Last week I went 2-2 in predicting our games of the week, although, I must admit that the two games I got right were actually our worst games of the week. In what should be no surprise to any true fan of the SEC, the Georgia Bulldogs once again failed to live up to whatever hype they had entered the season with. Boise State, a team with a good defensive front and a Heisman level quarterback (though I will point out he throws one of the weakest deep balls in football, but I digress), came in and thoroughly dominated the Bulldogs. Other than a Brandon Boykin touchdown, Georgia mustered little if anything against the Broncos.
In another surprise (at least to me) LSU came out and played really well against what was supposed to be a championship caliber Oregon team. LSU’s defense confused Oregon from the beginning and Jarrett Lee played just well enough in the absence of Jordan Jefferson, to get the Tigers the win. LSU has cemented themselves squarely in the National Championship hunt with the win over the Ducks. We can only hope that they and Alabama both show up undefeated to their early-November showdown.
On to this week’s games:
#3 Alabama at #23 Penn State
The Crimson Tide come into this game as the heavy favorites, led by their stingy defense but questions surrounding the quarterback situation have people questioning just how well Alabama fits into the National Title chase. AJ McCarron is the logical choice to get the start after Phillip Sims did little to show that he was ready to be the starter in the game against Kent State.
Penn State also has a young quarterback in Rob Bolden, which could be an issue against Alabama’s experienced defense. The Nittany Lions are coming off of a dismantling of Indiana State but that’s saying about as much as Alabama dismantling Kent State.
Pick: Alabama 27 Penn State 9
#12 South Carolina at Georgia
South Carolina is coming into this game following a less than convincing win against ECU, in which their defense allowed 37 points. I’m not really sure how much stock to put into the Gamecocks offense putting up 56 on ECU, either.
Don’t sleep on Georgia in this game, it has become pretty apparent that Mark Richt is sitting atop a very hot seat and it wouldn’t surprise me at all to see the Bulldogs come out and play well for him. I know that odds are I’m falling victim to exactly what I said earlier but I, for some reason, can’t shake the feeling that Georgia will come out fired up, considering that the East (and their coaches’ job) may very well ride on the outcome.
Pick South Carolina 24 Georgia 31
#16 Mississippi State at Auburn
If this game was between this year’s Mississippi State team and last year’s Auburn team, then this may have been one of this week’s best games. Unfortunately for the Tigers, it is not last year, as they proved last week against the mighty Aggies of Utah State. If you require the greatest onside kick in the history of mankind to beat Utah State, your team better not be from the SEC, or I will make fun of you. Mississippi State rolls in this one.
Pick: Mississippi State 35 Auburn 14
Dry Games of the Week
New Mexico State at #14 Arkansas
Heaven forbid that the Hogs schedule a game within the first three weeks against someone other than the bottom dwellers of the NCAA. This week New Mexico State, next week Troy. Don’t test yourself too much over there boys. Guess somebody’s gotta get their mind right for a trip to Tuscaloosa in two weeks.
Pick: NMSU 10 Arkansas 49
Central Michigan at Kentucky
I’m pretty sure I just fell asleep thinking about what to write making fun of this game. The only thing that could make it more interesting is if Jared Lorenzen came out of the stands weighing about 400 pounds and ran for 250. And even then, it would be a stretch.
Pick: CMU 14 Kentucky 21
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