Alright, I’m back this week with my games of the week. I took a couple weeks off because A) I’m lazy and B) two weeks ago I knew that the Alabama/Florida game was the game of the week and I didn’t want to have to pick a score. So, now that that’s out of the way, let’s move on to this week’s best (and worst) SEC games.
Games of the Week
Florida at #24 Auburn
This game doesn’t have nearly the appeal that either fanbase would like for it to. The Gators are coming off of two humiliating losses to Alabama and LSU. Before those two games it appeared that Will Muschamp had them on the path back to success but after being outscored by a combined 79-21, it’s hard to really know what to make of the Gators. The fact that they will start their third string QB in this one doesn’t help matters much.
Auburn finally lost a game to Clemson but appeared to have righted the ship with the upset of South Carolina. Then Arkansas pulled a Toby Keith and put a boot where it didn’t belong last weekend. Auburn is young and they will be good in the future but right now, they have serious quarterback issues and a porous defense. If Florida’s speedy backs can get loose, they can win this game. I don’t think they will, though.
Pick: Florida 27 Auburn 34
#15 South Carolina at Mississippi State
If you don’t know what to make of this game, join the club. On the one hand, South Carolina absolutely dismantled Kentucky last weekend with Connor Shaw at the helm and no longer has the distraction of Stephen Garcia hanging over the team. On the other hand, it was Kentucky.
For some weird reason, I think that Mississippi State makes a statement in this game and Dan Mullen will get some of the haters off of his back. The West is ridiculous this year and Mississippi State needs this win. I think that the Bulldogs will pull the upset in Starkville.
Pick: South Carolina 24 Mississippi State 27
Dry Games of the Week
#2 Alabama at Ole Miss
While typing the matchup, I almost put #2 Ole Miss. Hahahahahahahahahahaha. Yeah right. As if this game wasn’t already probably going to be bad enough for the Black Bears, they suspended pretty much their best player (Brandon Bolden) and their starting center, and two other players whose names I don’t feel like looking up right now.
Note to Houston Nutt: don’t pick a game where you are already drastically outmatched to take a stand on moral matters with some of your most important players. Maybe wait a few weeks until the Kentucky game.
Pick: Alabama 45 Ole Miss 3
Georgia at Vanderbilt
Look, I don’t like picking Vanderbilt most weeks as one of the worst games of the week. I really don’t. I think James Franklin has the ‘Dores on the right track and I felt that while they got blown out in Tuscaloosa last week, they actually looked pretty good on offense for a while before the Bama D buckled down and smothered them. The fact is, though, that it was between this game and LSU at Tennessee for the final spot in the Dry Games this week. And Vandy don’t got the Honeybadger to keep it interesting.
Even though I picked Georgia to cover the spread in our handicapping contest, it’s probably my least favorite pick I made this week. I’ll stick with it for the sake of not being wishy-washy but I wouldn’t be at all surprised if A) Vandy made this a game or B) actually won it outright.
Pick: Georgia 21 Vandy 9