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SEC Game Predictions – Week Twelve

The season’s winding down and we’re getting a good feel of what the SEC Championship Game will look like.  It should be a great game and I’m confident it will be Alabama and Florida with the winner having a great shot at playing in the National Championship game.  There are a couple of interesting games this weekend.

11/15/08

Mississippi State at Alabama – Alabama ought to be paying money to MSU for this game.  On paper, this one’s a blowout.  State usually plays Alabama pretty well though.  They beat them once before when Alabama was #1 and Dawg fans are looking for a miracle win this weekend.  It hurts but I’m going with what’s on paper.  Alabama 37 MSU 13

Georgia at Auburn – This usually is a fun game to watch but it seems like this year there’s no fun on the plains.  Auburn is just about awful, at least from what Auburn’s put on the field the last decade.  This game has often been a big one but this year, well, it’s just another game.  Georgia 31 Auburn 12

South Carolina at Florida – The ‘Ol Ball Coach is coming back to the swamp.  Florida’s playing as well as anyone in the country.  This ought to be a real fun game to watch.  I think South Carolina will give it a shot and make Gator fans a little nervous but I just see Tebow coming out on top.  Florida 24 South Carolina 20

Vanderbilt at Kentucky – Vanderbilt is still on a quest for that elusive bowl-eligible win, sitting on 5 wins.  Kentucky’s at 6 and could really use another win.  This game’s really a tossup but the edge would go to Kentucky as Vandy as fallen down the last several weeks.  But … something tells me maybe the Commodores will dig deep here and surprise the Wildcats.  Vanderbilt 21 Kentucky 20

Troy at LSU – Ouch.  This won’t be funny.  Troy doesn’t have a chance in this one.  LSU’s been better in previous years but still will be a pretty tough opponent.  LSU 42 Troy 10

Louisiana Monroe at Ole Miss – Here’s another laugher.  As much as I’d love to see the upset here and see Ole Miss struggle coming down the stretch, this is just like guys on girls playing tennis. (Well, I did get beat 6-0 6-0 against a girl once and Billie Jean King beat what’s his name so I guess anything is possible but that’s a different story).  Ole Miss 45 ULM 13

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SEC Game Predictions – Week Eleven

Not a bad week last week as far as my picks  …  except my Bulldogs and John McCain.  Picking some losers here, huh?  Well, it’s the same ‘ol shoulda with my teams.  Last week, 6-1 thanks to my Dawgs, shouldda been 7-0.  Oh well, at least I won’t get my Dawgs pick wrong this week.  Anyway, there are some big games this week, Alabama and LSU has to be at the top.

11/8/08

Alabama at LSU – Bama may finally be ready to move beyond the Bear.  LSU is definitely beatable and Saban’s going to know what it takes.  This should be a really fun game to watch and I’m sure more than one drunk Tiger will make this a rowdy crowd.  Maybe Bama will stumble but I just don’t see it.  Alabama 27 LSU 24

Arkansas at South Carolina – The Gamecocks have played a pretty good season.  Arkansas?  Well, they’re about where everyone predicted – which has SC fans happy that a losing team’s coming in.  The hogs still could have a shot at a bowl game and would have to have this game to have a shot.  But they don’t.  South Carolina 31 Arkansas 14

Tennessee-Martin at Auburn – I’m not so sure that Auburn can beat a cupcake anymore.  They’re in a place they haven’t been in a long time – outside looking in for a bowl game.  Fortunately for them, though, this game will make them bowl eligible, though it may be the last game they win this year.  Auburn 42  UT-Martin 0

Florida at Vanderbilt – Oh Vandy had such high hopes starting off with a great run.  They’re still sitting on five wins and need one more to get bowl eligible.  It just doesn’t seem right for the Commodores to have to play in the SEC.  But they do and they’ll lose to a surging Gator team.  Florida 38 Vandy 17

Georgia at Kentucky – Georgia’s a long way from that NC game they had their sights on when the season started.  But they’ve recovered okay and are in great position for a nice bowl game.  Going to Kentucky, who’s bowl eligible will be a bit of a challenge but doable.   Georgia 28 Kentucky 13

Wyoming at Tennessee – Well Fulmer didn’t get the axe.  He announced his resignation at the end of the season.  You just can’t get much love at Rocky Top if you don’t continue producing, at least that’s how it looks to me.  And at 3-6 and probably out of a bowl game for the first time in forever, I can’t say there’s a lot of love to go around.  Tennessee 37  Wyoming 10

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SEC Game Predictions – Week Ten

Well, about now, every week is a tough week to pick games in the SEC.  But I’m starting to get sad that the season is getting toward the end.  Still, Basketball’s right around the corner and that should be another exciting season of SEC sports.

11/1/08

Arkansas State at Alabama – Alabama’s on a roll, no pun intended.  Undefeated, #2 in the nation and AR State coming to town?  If I were Arkansas State, I’d go ahead and take the check, not show up and save the players from injury and embarrasment.  Alabama 45 Arkansas State 0

Tulsa at Arkansas – This is an interesting game.  Tulsa is in the top 20 and Arkansas owns the cellar in the SEC West.  On paper, Tulsa should win.  But, I just have this feeling the Hogs will pull this one out.  Arkansas 27 Tulsa 24

Auburn at Ole Miss – Tuberville coming to Nutt’s house is another interesting game.  Auburn is tanking in a bad way and Ole Miss not only hates Tuberville but they’re looking at that rare bowl possibility this year.  I wonder if the Tigers haven’t already thrown in the towel.  The grove will be fired up this week (not from smoking).  Ole Miss 24 Auburn 14

Florida vs. Georgia (Jacksonville) – You just have to love weeks like this where good solid teams play some college football.  This one’s a toss up.  Tebow’s playing well and Moreno is also playing pretty well.  I’m not sure who really to pick in this one.  I guess I’ll give the edge to Florida on behalf of my friend preacherpen.  Florida 34 Georgia 31

Kentucky at Mississippi State – This game will be decided by which team the respective University decides to bring.  I keep waiting for Mississippi State to step it up a notch and I’m hoping this will be the beginning.  Kentucky’s no slouch and is playing for a bowl game.  MSU 21 Kentucky 14

Tulane at LSU – I can’t believe anyone at Tulane thinks they have a shot at this one.  Root for the underdog but expect LSU to wear ’em out.  LSU 52 Tulane 3

Tennessee at South Carolina – What can I say?  Tennessee all but stinks this year (though they did end up blowing my Dawgs out).  The Gamecocks are playing decent, better than TN, anyway.  SC will be at home for this one and I think the Vols are looking ahead to a new coach.  South Carolina 27 Tennessee 21

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SEC Game Predictions – Week Nine

For the second week in a row, I didn’t come out too well on my predictions.  For a while, it looked like I had a good shot at the LSU game and an outside shot at the MSU game.  But by the time those games were in the record book, I was 2-3 and an upset MSU fan.  All wasn’t lost as I found myself spending the weekend at the Sheraton right next to the SEC office in Birmingham.  Throw in the shopping with the missus, eating out and going to the Michael W. Smith and Steven Curtis Chapman concert (mine and my wife’s respective favorite singers) and I had a great weekend.  This week, it’s back to normal life for me.

10/23

Auburn at West Virginia – Auburn is dropping like a brick and desperately needs to start winning to have a shot at even a bowl game.  After this game they still have a difficult schedule, with only one gimme game left.  At 4-3, that makes this a much win against a 4-2 but undefeated-in-conference West Virginia who will be at home on my brother’s birthday.  WVU just may play their best game of the year.  West Virginia 24  Auburn 17

10/25

Alabama at Tennessee – Fat Phil’s hourglass is about empty as the Volunteer fans are getting anxious.  Sure they beat a mediocre Mississippi State team last week by a lopsided score.  But that game really wasn’t decided until early 4th quarter when UT put up two quick TD’s on pick-6’s.  Alabama will be a much tougher foe, coming in undefeated and #2 in the nation.  Saban 27 Fulmer 13

Ole Miss at Arkansas – This is an interesting game.  The Rebels have won a couple of good games and lost a couple of tight ones.  Arkansas has been slapped around but has also done a little slapping itself.  Houston Nutt comes to his former digs after being unrespected for what he brought Arkansas.  Look for Nutt to go all out to beat the Razorbacks.  Ole Miss 31 Arkansas 21

Georgia at LSU – I’m not sure if LSU is getting better during this season.  They got a close one last week at South Carolina but did come out with the win.  Georgia will be coming to LSU where they stand to face a tougher team than what showed up in South Carolina.  This one may just decide the SEC Championship fate of one of these two teams.  LSU 24  Georgia 20

Middle Tennessee at Mississippi State – My Bulldogs could use 12 of these games a season.  That seems to be the level of competition that they’ve been putting out, if you judge them by the numbers.  But MSU is better than what they’ve played and will be coming home to the friendly confines at Scott Field for a homecoming night game.  MSU 31  Middle Tennessee 13

Duke at Vanderbilt – Both of these teams have been somewhat surprising this year, especially Vandy.  After a couple of tough losses, Vandy would really like to get that 6th win and be bowl eligible for the first time this century.  Good thing they’ll be at home, otherwise, I don’t know.  Vandy 34 Duke 17

Kentucky at Florida – Well, Kentucky started off good but after hitting the meat of the SEC, they’ve begun to work themselves down the conference leaderboard.  Now they have to go into the Swamp against a superior Florida team.  I don’t give KY a shot as I’m sure 99.9% of the sporting world.  Florida 34 Kentucky 10

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SEC Game Predictions – Week Eight

Whoa, Nellie!  This season is going by too fast.  What a surprising weekend.  Florida slapped LSU around like they were a junior college team.  Arkansas handed it to Tubs – now Auburn is fighting just to get bowl eligible – that may be a tough order.  And to put the cherry on top, my MSU Bulldogs beat Vandy.  There was a time when that wouldn’t mean much but since Vandy was #1 in the East, unbeaten and ranked 13, it was a satisfying victory.  Like lots of SEC weekends, this weekend won’t be an easy one to pick.  Last week I was a bad 2-3 missing South Carolina, Florida and Arkansas victories.

11/18/08

Ole Miss at Alabama – Alabama’s #2 in the nation.  Ole Miss has played mediocre against mediocre teams, being beat by a couple of them while beating highly ranked Florida in the Swamp.  Which team will show up in Tuscaloosa?  The mediocre team.  Alabama 27 Ole Miss 13

Arkansas at Kentucky – Arkansas had a nice win against Auburn and had a great running attack.  Though they’re on the road against a good Kentucky team, maybe the Hogs are starting to turn the corner with their new coach.  I think Arkansas only gets better the rest of the season.  Arkansas 24 Kentucky 14

Vanderbilt at Georgia – This is an intriguing game at the top of the SEC East.  Vanderbilt is an impressive 5-1 but their record doesn’t match up too well with their stats – so far, they’ve had luck on their side as much as skill.  I look for Georgia to show up strong at home.  Georgia 28 Vanderbilt 12

LSU at South Carolina – The ‘Ol ball coach has got his team playing decent.  LSU’s coming off a beating at the hands of Florida.  They’ll be going into a hostile Gamecock crowd that’s hungry for a big win.  I think Spurrier may just have something up his sleeve and looking for an upset.  South Carolina 24 LSU 21

Mississippi State at Tennessee – Tennessee has always had MSU’s number for the most part.  But this year, UT has struggled as fans beg for their coach to get the ax.  His seat is pretty hot.  MSU is starting to pull things together and are looking a bit more consistent, having played well at LSU and beating Vanderbilt this year.  Add to that the fact that just about every year, one head coach out of the SEC gets Croomed and fired, things don’t look so good for the Vols.  MSU 24 Tennessee 21

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