With homecoming from Lane Kiffin, Sam Pittman and TJ Finley, Southern football at its best – The Athletic


It could be a happy week of SEC returns as Lane Kiffin returns to T-Town, Sam Pittman returns to Athens and TJ Finley returns to Baton Rouge. Such is the mercurial and connective nature of Southern football, where every time one door closes another receiver opens onto a wheel road.

Let’s take a look at the Week 5 schedule as the SEC editors of The Athletic come up with their final score predictions:

No. 12 Ole Miss at No. 1 Alabama

Aaron Suttles: I’ve been going back and forth on this game. Alabama battling Florida and Ole Miss looking at how he was offensively, that paints a picture. Then there’s last year’s game in which defense was optional. Then I saw the Las Vegas line that opened in Alabama -20. This line was set to -14.5 the last time I saw it. Makes me think I’m watching this game at all wrong. Matt Corral is going to have a big game, no doubt, but so will Bryce Young. Overall, Alabama has a better list. Alabama 45-30

G. Allan Taylor: The Rebels enter Tuscaloosa fueling memories of their 2015 upheaval, which a certain USA Today columnist presented as a clear sign that the Alabama football dynasty “is much closer to the end than the beginning “. I laughed at the statement then, and I still laugh: The Tide is 52-3 in SEC games since that night and has won three national championships. I think Young is enjoying an Ole Miss game defense, and Corral – without interception so far this season – is returning to 2020 form as he averaged one pick every 23 passing attempts.


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