SEC: Predicting Every Game of Week 10
Week 10 of SEC football is here. Know what that means? That means there's Alabama-LSU and usually not much else. This year, Arkansas vs. South Carolina is an exception.
Most of these predictions will be very easy to make, but near the end, the picks get tougher and tougher. I have one of the top contenders for the league falling. Who is it? Here are my picks...
Charleston Southern Buccaneers at Kentucky Wildcats
CSU enters 2-6 and Kentucky enter 4-5. CSU would be ineligible for a bowl after this game... if they weren't in the FCS.
Kentucky 51, Charleston Southern 24
Idaho State Tigers at Georgia Bulldogs
Georgia enters 4-5, like Kentucky. Idaho State is 1-7.
Georgia ALWAYS does the opposite of what I predict. Losing to Arkansas and Colorado, beating Vandy and Tennessee and then losing to Florida. I can never nail the Dawgs down.
I think I'll probably have a change in Bulldog luck this week, though. Just a hunch.
Georgia 62, Idaho State 13
Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns at Ole Miss Rebels
Ole Miss enters 3-5 and ULL is 2-6. Ole Miss is on the site of losses to Jacksonville State, Vanderbilt and a thrashing at the hands of No. 1 Auburn.
Can this Ole Miss defense finally find itself and stop somebody? Not particularly, but they'll move the ball well enough to win.
Ole Miss 49, Louisiana-Lafayette 34
UT-Chattanooga Mocs at No. 2 Auburn Tigers
Auburn is a perfect 9-0 while UTC is 5-3 coming in.
Cam Newton will only play one half, but Auburn will still score at will, especially in the first half.
Auburn 70, UT-Chattanooga 6
Tennessee Volunteers at Memphis Tigers
Tennessee is 2-6 and Memphis is 1-7. Usually, the "Tennessee Losers" game involves VANDERBILT and Memphis. Not this time, though.
If Tennessee wants to get their season back on track, this is the place to start against a very bad Memphis team.
Tennessee struggles early but romps Memphis in the end.
Tennessee 41, Memphis 17
SWING GAME OF THE WEEK: Florida Gators at Vanderbilt Commodores
Finally, a competitive game! Florida is 5-3 and Vandy is 2-6. A Vandy loss here basically squashes any hopes for a team from Tennessee to go to a bowl. Even Middle Tennessee State is struggling mightily!
This game is in Nashville. But the last time that place intimidated somebody was when Auburn lost there in 2008. That Auburn team might be one of the worst to ever play in the SEC, so don't put much stock into Vanderbilt Stadium.
Vandy will put up a fight, but Florida is just too good and Vanderbilt doesn't have the weapons offensively to score on this Florida defense. Vandy's defense (or Florida's offense) will keep Vandy in this game.
Florida 17, Vanderbilt 0
No. 18 Arkansas Razorbacks at No. 19 South Carolina Gamecocks
Both teams are 6-2 coming in.
This is a great game, and if South Carolina loses this game, Florida's door will be wide open to win the East, which wasn't thought possible at one point. The SEC East is absolutely terrible this year.
The West is a different story. Auburn, LSU, Alabama, Arkansas, and Mississippi State are all ranked. However, in this match-up, South Carolina has home-field advantage over Arkansas, which could be huge, seeing as the Gamecocks play alive at home but dead on the road.
The Hogs' hopes of winning the West are all but gone, but they still have a say in who wins the conference, as a win over USC would change the landscape of the SEC East.
Who wins this big showdown in Columbia? By a last-second field goal, I'm going with....
South Carolina 31, Arkansas 30
SEC GAME OF THE WEEK: No. 6 Alabama Crimson Tide at No. 10 LSU Tigers
Both teams are 7-1 and coming off a bye.
The whole world is expecting Alabama to win out and get to the Iron Bowl with a 10-1 record. But LSU has some other plans for the Crimson Tide Saturday in Baton Rouge. Key words there: BATON ROUGE. Never assume a win in that part of the country. Death Valley will be rockin'.
Here is my weekly, score-by-score prediction that I will likely not be correct on but I just say, "What the heck!":
The Crimson Tide gets the ball first and they drive down the field. But after a catch near the goal-line, Julio Jones fumbles into the end zone, where it is recovered by the Bayou Bengals. It's still 0-0. After the LSU offense led by (LSU fan: "Sigh") Jordan Jefferson stalls on a three-and-out, Bama gets the ball back. The Tide powers its way down the field, and then Trent Richardson scores on a 13-yard run out of the Pistol formation. After one quarter, it's 7-0 Alabama.
In the second, after a long stretch of great defense, the Tide finally moves the ball again, getting inside of the 35-yard line. But McElroy, on second down, is pressured by Drake Nevis, and the ball floats into the waiting hands of Patrick Peterson, who does some dances, picks up a convoy and takes it all the way back for an LSU touchdown. So outside of being outgained 175-50, LSU is tied with Alabama at 7-7. But not for long. McElroy responds with a quick drive before halftime, ending with a fade route pass that Julio Jones catches in the corner of the end zone for a TD. Think about his 2008 catch against Georgia. It resembles that. Alabama leads LSU at halftime, 14-7.
In the third quarter, defense continues to dominate the day, as the only points come off a field goal for Alabama. At the end of the third quarter, Alabama leads LSU 17-7, outgaining the Tigers 282-103.
Here comes the fourth quarter. One more quarter before Alabama will begin its roll back to the Iron Bowl and possibly the BCS Title Game. But not if LSU has anything to say about it. After totaling 103 yards on every previous drive combined, LSU takes the ball from the 5-yard line and, in a matter of 18 plays, score. Ridley takes a pitch and scores from two yards out. LSU trails Bama still, 17-14. Bama gets the ball back, chews up some clock, but in the red zone they can't punch it in. On comes Alabama's kicker... who misses it. Wide right. Death Valley in a frenzy. At night, not a good situation for Alabama. There's three minutes on the clock, and LSU has one timeout. Surely, Les won't butcher it again, right? LSU consumes a good bit of time getting from the 14-yard line to midfield, as only 46 seconds remain when LSU is at the 50-yard line. Then, a play that will be remembered forever happens in Baton Rouge. Jarrett Lee, who led the long TD drive last time as well and has now taken the reins as LSU's full-time QB, lofts it up in the air with all his strength. Reuben Randle is in coverage, doubled to be exact, but the ball lands right in his hands with two guys right on him as he then is pushed out of bounds, but not before he crossed the plane. TOUCHDOWN, Louisiana State! Death Valley is in a frenzy! We might have Earthquake part two! 35 seconds remain, and Alabama is on the edge of another loss and basic elimination from SEC contention. McElroy leads the Tide down the field to the 30-yard line. But on the last play of the game, his pass to the end zone is incomplete. That epic Iron Bowl for a spot in the BCS Title going to the winner? 11-0 Auburn and 10-1 Alabama? FORGET ABOUT IT! LSU pulls an absolute stunner in Death Valley, and Les Miles becomes a hero. As does Jarrett Lee.