That said, here are this week s SEC picks:
ALABAMA AT MISSISSIPPI STATE: With LSU and Auburn next on the schedule, unbeaten Alabama is sure to be looking past the hapless Bulldogs. That could keep this game close. Bama 24, Mississippi State 14
SOUTH CAROLINA AT ARKANSAS: South Carolina has a poor run defense. Arkansas has a great run offense. That should make for an interesting afternoon. South Carolina 27, Arkansas 24
AUBURN AT KENTUCKY: The Wildcats had their one highlight for the year last weekend, beating Mississippi State. They can go back to being inept now. Auburn 34, Kentucky 17
APPALACHIAN STATE AT LSU: The Tigers beat North Texas 56-3 last weekend, and this mismatch should prove similarly spellbinding. Zzzzzzzzz. LSU 49, Appy State 7
TENNESSEE AT NOTRE DAME: How long can John Chavis' defensive troops carry the load without buckling under the strain? Notre Dame 24, Tennessee 17
ALABAMA AT MISSISSIPPI STATE: Talk about domination; Alabama is 70-16-3 in 89 meetings against Mississippi State. The 90th meeting in this series will a traditional thumping by the Crimson Tide which will go into next week's showdown against LSU at 9-0. Alabama 28, Mississippi State 10.
SOUTH CAROLINA AT ARKANSAS: The Gamecocks are flying high after their upset of Tennessee last week, but the Razorbacks are hungry for an SEC win and have the ground game to get it. Arkansas freshman Darren McFadden is an exciting, big-play back who is just coming into his own as a rookie. He should have a big day against a suspect S.C. run defense. Arkansas 27, South Carolina 21.
AUBURN AT KENTUCKY: Auburn hasn't been beaten by Kentucky in their last 14 meetings, a winning streak that dates back to 1966. That same year there was a Texan in the White House and an unpopular war overseas. Some things never change. Auburn 42, Kentucky 17.
VANDERBILT AT FLORIDA: Since 1998, Vanderbilt is 1-10 in November road games. Since 1994, the Dores are 0-11 against the Gators. Look for those prevailing trends to continue Saturday in Gainesville. Florida 34, Vandy 13.
APPALACHIAN STATE AT LSU: The Tigers get a breather before traveling to Tuscaloosa next week, while Appy State gets a big check and an up-close look at the hurricane-ravaged gulf coast. Everybody comes away with something from the experience, but there can be only one winner. LSU 49, Appalachian State 6.
TENNESSEE AT NOTRE DAME: This is an unlikely who, where and when for the Vols to pull the upset, but it's certainly not out of the question. There's no doubt UT has a talented collection of individuals on offense and you never know what might be the catalyst for this much maligned unit to finally come together. For sure, it's the last real chance for the Vols to save some pride and earn respect from the masses. But will that be enough for Tennessee to shake up the polls? My guess is no, but it should be at least be interesting and entertaining. Notre Dame 24, Tennessee 20.