Mark Green Picks the SEC: Week Six

Columnist Mark Green forecasts who will be this week's winners and losers in the SEC.

The Citadel at OLE MISS

Once upon a season The Citadel played a huge role in the ouster of an SEC football coach in mid-season when Arkansas's Jack Crowe fell to the mighty military might of this Southern Conference football giant. Heck, The Citadel gave Florida State fits for a half this year as well, and Auburn wasn't too impressive against them a year ago either.

Ed Orgeron

Is it possible that discipline alone, or the lack of it, as the case may be, could determine the outcome of yet another Ole Miss loss? Who knows? The Oaf of Oxford is certainly on a tear through the Rebel record books. Who can say when the losing will stop? OLE MISS 10, The Citadel 9.


Louisiana Monroe at ARKANSAS

(at War Memorial Stadium, Little Rock)

Maybe Auburn will get a chance in this one to look, close-up, at the Pig power running game featuring brutal fullback Peyton Hillis and freshmen sensations McFadden and Jones of the rushing firm of McFadden, Jones and Howard. One thing's for sure, Arkansas Athletic Director Frank Broyles wants no part of a public viewing of next week's projected Hog slaughter. I guess.

One really never knows about senility, or the onset of Alzheimer's until it's too late to do anything about it. ARKANSAS 48, ULM 21.


KENTUCKY at SOUTH CAROLINA

The battle for the Eastern Cellar continues in Columbia this Saturday as heralded but underpowered ball Coach Steve Spurrier hunkers down for a visit from the always pesky (for USC) Kentucky Wildcats and their sophomore quarterback Andre Woodson.

In truth injuries have taken out what little playmaking ability the Cat offense had when wide receiver Keenan Burton went down with a bad ankle. The defense, too, has lost personnel, and that area was already beyond weak to begin with.

All things considered, The Cocks should pick up a few scores with the return of throwing quarterback Blake Mitchell. And, perhaps not without some difficulty, win the game. SOUTH CAROLINA 42, KENTUCKY 31


MISSISSIPPI STATE at FLORIDA

Last year, then Florida Head Coach Ron Zook waltzed into Starkville "Gainvilly" employed, but left town looking for work after Sylvester Croom's Mississippi State Bulldogs took a bite out of the Gators' hide.

This season, newly deflowered Florida Coach Urban Meyer finds himself in an eerily similar position, almost needing a win over a vastly inferior opponent just to keep "fireurbanmeyer.com" from gaining copyright protection.

Fortunately for Meyer, the State secondary continues to suffer from mediocrity and the Bulldog offense is still in need of a playmaker to help out the injured Jerious Norwood, who ran roughshod over the Gators a year ago. Still, let's do keep an eye on Florida and see if they really are very much of a football team at all. After last week's visit to dreamland (Fantasy Island), no one really knows what these Gators are made of. FLORIDA 35, MISSISSIPPI STATE 20


LSU at VANDERBILT

Speaking of Fantasy Island, now that the good ship Commodore has been sunk off the coast of West End and Natchez Trace, Vanderbilt football must take on the harsh talent reality of SEC Big Boy LSU, and their boy wonder (boy, I wonder) new skipper Les Miles.

Jay Cutler will try to lead the Commodores to an upset of LSU.

This is not a game LSU can afford to lose, and few see even a remote possibility of that happening. Still, considering Vandy's show of fortitude in earlier games, it would be wise for the Bengal Tigers to show up with a purpose. Through the years, many an SEC team has been scared witless while dreamily listening to non-threatening, ultra-feminine, siren songs of the ivy-covered academia bards of the black and gold. No worries, just have fun.

Coach Les Miles

But one day, it's hard to say when, some negligent wayfarer will leave his bones behind. Sailors beware, these wooden ships have a gun on board. LSU 34, VANDY 24.


GEORGIA at TENNESSEE

As Auburn and Alabama sit back, prepare and watch the league take shape around them, Georgia and Tennessee engage in serious business this Saturday in Knoxville. With the exposing of Florida at the hands of Alabama last Saturday, this game most likely will determine the winner of the Eastern Division, especially if Georgia can steal a win.

Under Mark Richt, the Dawgs have pretended to be pretenders nearly every year, only to come out of the closet on select Saturdays, when something important is on the line. That's what modern scheduling and playing perennial Eastern patsies can do for a potentially great football program.

In any event, this is one of those special Saturdays for the Bulldogs, and not even Erick Ainge will save the Vols from a rabid bite in the Big Orange buttocks. GEORGIA 24, TENNESSEE 20

Editor's Note: Mark's record was 3-2 last week. For the season, he is 33-7 (.825).


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