Tennessee at South Carolina (12:30 p.m. EST, Jefferson Pilot regional game, ESPN GamePlan)
I'm sure Lou Holtz has told his team that Tennessee is the greatest team that has ever taken the field and that South Carolina is just lucky to be there. But that's not entirely true. Back in 1992, the last time USC won this game, the Vols came into Columbia with their destiny in their hand and Steve Tan-my-hill had a great day, sending the Vols home with a loss. Since then, the Vols have won 11-straight, though the last time it was a blow out was 1998 when Tee Martin set a record for pass completitions. Tennessee's offense, which was great the first couple of games, has been anemic that past few weeks while the defense has come to life. I'd love to see the Vols come in and blow out the Gamecocks, but I am not sure that will happen. But it does come down to one big difference--the Vols know how to win this game, the Gamecock hope they can win this game.
Tennessee 24, USC 17
Florida vs Georgia (3:30 p.m. EST, CBS)
The chorus in Florida this week is "Win one for the Zooker" It might have been louder had Florida not pulled the trigger and given Zook the hook earlier this week. Give Zook some credit--he is coming back to coach the team in the final four games, which he didn't have to do. (And if there's a game South Carolina can steal a victory in, it'd be Florida). That said, the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail party is played again this year. One thing--why not play home and home for this one...it might give UGA a chance of winning more than once a decade. Anyway, where was I? Florida owns this series, but UGA has a lot to play for. Georgia has struggled since demolishing LSU, but you can bet they've had this one circled. I really see this game going one of two ways: huge blowout for UGA, close game won by Florida. I'm going with history on this one.
Florida 21, Georgia 20
Auburn at Ole Miss (7:45 p.m EST, ESPN)
Ole Miss gets another appearance on national TV in a game they shouldn't win. I think the three QB system for Ole Miss will keep it close--for a half. Ole Miss doesn't have the defense to keep up with the running back combination that Auburn offers.
Auburn 45, Ole Miss 21
Other games (winner predicted by bold):
Vanderbilt at LSU
Kentucky at Mississippi State
Oh yeah, and one more thing...
GO BIG ORANGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
posted by Michael Hickerson at 10/30/2004 09:52:00 AM