[Premium article] Steve Robertson predicts the winners and losers in week 13 of the SEC.

This week was supposed to be our icing on the cake. It hasn't worked out like we had hoped, but this game is just as important as ever. In some people's mind it may be more important than usual. A win over Ole Miss would be huge for the morale of our fans, team, and coaches heading into recruiting. It would be even more special if we could beat them in what has been our worst season since 1996 when we beat the Rebs 17-0 that year in Oxford. Who know what will happen, but I expect a solid effort from the maroon and white.

What has happened to Auburn? A win and they were headed to Atlanta. They still need just one win, but the season now has it's usual drama in the final weeks of the year. It's still a three-team race, Auburn, LSU and Arkansas. LSU and Auburn both control their own destiny. If either team wins out they win the West regardless of what else occurs. LSU and Arkansas square off this week and the Hogs need a win and an LSU win next week against Auburn if they want to win the West. It's still anybody's race, but one thing's for sure whoever loses in Baton Rouge this week will be a spectator for the SECCG.

Florida continues to improve and will face UT, who narrowly escaped against a game UK team last week. The UT/UF tilt will be for the SEC Eastern crown. The same situation could occur next week in Baton Rouge with both divisions crowning a winner on the last week of the regular season. That has never occurred in the SEC two division format.

Rivalry week

Georgia @ Georgia Tech

Georgia just lined up and ran over the Rebs last week. The Bulldogs from Athens continue to improve each week it seems. They have lost some close ones to USC and Florida, but they stole one from UT. This team is young and full of talent for the future. This was Ga. Tech's year to finally win the ACC with FSU being down this season. It hasn't turned out quite like the Yellow Jacket faithful expected. Maryland, of all schools, won the ACC with the likes of FSU, Clemson, and Ga. Tech all mired in mediocrity. Jim Donnan was ran out of town for not beating Auburn, UT, UF or GT on a regular basis. It looks like Coach Richt could pull a split in his 1st season as head coach. I like the Dogs on the road, but it won't be easy.

Georgia 27 Georgia Tech 23

Vanderbilt @ Tennessee

It is the end of an era in Nashville. As predicted in the Robertson Report on Vanderbilt this pre-season, Woody Ball is done at Vandy. Although Woody never had a winning season or went to a bowl game, he did scare the dickens out of a few teams along the way. This team nearly defeated UT last season and will be ready to play. UT may be looking ahead a little to next week with the showdown with Florida. This could be a recipe for an upset. With UT looking ahead and Vandy trying to win one for Coach Woody anything could happen. I think UT will take care of business, but Vandy will get there attention. The Dores just don't have the offensive weapons, but if the Dores can hold UT under 24 points anything could happen.

Tennessee 27 Vandy 14

Arkansas @ LSU

My worst nightmare is coming true. The Dogs are last in the SEC West and LSU controls its own destiny with two to play and both games in Tiger stadium. Arkansas, on the strength of John Thompson and a torrential down pour, smacked the Tigers around a bit last year. The Tigers played the worst offensive game of the year that week and Coach Thompson may have the key to stopping Josh Reed. Arkansas has answered their QB controversy and are the hottest team in the SEC; only UT has been hotter. I think if the Hogs control the clock and don't let LSU score in flurries they have a great chance. It's always tough to play in Baton Rouge, but this is a day game. I don't think Arkansas has the DB's to shut down the passing attack of the Tigers completely, but they should be able to disrupt things and make it a close affair. If Cedric Cobbs has 120 yards the Hogs win. I don't think either will happen.

LSU 31 Arkansas 17

Ole Miss @ Mississippi State

I could pave my driveway with the E-mails from Ole Miss fans I've received this year. It all comes down to this: Ole Miss is weak against the run and that has traditionally been our strong suit. We haven't been as dominant as we normally are, but Ole Miss is still small up front. There is no changing the fact that Ole Miss is small, but our O-line has been banged up, so who knows. I won't bore you with a lot of nonsense, but I'll tell you this: Fant owes Ole Miss. I expect this to be Kevin's coming out party. It will be the last SEC game for a lot of great players, namely Zo Miller, Dorsett, and Pig. I expect a solid effort and I don't know if the Rebs are ready for what should be a very determined Bulldog team. The nation will be watching and these kids know that. Eli has had a good year, which makes him a bigger target for the Bulldog defense. Tommy Tuberville, once said Kevin Fant was better than Jason Campbell and Eli Manning. Here is Kevin's 1st chance to prove it. It's rivalry week, so who knows what will happen, but you can rest assured that the Dogs didn't forget that field goal late in the game last year. Look for Fant to be the man in the 4th with Zo running out the clock late.

MSU 26 Ole Miss 17

Only one more week left in the regular season. Don't buy into any rumors you hear until after the season. It's pointless and most turn out to be false anyway. There will be some comings and goings, but there's no point in worrying about that now. We'll all know soon enough. Here's wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving and a Egg Bowl victory.

Until next week,

Steve Robertson
Matthew 16:26

Steve Robertson is a free-lance correspondent who writes The Robertson Report for the premium site portion of Gene's Page. Steve's email address is

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