Many questions will be answered in the Southeastern Conference this weekend. Already, SEC fans are getting pumped up in expectation of the many great interconference match-ups. I’m shaking with excitement in anticipation.
Here are just a few of the questions I expect to be answered this Saturday:
Can Florida’s Superman stay off the injured list?
Will the LSU Tigers tear apart Spurrier’s Top 15 Gamecocks?
Is Arkansas all hype? And is Kentucky that good?
Can Auburn manage its QB situation?
Will Mississippi St keep it up?
Can Tennessee rebound?
The Tennessee Volunteers have been physically abused in two of their last three games. Coming off a large loss to Florida, the Vols most certainly feel they have something to prove. Their opponent, Arkansas St., performed well last week with a 45-28 victory over SMU. The Indians are led by QB Corey Leonard who was responsible for 5 of last week’s touchdowns. The Vols D-line will have to place some pressure on Leonard if they hope to win. The question is: can the weary Vols rebound? I expect the Vols will play through the pain and come out the victor against the Indians.
Alabama or Georgia, which team is better?
Florida @ Ole Miss
Last Saturday, Tim Tebow led his team to an impressive victory against the Tennessee Volunteers. Tebow threw for 301 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two more. Tebow should have no trouble picking apart the Ole Miss secondary, ranked only ten from the bottom. The Rebels will not allow a blowout and will put some points on the board. Ole Miss Sr. QB, Seth Adams, is expected to play Saturday despite his recent injury.
Florida 45, Ole Miss 16
South Carolina @ LSU
The clash of the Gamecocks and the Tigers is sure to be one of the best match-ups thus far. LSU is the proud owner of the best defense award. Most notably, their pass defense has been execeptional. As the Tigers face off against a Steve Spurrier offense, it would seem this game is in the bag. However, Spurrier has changed from his pass-happy offense at Florida to a more balanced attack at SC. Also, there are some excellent hands in the 'Cocks backfield; their running backs can get out quickly and as soon as they turn around, find the ball. Ultimately, I expect the Tigers to come out on top in this intense game.
LSU 35, South Carolina 20
Kentucky @ Arkansas
Arkansas’s Ernest Mitchell (DT) has been suspended after last game’s “helmet bashing.” He is the second defensive lineman to go after Marcus Harrison’s arrest for drug charges before the Troy game. However, Kentucky will be looking to exploit the Razorback’s secondary after Alabama's J.P. Wilson threw for 327 yards and four touchdowns against it. Coach Houston Nutt moved the very fast safety, Michael Grant, to the corner position and hopes this shift will prevent Kentucky’s Heisman-hopeful, Andre Woodson, from putting up big numbers this Saturday. This game is also sure to be a nail-biter with the lead switching back-and-forth until the clock runs out. I predict the winner will retake the lead in the 4th quarter with a crucial, game-winning touchdown.
Arkansas 45, Kentucky 42
New Mexico St. @ Auburn
After a big win against UTEP, New Mexico St. hopes to pull the upset against the Auburn Tigers. The Tigers come in after an upset loss to Mississippi St. But don’t expect the Tigers to allow another loss. With their new quarterback scheme kicking off, expect Auburn to have a few slip-ups but ultimately take the victory.
Auburn 41, New Mexico St. 17
Gardner-Webb @ Mississippi St.
Mississippi St. Coach Sylvester Croom, the first black SEC coach, has another headline to post on his wall: the 19-14 upset of the Auburn Tigers last weekend. But Croom has made it known that he is taking no chances in the Gardner-Webb game. With Croom’s attention to detail and the momentum from last week’s game, expect a wonderfully calculated victory against the GW Runnin’ Bulldogs.
Mississippi St. 38, Gardner-Webb 10
Arkansas St. @ Tennessee
Tennessee 48, Arkansas St. 20
Georgia @ Alabama
The Georgia Bulldogs feel better after defeating Western Carolina. However, Alabama certainly has the momentum factor. Coming off an impressive upset against Arkansas last week, the Crimson Tide is sure to be overflowing with confidence. One thing is for sure though, Coach Nick Saban is not going to allow his team to get caught up in the hype. With Saban’s known control issues, one wonders if his team will even know they are ranked. Yet, you can’t argue with his results, a national championship at LSU and a 3-0 start for Bama. The Tide players are using this week to learn about their opponent rather than their own hype. Odds makers believe this game will belong to the Crimson Tide after a late field goal. I believe this will be an excellent game, but I do not think it will be that close. Keep in mind that none of Georgia's current players have ever played a game at Alabama's Bryant-Denny Stadium. That fact, plus Bama’s surging momentum should guarantee them the win this Saturday night.
Alabama 27, Georgia 20