As the season enters week nine the pressure mounts with each passing moment.
My overall record is now 45-11 going into week eight.
Week Eight Recap:
Week eight saw Houston Nutt and Ole Miss get reacquainted with his former team, Arkansas . The Hogs are wishing he was a bit friendlier. In my lone loss of the week, the Rebels won 30-17, while I had the Hogs by the final of 27-24.
The Wildcats of Kentucky had no problem putting away LA-Monroe . I predicted the ‘Cats to win 27-13, but they won by a few more, 36-13.
Florida and Mississippi State had some controversy in their game. But, hey, what SEC team hasn’t this year? Isn’t this becoming the norm for most teams in the SEC? The Gators managed to hang on and win 29-19, while I had the Gators winning 30-21.
The Gamecocks of South Carolina found themselves in a battle with the Commodores of Vanderbilt. I predicted a USC victory by a score of 30-10, when in fact they won 14-10.
Down in the Bayou, LSU poured it on Auburn . This battle between two Tigers resulted in a big win for the Baton Rouge bunch. LSU was the victor by the final of 31-10, while I had those same Tigers winning 20-10.
In the Game of the Week we witnessed a defensive battle from some of the best defenders the conference has to offer. In the end, it was special teams play that vaulted Alabama over Tennessee by mere inches, literally.
In what looked like an unimpressive game, and it may have been in many facets, this battle provided a classic finish in one of college football’s most heated rivalries, as Terrence “Mount” Cody blocked two field goal attempts, including the one that clinched the game and preserved the Tide’s perfect season as time expired in the fourth quarter.
I was perhaps a bit optimistic in predicting the Tide to win 31-13, when in fact the won by a slim margin of 12-10.
Week Seven Summary: While I nailed the exact score for LA-Monroe, Vanderbilt, and Auburn, my closest game of the week was between the Gators and Bulldogs. I predicted a Gator victory by a score of 30-21, when in fact they won 29-19.
Well, on to…
Week Nine Picks:
The SEC has one team sitting out this week, Alabama 8-0 (5-0), and that’s good new for me, I have been tanking when it come to picking the Tide lately.
Eastern Michigan 0-7 (0-4) at Arkansas 3-4 (1-4)
Really, is there a need to elaborate here? Eastern Michigan hasn’t won anything this entire season. For Arkansas, this should be the easiest cake-walk they’ll see this year.
Prediction: Arkansas 40 E. Michigan 6
No. 25 Mississippi 5-2 (2-2) at Auburn 5-3 (2-3)
This is a traditional clash of SEC foes. These two teams are no strangers to each other, and no love will be lost in this one.
Auburn is on a three-game skid after opening the season 5-0. Things aren’t looking good for the Tigers from the Plains.
Ole Miss, on the other hand, has bounced back after starting 3-2, and has won their last two. Ole Miss has to go on the road for this one, but I don’t think it will be that big of an issue for the Rebels.
Is it possible that it will be four straight losses for the Tigers?
Prediction: Ole Miss 24 Auburn 13
Mississippi State 3-5 (1-3) at Kentucky 4-3 (1-3)
Let’s compare these two.
Mississippi State had Florida on the ropes last week, something Kentucky never had a shot at when the Wildcats faced the Gators earlier in the season.
Facing off against another common opponent in Auburn, the Bulldogs got blown out, but UK ran all over the Tigers.
The conference record looks the same for both teams, but the overall record favors Kentucky.
Both teams seem to be showing signs that they are no longer comfortable as SEC cellar dwellers. Look for a good contest between these two teams.
Prediction: State 30 UK 27
No. 11 GA Tech 7-1 (5-1) at Vanderbilt 2-6 (0-5) at
Unfortunately for Vanderbilt, it appears they will forever remain the place mat on which every other SEC team wipes their feet.
This week the SEC loans the mat to the ACC for what may be the best one-loss team in the country right now to flex their muscles, and wipe the dirt off their cleats, of course.
Prediction: GA Tech 34 Vandy 10
Tulane 2-5 (0-4) at No. 9 LSU 6-1 (4-1)
These two schools practically live in the same yard. They share the same recruiting grounds, they pass each other on the street, but they are worlds apart in many areas.
Tulane will never be LSU, nor will they ever leave the shadow of the Tigers. That shadow is pretty big, especially this week, as LSU preps for bigger games and much larger stakes.
Prediction: LSU 37 Tulane 13
No. 22 South Carolina 6-2 (3-2) at Tennessee 3-4 (1-3)
Both Carolina and Tennessee were in tough battles last weekend.
Carolina came out on top, while Tennessee was on the short end of one of the most dramatic finishes so far in the 2009 college football season.
Both teams have stout defenses that are playing very well at this point in the season. While both teams have put up good number on offense at different points in this season, both teams continue to suffer from identity issues on the offensive side of the ball.
Carolina is vying for a significant bowl game, and Tennessee is trying to get out of this season alive. With all of this considered, I foresee a close game with both teams fighting for a much needed win.
Prediction: South Carolina 19 UT 16
Game of the Week: UGA 4-3 (3-2) vs. No. 1 Florida 7-0 (5-0)
The “World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party” may not have the luster as years gone by, but make no mistake neither team will take this game lightly.
Florida has been playing sub par for a few weeks, and UGA, well, everyone knows what’s been going on with them. This isn’t typical Bulldog football we are witnessing in Athens.
Florida has had narrow escapes and controversial calls the past few weeks, while UGA has had narrow defeats and controversial calls.
I think the officiating will better this week. Those in stripes know all eye are on them. So don’t expect that to be a factor.
I would like to think the Dawgs will pull of a big upset at some point in this season. It just doesn’t seem right to have them playing this poorly.
At the same time, it seems that Florida should drop one as well. The Gators have never had an undefeated season before.
Can you smell the upset special?
Prediction: Florida 28 UGA 24