Kiffin's Humble Pie and Other Leftovers

Ryne E. HancockCorrespondent ISeptember 18, 2009

KNOXVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 12: Lane Kiffin, head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers talks in the press conference after a game against the UCLA Bruins on September 12, 2009 at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. UCLA beat Tennessee 19-15. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)

I originally wanted to start writing this article on my weekly picks when the season started two weeks ago, but with school and work as well as late-night messaging, I waited until this weekend to start with my picks column.

Of course, in the world of college football, you never know what can happen, so chances are if you are reading this, please don't take my words as gospel.

It can be easily called fallacy with a grain of salt.

So here's the games:

Memphis vs. UT-Martin Some sense was knocked into Tommy West's head this week as he decided to start Tyler Bass at QB against the Skyhawks after Arkelon Hall's hapless performances against Ole Miss and MTSU. Somewhere along the line last Saturday, I wished Kanye had did his interrupting in Murfreesboro instead of NYC.

Doc's Pick: Tigers

Tennessee at Florida This has been the game SEC fans been waiting for, ever since Lane Kiffin opened his big fat mouth about beating Florida on September 19th, something akin to what Jim Tressel said when he took the job at Ohio State in 2002. However unlike the Buckeyes of 2002, the Vols are not national championship contenders and the team they face Saturday has a guy by the name of Tim Tebow at QB.

Doc's Pick: Gators

Notre Dame vs. Michigan State Both teams are looking to bounce back from disappointing losses last weekend. The Spartans lost to Central Michigan at home while Michigan put a stamp on their fast start by beating Notre Dame. The Spartans have owned South Bend lately, winning their last six at Notre Dame Stadium and humbling Charlie Weis in the process. Judging from the looks of things and given the history of Michigan State against the Irish in Notre Dame Stadium, it could be a long day for Irish fans.

Doc's Pick: Sparty

East Carolina vs. North Carolina East Carolina slayed some big names in 2008, defeating West Virginia and Virginia Tech en route to a C-USA championship, but on the opposite side of things, the Tar Heels, with their defense, are looking to be the dark horse in the race for the ACC. Expect this to be a hard-fought game Saturday at Kenan Stadium.

Doc's Pick: Tar Heels

 Auburn vs. West Virginia For the first time in a minute, Auburn's offense has given Auburn fans to gloat about however one must understand that it was against Mississippi State, in which quarterback Chris Tate threw for 186 yards and running back Ben Tate rushed for 157 yards and a touchdown. On the other hand the Mountaineers, led by quarterback Jarrett Brown and running back Noel Devine, are making West Virginia fans forget Pat White and Steve Slaton.

Doc's Pick: Mountaineers

Mississippi State vs. Vanderbilt The Bulldogs, smarting from their 49-24 loss to Auburn, are set to take on a Vanderbilt squad who played well in their loss against LSU and is looking to rebound against a Mississippi State squad that allowed on average 391 yards in their first two games. State's defense is going to make some improvements this week but it won't be enough for the victory.

Doc's Pick: Vanderbilt

Georgia vs. Arkansas The Bulldogs are coming off a 41-37 win over the Gamecocks while the Razorbacks are coming off a bye week after beating Missouri 48-10 in Fayetteville. The Bulldogs bounced back in their win against South Carolina and with the defense' assignment to stop the arm of quarterback Ryan Mallett easier said than done, the Bulldogs will have their hands full against Arkansas but will still pull a victory.

Doc's Pick: Georgia

Louisville vs. Kentucky Not too long ago, the Cardinals had the best program in the Commonwealth while Kentucky was trailing along. These days, Kentucky is reigning supreme in recruiting and wins, making it to three straight bowl games, winning two of them while Louisville is still trying to get things back to the way things were not too long ago. Apparently, all the recruiting and athletes that Kentucky has will factor in the outcome.

Doc's Pick: Kentucky

So there you have it, my first picks column of 2009. Let the debating begin.

Later guys.