TigerSportsDigest Week 9 staff picks

Rosetta, Dixon and Villere predict the winners of this week's big games


Randy Rosetta



Randy Rosetta
Last week:
14-6 (.700)
Season: 118-42 (.738)

Georgia vs. Florida: Two teams headed in very different directions health-wise and in terms of motivation. Bulldogs look like a team destined for a spot opposite LSU or Alabama in Atlanta…Georgia 24, Florida 14

Arkansas at Vanderbilt:
This could be a lot trickier than first glance for the Razorbacks, who survived a big scare last week. The Commodores are on the rise and should go bowling this season, but they don't have the firepower to beat the Hogs yet…Arkansas 38, Vanderbilt 24

Ole Miss at Auburn:
Rebels got really close to a breakthrough win last week against one of the SEC's big three. AU got whacked around by one of the others. But the Tigers are at home and have played well enough at times to have the edge…Auburn 28, Ole Miss 21

Mississippi State at Kentucky:
Well, this certainly looked like a gimme' on the Bulldogs' schedule when the season began. Now it looms as a must-win if they're going to salvage anything from this season…Miss. State 23, Kentucky 20

South Carolina at Tennessee:
Gamecocks lurched and sputtered in their last few wins, but they've had a week off to get used to the new look on offense with Connor Shaw and Brandon Wilds and there's no better team to test the training wheels against than the reeling Vols…South Carolina 31, Tennessee 17

Clemson at Georgia Tech:
At first glance, these seem like two teams headed in opposite directions on offense. The Yellow Jackets have scored only 49 in their last three games but their fortunes will change this week and shake up the BCS…Georgia Tech 35, Clemson 31

West Virginia at Rutgers:
Four of the Scarlet Knights' game have been decided by three points or less, including both losses. They'll need to keep it close and low-scoring against the Mountaineers, but don't look for that to happen…West Virginia 42, Rutgers 24

Michigan State at Nebraska:
The Spartans have run their October gamut impressively, with a bit of a miracle thrown in last week. The run ends one win short of a sweep, though, against the Cornhuskers at home…Nebraska 30, Michigan State 26

Oklahoma at K-State:
This had the makings of a great showdown until Texas Tech threw a wrench in the plans last week. All that did was make the Sooners angry, though, which doesn't bode well for the Wildcats…Oklahoma 49, K-State 31

SMU at Tulsa:
Both of these teams have to win to keep pace with Houston in the C-USA West. The Hurricane hasn't lost since a grinding September schedule that featured three top-10 teams (and losses) and SMU is coming off a stunning loss to Southern Miss. Advantage goes to the home team…Tulsa 35, SMU 28

BYU at TCU:
These former conference mates have both had some ups and downs this season, both can score points and both need a statement win. The Horned Frogs get a slight edge at home…TCU 45, BYU 35

Stanford at USC:
It's about time for the Cardinal to get a serious test and this fits the bill with the Trojans back on track after a loss to Arizona State. Troy has the talent to keep this one close for three quarters, but not the whole way…Stanford 24, USC 17

ULL at Middle Tennessee:
Most seasons the Blue Raiders are a force to be reckoned with in the Sun Belt. Not so much this season and with the Cajuns coming off their first league loss, this could get ugly…ULL 49, Middle Tennessee 21

N.C. State at Florida State:
The Wolf Pack hasn't fared well against the upper echelon this season, but then neither have the Seminoles. But playing at home and being desperate for wins are strong inspiration…Florida State 28, N.C. State 14

Legendary Penn State coach Joe Paterno: Seeks win No. 409

Illinois at Penn State: Two of the best defenses in the country should keep this one close and low-scoring. The Nittany Lions' offense has been better this season and will be the difference in a 7th straight victory for JoePa…Penn State 20, Illinois 10

Missouri at Texas A&M:
Something's just not clicking for the Tigers this season and the distraction of realignment can't be helping. In this potential showdown of future SEC foes, the steamrolling Aggies are just too loaded…Texas A&M 42, Missouri 17

Washington State at Oregon:
Hard to imagine any Pac-12 team giving the high-octane Ducks much of a challenge until they tangle with Stanford, particularly not the cellar-dwelling Cougars…Oregon 52, Washington State 14

Wisconsin at Ohio State:
Buckeyes need to win ugly to win and that may work against most opponents in the Big Ten. Not with the Badgers, though, and especially not with them coming off a punch in the gut against Michigan State…Wisconsin 51, Ohio State 19

Baylor at Oklahoma State:
The Bears are a scoring machine, but the problem is their defense has been civ-like and they face an even more potent offense in the Cowboys. OSU has managed to avoid stumbles so far and that continues this week…Oklahoma State 59, Baylor 38

Navy at Notre Dame:
The Midshipmen are seeking a third win in a row against Notre Dame, and more importantly to snap a five-game losing skid this season, three of those by three points or fewer. The Fighting Irish have been enigmatic so far, including last week in a 31-17 loss to USC. Still, Notre Dame has made progress this season…Notre Dame 41, Navy 24


Shea Dixon



Shea Dixon
Last week:
13-7 (.650)
Season: 119-41 (.744)

Georgia vs. Florida: This cocktail party is just another step for the Bulldogs on the road to Atlanta…Georgia 27, Florida 17

Arkansas at Vanderbilt:
The Razorbacks are quietly putting together a one-loss season. That won't be derailed this weekend…Arkansas 35,Vanderbilt 10

Ole Miss at Auburn:
The Tigers are still nursing cuts and bruises from a physical game in Baton Rouge. Fortunately, Ole Miss isn't playing good football…Auburn 24, Ole Miss 14

Mississippi State at Kentucky:
In a battle of 3-4 teams, it's time for the Bulldogs to show that they can win SEC ball games…Mississippi State 28, Kentucky 20

Steve Spurrier: The Gamecocks are leading pack in the SEC East

South Carolina at Tennessee: With no Alabama and no LSU, this is the second most exciting SEC matchup of the weekend…South Carolina 27,Tennessee 21

Clemson at Georgia Tech:
Clemson knows Georgia Tech will stick with the option attack. And Georgia Tech knows Clemson will stick with Sammy Watkins…Clemson 27, Georgia Tech 24

West Virginia at Rutgers:
Paralyzed football player Eric LeGrand will lead Rutgers onto the field on Saturday, and emotions will be riding high…Rutgers 24, West Virginia 21

Michigan State at Nebraska:
Michigan State might have used all its luck against Wisconsin. This week, they bank on talent…Michigan State28, Nebraska 24

Oklahoma at Kansas State:
Landry Jones will put on a show as the Sooners quiet the chatter around the Wildcats…Oklahoma 35, Kansas State 28

SMU at Tulsa:
The Mustangs are beat up, meaning the Golden Hurricane can strike to stay perfect at 4-0…Tulsa 31, SMU 24

BYU at TCU:
The Horned Frogs have played from behind in big games this season, so don't count them out if they trail in this one…TCU 35,BYU 31

Stanford at USC:
Matt Barkley is a solid college quarterback, but they don't make them much better than Andrew Luck…Stanford30, USC 20

ULL at Middle Tennessee:
The Ragin' Cajuns are playing strong football, but a road test in the cold gets them this week…Middle Tennessee 24, ULL 21

N.C. State at Florida State:
These two teams might both be 4-3, but the Seminoles are far more talented. This one won't be a Wake Forest flashback for FSU…Florida State 27, N.C. State 13

Illinois at Penn State:
Penn State doesn't have all the answers, but the Nittany Lions do play some very solid defense. That will be enough against the Illini…Penn State 20, Illinois 13

Missouri at Texas A&M:
The skid for Missouri continues this weekend against No. 16-ranked Texas A&M. Make that four losses in five games…Texas A&M 35, Missouri 21

Washington State at Oregon:
The Ducks will score more points in the first quarter than the Cougars will all game…Oregon 56, Washington State 17

Wisconsin at Ohio State:
As long as this doesn't come down to the final second, Wisconsin should be just fine…Wisconsin 31, Ohio State 20

Baylor at Oklahoma State:
Robert Griffin III is dangerous, but the Cowboys have playmakers at a few different positions on offense…Oklahoma State 31, Baylor 23

Navy at Notre Dame:
Last fall, the Irish gave up 367 rushing yards to Navy in a 35-17 loss. Brian Kelly can't let that happen this time around…Notre Dame 27, Navy 21


Emily Villere



Emily Villere
Last week:
13-7 (.650)
Season: 120-40 (.750)

Georgia vs. Florida: The Bulldogs could take a big step forward in the SEC East with a win this weekend…Georgia 24, Florida 17

Arkansas at Vanderbilt:
The Razorbacks shouldn't have any problems passing on Vanderbilt's secondary, even in the Nashville cold…Arkansas 31, Vanderbilt 14

Ole Miss at Auburn:
No. 1 LSU ran Auburn out of Tiger Stadium last weekend. Back at home, the other Tigers shouldn't have any trouble with the Rebels…Auburn 17, Ole Miss 10

Mississippi State at Kentucky:
Dan Mullen's 2011 season hasn't gone as planned, but the Bulldogs are more talented than their foe this weekend…Miss. State 24, Kentucky 21

South Carolina at Tennessee:
This one wouldn't be as close of Marcus Lattimore were playing…South Carolina 21, Tennessee 17

Clemson at Georgia Tech:
The Yellow Jackets will win the time of possession, but Clemson will make drives count with touchdowns…Clemson 27, Georgia Tech 21

West Virginia at Rutgers:
Rutgers doesn't have the speed to run with West Virginia on offense…West Virginia 31, Rutgers 14

Michigan State at Nebraska:
The Spartans are riding high after beating Wisconsin on the last play. This time, they handle business a little earlier in the game…Michigan State 31, Nebraska 21

Oklahoma at K-State:
Time for Kansas State's dream season to hit a road bump? Unfortunately, the Sooners are coming off a rough weekend and looking for redemption…Oklahoma 35, Kansas State 31

SMU at Tulsa:
The Mustangs will look to make it three wins in a row against the Golden Hurricane…SMU 28, Tulsa 14

BYU at TCU:
Gary Patterson's squad should be able to quiet Jake Heaps enough to beat the Cougars…TCU 31, BYU 28

Stanford at USC:
The battle for West Coast supremacy will go the way of the better quarterback: Andrew Luck…Stanford 35, USC 24

Ragin' Cajuns' quarterback Blake Gauthier

ULL at Middle Tennessee: No time for the Ragin' Cajuns to slow down now…ULL 28, Middle Tennessee 21

N.C. State at Florida State:
N.C. State showed new life in a dominant win over Virginia, but beating the Seminoles will take a different level of effort…Florida State 35, N.C. State 24

Illinois at Penn State:
If it comes down to the wire, will Ron Zook come through for Illinois?... Penn State 24, Illinois 21

Missouri at Texas A&M:
Missouri is a team that could strike big any weekend, but A&M won't drop this one at home…Texas A&M 28, Missouri 17

Washington State at Oregon:
The Ducks keep rolling…Oregon 45, Washington State 10

Wisconsin at Ohio State:
Russell Wilson won't let his team hang heads after last weekend's loss…Wisconsin 30, Ohio State 21

Baylor at Oklahoma State:
The Cowboys will be able to keep up with any quick sparks from Robert Griffin III…Oklahoma State 42, Baylor 30

Navy at Notre Dame:
The Irish can't seem to step up in the big moment, but a win over Navy will lift some spirits in South Bend…Notre Dame 30, Navy 13


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