Professor’s Picks Week 8

2009 Record
Overall: 74-31
Last Week: 10-4

Comment: 10-4 good buddy is a phrase those of a certain age will surely recognize, and it was also last week’s record. We now move toward the holiday season still hoping to get together a convoy of victories.

Best Pick: Georgia Tech whipped Virginia Tech as predicted, and the Jackets could be on the cusp of an 11-1 regular season.

Worst Pick: (Tie) Wisconsin could not pull out the win over unbeaten Iowa, and Nebraska laid an egg on behalf of the Big 12 North against Texas Tech.

Here are this week’s SEC picks and national games of interest.


SEC Picks

Arkansas (3-3, 1-3) at Ole Miss (4-2, 1-2)
SEC Network 11:21 AM CT
Hollingsworth Field/Vaught-Hemingway Stadium (60,580)
Comment: While the Hogs have earned praise for leading the conference in passing and playing Florida tough on the road last week, Ole Miss has been catching some heat for not living up to preseason expectations. I have a feeling the Rebels will pull this one out.
Professor’s Pick: Ole Miss

Tennessee (3-3, 1-2) at Alabama (7-0, 4-0)
CBS 2:30 p.m. CT
Bryant-Denny Stadium (92,012)
Comment: Volunteers come to T-Town fresh from both a week off and the first big win of Lane Kiffin’s career (45-19 thumping of Georgia two weeks ago). Now that all the national media seemed to have climbed aboard the Bama bandwagon, I’ll become more skeptical (my sense is that the Tide offense may have peaked already). Still, this should be another chance for Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer to give em … well, Tide fans know the rest of it.
Professor’s Pick: Alabama

Louisiana Monroe (3-2) at Kentucky (3-3, 1-3)
FS South 7 p.m. ET
C.M. Newton Field/Commonwealth Stadium (67,942)
Comment: With win over Auburn, UK Wildcats suddenly look bowl worthy – even without their starting QB. Warkhawks of ULM can throw it around a bit, but Big Blue too tough.
Professor’s Pick: Kentucky

Vanderbilt (2-5, 0-4) at South Carolina (5-2, 2-2)
ESPNU 7 p.m. ET
Williams-Brice Stadium (80,250)
Comment: Two pretty good defenses playing against two sporadic, if not mediocre, offenses project to a low scoring game alongside the Cockaboose Railroad. SC a little better on both sides.
Professor’s Pick: South Carolina

Auburn (5-2, 2-2) at LSU (5-1, 3-1)
ESPN2 6:30 p.m. CT
Tiger Stadium (92,400)
Comment: These two squads tend to play close and wacky games. If the Bengal Tigers woeful offense (11th in scoring and 12th in total offense in SEC) is ever going to get better, the Auburn defense might provide the tonic (11th vs the run). Watch for a big dose of the LSU running backs … but most people have been expecting that all season. The team that can block the other wins. Slight edge to boys from the bayou.
Professor’s Pick: LSU

Florida (6-0, 4-0) at Mississippi State (3-4, 1-2)
ESPN 6:30 p.m. CT
Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field (55,082)
Comment: Much has been made concerning State coach Dan Mullen’s knowledge of Florida’s calls and system (since he helped implement the offense as Gator coordinator), but one thing he cannot do is switch players. Just as a hunch tells me Alabama might have peaked for a while, another says the Gators start to growl a little louder this week.
Professor’s Pick: Florida

OPEN: Georgia (4-3, 3-2)

Selected National Picks

Oklahoma at Kansas … both teams trying to recover from big losses. Professor’s Pick: Oklahoma

Clemson at Miami … Tigers a major obstacle to Canes title hopes. Professor’s Pick: Miami

South Florida at Pitt … Panthers try to stay atop Big East race. Professor’s Pick: Pitt

Boston College at Notre Dame … do all Irish games go to last-play? ND breaks long losing streak to Eagles. Professor’s Pick: Notre Dame

Penn State at Michigan … two of college football’s flagship programs. Professor’s Pick: Penn State

Oregon State at USC … Beavers ended SC title dreams last season; not this time. Professor’s Pick: USC

Texas at Missouri … Longhorns must avoid post-Oklahoma letdown. Close, but they do. Professor’s Pick: Texas

TCU at BYU … winner tries to woo BCS bowls. TCU dream season ends. Professor’s Pick: BYU

Iowa at Michigan State … does Iowa’s dream season end in East Lansing? No. Professor’s Pick: Iowa

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