By Erich Hilkert
No. 3 Ole Miss at No. 25 Florida
While Ole Miss didn’t look particularly impressive last week in a 27-16 win against Vanderbilt, keep in mind the team was coming off an emotional upset of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
Meanwhile, Florida is back in the top 25 following a last-gasp 28-27 home win against Tennessee. The Gators suddenly appear to be a legitimate contender for the SEC East crown.
This game should be a step backward for Florida, unfortunately for Gators fans. Ole Miss showed the capability of winning an SEC road game with quarterback Chad Kelly only elevating his game on the occasion.
The pesky Ole Miss defense will give Florida fits on offense and Kelly should do more than enough to earn the win.
Ole Miss 35, Florida 21
No. 21 Miss St. at No. 14 Texas A&M
This could be a trap game for the Aggies, following a draining overtime road win in Fayetteville against Arkansas. However, the belief here is the Aggies are the superior team.
The A&M defense, under the direction of John ‘Chief’ Chavis, looks greatly improved this season. That, combined with Kevin Sumlin’s offensive system led this season by quarterback Kyle Allen, makes the Aggies a strong contender for the top of the SEC West pecking order. Of course, road wins against LSU and Ole Miss would need to occur, but that is a conversation for later in the season. For now, the Aggies enjoy the benefit of the home crowd at Kyle Field.
Meanwhile, Miss State did not look outstanding but did enough to defeat Auburn at Jordan-Hare Stadium last week. It was an ugly game, but in the SEC, ugly wins are necessary. Expect Miss St. quarterback Dak Prescott to have some success this week, but he won’t be as successful as he was last week against the Tigers. Also, Allen won’t look as green as Auburn’s Shaun White did when thrust into the spotlight.
A&M 31, Miss St. 16