Kentucky @ Missouri
Well, somebody’s got to get a win in this one. It’s a match-up of the two most hapless teams in the SEC East. For Kentucky, this is business as usual. The Wildcats have always been pretty bad; they are used to losing, but that will not save Joker Phillips. This is a new experience for Missouri. The Tigers from the North had been a solid eight win team in the Big XII. So far life hasn’t been that good in the SEC. Even with their SEC struggles, Missouri is the better team, though it’s not hard to be the better team when you play the worst team in the league.
Tennessee @ South Carolina
It’s been a rough stretch for South Carolina. It started with Georgia, who the Gamecocks dominated, but ended with losses to LSU and Florida. Tennessee has also been through a meat grinder, losing to Georgia, Mississippi State, and Alabama in a four week span. South Carolina can salvage their season and make a run for a New Year’s Day bowl if they can win the rest of their games. If Tennessee can win
out, they have a shot at a decent game and may save Derek Dooley’s job. The problem for Tennessee is they have a hard time defending the run, and the Gamecocks are a proficient running team. Tyler Bray keeps it close for the Vols, but Carolina will be too tough.
27-21 South Carolina
Ole Miss @ Arkansas
Arkansas is coming off a two game winning streak that could potentially change their season. The only problem is those wins came against the two worst teams in the league, Kentucky and Auburn. Ole Miss also won a confidence building game over Auburn to end their SEC losing streak. The question in this game is whether Arkansas has really put their season back on track. The two wins by the Hogs are a bit of fool’s gold. They may not be the easy out they were early in the season, but they still may falter when the pressure is on. Ole Miss is the best team Arkansas will face to date (who would have said that at the beginning of the season), and they will test Arkansas’ mettle. The Hogs fold again.
34-31 Ole Miss
Florida vs. Georgia
Here it is, the defacto SEC East championship game. The winner will be the representative for the East in Atlanta. Florida is undefeated with a 6-0 record in conference play and notable wins over LSU and South Carolina (the weirdest blowout game ever). Georgia, on the other hand, just had a four quarter struggle with Vanderbilt and was walloped by South Carolina (who got walloped by Florida). Florida is the favorite because of their relentless running attack and solid defense. Georgia was the best offense in the conference until the last few weeks, but is susceptible on defense. Then, throw in the fact that Mark Richt has beaten Florida only three times (Zook once, Meyer once, and Muschamp last year). History is not in the Bulldogs’ favor. I just don’t believe Florida is as good as everyone else thinks. The Dawgs pull off a win and send Florida back to earth.
UMass @ Vanderbilt
This one is easy; UMass is awful, Vandy is not quite as bad (they have some SEC caliber talent at the very least). Vandy will get one more win toward bowl eligibility.
Texas A&M @ Auburn
Auburn was an eight point dog to Vanderbilt. They covered, but they still lost… to Vandy! This is a new low for Auburn. Their only chance is if A&M is still suffering a hangover from the LSU game, or they are looking ahead to Mississippi State. None of that will matter. Auburn is a mess in every aspect of the game. Johnny Football will prevail.
34-6 Texas A&M
Mississippi State @ Alabama
This is the biggest game in the history of Mississippi State football. They are undefeated and take on the number one ranked Crimson Tide. If State is able to pull off a victory, they are in the driver’s seat for the SEC West crown and the BCS title game. That thought has never happened in that program. How they are able to handle that thought will play a role in the game. This is business as usual for Alabama. The Tide is used to the big stage, but this will be the best team Alabama has faced all year. Even though Nick Saban preaches one game at a time, it will be interesting to see if there is a bit of looking ahead to LSU. Mississippi State will give Alabama a game, but it will not be enough.
What do you think of the two huge matchups this week? Do you agree that Georgia will upset Florida? And does Mississippi State have a legit shot at beating Bama? Let us know what you think in the comments!