Last Week: 9-4
Comment: Another just above average week brought the professor to the midterm with about a B average.
Best Pick: The Auburn bandwagon was almost full, so avoiding it and siding with Arkansas worked out fine. Runner-up: Stanford gained quite a bit of attention, but Oregon State handled them at home.
Worst Pick: Even in preseason the Georgia-Tennessee seemed a tough one for the Dogs … so why did I pick them? Runner-up: Michigan battled Iowa but fell just short of the upset.
Here are this week’s SEC picks and national games of interest.
(All Times Eastern)
Georgia at Vanderbilt (SEC Network 12:21): Dogs are struggling mightily, but the Vandy offense might cure Georgia D woes. Professor’s Pick: Georgia
Mississippi State at Middle Tennessee (ESPNU 12:30): Blue Raiders have already knocked off Maryland this season, so it may be very close. Professor’s Pick: Miss State
Arkansas at Florida (CBS 3:30): Razorbacks have plenty of firepower to test Gators great defense, but will not be this year’s Ole Miss. Professor’s Pick: Florida
UAB at Ole Miss (FSN 7:00): Blazers should provide nice midterm break to beleagured Rebels. Professor’s Pick: Ole Miss
Kentucky at Auburn (ESPNU 7:30): Kentucky was plucky against South Carolina last week, but struggled when QB Mike Hartline went out. Auburn should recover from Arkansas loss and move to 6-1. Professor’s Pick: Auburn
South Carolina at Alabama (ESPN 7:45): Two premier coaches square off and do not be surprised if SC gives Bama a tussle because the old head ball coach has quietly gotten the Gamecocks into Top 25. Still, Tide should keep season-ending dream game vs Florida alive another week. Professor’s Pick: Alabama
Open: LSU; Tennessee
Selected National Picks
Boise State at Tulsa (Thursday) … Golden Hurricane could douse Bronco’s BCS busting efforts. Professor’s Pick: Boise State
Pitt at Rutgers (Friday) … Scarlet Knights cannot afford another Big East conference loss. Professor’s Pick: Rutgers
Texas Tech at Nebraska … Huskers defense gets chance to prove itself against terrific passing attack of the Red Raiders. Red Raider win would not surprise but will go with Big Red. Professor’s Pick: Nebraska
Iowa at Wisconsin … Will Hawkeyes unblemished record get scratched up in Madison? Yes. Professor’s Pick: Wisconsin
Cincinnati at South Florida (Thursday) … winner will be favorite to win Big East BCS bid. A terrific game between two unbeatens. Professor’s Pick: Cincy
Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech … Since preseason, the Yellow Jackets have been my choice to win ACC (and as darkhorse national title contender). They prove their mettle against tough Hokies. Professor’s Pick: Georgia Tech
Oklahoma vs. Texas at Dallas … Longhorns ride shotgun in the national title chase, in great position to challenge SEC champ. Think Sooner fans would like to spoil that potential title run? I want to pick the upset, but cannot pull the trigger against Bevo and Colt. Professor’s Pick: Texas
USC at Notre Dame … Irish have chance to prove whether they belong among Top 25 against greatest rival. Jimmy Clausen and the ND offense can throw it around the field – if they have enough time. Last year the Trojan defensive front dominated. At start of season, I picked Irish to go 10-2 with losses to Michigan and Southern Cal. I’ll stick with that. Professor’s Pick: USC