Almost Perfect Picks Sees Rolling Tide

Face it. There aren't going to be that many compelling Southeastern Conference football games until there are more than a handful of top tier teams in the league. Of the 14 teams in the conference, it would be hard to peg as many as half as being really good.

Nevertheless, since Alabama is one of those good teams, we'll continue to be interested in SEC games, and continue with our "Almost Perfect Picks." So far, so good. Last week we again missed only one game among the nine selections.

Last week we missed on Arkansas, which blew a big lead late at Rutgers. It was Rutgers second straight win over the Hogs. It is bad to lose to a team whose nickname doesn't come quickly to mind. The Rutgers...uh?

Texas A&M at Arkansas – We know the nickname of the Texas A&M Aggies. The Razorbacks aren't sure if their starting quarterback will be ready to go. Texas A&M's quarterback will be real ready to go. Texas A&M 42, Arkansas 24.

LSU at Georgia – This is the marquee game in the SEC, No. 6 and undefeated LSU at No. 9, once-beaten Georgia. Somehow we don't expect coaching to win this game, although coaching may very well figure in the outcome. If LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger is on against his old teammates, it may be that neither team can stop the other. The home team is considered a slight favorite, but we think it's LSU 31, Georgia 28.

South Carolina at Central Florida – Why in the world would South Carolina play at Central Florida, unless USC Coach Steve Spurrier wants to play a little golf with retired UCF Athletics Director Steve Sloan? The Gamecocks are coming off an open date and have Kentucky the following week, so they should have had their minds on UCF. South Carolina 31, UCF 17.

South Alabama at Tennessee – Both of these teams beat Western Kentucky. Joey Jones has been building a nice program in Mobile. Bruce Jones has a big rebuilding job to do in Knoxville. The Vols should have more good football players -- not a lot more, but more. Tennessee 35, South Alabama 9.

Florida at Kentucky – The Gators have a tremendous defense, although they lost a good player this week. And Florida will be going with a back-up quarterback for the rest of the year. Kentucky has already proved it is the third best team in Kentucky and Florida is likely to be the third best team in Florida. Florida 31, Kentucky 7.

Arkansas State at Missouri – Don't look now, but the only unbeaten team in the SEC Eastern Division is not Georgia or South Carolina or Florida. It is Missouri, and the Tigers should stay that way. Missouri 49, Arkansas State 14.

UAB at Vanderbilt – You probably can still get a ticket for this one. Okay, you probably can get a section. Pre-season excitement was high in Music City, but this will be one of the few wins for the Commodores, who are 0-2 in SEC play. Vanderbilt 27, UAB 7.

Ole Miss at Alabama – It is somewhat surprising there haven't been a lot of "Upset Alert!" warnings and a lot of "I like Ole Miss in this one" predictions. The Rebels have 19 starters back and had a top ten recruiting class. Of course, many of those very fine Mississippi players were in high school last year, while many Alabama players were winning the national championship.

Bama hasn't looked to be hitting on all cylinders thus far this season, but Crimson Tide Coach Nick Saban has said that practice has been good this week, and, he said, "That's a start." It's just a gut feeling that Bama will look like Bama this week. Alabama 35, Ole Miss 17.

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