This Week: 5-4
Vanderbilt at Ole Miss – This is the battle of the surprisingly ok teams that have yet to play a really really decent team. Vanderbilt can’t be that good, and Ole Miss lost the only game they should have lost and just proved even more that the best of the ACC is pretty much equal to the SEC’s worst. I hate Houston Nutt, but I also hate little teams like Vanderbilt slipping up and actually being good, but I hate Houston Nutt more. BUT this game is at Ole Miss so I’ll give the slight edge to the Rebs.
Ole Miss 31, Vanderbilt 24
Vanderbilt 23, Ole Miss 17 – FAILURE
Wofford at South Carolina – South Carolina’s offense is still pretty bad, but it’s Wofford.
South Carolina 31, Wofford 3
South Carolina 23, Wofford 13 – SUCCESS!
Mississippi State at Georgia Tech – No cowbells means no points…but wait they didn’t score any points last week. Georgia Tech has a new offense as well, but will score at will, giving Bammers something to rag Auburn fans about for another week. They always have to find something to overshadow their own insecurities.
Georgia Tech 35, Mississippi State 0
Georgia Tech 38, Mississippi State 7 – SUCCESS!
Georgia at Arizona State – Georgia, on the road and a long way from home, will continue to struggle. Arizona State lost to UNLV so that kinda takes the umph out of this game, but this one will be closer than expected because of a few things: Georgia scored 14 points against South Carolina, I think Arizona State is a tad better than South Carolina, and Knowshon Moreno’s name is Knowshon. I really could have done without the explanation of how he got his name. Thanks Verne. Evidently, his “namers” didn’t have much “Know”ledge. Pac-10 puniness will continue to show against a very good SEC team. Notice I said very good…not great.
Georgia 27, Arizona State 17
Georgia 27, Arizona State 10 – SUCCESS!
Tennessee at Florida – Tennessee lost to UCLA by 3. UCLA lost to BYU by 59. Wow…didn’t this game used to be huge? Tennessee just continues to stay around what I call the Arkansas level: good one year, terrible for three. In all fairness, Tennessee isn’t terrible, but the only thing that keeps this one close is Neyland stadium. The natives are getting restless in Knoxville though, and if Florida gets up a few scores early, they’ll be calling for Phil’s head for already the 100th time this year. That’s what will happen. The stadium will be empty, besides Gator fans, by the end of the 3rd quarter. Tennessee will score some late pity TD’s, but all they do in this game is lighten Auburn’s load for the next week.
Florida 42, Tennessee 24
Florida 30, Tennessee 6 – SUCCESS!
Alabama at Arkansas – Why does Arkansas have to be so bad this year? They’re 2-0, but are at the bottom of the SEC in terms of overall “goodness”. I’m still on the fence about this one though. Remember how ‘Bama seems to play to their level of competition? And according to all ‘Bama fans that I’ve heard, the next game on their schedule is Georgia, not Arkansas. Also, it’s amazing how people forget who they are playing when they look at stats. Alabama went from under 200 yards of offense against Tulane to over 500 yards against Western Kentucky. I look at it this way, and you should too: bad against bad is BAD, good against bad is and means NOTHING. Arkansas will be Alabama’s first true test, first true road game, but Arkansas barely beat the directional schools from Lousiana….wait in that case, they are better than the Tide.
Arkansas 24, Alabama 17
Alabama 49, Arkansas 14 – FAILURE
LSU at Auburn – Does 315 yards of offense mean sucky offense? Does more long pass completions downfield than any game since Dameyune (yes, correct spelling) Craig mean sucky offense? Does winning a game by 1 on the road in a young team’s first SEC road game constitute a loss? According to Bama fans and the type of Auburn fans who think they can actually do better, yes, but I’m here to tell you, they are wrong. Take away fumbles and penalties, things that can be improved in one second, and nobody is talking about Auburn’s struggling offense. Yes it isn’t near anything called great, but it’s not terrible. Whatever, last week is over, Auburn is 3-0, but I needed to say that.
This game is going to be good, real good. LSU has played two games against terribly inferior opponents. They think they have this new stud running back, but I think otherwise. I see a man who has run against kids. I see a team who has no solid quarterback, and the two they have just handed the ball off. I see a team that has not played under the lights in Jordan-Hare Stadium, a team that has yet to play on the road, and a team that has yet to play anybody that my Opelika Bulldogs couldn’t beat.
The Auburn defense will give the offense time to find it’s niche in this game, as I give 10 points to the offense and 7 to the defense. An early second half score by LSU to keep them in it, and make all of our sphincters shrink a little, will be all the Bengal Tigers can muster.
Auburn 17, LSU 7
LSU 26, Auburn 21 – FAILURE
Other Games That Might Tickle Your Fancy
Wake Forest at Florida State – Are the Seminoles back? I don’t know. What I do know is that Wake Forest needed a last second field goal to beat Ole Miss. FSU won’t score as many points as they have in their first two games against high school teams (115-7 combined), but they should be good enough to win this one and get back in the ACC title talk.
Florida State 28, Wake Forest 17
Wake Forest 12, Florida State 3 – FAILURE
** Upset Special **
Boise State at Oregon – Oregon lost their quarterback and I still think Boise State is good from when they beat Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl with the best execution of trick plays I have ever seen.
Boise State 28, Oregon 24
Boise State 37, Oregon 32 – SUCCESS!