Here are this weekend's fearless forecasts:
ALABAMA AT OLE MISS: Bama's off week came at a perfect time, following a big win over Florida and preceding the annual hate fest against Tennessee. Otherwise this road game vs. Ole Miss would be a greater challenge. The Tide may still be looking ahead but not so far ahead to stumble on the Rebels. Alabama 33, Ole Miss 17.
AUBURN AT ARKANSAS: Another tip of the hat to the schedule maker for giving the rebuilding Tigers five straight home games followed by an open week before their first road test of the season. This one won't be easy as the underdog has a history of playing tough in this series. However the Tigers should have enough to prevail against an Arkansas team that is still struggling to find its confidence. Auburn 24, Arkansas 21.
FLORIDA AT LSU: Urban Meyer found his first true SEC road test (Tuscaloosa) to be a rugged one. Now he takes his Gators to Baton Rouge looking to keep pace with the surging Georgia Bulldogs. The Tigers secondary is vulnerable and Florida has the players to exploit it. The home team hasn't done well in this series, but I expect LSU to redeem itself in only its second game of the season before the home folks. LSU 30, Florida 27.
GEORGIA AT VANDERBILT: The Dawgs could come out flat this week, but not so flat to slide under the Dores. Vanderbilt has lost 19 of its last 20 against SEC East Division opponents and the Dores are taking on the best of the East beasts on Saturday. Georgia 38, Vandy 16.
ALABAMA AT OLE MISS: The Tide (5-0) should be rested and motivated after cracking the top 25 and sitting out an open date. The Rebels will provide a test at home but not a serious test. Bama 27, Ole Miss 10
AUBURN AT ARKANSAS: The Tigers have played awfully well since a season-opening loss to Georgia Tech. In fact, they may be playing as well as anyone in the league. Auburn 27, Arkansas 17
FLORIDA AT LSU: The Gators beat Tennessee and Tennessee beat LSU but I think those were two flukes. Chris Leak could have a big day against a shaky Tiger secondary, though. LSU 31, Florida 24
GEORGIA AT VANDERBILT: After starting 4-0, the Commodores have lost two in a row. Kentucky (Nov. 12 in Nashville) probably will be the only game they win the rest of the way. Georgia 38, Vandy 14