It’s been a sad season for Florida, but the games do go on.
Onto the picks:
Citadel (4-6) @(12) South Carolina (8-2, 6-2 SEC), 12:00n, ESPN3
A 10 win season is still in reach for South Carolina, which is an achievement not even the powerhouse schools can be mad about. For a historically bare Gamecocks team, it would be huge. Forget the SEC East, this team is soldiering on without Marcus Lattimore. Brandon Wilds has picked it up, though he and the rest of the Gamecocks could run blindfolded and still win this game.
South Carolina 49, Citadel 3
Kentucky (4-6, 1-5 SEC) @(14)Georgia (8-2, 6-1 SEC), 12:20pm, SEC Network
Both teams have the world to play for. Kentucky needs a win to stay alive for bowl contention. Unfortunately for them, Georgia’s world is much bigger- namely an SEC East Championship and a spot in Atlanta. Talent will carry Georgia, whose defense is finally beginning to resemble what Todd Grantham wanted it to. And of course, Aaron Murray will pick the Cats’ D apart like a surgeon.
Georgia 38, Kentucky 14
Samford (6-4) @(24)Auburn (6-4, 4-3 SEC), 1:00pm, ESPN3
Finally, a sure win for Auburn. Then again, we thought Utah State was a sure win. The Tigers usually play to the level of their opponent, and though that will not continue here, the Tigers still have tons to work on, beginning with finding a solid QB for the future. Oh and the defense is inept, and could use a big performance against a helpless Samford squad that is best known for getting blown out every year by a BCS team. They’ll get one, but they’re still pathetic.
Auburn 34, Citadel 14
Furman (6-4) @Florida (5-5, 3-5 SEC), 1:00pm, ESPN3
I really believe the Gators are a better team than 5-5. But they excel in the art of screwing themselves with authority in big moments. Lucky for the Gators, Furman won’t provide any big moments since they’re far below the level of the Gators at every position. Look for John Brantley to go deep a lot, and for the Gators as a whole to unleash a world of frustration on poor Furman. Woe be to the Gator squad that loses to an FCS team.
Florida 52, Furman 10
Georgia Southern (9-1) @(3)Alabama (9-1, 6-1 SEC), 2:00pm, ESPN3
Really? Another one of these? Yep, and Alabama shouldn’t have much trouble with their cupcake either. Nick Saban led teams never look ahead to the next game, so even though they’ve got the Iron Bowl in two weeks, that won’t get them unfocused the least bit. This is a stifling defense, a Heisman trophy contender and a strong program going up against another Little Sisters Of The Poor. Bama rolls and bids farewell to their seniors with style.
Alabama 59, Georgia Southern 3
Mississippi State (5-5, 1-5 SEC) @(6)Arkansas (9-1, 5-1 SEC), 3:30pm, CBS
Fun fact #1: MSU hasn’t been on CBS since the Ron Zook days. Fun fact #2: they’re going to wish that streak lasted a little longer since they’re in over their heads. While MSU’s secondary is overrated, it’s good, not great. I’m not even sure great would do the job against Tyler Wilson’s machine gun arm, meaning that Johnthan Banks and co. will have a tough day defending the flood Bobby Petrino dials up- Cobi Hamilton, Greg Childs, Joe Adams and Jarius Wright. Vick Ballard is still around but he can’t match the Arkansas offense on his own. I feel bad for Dan Mullen, as his team, like Florida, appears better than 5-5. Or should I just say 5-6 right now?
Arkansas 41, Mississippi State 24
(1)Louisiana State (10-0, 6-0 SEC) @Mississippi (2-8, 0-6 SEC), 7:00pm, ESPN
Poor Ole Miss. It just never gets better. In fact, it keeps getting worse at an increasing rate. Not only is their coach gone after next week’s Egg Bowl, but so is QB Randall Mackey and star (or what passes for one on Ole Miss) running back Jeff Scott. If Louisiana Tech manhandled the Rebels, what are the Tigers going to do? Nuke them, of course. Ole Miss goes 0-2 against the state of Louisiana this year- maybe by a combined 80 points?
Louisiana State 65, Mississippi 3
Vanderbilt (5-5, 2-5 SEC) @ Tennessee (4-6, 0-6 SEC), 7:00pm, ESPNU
There may be a huge disparity between the SEC East and the SEC West, but they do have one thing in common: a doormat with such a residue of shame that even the garbageman won’t touch it. At least Tennessee beats their cupcake teams. A year ago, Vandy would be included in that category. But with James Franklin and Jordan Rodgers injecting some life into the Dores, the Vols could find themselves without a bowl invite. And that’s what appears will happen, regardless if Tyler Bray plays QB or not.
Vanderbilt 34, Tennessee 13