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  Week Eight SEC Predictions

Last week's predictions were 5-1, and overall they are 51-12. After having last weekend off, Auburn returns to action at home against Arkansas. The game can be seen on ESPN starting at 5:00 p.m. CT.

Arkansas at Auburn

In the series with Arkansas, Auburn leads 13-11-1. Last year's meeting in Fayetteville went to four overtimes with the Razorbacks winning 54-46.

After seven games, Arkansas is 5-2 overall and 1-2 in conference play. Texas A&M defeated Arkansas 45-24 Sept. 24 and Alabama won 49-30 on Oct. 8.

Last Saturday, the Razorbacks beat Ole Miss at home 34-30. The Arkansas offense racked up 429 total yards. Quarterback Austin Allen completed 19 of 32 passes for 228 yards and three touchdowns. Allen has an SEC-best 18 touchdown passes for the season. Running back Rawleigh Williams had a career-best 180 rushing yards on 27 carries.

For the season, the Razorbacks average 265.9 passing yards per game, 179.7 rushing yards per game, and 34.9 points per game.

The Arkansas defense has struggled some so far in 2016. The unit is giving up 27.9 points per game.

Auburn enters Saturday's contest 4-2 overall and 2-1 in the SEC. After six games, the Tigers rank 28th nationally in total offense by averaging 479.2 yards per game.

Quarterback Sean White leads an offense that's averaging 262.8 rushing yards per game, 216.3 passing yards per game and 32.3 points per game.

So far in 2016, White has completed 92 of 132 pass attempts for 1,187 yards with six touchdowns and two interceptions. Kerryon Johnson leads the offense in rushing with 538 yards on 105 carries with six touchdowns. Tony Stevens leads all receivers with 408 yards on 24 catches and three touchdowns.

Defensively, the Tigers seem to be improving each week and only allow 16 points per game. The unit also allows 147.2 rushing yards per game, 199.7 passing yards per game, and 346.8 total yards per game.

Special teams has played an important role so far this season. Daniel Carlson continues to be very reliable on kickoffs with 31 of 32 attempts going for touchbacks and has been stellar on field goal attempts making 13 of 14 attempts with a long of 53 yards. Punter Kevin Phillips averages 40.47 yards per punt.

Auburn's return game hasn't had many opportunties in 2016. Marcus Davis has only six punt returns for an average of 7.83 yards per return. On kickoffs, Kerryon Johnson is averaging 21.75 on four attempts and Rudy Ford is averaging 16.71 yards on seven kickoff returns.

Prediction: Auburn 24-14.

UMass at South Carolina

Prediction: South Carolina 28-6.

Texas A&M at Alabama

Prediction: Alabama 38-13.

Mid Tennessee at Missouri

Prediction: 41-17.

Miss St at Kentucky

Prediction: Kentucky 28-13.

Tennessee St at Vanderbilt

Prediction: Vanderbilt 37-10.

Ole Miss at LSU

Prediction: LSU 20-17.


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