Clary's Week Five SEC Predictions
I finally feel a little better about my picks. Going 5-2 in my bounce back week gives some redemption and puts me back on track. I'm up to 24-10 on the year, so let's keep the ball rolling.
LSU at Tulane:
Is Matt Flynn healthy? What about Early Doucet? Doesn't matter. LSU will continue its strategy of injuring all of the other team's players, only Tulane has less depth than Carolina did. Look for the walk-ons to be in by halftime.
LSU 49 Tulane 9
Florida Atlantic at Kentucky:
Florida Atlantic is 3-1 with a win over Minnesota. Kentucky is ranked #14 and is averaging 47 points a game. Rafael Little was banged up a bit last week at Arkansas, but it will not matter. Andre Woodson will continue to pad his stats and most certainly bring the Wildcats into Williams-Brice next week with a 5-0 record.
Kentucky 38 Florida Atlantic 17
Eastern Michigan at Vanderbilt:
Vandy comes off of a much needed bye week after their loss to Alabama. Remember Sidney Rice's game last year when he caught 5 touchdowns? Insert Earl Bennett into those stats for this one. Coach Bobby Johnson will want a convincing win before traveling to Auburn next week.
Vanderbilt 30 Eastern Michigan 10
Alabama at FSU:
Did you see the Clemson game? FSU has not had a good quarterback since Chris Weinke, and their defense is not as talented as in years past. Alabama lost a heartbreaker in overtime last week, and I am tempted to pick against them in a letdown week. However, I am unable to see how FSU will be able to move the ball at all. In a game that mirrors every marquee one they have played for the last few seasons, the Seminole defense will keep them close for a while and then tire. John Parker Wilson probably will not have his best game, but will still be good enough to win.
Alabama 24 FSU 17
North Texas at Arkansas:
To say that the Razorbacks' passing game has been poor the past few weeks would be an understatement. Look for Coach Nutt to throw a lot after the outcome is secured to try and build up Casey Dick's confidence. Luckily, Darren McFadden will be driving his pimp-mobile all over the field as Arkansas rushes for 300 yards, easy.
Arkansas 31 North Texas 3
Ole Miss at Georgia:
That roar you hear from the Bulldog faithful is to please play Knowshon Moreno more. He definitely sparked the offense last week, and Matthew Stafford proved he could win the big game on the road at the end. Remember, he is only a sophomore. This game looked like a dud 2 weeks ago, but the Ole Miss defense and DC John Thompson put the stranglehold on the mighty Gator offense for a while last week. Yes, that is the same John Thompson who had USC's lineman standing straight up a few years back. Will his men be able to do the same in Athens? I expect this one to be low scoring, but Rebel QB Seth Adams is just not accurate enough to win between the hedges.
Georgia 20 Ole Miss 10
Auburn at Florida:
What looked like a great game to start the season now looks like a blowout. Auburn's offense has zero confidence, and Brandon Cox has not shown the same playmaking ability he once displayed. Florida's option game was shut down last week at Ole Miss, and I expect the Auburn staff to use a very similar game plan. Tommy Tuberville is an excellent game coach. Remember the onside kick call in the 3rd quarter last season against Carolina? He gets his defense hyped up, and they will play out of their minds. Florida will run Tebow until he passes out. If he doesn't get hurt, they will sneak it out.
Florida 27 Auburn 20
Mississippi State at South Carolina:
The Palmetto Health Injury Report is getting way too long. This game will come down to whether the Fighting Gamecock defense will be able to stop 240 lb. Anthony Dixon and the Bulldog rushing attack. To do so, Marque Hall and Ladi Ajiboye must clog the middle, while Emanuel Cook helps cover the loss of Jasper Brinkley. Expect Coach Tyrone Nix to put 8-9 men in the box and leave the corners on their own. Chris Smelley will get in a groove if given enough possessions. Nix's defense has to get off of the field quickly.
Key Match up: Right tackle Justin Sorensen vs. defensive end (#54) Titus Brown.
I've got to take Coach Spurrier at home in this one.
South Carolina 23 Mississippi State 20
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