College Football Week 11: Predicting Auburn-Georgia and Every SEC Game
Last week, I nailed LSU's upset of Alabama and only missed on the Arkansas-South Carolina game.
Will the Bulldogs get crushed in Alabama this week? Will Florida protect its house against South Carolina? Is the SEC East going to get any better? Who will play in the SEC Title Game? Here are my predictions!
UL-Monroe Warhawks at LSU Tigers
Heeeeeeeeeere comes a beatdown!
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Need I say more?
LSU 37, UL-Monroe 6
UTEP Miners at Arkansas Razorbacks
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UTEP can score some points. But in case you haven't heard, so can Arkansas.
Arkansas 63, UTEP 31
Vanderbilt Commodores at Kentucky Wildcats
Randall Cobb looks for room to run against Auburn. Conventional wisdom says you should be able to find some room without looking!
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This looks like a game Kentucky should win as the wheels have fallen off Vanderbilt now. Randalll Cobb and Kentucky should take down Vanderbilt at Commonwealth Stadium, especially because the Commodores do not have a good offense. It's a game that UK should win, so seeing as this is the SEC...I'm going with VANDERBILT!
Vanderbilt 31, Kentucky 24
Ole Miss Rebels at Tennessee Volunteers
After setbacks to South Carolina and Alabama, Tennessee is probably tired of seeing red.
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Let's see here...Ole Miss is 4-5 and a loss here probably sends the Rebels home for bowl season, since LSU is on the schedule.
Tennessee is 3-6 but it controls its own destiny in the bowl picture. A loss here and there is no bowl picture except for buying tickets to one and taking a picture.
Two awful teams, but since it's in Rocky Top territory...
Tennessee 22, Ole Miss 20
No. 19 Mississippi State Bulldogs at No. 12 Alabama Crimson Tide
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Neither team comes into this game in great shape, even though 7-2 is not a bad record at all. Alabama just suffered a bad loss to LSU in a game it was outplayed and (gulp!) outcoached in. Mississippi State is not only dealing with the tragic death of Nick Bell, but it is also the center of an FBI investigation involving the whole Cam Newton crap (I'll say it again...CRAP).
It's in Tuscaloosa. Bama isn't a great team, but it is a good team, and MSU generally has troubles in Tuscaloosa. Actually, as of late, MSU has trouble with Alabama altogether.
I was inclined to think MSU would stay in this game, but because of the Cam Newton crap that started and the FBI snooping around Starkville as a distraction, I think the Tide rolls. BIG.
Alabama 33, Mississippi State 0
SWING GAME OF THE WEEK: No. 23 South Carolina at No. 22 Florida
Will Hill will drill his skill... for real.
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Just when I had written off Florida as dead, they have risen to put its foot on the throat of the SEC East race.
Just when I had proclaimed South Carolina as the best team in the SEC East, they proved otherwise in losses to Kentucky and Arkansas (by three TDs at home...OUCH).
It'll be a tight game in Gainesville, but despite feeling some distractions from the Cam Newton ordeal, the coach we all hate (Urban Meyer) pulled it out in the fourth quarter. Sorry South Carolina, this year was your chance, and you blew it by fooling around with Kentucky and Arkansas.
Florida 27, South Carolina 17
Florida wins the SEC Eastern Division! They are headed for Atlanta!
SEC GAME OF THE WEEK: Georgia Bulldogs at No. 2 Auburn Tigers
Does Auburn dream of its first SEC Title since 2004?
Let's put away all the Cam Newton allegations. They are garbage and simply not true. However, even though it is garbage, Cam Newton is planning on taking out the trash this Saturday at 2:30 on CBS.
Georgia, who trails Auburn all time 53-52 but has won four straight, looks to spoil Auburn's perfect season.
Auburn looks to advance to 11-0 and clinch the SEC Western Division for the first time since 2004.
This is Auburn's biggest game since 2004 (oddly enough).
Here is how I see it playing out:
Auburn gets the opening kickoff and Georgia immediately realizes the power of Cam Newton, as he leads the Tigers down the field in eight plays, gaining four first downs and powering in from two yards away for a TD. 7-0, Auburn.
UGA is surprised to run into a motivated defense the first drive of the game, as the Bulldogs come up a yard short on third down and punt to Auburn.
AU moves again thanks to Newton's arm and legs and Mike Dyer's running. But in the red zone, the drive stalls, so Wes Byrum kicks a field goal. 10-0 Auburn.
UGA begins to move on its next drive, getting inside the Tigers' 30. But the Bulldogs can't punch it in, so they settle for a Blair Walsh kick. 10-3, Auburn.
Auburn then drives down the field, and in the second quarter, Cam Newton connects to Darvin Adams in the end zone. Touchdown, Auburn! 17-3!
After bending a little to midfield but not breaking, the Tigers' defense gets the job done and Auburn has 1st-and-10 inside its own five-yard line. In a drive that changes the game, Auburn goes down the field in 14 plays, resulting in a three-yard pass from Cam Newton to Emory Blake for a touchdown. 24-3, Auburn.
UGA finally shows some life, as Aaron Murray throws a lob pass to A.J. Green. You know what happens when that happens. Touchdown Georgia! 24-10.
But right before halftime, Auburn has an answer: a 31-yard TD run to the outside my Onterio McCalebb. It's 31-10 in Auburn's favor at halftime!
UGA begins the second half hot, taking its first drive down the field before Caleb King scores on 3rd-and-goal to pull UGA within 31-17.
But Auburn, who has been unstoppable to this point (as usual), goes down the field and sets up a 25-yard Wes Byrum field goal. 34-17 Auburn.
The first turnover of the day happens when Murray is hit by Nick Fairley while throwing, resulting in an interception by Demond Washington.
Right before the fourth quarter ends, Cam Newton runs it in from 55 yards away. At the end of the third quarter, No. 2 Auburn leads Georgia 41-17 as Maino and T-Pain's "All the Above" blares over the speaker.
It doesn't get much better for UGA, Caleb King fumbles and it's recovered by Mike McNeal. Three minutes later, Cam runs it in from 17 yards away to give Auburn a 31-point lead over a team that has been Auburn's nightmare recently. 48-17 Tigers!
UGA finds something to at least build on for Georgia Tech when Murray throws his second TD of the day to A.J. Green, who catches seven passes for 124 yards and two TDs. 48-24 Auburn.
Auburn puts its final exclamation point on Georgia when Mike Dyer runs it in from 47 yards away. 55-24 Auburn.
Auburn outgains UGA 598-339, out first-downs the Dawgs 29-18 and outpossesses UGA 33:07 to 26:53.
Cam Newton proves he's not worried by the media's lies by throwing for 224 and rushing for 203, accounting for 427 of Auburn's 598 yards.
Auburn rushes for 361 yards compared to Georgia's 94.
Neil Caudle, the QB who has been at Auburn a long time but never started or transferred, gets to throw a pass before taking the knee in his last home game as an Auburn Tiger.
Auburn 55, Georgia 24
Auburn wins the SEC West!