Missouri @ Tennessee
Missouri finally got their first elusive SEC win; now Tennessee hopes to do the same. Mizzou quarterback James Franklin continues to struggle in this transition year. He may be able to gain some confidence against the Vols’ horrible defense. Add in the fact that Tennessee cannot consistently stop the run, which has given Mizzou fits, and the Northern Tigers may make it a game. This will probably be close, but Tennessee’s offense is too explosive for Mizzou to get the win. Derek Dooley will get his first SEC win of the season and second in the past two years.
Mississippi State @ LSU
It will be interesting to see how these two teams come out for this game. LSU is coming off a heartbreaking loss to Alabama, where the Tigers were the better team for most of the contest. Mississippi State is coming off of its second straight blowout loss in two weeks after beginning the season 7-0. Mississippi State needs this game to prove that they are not the same ole State team that benefited from an easy early schedule. For LSU, finishing out 10-2 and hoping for a BCS bowl are now the new goals for the season. The Tigers have to find the motivation to achieve these goals after letting their title hopes slip through their fingers. State could take advantage of what should be an emotionally drained LSU team. The only problem is that the Tigers are still more talented that the Bulldogs. An early State score should be enough to wake the Tigers up and assert their physicality.
Arkansas @ South Carolina
Arkansas has stabilized from their rocky start, but they have still only beaten the conference bottom feeders. South Carolina is now playing to get into a good bowl. The Gamecocks are more talented and will be more motivated.
31-21 South Carolina
Louisiana-Lafayette @ Florida
Florida will actually look like a team that can score as they will outmuscle Louisiana-Lafayette. The Gator fans will be heading for the exits by halftime.
Vanderbilt @ Ole Miss
While this game has been a match-up of the league’s worst teams in the past few seasons, this year both are vying for bowl eligibility. Ole Miss has been the surprise of the year. The Rebels have been competitive in most games and are a pretty dynamic offensive team. With some challenging teams remaining on their schedules, both teams are one win away and really need this one. The teams are evenly matched, but Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace has been a bit more dependable than Vandy’s Jordan Rodgers. Ole Miss will get it done.
27-24 Ole Miss
Georgia @ Auburn
Georgia only needs one game to get to Atlanta for the second straight year. The only team standing in their way is Auburn. The same Auburn that does not have a conference win, has absolutely no offense, and hires security guards for curfew check. Georgia is going back to Atlanta for the second straight year. (Or you can say something along the lines of “Georgia is on their way back to Atlanta.” You already used “the second straight year” line, and for a paragraph this small, it sounds even more redundant.)
Texas A&M @ Alabama
The most anticipated game of the week. The high powered offense of Texas A&M against the, formerly, invincible defense of Alabama in a clash of football philosophies. The Aggies are riding high with their, largely, unexpected success in the SEC. Last week, they destroyed a one loss Mississippi State in a game in which they could have named their score. Conversely, Alabama is coming off a physical game that needed late game heroics for them to win. In the win, the Tide defense, which was thought to be among the best ever, gave up 400+ yards, including a shade under 300 yards in the air. That has to be a concern with Johnny Football coming in the Bryant-Denny Stadium. While A&M has racked up the points, they have struggled against the good defenses on their schedule, Florida and LSU, and lost to both. While Alabama is due for a little letdown after an emotional win and may give up some points after being exposed, the defense will take over on Johnny Football and the Tide will push around the Aggie D. Alabama keeps rolling.
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