There weren't too many major surprises in Week 11 except for Vanderbilt somehow defeating Kentucky despite the Wildcats having the NFL's top QB prospect and second coming of Peyton Manning, Will Levis. Congrats to the Commodores on ending their 26- conference game losing streak.
Aside from that game, we had Alabama and the referees fending off Ole Miss, LSU surviving a struggle at Arkansas to keep their CFP hopes hanging by a three, Georgia pounding Mississippi State, and Tennessee stomping Missouri up until the final whistle. A moment of silence is necessary for Texas A&M, who will officially miss out on a bowl game after starting the season ranked #6 in the nation. The good news is that there's nowhere to go from here but up for the Aggies in Jimbo Fisher's nine remaining years of his $95 million contract.
This is a recovery week for most SEC teams in Week 12, as there are only two matchups featuring spreads within two touchdowns in games across the conference. There are four intra-conference matchups, with the remaining six teams facing lower-tier opponents. I expect the three teams remaining in the CFP picture will look to put on a show to impress the committee as much as possible as we wind down the season.
I've built up a sizable lead overall with just two weeks remaining in the regular season, so we unfortunately might not get as contested of a race like last year's battle between Jacob and Ryne that came down to the wire. Like the CFP, everyone is looking for "new blood" in the championship circle of the BSSR SEC Betting Challenge. And I can speak for all of the BSSR when I say we're happy that Jacob will likely not repeat his title for the third year in a row.
UMass at Texas A&M (TAMU -33.5, O/U 47.5)
Florida at Vanderbilt (FLA -14.0, O/U 57.5)
#1 Georgia at Kentucky (UGA -22.5, O/U 49.5)
Western Kentucky at Auburn (AUB -5.5, O/U 52.5)
#14 Ole Miss at Arkansas (MISS -2.5, O/U 61.0)
#5 Tennessee at South Carolina (TENN -22.0, O/U 66.5)
New Mexico State at Missouri (MIZ -28.5, O/U 46.5)
UAB at #6 LSU (LSU -14.5, O/U 52.5)
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Written by Nick Swatson