Week 8 Picks

Onto the picks for Week 8:

Jacksonville State (5-1) @Kentucky (2-4, 0-3 SEC), 12:00n, ESPNU

Surprise! Washaun Ealey makes his return to the SEC stage. He’ll get to face one of the worst teams, too, minus star linebacker Danny Trevathan. The former Georgia Bulldog running back is the centerpiece of this offense and could inflict lots of damage. Kentucky hasn’t just lost games this year, they’ve lost big to pretty much everybody they’ve played. I’m sure the Cats have heard plenty about how JSU has pulled off some big upsets. It doesn’t matter. They’re simply not good enough to do anything about it. It’s been an ugly year in the Bluegrass State and it’s about to get even uglier. In my boldest pick of the year, Jacksonville State pulls the upset, a sequel to last year’s game against Mississippi.

Jacksonville State 23, Kentucky 13

(9)Arkansas (5-1, 1-1 SEC) @Mississippi (2-4, 0-3 SEC), 12:20pm, SEC Network

Tyler Wilson has had no problems stepping into the role of Ryan Mallett’s replacement (except, well, Alabama). He should have a field day with a porous and injury weakened Rebel defense. The Rebels are playing musical chairs with their QB’s and as we Gator fans know well, that doesn’t solve the problem. It merely prolongs it. The Rebels will get blown out again by another powerful SEC team.

Arkansas 59, Mississippi 10

(20)Auburn (5-2, 3-1 SEC) @(1)Louisiana State (7-0, 4-0 SEC), 3:30pm, CBS

The Tiger Bowl, as it’s sometimes called, has a history of last second victories by both teams. Recently, LSU has been on the better side of this rivalry, until last year. LSU has so many distractions going on now it makes Jordan Jefferson’s bar fight seem like a harmless joke in a film session. With the Honey Badger (Tyrann Mathieu)and Spencer Ware potentially not playing, Auburn’s chances increase. But never, EVER bet against Les Miles’ luck in Tiger Stadium (not that it’s a good idea anywhere else, though).

Louisiana State 27, Auburn 21

Army (2-4) @Vanderbilt (3-3, 1-3 SEC), 7:00pm, ESPNU

Both the Commodores and Black Knights are extremely dangerous teams with mediocre records. This is going to be an ugly war in the trenches, where these teams have won the games that they did. Vanderbilt will start Jordan Rodgers and let him play (and sling it) the whole game, and Army will run the Trent Steelman option game all day. In the end, though, Vanderbilt wants revenge for what happened the last time these teams played- a last second field goal to win it for Army. And they’ll get it with the best coach they’ve ever had.

Vanderbilt 34, Army 17

Tennessee (3-3, 0-3 SEC) @(2)Alabama (7-0, 4-0 SEC), 7:00pm, ESPN2

As bad as it seems for Gator fans right now, remember this: it could always be worse. We could be Tennessee fans. They’ve lost their starting QB, their top wide receiver, are 0-3 in conference play and now have to go to Tuscaloosa to face (tied for until November 5th) the best team in the nation. Yikes. Even I feel bad for them. They’re going to get pummeled into the dust. Nick Saban sure hasn’t forgotten what this team did the last time they came down to Bryant Denny and he’ll use that as motivation. Which means his team will play lights out football. Trent Richardson has a field day and the Tide roll.

Alabama 62, Tennessee 10

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