Vanderbilt (4-4, 1-4 SEC) @ Florida (4-4, 2-4 SEC), 12:20pm, SEC Network
There’s just something in James Franklin’s demeanor that says his team is no joke. His boys have gone out and played like it. They keep coming up just short, however, and in each game, the same element lacked that would have won the game for the Dores- a crucial late mistake. Florida’s the worst in the nation in penalties and have a knack for turning the ball over. Call it an act of disgust, or maybe reverse psychology, but I’m going with Vandy. Because the Gators will make that crucial mistake. Yes, I am picking Vandy to beat Florida in the Swamp Until the Gators play two solid complete games in a row I’m not picking them against another BCS opponent. I’d love to be wrong, but I have this horrible feeling…
Vanderbilt 27, Florida 23
New Mexico State (3-5) @(18)Georgia (6-2, 5-1 SEC), 12:30pm, ESPN3
The Dawgs are rolling along, albeit through many close wins, but New Mexico State should be a breeze. Aaron Murray doesn’t need his running backs, he’ll just have a field day with Orson Charles and Tavarres King. Richard Samuel has established himself as Georgia’s main running back for now and he’ll be used plenty. New Mexico doesn’t have a chance. Matt Christian will be sacked left and right all day as Georgia cruises.
Georgia 52, New Mexico State 7
Mississippi (2-6, 0-5 SEC) @Kentucky (3-5, 0-4 SEC), 3:30pm, ESPNU
Kentucky has shown nothing good yet. Not in making the Gators and Gamecocks look like the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens, not in losing to Louisville and not in starting out 0-4 in conference play. The Rebels have shown sparks of life here and there and with Randall Mackey taking the helm again, they should be in good hands. They’re very underrated, with playmakers like Donte Moncrief hauling in deep passes and Jeff Scott and Brandon Bolden anchoring the run game. They’ll break the win barrier here.
Mississippi 45, Kentucky 13
Middle Tennessee State (2-5) @ Tennessee (3-5, 0-5 SEC), 7:00pm, ESPNU
The Vols aren’t happy, and it’s because they’re 0-5 in the SEC. Or maybe they are, since their murderous stretch is over. They’re still alive for a bowl game, however, and here’s saying they’ll get one step closer with a win over a team that still dreams of Dwight Dasher. The Vols may be a bad football team, but they aren’t this bad, even without Justin Hunter and Tyler Bray.
Tennessee 37, Middle Tennessee State 10
(9)South Carolina (7-1, 5-1 SEC) @ (7)Arkansas (7-1, 3-1 SEC), 7:15pm, ESPN
This should be a great one on paper, when you see #7 vs #9, but then take another look. Arkansas should blow out the Gamecocks, when you see how talented they are and how angry they should play after two close calls in two weeks. The Gamecocks do control their own destiny, at least until Saturday night. Tyler Wilson has a field day against what is admittedly a strong defense for Ellis Johnson.
Arkansas 41, South Carolina 21
Tennessee Martin (5-3) @ Mississippi State (4-4, 1-4 SEC)
The Bulldogs finally got a conference win last week, and could gain huge momentum with a second straight. It comes against a putrid Martin team that lost 50-0 to Tennessee in their last SEC game. The Bulldogs are simply too talented to lose this one. Vick Ballard should have a monster day and make his fans feel good… for a little while, anyway.
Mississippi State 38, Tennessee Martin 3
The LSU-Alabama pick will come a little later…