SEC Football: Week Three Picks

Michael HicksSenior Analyst ISeptember 12, 2008

In week three, there are some very good SEC matchups. Auburn goes on the road to Starkville to take on Mississippi State, and Steve Spurrier's Gamecocks try to right the ship against No. 2 Georgia. Ole Miss came real close to pulling of the upset last week against Wake Forest and don't look now but Vandy is unbeaten after a 24-17 victory over South Carolina last Thursday.

Here are my week three picks:

Auburn 21, Mississippi State 10: With Chris Todd now the starter, I look for the Tigers offense to be more consistent. Mississippi State won last year because of a couple of costly turnovers by Auburn. Sly's boys will keep it close, but Auburn will prove too much in the end.

Alabama 31, Western Kentucky 10: After a let down against Tulane last week look for the Tide to come out and make a statement this week.

Ole Miss 36, Samford 10: Hotty! Totty! Gosh Almighty! The Rebels look to bounce back from a heart breaker at Wake last week. Look for a good ground game as they get ready for SEC play next week.

Tennessee 48, UAB 27: The Vols look to rebound after the unsuccessful West Coast trip. The Blazers have a pretty good offense but the Vols offense should roll up the points on their defense.

Kentucky 21, Middle Tennessee 10: Rich Brooks boasts one of the league's best defense but inconsistency on offense may cost Wildcats this season.

LSU 41, North Texas 6: After last weeks game against Troy was canceled due to Hurricane Gustav look for the Tigers to be rested and ready this week.

Vanderbilt 27, Rice 21: Rice as a high-powered offense that will throw the ball all over the field. Vandy's defense is a lot better this year and can will be the winning factor in this game.

SEC Game of the Week

Georgia 21, South Carolina 14: This game game has been decided by six points or fewer in five of the seven match-ups since 2001. The Gamecocks are good on defense and that should keep them in the game. Georgia has too much offensively not to win it in the fourth quarter though.