Professor’s Picks Week 11

2009 Record

Overall: 108-43
Last Week: 12-5

Comment: The SEC made for easy pickings last week (8-0) with few close matchups, but in national games a 4-5 record calls for extra study hall.

Best Pick: Stanford has been a professor’s pet all year and the Cardinal pulled off the predicted upset of red-hot Oregon.

Worst Pick: Notre Dame let the old prof down by falling to the Naval Academy.

Here is a fast-break version of this week’s SEC and national picks.


SEC Picks

Tennessee (5-4, 2-3) at Ole Miss (6-3, 2-3)
11 a.m. CT CBS Sports
Hollingsworth Field/Vaught-Hemingway Stadium (60,580)
Comment: Vols cannot shake off the arrest of three freshmen, and Ole Miss is on the way to a bowl berth.
Professor’s Pick: Ole Miss

Kentucky (5-4, 1-4) at Vanderbilt (2-8, 0-6)
11:21 a.m. CT SEC Network / / ESPN GamePlan
Vanderbilt Stadium (39,773)
Comment: Commodores just trying to get to finish line … home field helps, but not enough.
Professor’s Pick: Kentucky

Florida (9-0, 7-0) at South Carolina (6-4, 3-4)
3:30 p.m. ET CBS Sports
Williams-Brice Stadium (80,250)
Comment: Gators continue quest for unbeaten season, but the Gamecocks could present problems. Florida sneaks by close.
Professor’s Pick: Florida

Alabama (9-0, 6-0) at Mississippi State (4-5, 2-3)
6 p.m. CT ESPN
Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field (55,082)
Comment: The Bullies are much improved this season, but should not be able to stem the Tide.
Professor’s Pick: Alabama

Auburn (7-3, 3-3) at Georgia (5-4, 3-3)
7 p.m. ET ESPN2
Sanford Stadium (92,746)
Comment: South’s oldest rivalry may be a high scoring affair as the offenses are pretty good and the defenses … well, they are not. Dogs – barely.
Professor’s Pick: Georgia

Louisiana Tech (3-6) at LSU (7-2, 4-2)
6 p.m. CT ESPNU
Tiger Stadium (92,400)
Comment: Upset alert for Bengal Tigers after tough loss in Tuscaloosa. LSU wins, but it might get a little crazy.
Professor’s Pick: LSU

Troy (7-2) at Arkansas (5-4, 2-4)
6:30 p.m. CT CSS / / ESPN GamePlan
Reynolds Razorback Stadium (72,000)
Comment: Pretty nice matchup of potent SEC and Sun Belt offenses … of course there’s quite a difference in those two leagues.
Professor’s Pick: Arkansas

Selected National Picks

Penn at Harvard … venerable Ivy League championship on the line in matchup of teams unbeaten in conference. Professor’s Pick: Penn

Idaho at Boise State … Pat Forde of ESPN calls it the Spud State Super Bowl; can the Vandals (what a great nickname) bust the Broncs? Professor’s Pick: Boise State

Kansas State at Missouri … Wildcats try to hold serve on road against Tigers. If K-State and Nebraska win, Big 12 North title will be on line the following week. Professor’s Pick: Missouri

Georgia Tech at Duke … Jackets can claim Coastal Division by beating Blue Devils. Professor’s Pick: Georgia Tech

Arizona at Cal … Mike Stoops is quietly positioning the Wildcats to play for the PAC-10 title against Oregon, but UA must get past Cal first. Professor’s Pick: Arizona

Notre Dame at Pitt … another checkpoint Charlie for the Irish; another loss probably means ND will be looking for a coach. Panthers are very much in contention for Big East BCS berth. Professor’s Pick: Notre Dame

Cincinnati at West Virginia … Big East continues to offer pretty good fare. Bearcats are poised for possible BCS title game if Texas or the SEC schools falter. Professor’s Pick (Friday Special Picked Earlier): Cincy

Utah at TCU … ESPN Game Day crew makes visit to Fort Worth as the Horned Frogs try to leap the last serious obstacle to a BCS bowl. Professor’s Pick: TCU

Stanford at USC … Cardinal knocked off Oregon last week, can they end SC conference hopes this Saturday? Professor’s Pick: USC

Iowa at Ohio State … winner gets the Big Ten BCS bowl berth: a trip to Pasadena and the Rose Bowl. Professor’s Pick: Ohio State

See you at kickoff!

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