Let's start with the biggest game of the week in SEC play.
Alabama at Arkansas
This game features two teams that will battle it out to decide who is the best of the rest after Auburn and LSU in the SEC West. Both are statistically around the same, except for one major difference: Turnover margin. (1)Alabama is +5, whereas (12)Arkansas is -7. Despite the +12 difference, the game will come down to the 4th quarter, and I always give the edge to the home team. Both are average and this won't be the most thrilling game you've ever seen.
Prediction: Arkansas 20 – Alabama 17
Kentucky at Florida
This game likely would have been the game of the week, except it's at Florida. I know, I know, Kentucky gives Florida problems every year, and Florida may have a let down after its big win at Tennessee. Kentucky currently stands at the top of the SEC in scoring, but their defense is terrible. Look for a big game from Florida running back DeShawn Wynn.
Prediction: Florida 42 – Kentucky 24
Buffalo at Auburn
Auburn will not have a let down against Buffalo. Enough said.
Prediction: Auburn over 40 - Buffalo under 7
Colorado at Georgia
This game looked promising at one point, but Colorado...is...well... they're just bad. Head coach Dan Hawkins is just hoping his quarterback doesn't throw 25 interceptions like in his last visit to Athens. Georgia has no problem.
Prediction: Georgia 41 – Colorado 10
Tulane at LSU
JaMarcus Russell will learn how to throw the ball away, and LSU will begin their quest to prove the doubters that they are a top 5 team in the country.
Prediction: LSU 35 – Tulane 6
Wake Forest at Ole Miss
Wake has too many injuries to continue their winning ways. Although Brent Schaeffer has been average at best, it won't take much to beat a depleted Wake Forest team, who struggled to beat Duke. Yes, Ole Miss is giving up 30 points per game, but Wake's backups will struggle.
Prediction: Ole Miss 17 – Wake Forest 9
Mississippi St. at UAB
263 yards of total offense per game is all UAB is averaging heading into their game with the Bulldogs. Expect that number to be around 180 after this week, but the object of this game we call football is to score. Since both teams average below 12 points per game, don't expect this one to be flashy.
Prediction: UAB 9 – Miss. St. 7
Marshall at Tennessee
The Vols will bounce back after their disappointing loss to Florida last weekend. Eric Ainge will throw it around on a team that gives up 232 yards per game in the air, and if the Vols can contain the ground attack from the Big Green Herd, there will be no sign of an after effect.
Prediction: Tennessee 27 – Marshall 13
Tennessee St. at Vanderbilt
Bobby Johnson knows how to get his team focused after a tough loss. He's been doing it since he's got there. Vandy wins their first game of the year.
Prediction: Vanderbilt – 24 – Tennessee St. 14
Florida Atlantic at USC
FAU Head Coach Howard Schnellenberger joined RT on the Sports Drive Wednesday afternoon and confirmed what I saw when they played Clemson. They're simply not ready to compete. Believe me when I tell you that Florida Atlantic is just not good. Seriously…not good. South Carolina gets a Spurrier type win.
Prediction: USC 45 –FAU 10
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