Mar 25, 2023
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Week Five SEC Predictions
Last week's predictions were 5-4, overall they are 36-9. This week, Auburn returns home after an impressive victory on the road to remain undefeated. The Tigers battle Mississippi State at Jordan-Hare Stadium at 6 p.m. CT on ESPN.

Mississippi State at Auburn

Auburn leads the all-time series against Mississippi State 60-29-3. Gus Malzahn is 3-3 against the Bulldogs as head coach for the Tigers. Mississippi State won last year’s meeting in Starkville, 23-9, snapping a two-game winning streak in the series by Auburn.

MSU is 3-1 overall and 1-0 in conference play after beating Kentucky 28-13 in Starkville. Running back Kylin Hill rushed for 120 yards and three touchdowns on the afternoon. Hill leads the SEC in rushing yards with 551.

Quarterback Garrett Schrader started in place of injured senior Tommy Stevens. Schrader finished the contest with 180 passing yards and 125 yards on the ground in his first full game as a starter.

MSU did allow Kentucky's offense to gain a total of 386 yards but clamped down and only let the Wildcats reach the end zone once. With a solid defense and a talented freshman quarterback, MSU could be a challenge this week for the Tigers.

The Bulldogs average 228.3 rushing yards per game, 185.8 passing yards per game, and 32 points per game.

On defense, MSU gives up 21.8 points per game and safety Jaquarius Landrews leads the unit with 31 tackles.

Auburn is 4-0 overall and 1-0 in the SEC after beating Texas A&M 28-20 in front of a rowdy crowd of 101,681 in College Station. Quarterback Bo Nix was pretty poised in his first true road game as a starter. Nix was 12-of-20 for 100 yards and one touchdown.

As a unit, the offense scores 33.5 points per game, averages 164 passing yards per game, and 259.5 rushing yards per game.

On defense, despite allowing quarterback Kellen Mond to pass for 335 yards, the line provided plenty of pressure all afternoon by sacking Mond three times, including two by Derrick Brown.

Brown's monster performance earned him the SEC's defensive lineman of the week. Brown finished the contest with four tackles, three tackles for loss, two pass breakups and one forced fumble.

Auburn's stingy defense allows just 89.5 rushing yards per game, 227.3 passing yards per game, 316.8 total yards per game, and 15.8 points per game.

Prediction: Auburn 31-12.

Texas A&M at Arkansas

Prediction: Texas A&M 21-7.

N Illinois at Vanderbilt

Prediction: Vandy 17-14.

Ole Miss at Alabama

Prediction: Alabama 55-6.

Towson at Florida

Prediction: Florida 60-3.

Kentucky at South Carolina

Prediction: South Carolina 30-17.