Season Record: 56-18
Last Week’s Record: 11-2
Welcome back to The Campus Game and Week 6 of Professor’s Picks for the 2010 season.
Each week, predictions for all SEC games and a selected number of national games will be posted here.
Comment: A solid week as we hunker down and head toward the midterm. This Saturday offers a great Big Ten battle, and an old ball coach trying to roll back the top-ranked Tide.
Best Pick: As much as my red and black blood disliked it, Colorado brought the Bulldogs to heel as predicted. No conference misses last week.
Worst Pick: Wisconsin seemed stronger that Michigan State, but the Spartans stayed unbeaten with a big home win over the Badgers.
Here are this week’s SEC picks and national picks of interest.
Note: XM and Sirius channels are listed after time and television.
Tennessee (2-3, 0-2) at Georgia (1-4, 0-3)
12:21 p.m. ET SEC Network 200 (UGA) 219 (UGA)
Athens, Ga. • Sanford Stadium (92,746)
Comment: Cannot really remember an uglier matchup between these two traditional southern powers. Right now tradition is about all either has to hold them up. Tennessee deserved to beat LSU, and Georgia should have beaten Colorado. Woulda, shoulda, coulda. Vols play harder; Dogs have more talent and are at home. Someone slip Barbara Dooley a sedative before this unusual homecoming.
Professor’s Pick: Georgia
Arkansas (3-1, 1-1) vs. Texas A&M (3-1)
2:30 p.m. CT ABC Sports 201 (UA) 218 (UA)
Arlington, Texas • Cowboys Stadium (80,000)
Comment: Arkansas had a bye week to try and wipe off the stains from their fourth-quarter gag against Alabama. A&M gave up 38 to an Oklahoma State team that is not as good as the Hogs. Expect scoring in the Jerry Dome, but don’t expect Arkansas to lose many more games this season.
Professor’s Pick: Arkansas
Alabama (5-0, 2-0) at South Carolina (3-1, 1-1)
3:30 p.m. ET CBS Sports 143/122 (UA); 199/220 (USC)
Columbia, S.C. • Williams-Brice Stadium (80,250)
Comment: Most prognosticators and fans predicted Arkansas and LSU to be the big road tests for the Crimson Tide, but this is the game that would concern me if I was a Bama backer. Steve Spurrier and SC had a week to prepare (sound familiar Tide fans? – seems everybody gets the week off before they play you). The head ball coach figures to have a good plan of attack, but whether QB Stephen Garcia can implement it to Spurrier’s liking may be an issue. Carolina has enough speed and talent on defense to at least keep the Tide offense from steamrolling them, and enough moxie (and big receivers) on offense to score a few points. What the heck, the boys from Bama have to lose a conference game sometime – don’t they?
Professor’s Pick: South Carolina
Eastern Michigan (0-5) at Vanderbilt (1-3, 1-1)
6 p.m. CT ESPNU 200 (VU) 219 (VU)
Nashville, Tenn. • Vanderbilt Stadium (39,773)
Comment: The most telling aspect of this game is that it is being televised nationally. That lets us know something about the SEC TV contract. Vandy gets closer to .500.
Professor’s Pick: Vanderbilt
LSU (5-0, 3-0) at Florida (4-1, 2-1)
7:30 p.m. ET ESPN 143/122 (LSU); 199/220 (UF)
Gainesville, Fla. • Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (88,548)
Comment: LSU is the most-maligned undefeated team in the nation, and lucky Les Miles must keep a string of rabbits feet tied to a horseshoe inside the sack of four leaf clovers he hides under his hat. That last 30 seconds against Tennessee was award-winning funny (except for people in Baton Rouge and on Rocky Top). The Gators feel a little melancholy themselves after suffering the business end of a beatdown from Bama. Let’s say Gators keep it close til last minute then make sure only 11 players are on the field.
Professor’s Pick: Florida
Auburn (5-0, 2-0) at Kentucky (3-2, 0-2)
7:30 p.m. ET ESPN2 201 (UK) 218 (UK)
Lexington, Ky. • Commonwealth Stadium (67,942)
Comment: Earlier in the season, Kentucky would have gotten much attention as a spoiler in this game, but the Wildcat defense has gone AWOL (giving up 48 to Florida and 42 to Ole Miss the past two games). Auburn’s offense can score with anybody so if the Cats spring an upset it will likely be a high-scoring affair. I’ve been wrong on Auburn several times this season and may jinx them with this pick.
Professor’s Pick: Auburn
Mississippi State (3-2, 1-2) at Houston (3-1)
7 p.m. CT CBS College Sports 198 (MSU) 212 (MSU)
Houston, Texas • Robertson Stadium (32,000)
Comment: If you can find time, this should be a fun game to watch because of the contrasting offenses. Houston runs a spread passing attack, and State runs a spread option game. Both are effective. It’s a shame Cougar QB Case Keenum hurt his knee … that makes a difference in this call.
Professor’s Pick: State
OPEN: Ole Miss (3-2, 1-1)
(all times Eastern)
Michigan State at Michigan (3:30 ABC) … the winner of this Big Ten battle of unbeatens becomes #1 challenger to Ohio State in the conference. Have ridden Rich Rod and Shoelace bandwagon all season and will not climb off now. Professor’s Pick: Michigan
Pitt at Notre Dame (3:30 NBC) … if the Irish get past Pitt, their schedule softens enough that they might make a run at 7 or 8 wins. Panthers really struggling on offense, but usually play ND well. Professor’s Pick: Notre Dame
Oregon State at Arizona (6:00 Versus) … after losing to both the big-time BCS busters (TCU and Boise), State should do us all a favor and be sure to lose to Arizona too. Wildcats are under radar in tough PAC-10. Professor’s Pick: Arizona
Florida State at Miami (8:00 ABC) … channel Chris Farley for a moment … remember when these teams used to play for national titles … remember when the rosters could stock an NFL franchise … remember when Deion, and Ray Lewis, and Warrick Dunn, and Michael Irvin, and Bobby Bowden, and Jimmy Johnson were on the field. That was cool. Professor’s Pick: Miami
USC at Stanford (8:00 ABC) … Lane Kiffin got the first taste of something he might soon have to get used to in Trojan land – defeat. Make it two losses in a row for Southern Cal against a physical Cardinal team. Professor’s Pick: Stanford
See you at kickoff!