Anyone Can Make SEC Predictions

I'm not keeping track of my successes, but I'm sure someone will notice if I happen to miss one. Not a lot of research on some of these, but that may be more good than bad. This week's Southeastern Conference game picks.

Alabama @ Arkansas (2:30 p.m. CDT, CBS) – Believe it or not, I find myself going back and forth on this. Back in the summer, this was selected as one of the key SEC games of the year and was expected to be a close game. Then the Razorbacks went and lost to Louisiana Monroe, and probably lost quarterback Tyler Wilson for a game, and suddenly everyone expects Bama to slaughter the Hogs. That may happen, but this has a "circle the wagons" feel to it, that Arkansas will play a great game. Alabama 28, Arkansas 7

There are other SEC games this week involving teams from the state of Alabama.

Louisiana Monroe @ Auburn – I know Louisiana Monroe upset Arkansas last week and I know Auburn has shown some deficiencies in starting the season 0-2. I don't have the high opinion that some do of the teams that beat Auburn, Clemson and Mississippi State. That said, I think Auburn has so many more players than Monroe, Auburn was put on alert by the Warhawks win over the Hogs, and Monroe may have had a hard time getting focused on the Tigers after their win. And Auburn needs to keep their quarterback healthy. Auburn 52, Monroe 13

Mississippi State @ Troy – Mississippi State is getting a lot of love this week for its win over Auburn, but that doesn't mean the Bulldogs will have an easy time of it at Troy. Still, the SEC team should get a second consecutive win over a team from the state of Alabama. Mississippi State 27, Troy 11

UAB @ South Carolina – There is as much mystery about the South Carolina quarterback as there is about the Arkansas quarterback. There is not, however, near the concern among the Gamecocks regarding the opponent. Marcus Lattimore should have a big day. South Carolina 38, UAB 6

Florida @ Tennessee – The last time Tennessee defeated Florida, most of the Volunteers players were in junior high school. Going into the season we thought Tennessee might make some noise in the SEC East and didn't expect Florida to be very good. Both teams have had some nice successes. Give the edge to the best quarterback on the home field. Tennessee 27, Florida 20

Presbyterian @ Vanderbilt – I grew up a Presbyterian and know a little something about predestination. Presbyterian shouldn't be playing an SEC team, not even Vandy. Vanderbilt 42, Presbyterian 0

Texas A&M @ SMU – Both teams are coming off losses, A&M a disappointing blown lead, SMU blown out at the hands of Baylor. Just moving into the SEC doesn't make the Aggies superior to the Mustangs, but Texas A&M is superior. Texas A&M 31, SMU 17

Arizona State @ Missouri – There's a suspicion that Missouri was routed by Georgia last week and Arizona State is 2-0, so there is a thought of picking Arizona State. But, no. Even though Georgia may not be a national championship caliber team, the Bulldogs are pretty good, and Missouri played even with them for most of the game before Georgia pulled away. Missouri 21, Arizona State 10

Western Kentucky @ Kentucky – One can bet that Kentucky offensive line coaches have been hard at work this week, and not just polishing up their résumés. Figure that no offensive linemen for the Wildcats will be tipping off the Hilltoppers, who managed six sacks against Alabama last week. This is a game that Kentucky should win, and the Wildcats need to take advantage of a rare opportunity. Kentucky 21, Western Kentucky 17

Florida Atlantic @ Georgia – The Bulldogs are lucky. They catch Florida Atlantic looking ahead to Alabama the next week. The Owls won't say "Hooo." They'll say "Whaaa?!" Georgia 48, Florida Atlantic 0

Idaho @ LSU – LSU lost a few more players last week. It will be interesting to see if they are sitting in the stands wearing shirts emblazoned with their photos. Regardless, they'll see the Fighting Tigers beat the stuffing out of the Potatoes, or whatever Idaho's nickname is. LSU 49, Idaho 0

Texas @ Ole Miss – The Longhorns will want to show everyone that Texas A&M didn't go to such a powerful league, and that won't be a tough case to make in Oxford. Although the Rebels were impressive in beating Mike Price's Texas-El Paso team, that's a long way from beating Texas. Texas 35, Ole Miss 10

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