Clary's Week Ten SEC Predictions
Last week, I picked Tennessee in a close one over USC, so stick around to see which direction I go with the Gamecocks this week. By the way, I'm undefeated in my Gamecock picks throughout the season.
So without further adieu, here are this week's SEC picks that we can now say are sure to go right.
Let's start small:
Arkansas St. at Auburn – A lot of teams have played Auburn close this year. Arkansas St. will not be another one. Should I say anything else?
Auburn 45 Ark St. 3
Northwestern St. at Ole Miss – Ole Miss has the worst offense and second worst defense in the SEC. Basically they are terrible, but if you think they're bad, watch this game. Yes, Ole Miss looked good against Auburn, and they are much better than Northwestern St. However football is a mental game, and it's tough to get up for this one. It'll be closer than you think.
Ole Miss 28 Northwestern St. 27
Miss St. at Alabama – Like I told you last week; this Miss St. defense is a myth. They've given up 27 or more points seven times this year. After this week, make that eight.
Alabama 34 Miss. St. 10
Georgia at Kentucky – Every bone in my body is telling me to pick Kentucky. The Wildcats will force turnovers and make this game very close, but the worst defense in the league will cost Kentucky another one. Georgia will look like they're back on track offensively this week. Expect this one to be close, but don't bite on the upset.
Georgia 35 Kentucky 31
Florida at Vanderbilt – Yes, Vandy gives Florida trouble every year, and yes I remember last year, and yes I know my rule about picking against good teams at home, but this is Vandy. I just don't believe in this team. I think this game will be close for a half, but Florida will wear them down. Unlike Georgia's controversy, both Leak and Tebow are good QB's right now. Florida gets revenge for last year's close call.
Florida 35 Vandy 19
LSU at Tennessee – This will be one of the best games all year. Statistically LSU is the best team in the conference. They are unbelievably scary on defense. Something will have to give when the number one passing offense squares off against the number one passing defense in the SEC. If LSU can hold off Tennessee's first blow, this game will come down to the wire. Because of that fact, I am counting on Eric Ainge to have a 4th quarter comeback, and by doing so, securing a future head coaching job for David Cutcliff. Tennessee will once again dominate the 4th quarter.
I can't believe I'm picking against LSU. Please go by secsports.com and look at the stats so you can see what I'm actually picking against.
Tennessee 24 LSU 20
Arkansas at USC – Will the Gamecocks stop the running attack of Darren McFadden and Felix Jones? NO. Will they contain them? Not really. These guys lead the SEC in rushing by averaging 235 yards on the ground per game. Arkansas will run wild this weekend on an undersized USC front.
On the other side of the ball, I believe the Gamecocks will try to work fast and throw more as the game goes along to score quickly. Arkansas will run down the clock and USC will want to answer. The Gamecocks will have to be patient and not concern themselves with a fast ballgame.
After looking at both teams on tape and really trying my best to study the facts and numbers, one thing keeps coming to mind. USC has not won an SEC home game this year. This is a game that the Gamecocks need, and in the past, that's not a good sign, but with Steve Spurrier as the coach, I just don't see him letting this game slip away. I truly believe that Spurrier will have more up his sleeve than a dirty card player on Saturday night, and look for USC to play their best game all year. Sometimes when the pressure is off, the best comes out. Yes folks, I'm taking the Gamecocks in an upset.
USC 24 Arkansas 23
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