dallas) A lot of people like Texas, which beat Alabama in Tusacloosa on Sept. 9 and has a good chance to make a big step towards a Big 12 championship and the College Football Playoffs. Texas wins and covers the six. SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey will be in Dallas to watch the SEC's new members for 2024.