Clary's Week Six SEC Predictions
One of the things I love so much about college football is just when you think you've got it all figured out, Auburn goes and beats Florida in "The Swamp." I thought the game would be close, but come on. Seriously... Auburn? This year's Auburn? Oh well, a 30-12 overall record is respectable, but not good enough. There's something similar about every pick this week. See if you can catch it.
I've studied these games well, gathered tons of informationm and here are this week's picks:
Chattanooga at Arkansas:
The Razorbacks are having a season to forget, and Houston Nutt looks to be closing out a career at Arkansas. However, if they're ever going to get on the right track, this week is it. We know what Arkansas' offense can do, but their defense continues to be terrible. Chattanooga has a guy named Blue Cooper. Yep, that's their weapon and all I've got for you that you'll care about. Arkansas rolls.
Arkansas 42 Chattanooga 7
Houston at Alabama:
Remember that Houston team South Carolina saw last year in the Liberty Bowl? This is not them. Don't get me wrong, they can still move the ball, but they aren't as dangerous all around, and their defense is still extremely thin. Alabama will just be happy to score after looking awful last week. Houston will make this very close, but Nick Saben will have his offense looking sharper than last week. Expect John Parker Wilson not to look good again, but for RB Terry Grant to have over 150 yards on the ground. He already averages 103 per game.
Alabama 28 Houston 27
La. Tech vs Ole Miss:
La. Tech is terrible. Ole Miss is terrible. The game is in Oxford. Ole Miss is bigger but slower. If you watch this game, good luck staying awake.
Ole Miss 23 La Tech 17
UAB vs Mississippi State:
The UAB team that showed up against Florida State in the first half of that game hasn't been seen since. UAB has some playmakers. Joseph Webb lines up at QB and WR to throw defenses off. Too bad Miss. State isn't awful as in years past, and Titus Brown is hungry after letting last week's game slip away. Look for the Bulldogs to play with passion and make this one a blowout.
Miss St. 20 UAB 6
Vanderbilt at Auburn:
Which Auburn team shows up will be the question. The Auburn crowd should be fired up after last week's victory over Florida, but don't expect the same performance. Auburn played out of this world, and it's hard to back that up. Vandy will look to strike early with big plays from Earl Bennett. It's a shame that Chris Nickson is the QB or else Vandy might have a shot. Nickson's mistakes will cost Vandy in this one, although the game will be closer than people think.
Auburn 27 Vandy 23
Georgia at Tennessee:
Tennessee could be this week's Auburn. No, they're not playing a top team on the road, but the Vols have struggled this year, and good teams show up eventually. The Vols need to strike early to get Erik Ainge on the right track. When he struggles, he has a bad first quarters. Expect Ainge to strike early and for Tennessee to possibly be playing for their coach. The Bulldogs will be thrilled to be on the road again, and Matthew Stafford should have all day to throw. Tennessee's defense has been terrible all year, but this could be their week where they finally put it together against a young Georgia OL. This one will be decided in the 4th quarter, and although Mark Richt's record on the road is unbelievable and my gut is saying go with the Dogs, I just can't this week.
Tennessee 30 Georgia 27
Florida at LSU:
LSU will be getting a very angry Florida team in town, and I expect the Gators to play out of this world. The halftime adjustments will tell the story in this ball game, and I believe LSU will do what it takes. Glenn Dorsey, I believe I speak for us all when I say - can you please slam Tim Tebow's cocky butt into last week? And please CBS, no Tebow love fest like ESPN does talking about how "Special" it was for Tebow to be pumping up the crowd on the sideline. Wow. In all seriousness, this game should be outstanding, and I think a very close one.
LSU 31 Florida 28
Kentucky at USC:
We don't really know how good Kentucky's offense is since they haven't played a defense that has any sort of talent. They could be outstanding. We'll know after this week. Andre Woodson is very good, but still makes too many bonehead plays. If USC can get solid, consistent pressure on him, he'll struggle greatly. But Carolina could struggle without Jasper Brinkley, and the defense will look bad at times. I'm also worried about Chris Smelley trying to do too much this week. He'll see Woodson on the other side looking good at times, and he may try to answer. USC will need a healthy Cory Boyd and Mike Davis to control the clock and limit the touches Woodson can get. Another great special teams play wouldn't hurt either, and if the Gamecock defense can slow down their misdirection, they should be just fine. Look for Kentucky to strike early but for USC to answer. This one could be a classic
USC 41 Kentucky 35
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