SEC Football: Week 6 Conference Preview and Predictions

AUBURN, ALABAMA - SEPTEMBER 11: General view of the SEC logo during the matchup between the Auburn Tigers and the Alabama State Hornets at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 11, 2021 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images)
AUBURN, ALABAMA - SEPTEMBER 11: General view of the SEC logo during the matchup between the Auburn Tigers and the Alabama State Hornets at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 11, 2021 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images) /

Week 6 of the SEC football season is when we should start seeing true separation between contenders and pretenders. There are some very intriguing matchups on the Saturday slate and by the time we go to bed Saturday night there is the potential for there to only be two undefeated teams in SEC football play. With that being said, it’s time to preview the weekend, and most importantly, a score prediction for every game.

Week 6 SEC Football Preview and Predictions

Alabama vs. Texas A&M

It is still early in the season but this might be the de facto SEC West Championship Game. The winner of this matchup will have an early upper hand  in the division race as they will be the only remaining team in the West with a perfect record in SEC play. College Station is going to be raucous Saturday afternoon and it will be very interesting to see how the Crimson Tide respond  early in this atmosphere. We all remember what happened the last time these two teams squared off in Aggie Land. It is going to be a hard hitting physical game where points come at a premium. It will come down to what team doesn’t turn the ball over, is able to get off the field on 3rd down, and is able to score touchdowns instead of field goals when they get inside the 20-yard line. This has been a very different season for Alabama but hard to bet against the Tide even on the road. Prediction: Alabama 27 Texas A&M 23

Georgia vs. Kentucky

What a game we have on Saturday in Athens! Both the Bulldogs and Wildcats come into this game at 5-0 and the winner will have the early advantage in the SEC East. Kentucky looks very good coming into this game after demoralizing the Gators last Saturday in Lexington. The Bulldogs on the other hand limp into this game, still with a plethora of injuries, and needing every bit of the 60 minutes to escape Auburn with a win last Saturday. This could arguably be the toughest matchup of the season for both teams. Georgia has had issues starting games slowly this season, and though long-term this will be their downfall, I don’t see the upset coming on Saturday. Kentucky runs the ball well and that is what Georgia is built to stop. For the Wildcats to have a chance to pull off the historic upset they will have to capitalize off turnovers, Devin Leary will need to have a career day throwing the ball, and be able to withstand the Georgia offensive on-slot of the second half. If this game were in Lexington this may be the week the defending champs finally go down, but in Athens, I just can’t go against the Dawgs. Prediction: Georgia 28 Kentucky 17

LSU vs. Missouri

Who knew coming into week 6 of the SEC football season that the Tigers who would be coming into this game undefeated would be the ones out of Columbia, Missouri. Since beating Kansas State this Mizzou team has been playing with a lot of confidence and seems to have really bought into Coach Drink’s vision. Brady Cook and Luther Burden should have a hay day against the struggling LSU secondary. Mizzou on defense has been stout to this point in the season but hasn’t seen a dynamic offense like they will on Saturday. The numbers Jayden Daniels has been putting up with his WR’s Malik Nabers and Brian Thomas are eye popping. Expect a shootout and this is the type of game where whoever has the ball last wins. It wouldn’t shock me if Mizzou wins the game, but hard to think LSU will drop two in a row. Prediction: LSU 42 Missouri 38

Ole Miss vs. Arkansas

This is a huge trap game for the Rebels coming off the biggest win in Lane Kiffin’s tenure in Oxford. Sometimes it is hard for these young men to keep the same energy every Saturday, especially when your opponent coming into the game has lost three straight. It makes it easier that this is a home game for the Rebels, but as most Ole Miss-Arkansas games go, expect a wild one. Despite their struggles, the Hogs still have a dynamic offense and should be able to score Saturday night. Expect a shoot-out in what should be a fun one to watch, but hard to pick against Kiffin at home. Prediction: Ole Miss 49 Arkansas 45

Florida vs. Vanderbilt

We saw the Commodores pull off the upset last year in Nashville, but don’t expect to see lightning strike twice. The Gators have struggled to put away lesser teams, but shouldn’t have any problems being motivated on Saturday in this revenge game. This is the type of game Billy Napier has to win convincingly to stay off the always-changing hot seat in Gainesville. Prediction: Florida 28 Vanderbilt 13

Mississippi State vs. Western Michigan

It’s weird for an SEC team to have an out-of conference game in October, but as tough as things have been as late for State, this is a much-welcomed game. Looking at the Bulldogs’ schedule there may not be too many other wins. So if you are a Mississippi State fan and anywhere near Starkville this might be the game to go to. Prediction: Mississippi State 49 WMU 14

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