Woo-hoo..I went 8-0 last week making my picks. Man, if I'd only I'd gambled away all my money, I'd be rich now. Of course, if I did actually place a wager on a game, I'd lose so bad it wouldn't be funny and a guy named Guido would be breaking my kneecaps right now. So, my record for the season is 21-6.
Alright, onto this week's game...
1. Auburn at Tennessee (7:45 p.m. EST, ESPN)
Another big test for the Vols in the comfortable confines of Neyland Stadium. Last I heard, Ainge has been named starting QB for this game, but that doesn't mean Shaeffer won't see some playing time. The key here is for the Vol's defense to contain the double-edge running attack of Auburn and to have a solid running game. I think we've got the o-line to do it and our running backs have really stepped it up this year.
Tennessee 24, Auburn 17.
2. Arkansas at Florida (Noon EST, CBS)
The Gators' effort against Kentucky last week was just enough to get the job done. It's going to take a lot more than playing one decent quarter to beat the Razorbacks, who have looked pretty good in all of their games I've seen this season. This one is a tough one to pick, but I am going to give the Gators home field advantage, even though it kills me to do so.
Florida 20, Arkansas 17.
3. LSU at Georgia (3:30 p.m. EST, CBS)
LSU owned the Bulldogs last year and are coming in off a rout of Mississippi State. Georgia comes in off a bye week and looking pretty underwhelming in their first three wins. As a Vols' fan I am pulling for LSU.
LSU 20, Georgia 14
4. South Carolina at Alabama (6 p.m. EST, ESPN2)
Alabama lost a tough game last week to Arkansas, not scoring a point in the second half. South Carolina has yet to beat a quality opponent--sorry, SC but Vandy does NOT count. Sure, they played well for a three quarters against UGA, but it football is a four quarter game. Home field advantage to Bama.
Alabama 28, South Carolina 17
5. Missississippi State at Vanderbilt (7 p.m. EST, no TV).
The battle for bottom of the barrel in the SEC. Vandy had high expectations and in usual Vandy style crushed fans' hopes in the first two weeks. Mississippi State started well but then lost to Maine (Maine?!?) The fact that Vandy is favored by double digits makes me fall on the floor with laughter.
Mississippi State 10, Vandy 3.
posted by Michael Hickerson at 10/01/2004 01:26:00 PM