Scott Feinstein picks the SEC

Wow! What a great week of football in the SEC this past weekend. A nice inspired win by LSU and a huge upset with Vanderbilt over Arkansas. What do we have in store for Week three? There are several very interesting match ups this weekend. Here are my best guesses!

Last Week : (5-2) vs. spread : (3-3) Yearly : (13-5) vs. spread : (8-7)

Alabama @ South Carolina (+2): South Carolina returns home to face Alabama this weekend. Alabama fell behind early as So. Miss scored 20 quick ones but prevailed in the end 30-21. By the way, if you didn't see it, the Bama WR (T Prothro) in this game made the catch of the year! I think they will need a few more of those grabs to get the win this week. Steve Spurrier has the Gamecocks playing pretty decent ball and QB Blake Mitchell has been impressive. I look for a tight battle with South Carolina pulling it off at the end. South Carolina 23 Alabama 20

Kentucky (+3) @ Indiana : These two team come in at a combined 3-1 with victories over power houses like Idaho St, Central Michigan and Nichols St. This is a match up of teams that just are not very good. Since they are both just about equally bad, it might be an interesting game to watch. Woodson will look to pad his impressive numbers against a weak Indiana D. Indiana struggled mightily with the run vs Nichols St while giving up OVER 400 yards rushing at the same time!! Last week I said UK would get their only win vs Idaho St. Well, things have changed and they pick up #2 here in a mild upset. Kentucky 42 Indiana 34

Miss St (-2) @ Tulane : This game will be played in Shreveport because of Hurricane Katrina. This will also be Tulane's first game of the year. Miss St already has played 2 games, going 1 - 1. Tulane was not even sure if they were going to play any games this year about 2 weeks ago. I look for them to come out rusty and Miss St will be much sharper simply due to the fact they have played two games already. Mississippi St 34 Tulane 20

Arkansas (+31) @ Southern Cal : Arkansas is coming off a major flop at home vs. Vanderbilt while USC enjoyed the week off last week. USC played and stomped Hawaii in Week 1, so basically they have not had any competition thus far. They did give up 17 points to Hawaii and let them control the ball in the 1st half. I look for Arkansas to come out motivated to provide their fans a better showing. That will not be enough however. This USC team is stacked and should steam roll to the BCS title game in 2006. I look for Arkansas to show up and give USC a game but falter in the end. Matt Leinhart will prove too much to stop. Southern Cal 41 Arkansas 24

Ball St (+37) @ Auburn: Auburn can relax this weekend, as the subs will get lots of reps vs. a bad Ball St team. The Ball St QBs (they have used 3 thus far) have been flat horrible in their first 2 games. Look for Auburn to keep them horrible. Iowa pounded this team in Week 1 by the score of 56-0. I look for the Tigers to roll it up in the 1st half and then call off the dogs and coast to the easy victory vs. Ball St. Auburn 42 Ball St 7

UL-Monroe @ Georgia (-38): Another ugly game on this week's docket. UL-Monroe comes in at 0-2, losing to Wyoming 38 - 0 and NW St 27 - 23. Georgia has played ULM twice in the past 9 years beating them 42 - 3 and 70 - 6. Ouch!! This week will be no different as Georgia pounds ULM in to the ground. Shockley will throw up big numbers in the 1st half and sit. Georgia 52 UL-Monroe 0

Tennessee (+6) @ Florida : This is the marquee match up in the SEC this weekend, if not the nation. These two teams always seem to play a very entertaining close game. I see this year being no different. The Vols are having QB issues and it looks like Rick Clausen will get the start. The home team in this series has only won once in the last 5 meetings. Florida will look to reverse that trend this weekend. This is Coach Urban Meyer's first look at Tennessee, but I am sure he is very prepared for this battle. Florida has not been tested in 2005 while Tennessee looked very sloppy in Week 1 vs. UAB. Tennessee has the week off last week to get extra prepared for the Gators. I look for this to be a tight ball game the whole way through and either team could win it. Just because I have to pick someone, I am going to take the Gators in this spot straight up, but take the Vols and the 6 points. Florida 24 Tennessee 20

Ole Miss @ Vanderbilt (-3): Vanderbilt comes in to this game at a surprising 2-0 while Ole Miss comes in off a Week 1 victory vs. Memphis. Vanderbilt looks to take sole possession of first place in the SEC East by defeating Ole Miss. The Ole Miss defense looked very good against Memphis, but it was hard to tell if that had a lot to do with the ineptness of Memphis or the Ole Miss D. I think it was a combination of both. These two teams always seem to play very exciting close games in recent history. The last six times these two teams have met, the game was decided by an average of less than 6 points. Ole Miss did come out on top in 5 of those games however. This is the year Vanderbilt finally gets over the Ole Miss hump and Jay Cutler proves all the pub is warranted. Vanderbilt wins in surprisingly easy fashion. Vanderbilt 34 Ole Miss 17

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