SEC Preview

Well Auburn did the unthinkable and then the unimaginable for Irish fans. First, they dispatch undefeated Florida, only to jump the Irish in the polls and now create a quandary for two SEC teams that are now higher in the polls. This weekend should provide some more work for clearing the haze that is the BCS and the SEC's stake in it.


Erik Ainge has vaulted himself back into a dark horse candidacy for the Heisman with wins over Cal and Georgia. Vols RBs LaMarcus Coker and Montario Hardesty provide a key one-two punch on the ground and WR Robert Meachum is one of the most dangerous receivers in the nation. The Vols defense is flourishing too, allowing 19.3 points per game and getting better. Alabama will look to counter the Vols with RB Kenneth Darby, who has yet to find the end zone. But the Tide has two capable WRs in replacement of Tyrone Prothro in Keith Brown and DJ Hall. The question will be can the ‘Bama defense stop the Vols offensive attack. Alabama is not out of the SEC West title hunt yet, but a loss here and they will be hanging on for a bowl bid. Normally I would say home field advantages would come into play, but with the recent dispatching of Auburn and Georgia, it is no longer a factor. The Vols will have five star WR recruit Ahmad Paige in for a visit as well. My heart says that the Tide will pull the upset, but my mind says the Vols big. I always was a sucker for the heart. My Prediction: Bama in an upset 31-28


If there ever was a time to right the ship for Mark Richt, it is this week against MSU. The Battle of the Bulldogs will take place, and for Richt, his team desperately needs to find some momentum going into next weekend's game with Florida. Tennessee absolutely dominated this team, and then came out flat to Vanderbilt to suffer their second loss in a row. Irish fans can only hope that Georgia can do the unthinkable and beat both Florida and Auburn, both still remaining on the Dawgs schedule. Right now, Richt and his team are focused on Sylvester Croom's Bulldogs are seemingly cannot win. State has been shut out twice this season, and even lost to Tulane. Both wins came against horrible competition and this is not what Croom had in mind when he foresaw his team's progress. Georgia will right the ship and Croom may be out of a job. My Prediction: Georgia 31-10


I could see something special in the legs and moves of Commodores QB Chris Nikson. He has injected his dual threat capability into a team that has long been just the occasional thorn in the sides. After a gutsy outing against Michigan in week one, Nikson led the Commodores to a win over Georgia last weekend in the closing seconds. Once he can minimize his mistakes, he will take this team as far as he is willing to go. Spurrier will look to continue on his path through the SEC East and attempt to sneak into the title game. With the only losses coming to Georgia and Auburn, you'd think this game would be a wash. But after Vandy's handling of Georgia, and some offensive sputtering by the Gamecocks, Spurrier should be wary of the upset. I think this game is closer than the experts might think, but Syvelle Newton is a little more polished than Nikson and Vanderbilt will not have an answer for Sidney Rice. My Prediction: SoCar wins 27 - 21


With their upset over then No. 2 Auburn, the Razors control their own destiny in the SEC West. Their road continues and should have no bump this weekend as Mustain and Company take on the Rebels of Ole Miss. Mustain will not have to win this game because the best back in the SEC other than Kenny Irons is Arkansas' own Darren McFadden. After getting pasted by USC in week one, the ‘Backs have rolled off five straight wins. This weekend will be number six and McFadden will continue to push for SEC accolades. Arkansas is under the radar right now and gets No. 7 Tennessee in a month. My Prediction: Razorbacks 34-13


Great teams respond in the face of adversity, and boy, did Auburn respond with a huge win over Florida last week to vault them back into SEC West title contention. They are fast on the heels of Arkansas, and this week, Tulane should provide a nice coast without the chance of an emotional letdown. Kenny Irons will run wild and the phrase "Brandon Cox to Courtney Taylor for the touchdown" might get old in the first half. The Green Wave just cannot keep up with the feel good story of the New Orlean Saints, but they play all 60 minutes. Auburn is just too much, and will look exceptionally good for recruit Eric Berry, a five-star DB and the No. 1 DB in the nation. My Prediction: Tigers win 45-3


In the past, Fresno State coach Pat Hill had stated he would take on anyone, anywhere. He might hastily eat those words after this season in which his club will likely fall to 1-6 after the beating they will take from Les Miles' LSU club this weekend. JaMarcus Russell will find Dewayne Bowe enough to make you feel like you were watching a good old fashioned game of Tecmo Bowl. The Tiger defense is just sick, and only allowing a little over eight points a game. I don't think the Bulldogs even get close to that. This is about to get ugly. On a side note, LSU will have five-star DT John Brown from Lakeland, Florida in this weekend on a visit. Irish fans will have to wonder if a Brown commitment will aid in our recruitment of Will Blackwell. My Prediction: LSU huge 56-0


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