(15)South Carolina (5-1, 3-1 SEC) @ Mississippi State (3-3, 0-3 SEC), 12:20pm, SEC Network
Aside from maybe FSU, Mississippi State is the biggest disappointment in the Southeast and maybe the country. Speaking of, it’s a pretty disappointed Steve Spurrier who now how has no choice but to line up Connor Shaw as the full time QB. Stephen Gar-C-Ya violated his probation and was kicked out of school. But that may actually work to the Gamecocks’ advantage. Connor, meet your new best friends, Marcus and Alshon. They’ll make plenty of big plays against an anemic Mississippi State team that needs a big win but does not have the weapons to get it. Carolina wins convincingly.
South Carolina 38, Mississippi State 20
(1)Louisiana State (6-0, 3-0 SEC) @ Tennessee (3-2, 0-2 SEC), 3:30pm, CBS
LSU keeps getting closer and closer to its big date with Alabama. But they better not forget what happened a year ago, when Tennessee beat them on their home field and then handed them the victory on a pretty silver platter. That major gaffe aside, Tennessee completely outplayed the Tigers. But that was last year, and this year, both teams have improved- especially LSU, who has blasted Oregon, West Virginia and Florida. I’m tired of some of the Gator players talking trash about LSU, they ripped Florida up. They’ll rip Tennessee up as well, in the same manner they ripped Florida up- pressuring the backup QB, and running right through their defense.
Louisiana State 45, Tennessee 10
(2)Alabama (6-0, 3-0 SEC) @ Mississippi (2-3, 0-2 SEC), 6:00pm, ESPN2
The Rebels have always looked at this game as the game they had to win to boost their team’s reputation. They’ve come close a few times, too. Not this time. Alabama is rolling with Trent Richardson and a smothering defense and AJ McCarron is doing a fantastic job playing the game manager role. Jeff Scott may be electric, but won’t have anywhere to go. Nobody is stopping Alabama until they get to LSU. The Tide roll once again.
Alabama 38, Mississippi 3
Georgia (4-2, 3-1 SEC) @ Vanderbilt (3-2, 1-2 SEC), 7:00pm, ESPN3
Georgia is hot, but Vanderbilt doesn’t appear to be a joke. That’s a fun matchup to watch… sadly I don’t think Vanderbilt is equipped to make it as fun as it seems. Jordan Rodgers will get the start for Vandy, but I’m not sure if his big brother Aaron could have much of an impact. The Dawgs’ D has been silently lethal after their first two games. Of course, the level of competition dropped but it’s not exactly raised this week. Aaron Murray and Orson Charles will be too much for Vandy to handle.
Georgia 34, Vanderbilt 17
Florida (4-2, 2-2 SEC) @ (24)Auburn (4-2, 2-1 SEC), 7:00pm, ESPN
This makes me sick to say. Florida doesn’t appear to have a chance in this one. Here’s why: they give up so many yards with the dumbest penalties imaginable at the worst times. It didn’t make a difference the last two weeks because they got mauled, but committed a laundry list of them against Tennessee and again vs. Kentucky. Sure, Weis can tweak the offense, sure, Auburn’s defense is horrendous and sure, Florida will score some points, but not enough. Florida is a bunch of little boys in the trenches against grown men, and though Auburn’s lines are no LSU or Alabama, they’re better than Florida and should provide a highway for Mike Dyer and an eternity for Barrett Trotter to throw. Sorry, but until Florida comes out and plays a clean, smart game, I’m not picking them again. They’re simply not where they need to be yet, they’re just too young. Oh and by the way Auburn has a curse working on Florida.
Auburn 28, Florida 13