Not much got settled the first week. With the exception of Mississippi, the favored teams won, but some by not nearly the margin expected. Interpreting the results of the suspension games is always dicey. I mean, really, what conclusions can we draw from games like UTK's 50-0 pasting of UTM? We've got some BIG early games this year, none bigger than

LAST WEEK (10-2)-----OVERALL (10-2)

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Penn State @ Alabama – I hate to miss this game, but it's on opposite LSU-VU. That should really hurt the TV ratings. The Tide is #1 and I won't pick against them until they demonstrate a weakness. If Ingram doesn't play, it could make the difference, but I don't think it makes enough difference to cause a Tide loss. ‘Bama 24 – Joe Pa 17.

Louisiana-Monroe @ Arkansas – Money game for LAM. Pigs 42 – LAM 10.

Auburn @ Mississippi State – I expect a traditional slobber-knocker of a game here. Low-scoring, knock your head off football. Tigers 10 – MSU 7.

South Florida @ Florida – Don't be fooled by the sputtering of the Florida offense last week. They have talent in abundance, and will demonstrate it this week against South Florida. Gators 35 0 USF 17.

Georgia @ South Carolina – Georgia has too many question marks on and off the field. The Gamecocks seem to have finally found a quarterback (well, really the same one as last year, but markedly improved). SC 24 - UGA 21.

Western Kentucky @ Kentucky – Money game for WKU. Cats 36 – WKU 10.

Ole Miss @ Tulane – Mississippi turned a rout into a loss last week. Even continuing the terrible play of the last half will not be enough to produce a win for the Greenies. Mississippi 30 – Tulane 10.

Oregon @ Tennessee – What happens to a duck that flies upside down? It quacks up. Nothing to worry about on that score this Saturday. The Vols are too young and inexperienced to upend the Ducks. Oregon 27 – Vols 17.

LSU @ Vanderbilt – Vandy once again takes the early lead in the moral victory category. The offense mustered over 400 yards, which is way more that they got last year against any of the quality teams they faced. As usual, fundamental mistakes doomed the Commodores, and I expect more of the same against the Bengal Tigers. LSU 31 –VU 20. Top Stories