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News and notes from Week 8 in the SEC, plus Week 9 predictions

It was a short week in the Alliance Killer, but it’s never short enough to not talk about.

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Although it was a short week on the schedule, there still was some news and notes from the Alliance Killer.

So from the home office in Speedwell, Tennessee, here is the week that was and will be for Week 8 in the SEC.

Week 8 Wrap-up

Alabama 52, Tennessee 24

Why Should I Care- The Vols came out and punched the Tide in the mouth and had a lead for a while. But as the game wore on, it was evident the Vols don’t have a lot of depth. Alabama exposed them in the second half to pull away.

Ole Miss 31, LSU 17

Why Should I Care- On Eli Manning Day in the Grove, the rebels held serve and beat the Tigers in the Ed Orgeron Finale Tour. Ole Miss signal-caller Matt Corral had a good day coming off carrying his team to a win in an, um, hostile environment in Knoxville.

Texas A&M 44, South Carolina 14

Why Should I Care- Texas A&M probably wishes they could reset the season and take the last three weeks back with them. The Aggies are rolling. The Gamecocks, however, are entering the toughest stretch of their season and probably will struggle the rest of the way.

Arkansas 45, Arkansas- Pine Bluff 3

Why Should I Care- The Hogs needed a break after a tough schedule run. I still think they are a good team and will finish the year strong.

Mississippi State 45, Vanderbilt 6

Why Should I Care- The Dawgs tuned up for Kentucky with a workout against Vandy behind quarterback Will Rogers III 384 yards passing. Did you know MSU coach Mike Leach’s favorite Halloween candy is the new Nerds clusters? Fascinating.

Week 9 Predictions

Last week, the Backwoods Swami went 9-1 for the week with a blended Sun Belt schedule. For the season, I am 72-10 (.878).

Again, there is a short schedule in the SEC with only four games, so let’s add SEC future members Texas, Oklahoma

And the Sun Belt again for fun and laughter.

  • Missouri at Vanderbilt
  • Georgia vs Florida
  • Ole Miss at Auburn
  • Kentucky at Mississippi State
  • Texas at Baylor
  • Texas Tech at Oklahoma
  • Troy at Coastal Carolina
  • Texas State at Louisiana
  • UL- Monroe at Appalachian State
  • Arkansas State at South Alabama
  • Georgia State at Georgia Southern

Week 8 SEC Rankings

Let’s take a gander at how the rankings shake out this week. C’mon, it’ll be fun for the whole family.

  1. Georgia
  2. Alabama
  3. Kentucky
  4. Texas A&M
  5. Ole Miss
  6. Auburn
  7. Tennessee
  8. LSU
  9. Florida
  10. Arkansas
  11. Mississippi State
  12. Missouri
  13. South Carolina
  14. Vanderbilt

Shane Shackleford is a regional sportswriter from Speedwell, TN. He is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and the United States Basketball Writers of America. Shane is also a football color analyst for WRIL-FM 106.3 Sports in Pineville, KY. He has written and published his first book “Bounce: A Basketball Love Story” which can be found on Amazon currently. You can find Shane on, A Sea of Blue, The London Sentinel-Echo, The Corbin Times-Tribune, The Mountain Advocate, Harlan County Sports, and The Mountain Eagle. Contact Shane by email at and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.