Florida and Vanderbilt Look for Upsets on the Road to Help SEC in Challenge

Rick GillispieCorrespondent IIDecember 2, 2011

GAINESVILLE, FL -  NOVEMBER 11:  Guard Erving Walker #11 of the Florida Gators looks for a shot against the Jackson State Tigers November 11, 2011 at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center in Gainesville, Florida.  The Gators won 99 - 59. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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With the 2011 SEC/Big East Challenge all knotted up at two apiece, the SEC will look for big road wins from Florida, Vanderbilt and Auburn to get control of Challenge.

Four more games will take place today, with No. 9 Florida traveling to play at No. 3 Syracuse. Georgia will also host Cincinnati at 7:00 p.m. to get things kicked off. At 9:00 p.m., No. 19 Vanderbilt will travel up I-65 to play No. 6 Louisville. Also playing at 9:00 is Auburn traveling to Seton Hall.

Florida goes into Syracuse with the third-highest rated scoring offense in the country. They are lead by junior Kenny Boynton, senior Erving Walker and freshman Brad Beal. Syracuse also scores a lot of points: the Orange are averaging 83 points a game. This game will be a high-scoring affair and is a must-watch tonight. Being a Florida boy, I am going with my Gators to win by three 85-82.

Georgia has lost three of their last four games and need a win at home to keep their postseason hopes alive before the head into SEC play. Cincinnati has been up and down all year long. I like Georgia at home to win by five, and this game should be low-scoring, so 63-58.

Vanderbilt is without one of their star players Festus Ezeli. The 'Dores have been lost with out him. Louisville is firing on all cylinders this season so far. The Cards have played a weak schedule, but should easily get past the 'Dores. Louisville wins this one by eight: 75-67.

Auburn is undefeated on the young season against weak competition. Seton Hall is 5-1 also against weak competition. This game could be very fun to watch. Both teams matchup well, so look for a close battle. I like the Pirates at home. This is Auburn's first road contest of the season. Seton Hall 71-68 in a close one.

So, if my prediction's come true, both conferences will have four wins after tonight heading into the last four games on Saturday.

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