Pete's Pigskin Prognostications

VandyMania's peerless picker went 8-0 last week, and is now 30-3-1 overall for 2004.

Disaster is looming for the peerless picker. Ten of the twelve SEC teams are playing conference games, and just like Wednesday on the old Mickey Mouse Club TV show, "It's anything-can-happen day!" Four of the five games have implications upon the national rankings. I just sent my crystal ball out to be polished.

Arkansas State at Ole Miss – The politically incorrect Indians of Arkansas State will try their luck against the SEC again, after losing to LSU 53-3 a few weeks ago. They should fare somewhat better against the Eli-less Rebels, but not that much. Ole Miss 35, Ark St. 10.

Ohio at Kentucky – Fortunately for the Cats, this is Ohio University, not The Ohio STATE University. Ohio will however, give the Big Blue a lot to consider in this game before falling, 27-21.

And now for the looming shipwreck(s)... it seems like all the teams I WANT to pick are visitors – and underdogs. How much is the home field worth?

South Carolina at Alabama – Alabama's aura of invincibility in Tuscaloosa is long gone. South Carolina is better than expected, the Tide worse. Regardless of the betting public, I like South Carolina, 17-13.

Arkansas at Florida – Both teams have lost the only big games they've played in this year. The only sure bet for this game is that one of them won't lose this big game. Home advantage for the Swamp. Florida 20, Arkansas 10.

LSU at Georgia – The Dawgs have seemingly been doing it with smoke and mirrors for the last several years. I don't see anything changing here. LSU is one of the most erratic teams I've ever seen, and Georgia should manage to keep the Bengals confused. It'll probably come down to a missed extra point, one way or the other. Georgia 28, LSU 27.

Auburn at Tennessee – It took a miracle for Auburn to beat LSU two weeks ago. None will be forthcoming this week in Knoxville. Tennessee 31, Auburn 24.

Mississippi State at Vanderbilt – As far as the historians on VandyMania can tell, this is the first time Vandy has ever been a double-digit favorite to beat a Southeastern Conference foe. BUT, Vandy's tendency in must-win games, especially when favored, is abysmal. I really think Vandy is better than the 0-3 record. Mississippi State is just bad. If Vandy were just a 3-4 point favorite, I'd go with MSU, but the betting public is rarely wrong when the spread gets to above a TD or so. Commodores 28, MSU 17.


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