Vince’s View: SEC Week 8 score predictions including Vols at Crimson Tide with analysis

Vince’s View: SEC Week 8 score predictions including Vols at Crimson Tide with analysis

By Vince Ferrara / @VinceSports

Below are my Week 8 SEC football predictions.

This season, I’m sharing my picks both against the spread and straight-up.

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Week 7 Straight-Up Record: 5-2 (71%)
Week 7 vs. Spread Record: 3-4 (43%)
2021 Season Straight-Up Record: 53-16 (77%)
2021 Season Straight-Up Record: 35-34 (51%)
2020 SEC Season Prediction Record Straight-Up: 66-12 (85%)

KNOXVILLE, TN – October 16, 2021 – Defensive back Trevon Flowers #1 of the Tennessee Volunteers during the game between the Ole Miss Rebels and the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, TN. Photo By Andrew Ferguson/Tennessee Athletics

WEEK 8 IN THE SEC

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23
Arkansas Pine-Bluff (1-5) at Arkansas (4-3, 1-3 SEC)
Little Rock, Ark. • War Memorial Stadium (54,120)
Noon ET • SEC Network
Series: First Meeting
Sirius: 134 • XM: 190
Point Spread: Arkansas -50.5
Vince’s View: None needed
Vince’s Pick vs. the line: Arkansas -50.5
Score Prediction: Arkansas 56 Arkansas Pine Bluff 0

LSU (4-3, 2-2 SEC) at Ole Miss (5-1, 2-1 SEC)
Oxford, Miss. • Vaught-Hemingway Stadium (64,038)
3:30 p.m. ET • CBS
Series: LSU leads, 64-40-4
Last: LSU, 53-48 (2020 at Baton Rouge)
Sirius: 98/121 • XM: 207/191
Point Spread: Ole Miss -9
Vince’s View: Part ways with Coach O and he goes on a run? I can see it, at least for a few weeks. LSU’s newly found running game could have another big day. Questions on Matt Corral’s availability and health a factor too.
Vince’s Pick vs. the line: LSU +9
Score Prediction: LSU 42 Ole Miss 38

Mississippi State (3-3, 1-2 SEC) at Vanderbilt (2-5, 0-3 SEC)
Nashville, Tenn. • Vanderbilt Stadium (40,350)
4 p.m. ET • SEC Network
Series: MSU leads, 14-7-2
Last: MSU, 24-17 (2020 at Starkville)
Sirius: 134/108 • XM: 190/192
Point Spread: Miss State -20.5
Vince’s View: Vandy kept it close last week in a heart-breaking loss to South Carolina, but the Bulldogs shouldn’t mess around this week.
Vince’s Pick vs. the line: Miss State -20.5
Score Prediction: Miss State 31 Vanderbilt 7

Tennessee (4-3, 2-2 SEC) at Alabama (6-1, 3-1 SEC)
Tuscaloosa Ala. • Bryant-Denny Stadium (100,077)
7 p.m. ET • ESPN
Series: UA leads, 58-38-7
Last: UA 48-17 (2020 at Knoxville)
Sirius: 108/121 • XM: 192/191
Point Spread: Alabama -25
Vince’s View: Obviously, 14 straight losses to Alabama for Tennessee in this rivalry is a painful annual reminder of the state of the two programs. The Vols have shown to be better coached, playing harder and bringing some ability on offense that it has lacked in recent years on Rocky Top. Mobile quarterbacks, whether they run often (Corral-OM or Jones-UF) or keep plays alive to throw (Pickett-Pitt) have been difficult for this banged-up but still overall improved Vols defense to handle. Alabama QB Bryce Young falls in that Pickett category. If Hendon Hooker and others that are banged-up don’t play, then the Crimson Tide should win big, as has usually been the case in the Nick Saban era. See more of my view of the game in this short video podcast visit with TJ Rives, Buccaneers Sideline Reporter and multi-outlet play-by-play announcer. Listen to the full podcast here.
Vince’s Pick vs. the line: Alabama -25
Score Prediction: Alabama 42 Tennessee 16

South Carolina (4-3, 1-3 SEC) at Texas A&M (5-2, 2-2 SEC)
College Station, Texas • Kyle Field (102,733)
7:30 p.m. ET • SEC Network
Series: TAMU leads, 7-0
Last: TAMU, 48-3 (2020 at Columbia)
Sirius: 98/134 • XM: 207/190
Point Spread: Texas A&M -19.5
Vince’s View: The Aggies proved to me last week that it’s handling success well since the upset of Alabama. No reason for SC to threaten TAM in College Station.
Vince’s Pick vs. the line: Texas A&M -19.5
Score Prediction: Texas A&M 38 South Carolina 10

OPEN: Auburn (5-2, 2-1 SEC); Florida (4-3, 2-3 SEC); Georgia (7-0, 5-0 SEC); Kentucky (6-1, 4-1 SEC); Missouri (3-4, 0-3 SEC)

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