Florida (5-4, 3-4 SEC) @ (13)South Carolina (7-2, 5-2 SEC), 12:00n, CBS
The Gators travel to Columbia with redemption and revenge on their minds for what happened a year ago in the Swamp. John Brantley and Chris Rainey should be ready to go, which will help since South Carolina’s defense has been a silent assassin at times during the year. Jadeveon Clowney and Devin Taylor will get enough pressure on Brantley to force a key turnover, or the Gators will beat themselves again, and South Carolina escapes late at home.
South Carolina 34, Florida 20
Kentucky (4-5, 1-4 SEC) @Vanderbilt (4-5, 1-5 SEC), 12:20pm, SEC Network
It’s a good thing Kentucky got a win against Ole Miss because had they lost that game they very well might have gone winless in the SEC. The next step is a steaming Vandy team that has lost to Florida, Georgia and Arkansas by a total of 13 points. The Commodores have played so well yet have not been able to get that signature win (UConn doesn’t count, they’re a Big Least school). Jordan Rodgers guides the Commies to victory.
Vanderbilt 38, Kentucky 14
(20)Auburn (6-3, 4-2 SEC) @ (15)Georgia (7-2, 6-1 SEC), 3:30pm, CBS
Auburn’s been a team that just finds ways to win. The problem is that they often stoop to the level of their opponent to keep the game as close as it is, and it’s very easy to overlook Georgia despite their record. They’ve played all patsies so far, and the two semi-decent teams they played beat them. But there’s something about Georgia that I dislike, but will carry them to the SEC East title. Aaron Murray is playing very well, as is Isaiah Crowell. Make it 8 in a row for UGA, and the SEC East crown.
Georgia 27, Auburn 16
Tennessee (4-5, 0-5 SEC) @(8)Arkansas (8-1, 4-1 SEC), 6:00pm, ESPN2
Poor Vols. First they lose star receiver Justin Hunter, then they lose Tyler Bray, then they face a gauntlet. Next up is Arkansas, the 8th ranked team in the nation, and a team that can force a three way tie in the SEC West if they win out- and cause complete hell, a la the Big 12 South in 2008 with Texas Tech, Texas and Oklahoma. The Razorbacks have had one too many close wins against inferior opponents and after handling South Carolina it’s about time Tyler Wilson and his frightening array of weapons hit the cruise control by halftime.
Arkansas 59, Tennessee 24
Western Kentucky (5-4) @(1)Louisiana State (9-0, 6-0 SEC), 7:00pm, ESPNU
Please. Is this even a game? I guess it’s better than Furman or the Citadel or Charleston Southern, but not much. In any case, LSU will unleash its mighty defense against the hapless Hilltoppers from WKU. Jarrett Lee will get to rebuild his confidence after a shaky game against the other best team in the nation… and it won’t be hard. Tigers roar, then purr with content while reclining in the halftime locker room chairs.
Louisiana State 51, Western Kentucky 6
Louisiana Tech (5-4) @Mississippi (2-7, 0-6 SEC), 7:30pm, ESPN3
I feel terrible. But Ole Miss has nothing. Donte Moncrief and Jeff Scott can’t help them. They showed some promise against Kentucky, but then the Wildcats made the Gators look like an NFL all star team, and that takes effort. And Ole Miss LOST to UK- ultimately leading to the firing of Houston Nutt. He’s a lame duck and that doesn’t help your players any. In fact, it will so negatively affect them that they will lose to a LT team that still hasn’t recovered from the departure of Derek Dooley. Jacksonville State, Round 2.
Louisiana Tech 34, Mississippi 30
(3)Alabama (8-1, 5-1 SEC) @Mississippi State (5-4, 1-4 SEC), 7:45pm, ESPN
The Bulldogs have never really played to their potential all year long. They’re ready for a big win. Unfortunately for them, they’ll have to wait. Nick Saban certainly will not allow his players to perform below their potential after a heartbreaking defeat to LSU last week. They’ll be ready for war. It’s in Starkville, though, and please remember how much home field means in college football. It just won’t mean enough to beat one of the best teams in the nation. It wasn’t in 2009 against Florida and it won’t against Alabama.
Alabama 31, Mississippi State 13