Mike and Jay's College Picks

Here are Mike and Jay's college picks for this week.

Wyoming @ Tennessee MO: Normally, any Tennessee game prediction would be littered with jokes poking fun at Phil Fulmer for various reasons, but this week, after the announcement that he will not be coaching the Volunteers after this season, I thought it would be nice to lay off Phil just for one week. So, it's a good thing Tennessee has such a high-quality opponent this week. Oh… it's Wyoming. Hey, they started 2-1; that's good, right? Oh, then they lost six straight. Hmmmm. I'm gonna have to go with Tennessee here, for obvious reasons. Don't worry – the Fulmer jokes will be back in full force next week! Tennessee by 13. Tennessee-Martin @ Auburn JW: Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Can Vanderbilt officially take credit for Auburn's tailspin this year? I'd like to think so. Since losing in Nashville, Auburn has lost three more, to Arkansas, West Virginia, and Ole Miss, the most recent game being a 17-7 loss in Oxford. For some reason, I don't think Auburn fans are much looking forward to the Iron Bowl this year, although there's always that fleeting hope they could play spoiler to the number one team in the country. Either way, the Tigers' matchup against lowly OVC member UT-Martin is their last best hope for a win, since only Bama and Georgia remain. Looking at UT-M's schedule, it's readily apparent that the Skyhawks score a lot, but also give up a lot of points. Unfortunately for Auburn, their offense isn't exactly a juggernaut right now. Fortunately for Auburn, this is UT-freaking-Martin. It won't be pretty, but it'll be a win. And that's all that matters, right? ....right? Tigers by 14. Arkansas @ South Carolina MO: South Carolina is quietly having a good season, and quiet is not normally a word you associate with any Steve Spurrier team. They're 6-3, with their only losses coming against teams who have been ranked in the Top 13 at some point this season (Georgia, LSU, and Vanderbilt). Arkansas, on the other hand, is not doing so well under Bobby Petrino (and Hog fans have to be seething at the relative success Ole Miss is having under Houston Nutt). That said, they're playing better as of late, evidenced by the last week's win over previously-unbeaten Tulsa. But it won't be enough this week. Spurrier needs a good game to maintain momentum going into the Swamp next week, and they'll get it, even though we haven't really seen any consistent QB play this season, yet another oddity for Spurrier. Gamecocks by 23. Georgia @ Kentucky JW: So, were the Gators just *that* good, or was Georgia just a tad bit overrated? I'm afraid to say, I think it was a little of both. Yikes. Luckily for the Dawgs, Kentucky looked even WORSE against Florida. However, don't count the Wildcats out just yet. They started strong, albeit against some weak teams, and put up a pretty good fight to Alabama. Their latest wins against Arkansas and Mississippi State have been squeakers, but they could still surprise someone. However, that 63-5 score in Gainesville shows that when a potent offense is matched up against the Wildcat defense, things could get ugly. I expect Matt Stafford and Knowshon Moreno to have a field day this weekend. It might start out close, and UK might even go to the locker room at the half with a small lead, but watch Georgia regroup and rattle off some unanswered points en route to a comfortable victory. After last weeks debacle, Georgia has something to prove, and the Wildcats seem more than happy to accommodate. Bulldogs by 17. Alabama @ LSU MO: The marquee match-up in the SEC this week runs through the bayou yet again. With Texas' heart-breaking loss last week (:01 away from still being undefeated? Really?), Alabama assumes the #1 spot in the nation, and deservedly so. LSU, however, is hungry for a big win, as their only win against a ranked team this season came early against Auburn, who is now 4-5. In fact (and I can't believe I'm about to write this), LSU needs this win to remain ahead of Ole Miss in the SEC West. LSU has a good team this season, but Alabama's been on fire since the season opened, and I don't see that changing this week. The Rebels will back into a tie for second in the SEC West as LSU loses yet again to a ranked team, and Alabama solidifies its spot as the #1 team in the country. Tide by 20. Florida @ Vanderbilt JW: Florida beat Georgia by 39 points. Georgia beat Vanderbilt by 10 points. Ergo, Florida will win by 49, right? Luckily, this is college football, and that just isn't going to happen. Sure, I'm not exactly what you would call "optimistic" about this game. However, I fully expect the Commodores to scare the bejeezus out of Florida. We usually play the Gators tight no matter how bad we are or how good they are, and this year we're a pretty good team (when we decide to play like one). Sure, we've had our setbacks recently (ok, that's an understatement), but with the bye week and Florida perhaps being overconfident, I see this being a pretty good game. Our defense will do their job, as they have all year, so it's up to our offense to produce something. But will they? Florida's defense held the potent Georgia offense to 10 points. Our offense obviously isn't nearly as potent at Georgia's, but I really hope Ted Cain decides to throw the kitchen sink at Florida. If he does, and we get some solid special teams play and a few bounces to go our way, look for it to be a nail-biter down to the wire. My heart really wants me to pick my beloved Commodores to pull off the stunning upset, but I'm going to have to side with my mind here and say that while we'll put up a good fight, it won't be enough. Florida is simply the better team. I still expect a good game, much like our game against Georgia, but the final result will be the same. Gators (sigh) by 10.

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