The most accurate and never wrong sports staff is back with this week’s picks and predictions. With Memphis on its bye week, we added an extra top-25 matchup to our slate. (No questions at this time or when some of these picks inevitably lose, please.)
#6 Michigan @ #8 Michigan State
James Brisentine: Michigan State 21 Michigan 17
This is the game Sparty proves to the whole country they are legit. I really like this team. Mel Tucker is definitely going to get some looks for some high-profile jobs this offseason. The Spartans jolt themselves into the playoff conversation after this weekend.
Brian Bada: Michigan 24 Michigan State 20
The Paul Bunyan Trophy is on the line in this Big Ten battle. Michigan wins a close one because they have the better quarterback in Cade McNamara.
Johnny Hill: Michigan 27 Michigan State 24
Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines will face the Michigan State Spartans in a huge matchup of undefeateds. Both these offenses have been humming, each averaging 30 points per game. This is going to be a tough one, but the Wolverines are going to pull it off.
Zach Thompson: Michigan State 21 Michigan 20
Mel Tucker has done an impressive job turning Michigan State around and I think he will add a signature win to his record here at home against the Wolverines. Tailback Kenneth Walker III, an Arlington, TN. native, is having a monster season on the ground and will propel the Spartans offense to a hard-fought win at home. The big wins just keep on eluding Jim Harbaugh, despite what has been a very solid season for the Wolverines thus far.
#1 Georgia vs Florida
James Brisentine: Georgia 21 Florida 3
The Cocktail Party is always a fun time and intense game. I don’t think much fun will be had by Florida though. Has anyone lost more credibility as a head coach than Dan Mullen this season? The guy can’t beat a ranked team to save his life, and it won’t stop here.
Brian Bada: Georgia 28 Florida 24
Georgia will face its toughest test of the season Florida will make this game closer than most people think, but Georgia prevails.
Johnny Hill: Georgia 35 Florida 10
Georgia looks like the best team in the nation right now. Florida’s two-quarterback system is in for trouble against an elite Bulldog defense that flies to the ball. Georgia has given up just 6.6 points per game to its opponents while averaging 38.4 points per contest on offense. The Bulldogs will just be too much for the Gators to handle on Saturday.
Zach Thompson: Georgia 24 Florida 10
Georgia looks scary good right now. Their defense has been ridiculous and will make life extremely difficult for whoever is under center for the Gators. The Bulldogs keep on rolling.
#19 SMU @ Houston
James Brisentine: SMU 49 Houston 41
Talk about fireworks and high-flying. These two teams are gonna be running up and down the field the whole game. We all know how talented SMU is being ranked #19 in the country, but Houston has quietly been one of the better teams in the AAC this season. They won’t go down easy, but SMU will come out on top.
Brian Bada: SMU 31 Houston 28
SMU's offense is one of the best in the nation. That will help them win by a field goal on the road.
Johnny Hill: SMU 34 Houston 30
SMU will have its hands full with a good Cougar offense. The Cougars are rolling right now and have vastly improved from last year. However, they just will not be quite ready to slow down SMU. The Mustangs win here in a shootout.
Zach Thompson: SMU 41 Houston 38
Points, points, points. This game is going to be video-game like. SMU’s offense has been one of the best in the country this year and will be too much for the Cougars to handle. Dana Holgorson and co. keep it interesting, but the Ponies are just too hard to stop right now.
#10 Ole Miss @ #18 Auburn
James Brisentine: Ole Miss 35 Auburn 27
You’ll be hard pressed to find a team that can stop this Ole Miss offense. Auburn’s got a talented defense, but Matt Corral and Lane Kiffin have been firing on all cylinders this season. Auburn will put up points to stay in it, but it won’t be enough.
Brian Bada: Ole Miss 35 Auburn 28
Ole Miss faces a tough test in Auburn. This game will be a three-quarter battle, but Ole Miss pulls away in the 4th quarter.
Johnny Hill: Ole Miss 34 Auburn 31
Bo Nix and Auburn will be a difficult test for Matt Corral and Ole Miss. While Nix has not quite lived up to his hype coming out of high school, is still certainly capable of taking over games when he is on. He was considered the number one rated dual threat in the class of 2019. Right now, though, Matt Carroll is balling. So, I have to pick the Rebels to pull it. They have too many weapons for the Tigers to contain.
Zach Thompson: Ole Miss 37 Auburn 31
Auburn is just one of those teams that seems like they can play with almost anyone and keep the game interesting. The only problem for them is the Rebels are just a better version of that same type of team. Bo Nix will make some plays at home, but the Lane train will just keep on chugging. Ole Miss pulls away late to win and keep pace in the SEC West.