Season Record: 88-31
Last Week’s Record: 10-1
Welcome back to The Campus Game and Week 10 of the 2010 college football season.
Each week, predictions for all SEC games and a selected number of national games will be posted here.
Comment: A nice rebound propels professor to the fifty games over .500 mark for the first time this season. Elimination games in the SEC West and the Mountain West highlight this week’s action.
Best Pick: As predicted, the Georgia Bulldogs were better than Florida everywhere except under the helmet and on the scoreboard (and perhaps under the headsets too).
Worst Pick: Failed to recognize Texas was struggling enough to lose in Austin vs. Baylor … but this news should warm Longhorn hearts (and wallets).
Here are this week’s SEC picks and national picks of interest.
Note: XM and Sirius channels are listed after time and television.
Florida (5-3, 3-3) at Vanderbilt (2-6, 1-4)
11:21 a.m. CT SEC Network 199 (VU) 220 (VU)
Nashville, Tenn. • Vanderbilt Stadium (39,773)
Professor’s Pick: Gators still control destiny in a somewhat ugly SEC East race. Vanderbilt plays tough enough to make it competitive, but probably cannot win. Watch as Florida continues transition to up-tempo spread attack using two (or three) quarterbacks.
Professor’s Pick: Florida
Idaho State (1-7) at Georgia (4-5, 3-4)
12:30 p.m. ET WSB-TV Atlanta 200 (UGA) 219 (UGA)
Athens, Ga. • Sanford Stadium (92,746)
Comment: Georgia needs two more wins to reach an even record for the season. With Auburn and Georgia Tech still on deck, a late season gimme against the 1-7 Bengals suits Bulldogs needs well.
Professor’s Pick: Georgia
Charleston Southern (2-6) at Kentucky (4-5, 1-5)
12:30 p.m. ET BBSN 201 (UK) 218 (UK)
Lexington, Ky. • Commonwealth Stadium (67,942)
Comment: Wildcats are really struggling defensively during a 1-5 stretch. Rival games with Vandy and Tennessee are on the horizon, so – like Georgia above – Big Blue gets reasonably easy win.
Professor’s Pick: Kentucky
Chattanooga (5-3) at Auburn (9-0, 6-0)
1 p.m. CT Auburn PPV 198 (AU) 217 (AU)
Auburn, Alabama • Jordan-Hare Stadium (87,451)
Comment: Feel some empathy for Auburn fans. Enjoying their first stellar season since the 2004 team went unbeaten and uninvited to the BCS championship, now Tiger fans must fret over the Cam Newton for hire stories. As Gene Chizik said (over and over) … “Cam Newton is eligible.” That’s good enough.
Professor’s Pick: Auburn
Alabama (7-1, 4-1) at LSU (7-1, 4-1)
2:30 p.m. CT CBS Sports 143/122 (UA) 201/218 (LSU)
Baton Rouge, La. • Tiger Stadium (92,400)
Comment: Alabama starts a potential drive for another national title this week with a visit to the Bayou. Should the Tide handle #10 LSU, #20 Mississippi State, #2 Auburn, and either South Carolina or Florida in the SEC title game … consider the Tide Glendale-bound – regardless what anybody else does. Bama is certainly capable of running the table, but the Tide does not look like the “team-for-the-ages” many of us thought them to be earlier this year. LSU maintains an outside shot at an SEC (and even national) title berth. The Tigers have to handle the Crimson Tide then hope Auburn loses to Georgia and Bama. LSU is dangerous because they have a good defense and good athletes on offense, but I just do not see them stemming the Tide.
Professor’s Pick: Alabama
Louisiana-Lafayette (2-6) at Ole Miss (3-5, 1-4)
6 p.m. CT ESPNU 200 (UM) 219 (UM)
Oxford, Miss. • Vaught-Hemingway Stadium (60,580)
Comment: Ole Miss has quietly struggled through the nation’s toughest three-game stretch (losing to Alabama, Arkansas, and Auburn in succession) and get a reprieve against the Ragin Cajuns (losers of four straight themselves). Expect the Rebels to run up big point totals in this one.
Professor’s Pick: Ole Miss
Arkansas (6-2, 3-2) at South Carolina (6-2, 4-2)
7 p.m. ET ESPN 141/121 (UA) 199/200 (USC)
Columbia, S.C. • Williams-Brice Stadium (80,250)
Comment: While this is a big game for both programs from a bowl positioning perspective, it really means nothing in either SEC divisional race. Arkansas has already been eliminated in the West, but the Razorbacks are seeking a New Year’s (or later) bowl game – maybe the Cotton? For Carolina, the East race will be decided next week regardless what happens against the Hogs. Should be entertaining and high-scoring, but home field goes to Gamecocks.
Professor’s Pick: South Carolina
Tennessee (2-6, 0-5) at Memphis (1-7)
8 p.m. ET CBS College 198 (UT) 217 (UT)
Memphis, Tenn. • Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium (61,000)
Comment: New Vol coach Derek Dooley has caught few breaks in his first season, but playing at Memphis when the Tigers are woeful rates as one. Big Orange nation does not take losing to in-state rivals lightly … no need to worry about that in this game.
Professor’s Pick: Tennessee
OPEN: Mississippi State (7-2, 3-2)
(all games Eastern)
NC State at Clemson (12:00 ESPN3) … The Wolfpack is in great shape to make an ACC title run, but needs to get past speedy Clemson on the road. Not sure they can. Professor’s Pick: Clemson
Washington at Oregon (3:30 ABC/ESPN2) … Ducks have looked unstoppable this season; that has been the case in past years too. They should stay unbeaten. Professor’s Pick: Oregon
TCU at Utah (3:30 CBSCS) … Battle of unbeaten BCS busters. Winner stays in chase for a BCS bowl (neither will make the championship game). The Utes are tough on both sides of the ball, and let’s go with them in a slight upset. Professor’s Pick: Utah
Arizona at Stanford (8:00 ABC) … a really nice PAC-10 pairing between once-beaten squads. They’ve had shootouts in the recent past and this one should follow a similar script. A slight edge to the Cardinal. Professor’s Pick: Stanford
See you at kickoff!