By Jay Holgate
SEC Sports Report
I'm not bragging, but I was 4-0 in my SEC picks last weekend, including picking Vandy over Auburn and South Carolina over Ole Miss.
SEC Game of the Week
LSU vs Florida in the Swamp, 8 p.m. ET on ESPN. LSU is undefeated and had two weeks to prepare for this rivalry game. Florida has not been playing great the last two weeks but should be ready for the Tigers.
Urban Meyer does not lose at home much and cannot lose another game this early in the season. Both offenses average around 35 points per game and have a number of playmakers. We believe Florida is hungrier, and that gives the Gators the edge. We are looking for another shootout in this year’s game.
We like Florida, 31-28.
SEC East Rivalry
Tennessee vs Georgia, 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS. The last two years, the Vols have put an old-fashioned whooping on the Bulldogs. In 2006, it was 51-33. In '07, 35-14. Last year, people were saying Phillip Fulmer must win to keep his job.
This year, the Vols come to Athens with a 2-3 record and two SEC losses. Fulmer once again needs this win badly. The Vols are still looking for leadership at quarterback and a way to get the offense scoring some points. Georgia is coming off a beatdown from Alabama but has had two weeks to prepare for this SEC East fight. Knowshon Moreno is back and Matt Stafford is healthy.
We like the Dawgs in this one, 24-10.
Second-Tier SEC East Rivalry
South Carolina at Kentucky, 12:30 p.m. ET on Raycom Sports. Kentucky played well in Tuscaloosa against Alabama last week. South Carolina beat Ole Miss in Oxford and finally got its offense going. Gamecocks quarterback Chris Smelley threw for over 300 yards and found some confidence in some receivers.
The Kentucky line is still bruised up from Alabama and could have some troubles. We’re going for an upset in this game.
We like the Gamecocks in a close one, 24-21.
SEC East-West Game
Vandy at Mississippi State, 2:30 p.m. ET on pay-per-view. Miss State gave LSU and Auburn fits but has not walked away with an SEC victory. Vandy has been giving teams upsets and is 5-0.
Vandy is considered the underdog in this game, but we believe winning brings confidence, which allows teams to win on the road. Here is another upset.
We like Vandy, 24-14.
Arkansas vs Auburn, 5 p.m. ET on pay-per-view. Coach Tommy Tuberville fired his offensive coordinator this week because of lack of productivity. Arkansas has had productivity problems all season, and that will continue against this brutal Auburn defense.
The odds makers have Auburn favored by 18 points. We believe the Auburn offense will continue in a state of mild confusion.
However, we like Auburn in another close one, 10-7.
Jay Holgate is a sports analyst and can be heard on sports radio around the South. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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