Questions Abound Regarding Games

We thought we would be perfect. We really did. And we had some success last week, picking comfortable wins by Alabama, Auburn, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Missouri, and Georgia. But who saw Vanderbilt beating Florida in Gainesville? On the Gators homecoming? That's why we call them "Almost Perfect Picks."

There are questions to be answered. Doesn't anyone want to play football this week? Five teams have open dates. Will there be a miss in our predictions this week? We really only care about one team each week, and that's Alabama. We always pick Alabama to win and we're almost always right. One hundred per cent this year.

Alabama (9-0 overall, 6-0 Southeastern Conference) is at Mississippi State (4-5, 1-4). Kickoff will be at 6:45 p.m. CST with ESPN televising the game.

Alabama Coach Nick Saban called Mississippi State "the best five-loss team in the nation." There's not a lot of stiff competition for that title. Will the Bulldogs get rings for that? Well, of course not, because they won't finish the season with five losses. Alabama 42, Mississippi State 10.

Georgia (6-3, 4-2) at Auburn (9-1, 5-1) – Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall may see some of his old Bulldogs buddies, but Marshall – who originally played for Georgia before he was found to have stolen money from his teammates – probably won't get too close to them. They might want restitution. This could be a track meet the way the Tigers have been running and with Georgia expected to have Todd Gurley back at near 100 per cent. Both teams have good quarterbacks, questionable defense. Auburn 49, Georgia 35.

Florida (4-5, 3-4) at South Carolina (7-2, 5-2) – They are looking for solutions at Florida and all they are finding are more players being lost for the season to injuries. Fortunately, the misery is nearly over for the Gators. It doesn't look likely to extend into the bowl season. The Gamecocks of the self-proclaimed Ball Coach are still in the hunt for the SEC East title if Missouri will just lose a game. South Carolina wraps up the conference part of its schedule this week. South Carolina 31, Florida 10.

Kentucky (2-7, 0-5) at Vanderbilt (5-4, 2-4) – The Commodores will be eligible with just one more victory, and with Kentucky, Tennessee, and Wake Forest on the schedule the last three weeks, you can look for Vandy in an exotic bowl locale this year. Like Birmingham, which is better than going to the Music City Bowl in Nashville or the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, where the Commodores have been three of the last four years. The Wildcats may be a little better one day, but it won't be tomorrow. Vanderbilt 31, Kentucky 17.

Troy (5-5) at Ole Miss (6-3, 3-3) – The Rebels have found a rhythm. Ole Miss opened the season with three straight wins, then suffered three consecutive losses, then had three more wins. So it's time for a loss, right? That would be no. Mississippi breaks the sequence. Ole Miss 44, Troy 21.

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