I have to admit I'm surprised at how well how I'm doing picking the winner of these games each week. I went 4-1 against last week, bringing my season record to 8-2, so far. Of course, I'm not a betting man, so this is just all for fun. And if you want to join in, you're always welcome to post your picks in the comments and try for some bragging rights...
Alrighty then, on to this week's games.
1. Florida at Tennessee (Saturday, 8 p.m. EST, CBS)
As if there is any other game this week that really matters to me. This is it--the big game in September that will give the winner an early edge in the SEC East title race. It's been an interesting series of late--the road team has won the last four games. Turnovers have killed the Vols at home against the Gators and we've yet to really take advantage of Spurrier leaving and regularily beat the Gators. Both teams have strengths and both have some definite weaknesses. But I've got this strange feeling about this game--it's going to be close and one of those wacky scores you look at later and makes you scratch your head. If the Vols can win the running game, we've got a very, very good chance.
Tennesssee 30, Florida 28.
2. Vanderbilt at Ole Miss (Saturday, 12:30 p.m. EST, Jefferson Pilot)
Is it too early to call this a desparation, must-win game for both teams? Probably not. Ole Miss is looking for its identity in the post-Eli era and Vandy is looking for, well, something after being man-handled by South Carolina two weeks ago. With all the bowl-hype now died down a bit, how will Vandy respond? My thought--honestly, Vandy hasn't learned how to win a game yet. Ole Miss gets it done at home.
Ole Miss 28, Vandy 13
3. LSU at Auburn (Saturday, 3:30 p.m. EST, CBS)
It's a huge Saturday for the SEC. Two games, both on CBS that will give the winner an inside track to win their respective divisions. Auburn looked good against Missississippi State last weekend while LSU manhandled the cupcake brought in to erase any memories the near loss in week one. Again, I'm giving the home team the edge here in a close game.
Auburn 28, LSU 24.
Honestly, the rest of the SEC has some pretty easy games on the schedule that each team should win. So, here we go with an attempt to pad my stats (and also make AK happy since I'm gonna pick SC to win!) The winning team will be in bold type.
4. Marshall at Georgia
5. South Florida at South Carolina
7. Maine at Missisissippi State
So, there you have it. And, before I go, let me say this...
GO BIG ORANGE!!!!!
posted by Michael Hickerson at 9/17/2004 08:11:00 PM