Somehow, I went 4-1 last week. Which we all know what this means--I will never had that level of success again. It's all downhill from here.
So, on that note, let's get to the games this week:
1. Georgia at South Carolina (Saturday, 6:30 p.m. EST, ESPN)
Georgia looked impressive for a half last week against Georgia Southern. South Carolina looked impressive last week for an entire game against Vandy (of course, there are high school teams that would've looked impressive last week against Vandy). Georiga is on the road in an environment where they nearly got knocked off two years ago. My head says pick Georgia, my heart says pick South Carolina because it helps Tennessee more. Unfortunately, in this case, my head wins.
Georgia 28, South Carolina 20
2. Auburn at Mississippi State (Saturday, 12:30 p.m. EST, JP Sport)
An interesting early- season SEC West showdown. Mississppi State looked good last week, esp. in the second half. But their defense faces a far moe potent rushing attack in Cadilliac Williams of Auburn this week. I see this one being close going into the fourth quarter.
Auburn 24, Mississippi State 21
3. Texas at Arkansas (Saturday, 7:45 p.m. EST, ESPN)
A classic old-school showdown between two schools who really don't like each other. Texas put up big numbers last week but Arkansas does have home field advantage. No matter what happens, this will be a grudge match and it should be a great game to watch, even if you don't have a dog in the race.
Texas 30, Arkansas 27.
4. Ole Miss at Alabama (Saturday, 8 p.m. EST, ESPN 2)
Another early season SEC-West showdown. Alabama is off probation and looking to go bowling. Ole Miss is still trying to figure out the post-Eli Manning era.
Alabama 21, Ole Miss 14.
5. Miami vs Florida State (Friday, 8 p.m. EST, ABC)
In my ideal world, both teams would lose. (Get used to that phrase...I use it a lot during football season!) However, my dislike of Miami is just a bit more than Florida State, hence why I must pick them. Also, the Vols have victories over both the last team we've played them.
Florida State 24, Miami 21
So, there you have my picks. You're welcome to put your own picks in the comments and we'll see what happens. And, yes, I know that by picking against South Carolina I've opened myself up to boos from AK. But AK, think about this--last week, I picked against you and you win...maybe karma holds true again!
posted by Michael Hickerson at 9/10/2004 02:29:00 PM