I'm trying to bounce back from my worst week of the season. Just one game over .500 (5-4). A little bit more respectable in the SEC (5-2), where Ole Miss and Alabama let me down. A light schedule this week. Just 4 games in the conference and one other "Fever Country" game (with Alabama State and Tuskegee taking off this weekend).
So let's roll the dice, shall we?
Ole Miss at Florida - The Rebels surrendered 44 points to Memphis, and 49 to Texas Tech. No telling how many they'll give up to the Gators in the Swamp, with true freshman quarterback Chris Leak starting to find his "comfort zone." Florida 42, Ole Miss 28
Vanderbilt at Mississippi State - Does anyone care? This is the worst matchup of the season in the SEC. The Eastern Division's doormat faces the Western Division's cellar dwellar. SOMEBODY has to win. I'm taking the Bulldogs, but I'm doing it under duress. Mississippi State 24, Vanderbilt 21
Alabama at Georgia - Let's see. Georgia's at home. They've had an extra week to prepare. They're coming off a close loss to LSU, so they'll be trying to vent their frustations. And they're the defending SEC Champs. Alabama's coming off a disheartening double-overtime loss. Two of their best defenders are banged up, and quarterback Brodie Croyle's left arm is in a sling. It's going to take a miracle, Bama fans. Georgia 27, Alabama 17
Tennessee at Auburn - A friend was questioning the Volunteers schedule, wondering "Who have they beaten?" Florida and South Carolina are not too shabby. The same question could be asked of Auburn, whose only wins have come against Vandy and Western Kentucky. But Auburn's defense has been dandy all year, and the offense is coming around. Auburn 28, Tennessee 24
Troy State at Nebraska - I've picked against the Trojans twice in the past 3 weeks, only to regret it later when TSU came out victorious. Last week's win over Marshall was historic. The reward: a trip to Lincoln to play Nebraska. If the Trojans extend their winning streak to 4, I'll pick them to win every game the rest of the season. Nebraska 31, Troy State 21