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Get your chores done early and the munchies ready because Saturday will be spent in front of the television. This weekend is a huge SEC weekend with four SEC East versus SEC West games. I favor the West in three games and the East in one.
Last week, I was a perfect 8-0, which brings my SEC football predictions to a 33-3 record: 93 percent accuracy isn’t bad. I’m going for some big hits on this weekend too.
Here are my picks for Saturday
SEC Game of the Week: LSU vs Georgia in Athens
Georgia has fought through adversity in every game, and this one will be no different. Coach Mark Richt doesn't even break a sweat now when his team gets behind. He has a lot of confidence that his team has playmakers that will win in the end.
LSU is strong and talented, but has struggled in every game. The road game makes it tougher for the Tigers.
We like the Dawgs in a shoot-out 35-31.
SEC Upset Game of the Week: Auburn vs Tennessee in Knoxville
Auburn has a lot of momentum, and their offense can put up scores quickly.
Tennessee is still scratching their heads trying to figure out how to get the offense working. We have a full story on this game; so check it out on the website.
We like the Tigers for a big upset 35-17.
SEC West vs SEC East: Alabama vs Kentucky in Lexington
Alabama takes over where Florida left off. It’s not a good week for Kentucky to build confidence after a brutal first quarter against the Gators. But Kentucky is playing for pride in this one.
Tide rolls 35-21.
SEC vs Big-12: Arkansas vs Texas A&M in Arlington
I like Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett and his running back corps. I believe with two tough games under his belt against Georgia and Alabama, he has been tested and will look forward to a Big-12 opponent.
The Hawg defense has to step up.
Arkansas wins 28-24.
SEC West vs SEC East: Ole Miss vs Vanderbilt in Nashville.
Ole Miss is still mad at themselves for getting upset against the Gamecocks on ESPN. Don’t mess with an angry group of talented athletes who had a top-five ranking stolen.
Vandy's suffering through a lot of injuries.
Ole Miss wins 35-13.
SEC vs ACC: Miss. State vs Georgia Tech in Starkville
Miss. State went toe-to-toe with LSU in Starkville last week and could have won. That same LSU team whipped Georgia Tech in the Georgia Dome for the Chick-Fil-A game, and I was on the field to witness the beating.
I like Dan Mullen and believe they will win this home game. I know his team will come out swinging and will win a close one.
State wins 26-21.
SEC vs MEAC: South Carolina vs SC State in Columbia.
South Carolina should have fun in this one. Hopefully Spurrier will build some depth and let some guys play.
Gamecocks win 38-10.
Great players make big plays in big games. This weekend will be no different, and the SEC rankings will be heavily affected by these SEC results.
Coach Lane Kiffin and coach Gene Chizik will be fighting it out to see which new coach is the best at turning a program around. Should be fun.
I will see you on the ball field.
Jay Holgate is an SEC sports analyst, freelance writer, and Executive Coach based in Atlanta. He can be heard on sports radio around the South. He can be reached at editor@SECsportsReport.com