Only losses by Alabama (to Northern Illinois) and Tuskegee (to Hampton) kept me from having my first undefeated week. A glance at the stat sheet revealed these numbers: 7-1 in the SEC, 9-2 overall. The season-to-date numbers now look like this: 27-8 in the SEC, 34-13 overall. (That reminds me of a youth basketball team on which I once played. We played about 15 games one season, and yet our trophies said our record was 34-10. Must've been that "new math" that was in vogue at the time. But I digress again).
So let's motor on in to week #5 with some pep in our step and confidence in our predictions.
Florida at Kentucky - The Gators are 2-2. If Ron Zook loses this one, the "For Sale" signs will start showing up in his front yard. Florida 31, Kentucky 21
Texas Tech at Ole Miss - A tough test for Eli and the Rebels. I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt. Ole Miss 28, Texas Tech 24
Georgia Tech at Vanderbilt - When Tech beat Auburn a few weeks back, I thought the Ramblin' Wreck would be a contender in the ACC. Not anymore. The Yellow Jackets are 1-3, but hey - so is Vandy. Georgia Tech 31, Vanderbilt 20
South Carolina at Tennessee - The Vols are coming off a big win in the Swamp. South Carolina bounced back nicely against UAB after losing to Georgia. I'll take the Volunteers at home, but sometime this season Lou Holtz and the Gamecocks will win one they're not supposed to. Tennessee 27, South Carolina 17
LSU at Mississippi State - The unbeaten Bengal Tigers versus the winless Bulldogs. On paper, it's the biggest mismatch of the week. And you don't have to "throw out the records" in this one. LSU 41, Mississippi State 21
Western Kentucky at Auburn - Tommy Tuberville would love to build a big early lead and empty the benches in the second half. Don't know if it's going to be that easy, even though the Hilltoppers are representing Division I-AA. Auburn 38, Western Kentucky 21
Arkansas at Alabama - Can Bama stop the Razorbacks' running game? Can the Tide get touchdowns against the Hogs' defense? Not if Alabama plays like it did last week against Northern Illinois. Call me a "homer," but I'm picking the Tide to roll in a major surprise. Alabama 24, Arkansas 21
Alabama State at Southern - The Hornets, already 2-0 in the SWAC, are planning to be in Birmingham for the conference championship game. A win in Baton Rouge against the Jaguars would go a long way toward making it happen. Alabama State 34, Southern 28
Troy State at Marshall - The best opponent ever to visit Troy. The Trojans, with new starting quarterback Aaron Leak, have won two in a row. But even with a backup quarterback calling the shots, the Herd still packs plenty of Thunder. Marshall 31, Troy State 24