Season Record: 64-22
Last Week’s Record: 8-4
Welcome back to The Campus Game and a Cliff’s Notes version of Professor’s Picks for Week 7 of the 2010 season (professor was on fall break sabbatical – “Around College Football” will return next week).
Each week, predictions for all SEC games and a selected number of national games will be posted here.
Comment: Last week featured the upset call of the season, but otherwise a mediocre effort heading into the midterm. This Saturday includes a big SEC matchup on the Plains, a “Red Out” in Lincoln, and an old-fashioned Big Ten classic between the Badgers and Buckeyes.
Best Pick: Is Kirk Herbstreit reading The Campus Game before making his weekly picks? Well, he picked South Carolina two days after professor’s picks made the call didn’t he?
Worst Pick: A tossup between underestimating FSU (easy win over Miami) or Michigan State (thumping of Michigan).
Here are this week’s SEC picks and national picks of interest.
Note: XM and Sirius channels are listed after time and television.
Vanderbilt (2-3, 1-1) at Georgia (2-4, 1-3)
12:21 p.m. ET SEC Network 200 (UGA) 220 (UGA)
Athens, Ga. • Sanford Stadium (92,746)
Comment: Dogs often streaky under Mark Richt and could get on a bit of a roll with win over Vandy.
Professor’s Pick: Georgia
Arkansas (4-1, 1-1) at Auburn (6-0, 3-0)
2:30 p.m. CT CBS Sports 143/122 (AU); 198/215 (UK)
Auburn, Ala. • Jordan-Hare Stadium (87,451)
Comment: Arkansas typically plays Auburn well. Winner stays in good shape for division race (and perhaps a bigger prize). Have not picked Auburn accurately very often this season, but will go with Petrino’s Pigs.
Professor’s Pick: Arkansas
South Carolina (4-1, 2-1) at Kentucky (3-3, 0-3)
6 p.m. ET ESPN2
Lexington, Ky. • Commonwealth Stadium (67,942)
Comment: It would be like SC to lose this week after upsetting top-ranked Alabama last Saturday, but I think the Gamecocks are beyond that point. Barely.
Professor’s Pick: South Carolina
McNeese State (2-3) at LSU (6-0, 4-0)
6 p.m. CT FSN 200/220 (LSU)
Baton Rouge, La. • Tiger Stadium (92,400)
Comment: Surely the Bayou Bengals will not find a way to make this one exciting?
Professor’s Pick: LSU
Mississippi State (4-2, 1-2) at Florida (4-2, 2-2)
7 p.m. ET ESPNU 199 (UF) 219 (UF)
Gainesville, Fla. • Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (88,548)
Comment: State head coach Dan Mullen makes his homecoming to Gainesville (where I believe the Gators still miss him … although they miss Tebow more). Bullies have been on a nice run, but tough to see Gators losing three in a row.
Professor’s Pick: Florida
Ole Miss (3-2, 1-1) at Alabama (5-1, 2-1)
8 p.m. CT ESPN2 201 (UA) 216 (UA)
Tuscaloosa, Ala. • Bryant-Denny Stadium (101,821)
Comment: Ole Miss has rebounded a bit after a disastrous start … but this is not a good week to be facing the Crimson Tide.
Professor’s Pick: Alabama
OPEN: Tennessee (2-4, 0-3)
(all times Eastern)
Boston College at Florida State (12:00 ESPN) … Seminoles look like class of ACC at midterm. Professor’s Pick: FSU
Texas at Nebraska (3:30 ABC/ESPN) … Mack Brown has never lost three in a row at Texas, but that will likely change in Lincoln. The Huskers have been pointing to this one since the extra second was put back on in last season’s Big 12 title game. Professor’s Pick: Nebraska
Iowa at Michigan (3:30 ABC/ESPN) … Professor’s intiution says Iowa is still the best team in the Big Ten. The Hawkeyes can begin proving it by handling the high-scoring Wolverines. Professor’s Pick: Iowa
BYU at TCU (4:00 Versus) … Horned Frogs are forgotten BCS busters this year, but they cannot overlook a decent Cougar crew. Professor’s Pick: TCU
Ohio State at Wisconsin (7:00 ESPN) … Visited Camp Randall and the UW campus last May and was underwhelmed (too much construction!). I imagine the Bucks will not be overly impressed either. Professor’s Pick: Ohio State
See you at kickoff!