Scott Feinstein picks the SEC

Another week gone by and with the exception of Vanderbilt, no real surprises. Week 3 featured a Vanderbilt team going 3 - 0, a Steve Spurrier coached SEC team going 0-2 in league play and Arkansas giving up a cool 70 to Southern Cal. Tennessee vs. LSU is the only marquee match up in week 4. Here is what I foresee:

Last Week : (6 - 2) vs. spread : (3 - 5)

Yearly : (19-7) vs. spread : (11-12)

Arkansas (+16) @ Alabama : Arkansas is coming off a complete thrashing at USC that they were on the wrong end of while Bama comes off a surprisingly easy victory in South Carolina. Brodie Croyle has put up modest numbers and looks to feast on a defense that has been torched in the last two weeks by Matt Leinart and Jay Cutler. Arkansas is just looking for anything to go right. The fans in Fayetteville are going "Nutts". I think this game will be much closer than the Vegas guys are projecting and wouldn't be surprised if the Hogs pulled off the upset. I like the Hogs and the points, but a Bama win. Alabama 27 Arkansas 23 Western Kentucky @ Auburn (NL): Auburn finishes up their scrimmage portion of the schedule this week vs. 1-AA Western Kentucky. Auburn wins big in a snoozer. Auburn 52 WKU 6

Florida (-23) @ Kentucky: Wow!! Right when I try and give Kentucky some credit last week they go out and lay a big fat egg vs Indiana. Kentucky didn't reach 200 total yards against a team that gave up 500 the week prior to Nichols St. Of those 200 yards, 79 of them came on 1 play. Indiana ran for 300 yards vs. UK as well. Florida will look to get the run game in gear. I expect to see lots of hand offs by Chris Leake and not many passes. DeShawn Wynn will have a career day. Florida will control the clock, run at will and smash the Wildcats. I learned my lesson last week with UK. Florida 38 Kentucky 10

Wyoming @ Ole Miss (-2): Ole Miss suffered 3 huge losses last week. First they lost the game to Vanderbilt, and even more damaging perhaps they have lost QB Michael Spurlock and stud LB Patrick Willis. This is a huge blow to the Rebels. Backup QB Robert Lane look decent in his limited time in the Vandy game. Wyoming is coming off back-to-back wins including a 1-point thriller vs. Air Force. This will be the 2nd SEC team Wyoming has played in 2005. The first being a 32 - 14 loss to the Florida Gators. I look for Ole Miss to play determined without their star players and pull off the victory because of their home field. Ole Miss 27 Wyoming 20

Troy (+21) @ South Carolina: The Gamecocks are looking to hit the field soon after getting clocked by Alabama. You know Steve Spurrier is not real happy. Fact is though, he just doesn't have very much to work with. The old ball coach might be able to get USC to a bowl nonetheless. If that is to happen, a win this week is a must. Look for Troy to hang for a while and cover the spread, but SC will get the victory. South Carolina 26 Troy 13

Georgia @ Miss St (+15): Georgia struggled at home in their only SEC game thus far, narrowly beating USC 17 - 15. Miss St on the other hand had their offense disappear in their lone SEC game, falling 28 - 0 at Auburn. The two teams surprisingly have not met since 1997. I look for a low scoring defensive battle with the Bulldogs winning the game. (I don't guess I can get away with that since I am posting my record....haha). Ok ok, the Bulldogs of Georgia will win!! Georgia 24 Miss St 13

Tennessee (+7) @ LSU: Who knows what to think of Tennessee so far. They have looked terrible. Usually just when you think the Vols are down and out, they rise back up however. Who knows who will start at QB for UT. Will it be Clausen or Ainge?? That whole scenario is getting tired, and I'm sure the Vol fans would like Fulmer just pick one and go with him. LSU finally returns home after the whole Katrina mess. The crowd will be electric and will be just enough to push LSU to a win in this match up. LSU gave up bundles of yards, especially via the pass vs. Arizona St. They will have to score some points against a very tough Vol defense to win this game. I would not be surprised to see Tennessee win this game, but with the emotional edge and home crowd I have to give it to LSU. Hopefully the newest hurricane will spare the people down there. LSU 16 Tennessee 13

Richmond @ Vanderbilt (NL): Vanderbilt welcomes the Spiders to town. Vanderbilt will coast in this game and continue to be the story of the SEC by moving to 4-0. The starters should be able to take off in the 2nd half and the backups can get some excellent playing time. The Spiders get exterminated in a bad way. Vanderbilt 48 Richmond 7

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