Jeff's Journal - #12

Your clueless, I mean fearless prognosticator is back for another week.

The statistics from last week are not all that impressive. 7-2 in the SEC. 1-2 outside the Conference.

Overall record: 8-4.

Let’s try again.

Ole Miss at Memphis. Eli and the Rebels got a major-league scare from Vandy. It shouldn’t be that close this time. Ole Miss 28, Memphis 14

Virginia at South Carolina - South Carolina had to scrape just to get by Louisiana-Lafayette. Last year, the Gamecocks turned it over 7 times against the Cavs. Lou Holtz is still fussing about that. South Carolina 20, Virginia 17

Middle Tennessee at Georgia - The Dawgs were supposed to be vulnerable last week with a depleted defense and an inexperienced offensive line. Vulnerable, Schmulnerable, says Clemson’s Tommy Bowden, after the Dawgs whupped him, 30-0. Georgia 35, Middle Tennessee 14

Marshall at Tennessee - Another six-figure crowd in Knoxville. Maybe it’s time to expand the stadium - to 125,000. Tennessee 27, Marshall 20

Tulsa at Arkansas - The season opener for Houston Nutt’s Razorbacks. I was impressed with the Hogs on our Journey around the SEC. Arkansas 31, Tulsa 14

Tennessee-Chattanooga at Vanderbilt - Playing Ole Miss even for 55 minutes proved the Commodores are getting better. Now will anyone in Nashville care? Vanderbilt 21, Tennessee-Chattanooga 17

Murray State at Kentucky - Losing the home opener to in-state rival Louisville was not what Wildcat fans had in mind when UK hired Rich Brooks. Kentucky 38, Murray State 10

Florida at Miami - Brock Berlin signed with the Gators out of high school, then left Gainesville when he found himself backing up Rex Grossman. Guess where he ended up? Miami 35, Florida 21

LSU at Arizona - The Bengal Tigers are used to playing night games. Just not in the desert. Something tells me they’ll adjust. LSU 21, Arizona 20

Auburn at Georgia Tech - Ronnie Brown and Carnell Williams will combine for more than 20 carries, even if Tommy Tuberville has to run the plays out to the huddle himself. Tech, you’ve just been wrecked.

Auburn 28, Georgia Tech 17

Oklahoma at Alabama - I know it was only South Florida. But that second-half made a believer out of me. Still, this is Oklahoma. But the favorite doesn’t always win, right? Alabama 27, Oklahoma 24

Troy State at Minnesota - At least if it rains, like it has for the past half-dozen TSU games, the Trojans will stay dry in the Dome. Minnesota 31, Troy State 14

Tuskegee at Benedict - Rick Comegy has spoiled Golden Tiger fans with all of those 10-win seasons. After losing the opener, another double-digit victory total will not be easy to come by. Tuskegee 20, Benedict 10

Alabama State vs. Bethune Cookman - Who would’ve "thunk" it? The Hornets beat Florida A&M with a head coach who’s still learning all of the players’ names???? Only in Hollywood, or the Motor City.

Now it’s down to Mobile, where "Coe-Blooded Football" is about to be 2-0. Alabama State 35, Bethune-Cookman 28

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Hope your team wins this weekend! God bless - Jeff