Jeff's Journal - 11/04/04

This is what they call a "hot streak." The Jounal's been on the mark three weeks running. Only one misfire last week (picked South Carolina to upset Tennessee - didn't happen). Let's see if the streak shooter can keep knocking them down.

In case you're wondering, the Journal's stat sheet looks like this: 48-16 (75%) SEC. 67-24 (74%) overall.

Arkansas (3-4) at South Carolina (5-3) - Jefferson Pilot gave us the choice of televising this game Saturday morning at 11:30 or Georgia at Kentucky. It was unanimous. We all figured this game would be much more competitive and of more interest to more viewers. Problem is, that makes it tough to pick a winner. South Carolina 27, Arkansas 24

Georgia (7-1) at Kentucky (1-7) - No contest here. The only question is: who will be the next head coach at Kentucky? Georgia 38, Kentucky 14

Florida (4-4) at Vanderbilt (2-6) - Would this really be that big of an upset if the Commodores beat the Gators? Vandy's 1-4 in the Conference. Florida (2-4 in the SEC) is not much better. I think it will get tougher each week for Ron Zook to keep control of his players. Somebody say "Upset Special?" Vanderbilt 29, Florida 28

Notre Dame (5-3) at Tennessee (7-1) - The Volunteers would be much more attractive to the BCS with a 10-2 record (assuming they lose to Auburn in the SEC Championship game). UT's last challenge before cruising down the home stretch with Vandy and Kentucky. Tennessee 34, Notre Dame 31

Mississippi State (3-5) at Alabama (5-3) - Memo to Mike Shula. I know you approach all of them as "must win" games. But trust me: THIS is a must win game. The Bama power brokers who selected you over Coach Croom last May need to believe they made the right call. That seemed obvious when State lost to Maine, but when the Bulldogs beat the Gators, Sylvester's supporters within the Bama Nation took notice. I think the Crimson Tide players get it. Alabama 27, Mississippi State 20

Florida Atlantic at Troy - When you're breaking in a new quarterback, there's no more comforting feeling than knowing he can hand off 30 times to the school's all-time leading rusher. The alums will enjoy another performance of the DeWhitt Betterson show. A Happy Homecoming for the Trojans. Troy 35, Florida Atlantic 24

Alabama State at Grambling - The Hornets look to keep it going after the big come-from-behind win over A&M last week in the Classic. Look out, Southern. Bama State is coming after you in the SWAC Championship game next month. But first, ASU needs to TCB (take care of business) against the G-Men. Alabama State 42, Grambling 28

Tuskegee at Kentucky State - The Golden Tigers are getting ever so closer to another Pioneer Bowl bid. A road victory this week might be enough to seal the deal. Tuskegee 29, Kentucky State 21

Webber International at Huntingdon - Can't say I know much about the visiting team. The Hawks have won 4 straight. Coach Turk tells the Journal this will be Huntingdon's toughest game of the season. I think the Hawks can handle it. Huntingdon 31, Webber International 24

Okay sports fans. There it is. Nine happy picks. And just maybe, the Journal's first perfect week? Stay tuned.

Hope your team comes out on top this weekend.

God bless - Jeff