3 Bold, Nutty, Second Half SEC Predictions To Throw At The Wall And See If They Stick
1. LSU Will Beat Either Georgia or ALabama
And don’t just assume it’ll be Georgia.
Okay, let’s just come out and say it. Alabama has been amazing, but the one really good win was over Texas A&M at home, and the one other decent one was on the road against a solid Ole Miss. But Louisville isn’t any good, and Arkansas State, Arkansas and Louisiana?
It’s going to have to take one of those everything-has-to-go-right moments to get it done, but the Tigers get both the Dawgs and the Tide in Death Valley. That defense will pitch a gem – and the O line will hold its own – against one of the two best teams in college football.
2. Auburn Will Finish 7-5
This is still a very good team with a very good defense. At some point, the coaching staff will figure out the offense and getting it moving – there will be at least one explosion when no one is expecting it.
The Tigers will beat Tennessee and they’ll take down Liberty, but they’ll split between the road date at Ole Miss and the home game against Texas A&M. And they’ll lose to Georgia and Alabama on the road.
It’ll be a rocky year, and Gus Malzahn will be on a slew of hot seat lists, but …
3. All 14 SEC Head Coaches Will Return For 2019
Start with the five who were just hired – Jeremy Pruitt, Jimbo Fisher, Dan Mullen, Joe Moorhead, and Chad Morris. They’re not going anywhere, and neither is Matt Luke at Ole Miss after keeping the ship afloat during the NCAA issues.
Malzahn is only a year removed from beating Alabama and being within an SEC Championship win of going to the College Football Playoff. He’ll get another year as long as the Tigers don’t totally collapse.
Will Barry Odom still be there at Mizzou? Yeah, he’ll stick, and despite what will be a losing season, Derek Mason will continue to show enough to stay at Vanderbilt.
Nick Saban will be back, and so will Kirby Smart.
Mark Stoops is more than safe now, and Will Muschamp and Ed Orgeron – no matter what happens in the second half of the season – will return.