The SEC is considered the most prestigious CFB conference and while we know Alabama is constantly near the top, the others don’t fall too far behind. In Week 5 of college football we’ll learn who’s the better SEC team this season, Georgia No. 4 or Auburn No. 7. The ranks don’t mean anything in the SEC until the time on the clock is out.
We’ll also take a look at the ACC Championship rematch between Virginia and Clemson.
Auburn Tigers vs. Georgia Bulldogs
Saturday, October 03, 2020 – 7:30 PM EDT at Sanford Stadium
The Auburn Tigers (1-0) will travel to the hedges to take on the Georgia Bulldogs who are also starting their season off perfect.
The Dawgs took on Arkansas last week and struggled for a bit before smoking the Razorbacks 37-10. Quarterback D’Wan Mathis didn’t play his best but Stetson Bennett stepped in to save the day throwing for 211 yards and two touchdowns.
Now, Georgia will have USC transfer JT Daniels in the QB rotation which could be fun. Georgia needs to focus on their running game. Last week UGA came up with 42 carries and 121 yards on the ground. At least Georgia has their defense working for them.
From Auburn’s end, young QB Bo Nix had a fairly smooth 29-13 win over Kentucky. He looked like he’s been out there for quite some time leading the team with 34 rushing yards. I guess it's also easy to look good when you have NFL-caliber receivers Seth Williams, Anthony Schwartz, and Eli Stove to target.
Auburn will show up to keep it close but thanks to their solid secondary, Georgia will win this one even if it is ugly.
My Free Pick: Under 45 (-110) at Bovada
Virginia Cavaliers vs. Clemson Tigers
Saturday, October 03, 2020 – 7:30 PM EDT at Memorial Stadium
The Virginia Cavaliers (1-0) road trip to Death Valley to face the No. 1 ranked Clemson Tigers in a rematch of the 2019 ACC Championship. In that game (if you can even call it that) we saw Clemson absolutely smoke the Cavaliers in a 62-17 victory.
Everyone wants to beat Clemson and Virginia has got to be embarrassed about last time knowing that nobody has forgotten. In their favor, Clemson hasn’t played anyone too competitive yet in some easy wins over Wake Forest and the Citadel.
Virginia is coming off of a dominant 38-20 win over Duke to start their season. The offense looked rusty giving the ball up three times, but the defense made up for it with their seven steals.
Clemson has Trevor Lawrence and not a wrinkle in their game. Last matchup with the Cavaliers, he threw for 302 yards and four scores. He has started out this fall connecting on 30-of-37 passes for 519 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions with three rushing scores.
Lawrence will face his former teammate Chase Brice who had a rough week last week, but that shouldn’t happen this time. Clemson will win, obviously, but it won’t be as cruel as it was last time.
My Free Pick: Over 55 (-105) at Heritage