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SEC Week 6 Preview And Predictions: One Big Showdown And A Cloud Of Dust

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It’s hard to believe we’re over 1/3 of the way through the 2019 college football season, but that’s college football for you.

The season flies by and at this point we’re getting close to separating the contenders from the pretenders. Two top ten teams that are still receiving some skepticism are Auburn and Florida. The Tigers and Gators will both attempt to answer those questions when they square off in Gainesville. That’s the game of the weekend not just in the SEC, but in college football in general. Unfortunately, the rest of the SEC slate leaves much to be desired, but at least we have one classic. (RELATED: SEC Week Five Preview And Predictions: Transition Week)

So, without further ado, here are the best games from the best conference in week six.

Vanderbilt vs. Ole Miss: It says a lot about how bad the non Florida-Auburn games this week are that this game even makes the list, but there’s not much else to work with. This game is a must win for both teams’ fading bowl hopes. It’s also a must win for Commodores’ coach Derek Mason and Rebels‘ coach Matt Luke who are both on the hot seat. Ole Miss showed some signs of life offensively against Alabama last week and are at home. That makes them a good bet to win this game.

Prediction: Ole Miss 27 Vanderbilt 17

Georgia vs. Tennessee: The Bulldogs enter the game at 4-0 fresh off a bye week. The Volunteers’ also had a bye week as they looked to regroup following an abysmal 1-3 start to the season. Tennessee has been one of the nation’s biggest disappointments, already having suffered home losses to BYU and Georgia State. They could change the narrative with a massive home upset of Georgia, but that’s simply not going to happen. Georgia has way too much talent and Vols’ head coach Jeremy Pruitt is in over his head. The Bulldogs are going to slaughter Tennessee again. (RELATED: Kirby Smart Thinks Tennessee Is ‘On The Brink Of Something Special’)

Prediction: Georgia 37 Tennessee 7

Auburn vs. Florida: This is by far the biggest game of the weekend in college football and I fully expect it to live up to the hype. Few would expect a game between Dan Mullen and Gus Malzahn to turn into a slugfest, but that’s exactly how I expect this one to turn out. It will be a defensive game determined by field position and whichever quarterback can step up late. So far, true freshman quarterback Bo Nix has answered the call when the Tigers needed him, making big plays in the fourth quarter against Oregon and Texas A&M. I believe he’ll step up again in the Swamp Saturday and Auburn will pull out one of the greatest games of the year.

Prediction: Auburn 20 Florida 17