Almost Perfect Picks: Who'll Win in SEC?

How many times have you heard football coaches and players talk about the need to give “110 per cent” or something like that? Former Alabama star Tommy Brooker, who was in Coach Paul Bryant’s first recruiting class at Bama in 1958, heard that phrase in his first meeting and wondered, “How can you give more than 100 per cent?” He probably found out.

Alabama is not playing this week, as the Crimson Tide (4-0 overall and 1-0 in Southeastern Conference games) gets the first of its open dates. Bama is joined by Florida (a 42-21 victim of Bama last week) and Mississippi State (one of the biggest stories in college football last week with its win at LSU) as bye teams.

Alabama returns to action next week playing at Ole Miss at 2:30 p.m. CDT on CBS.

Meanwhile, Almost Perfect Picks can’t take a weekend off; and probably doesn’t want to, considering this looks like a week where APP could be 100 per cent in predicting SEC games. Of course, it looks like that every week, and it has happened twice this year.

For the year, APP has been 38-4 in just picking the SEC winners. In those point spread and over/under gambling opportunities – and we have warned you against betting on college football – the APP started strong, but has fallen off the past couple of weeks to only 39-16.

It’s hard to get a game face on with a bye week, but we’re giving 110 per cent effort.

Tennessee (2-1) at Georgia (2-1, 1-0) at noon EDT (11 a.m. central time) on ESPN – After losing at South Carolina, Georgia has its back to the wall. Fortunately for the Bulldogs, Tennessee has not yet recruited quite enough players from the Peach State to be competitive with the Bulldogs. The Vols are on the right path, but a long way from historic highs. Georgia 35, Tennessee 17.

Vanderbilt (1-3, 0-2) at Kentucky (2-1, 0-1) at noon EDT (11 a.m. central) on the SEC Network – On a bye week, would it be possible to sleep until this game is over? Surely easy enough to fall asleep watching it. Easily the two worst teams in the SEC with Vandy easily the one worst. Kentucky 31, Vanderbilt 13.

Texas A&M (4-0, 1-0 SEC) vs. Arkansas (3-1, 0-1) at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas at 2:30 p.m. CDT on CBS – Talk about two teams that are better than expected, here they are. The Aggies were supposed to drop off after losing Johnny Football, but Kenny Hill has been just as masterful in running a tough-to-defend offense. Arkansas just wasn’t expected to have made much improvement from a year in which the Razorbacks did not win a conference game. Look for the Hogs to put up a good fight, but A&M just has too much. Texas A&M 45, Arkansas 28.

Louisiana Tech (2-2) at Auburn (3-0, 1-0) at 3 p.m. CDT on the SEC Network – Hey, Auburn’s back off that Thursday night schedule reserved for Conference USA-type teams, but the Tigers are playing a Conference USA team. Auburn 49, La Tech 7.

New Mexico State (2-2) at LSU (3-1, 0-1) at 6:30 p.m. CDT on the SEC Network – Some people worry about running into illegal aliens in New Mexico. Some people wonder if they’ve run into aliens from outer space when they go into Louisiana. Which reminds APP that Les Miles is once again coaching with one eye cocked towards Ann Arbor. It won’t matter Saturday night in Tiger Stadium. LSU 52, New Mexico State 7.

Memphis (2-1) at Ole Miss (3-0, 1-0) at 6:30- p.m. CDT on FoxSports – A week from Saturday Ole Miss will host the biggest game it has ever had on its Oxford campus. How many times have Alabama fans traveled to Auburn or College Station or Baton Rouge and on and on and on for the biggest game ever played there. Do you see a common denominator? The Rebels should be able to handle staying undefeated with no problem, but Mississippi doesn’t need to fall asleep on Memphis. Ole Miss 31, Memphis 10.

Missouri (3-1, 0-0) at South Carolina (3-1, 2-1) at 7 p.m. EDT (6 p.m. central) on ESPN – When Missouri came into the SEC, we didn’t expect things like last season when the Tigers surprised everyone by winning the Eastern Division. What we expected were things like last week, when Missouri lost a home game to lowly Indiana. South Carolina has had its ups and downs this year, but the Gamecocks do have that win over Georgia. South Carolina 34, Missouri 17.

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