Professor’s Picks Week 11
2011 Overall Record: 90-23
Last Week’s Record: 11-4
AROUND THE SEC
GAMES OF SATURDAY, NOV. 12, 2011
Florida (5-4, 3-4 SEC) at South Carolina (7-2, 5-2 SEC)
12 p.m. ET • CBS Sports
Columbia, S.C. • Williams-Brice Stadium (80,250)
Series Record: UF leads, 23-5-3 • Last Meeting: Nov. 13, 2010 at Gainesville (USC, 36-14)
Comment: SC can wrap up the SEC East with a win and a Georgia loss to Auburn. Florida beat a pretty good Vandy team last week, and may be rounding into at least some semblance of an offense. Go with the Gators in an upset.
Professor’s Pick: Florida
Kentucky (4-5, 1-4 SEC) at Vanderbilt (4-5, 1-5 SEC)
11:21 a.m. CT • SEC Network / ESPN3.com
Nashville, Tenn. • Vanderbilt Stadium (39,773)
Series Record: UK leads, 40-38-4 • Last Meeting: Nov. 13, 2010 at Lexington (UK, 38-20)
Comment: Two teams struggling for bowl eligibility, but Vanderbilt has looked good since Jordan Rodgers took control at QB. Dores move within a win of going bowling.
Professor’s Pick: Vanderbilt
Auburn (6-3, 4-2 SEC) at Georgia (7-2, 5-1 SEC)
3:30 p.m. ET • CBS Sports
Athens, Ga. • Sanford Stadium (92,746)
Series Record: AU leads, 54-52-8 • Last Meeting: Nov. 13, 2010 at Auburn (AU, 49-31)
Comment: Like South Carolina, Georgia can wrap up the SEC East today. The Dogs need to beat Auburn and get help from nemesis Flordida. Tigers had two weeks to prepare for this one and the road team historically plays well. I’m just not sold on this Georgia team although their 7-game winning streak under pressure grows more impressive each week.
Professor’s Pick: Auburn
Tennessee (4-5, 0-5 SEC) at Arkansas (8-1, 4-1 SEC)
5 p.m. CT • ESPN2
Fayetteville, Ark. • Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium (72,000)
Series Record: UT leads, 13-3 • Last Meeting: Nov. 10, 2007 at Knoxville (UT, 34-13)
Comment: My neighbor will miss his first Volunteer game in twenty-two years Saturday night when he doesn’t make the trip to Fayetteville. His home streak still stretches past the thirty-year mark, but hate to see it end. Might be a good one to miss though.
Professor’s Pick: Arkansas
Western Kentucky (5-4) at LSU (9-0, 6-0 SEC)
6 p.m. CT • ESPNU
Baton Rouge, La. • Tiger Stadium (92,542)
Series Record: First Meeting
Comment: LSU will suffer a letdown after handling Alabama in the game of the year last Saturday night. Will it be enough to derail their championship drive? Don’t think so.
Professor’s Pick: LSU
Louisiana Tech (5-4) at Ole Miss (2-7, 0-6 SEC)
6:30 p.m. CT • CSS / ESPN3.com
Oxford, Miss. • Vaught-Hemingway Stadium / Hollingsworth Field (60,580)
Series Record: UM leads, 8-1 • Last Meeting: Oct. 6, 2007 at Oxford (UM, 24-0)
Comment: LA Tech took Miss State Bulldog to overtime, so the Bulldogs stand a good chance to beat the rudderless Rebels. Houston Nutt is gone at the end of the year so he’d like to get a win before attention will turn to his successor.
Professor’s Pick: Ole Miss
Alabama (8-1, 5-1 SEC) at Mississippi State (5-4, 1-4 SEC)
6:45 p.m. CT • ESPN
Starkville, Miss. • Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field (55,082)
Series Record: UA leads, 73-18-3 • Last Meeting: Nov. 13, 2010 at Tuscaloosa (UA, 30-10)
Comment: Many expect Bama to blow out the Bullies after Tide championship hopes took a big hit last week. I’m not so sure they’ll have that much fire, but let’s give them the solid pick.
Professor’s Pick: Alabama
AROUND THE NATION
12:00 PM ET No. 2 Oklahoma State at Texas Tech … Cowboys must lasso the Red Raiders to keep championship hopes alive. Professor’s Pick: OK State
12:00 PM ET No. 19 Nebraska at No. 12 Penn State … I’m not sure how the Lions regain focus after the tumultuous week in Happy Valley. Maybe the game will serve as a release for them. Professor’s Pick: PSU
12:00 PM ET No. 17 Michigan State at Iowa … winner jumps to front of the pack in the jumbled Legends Division. Professor’s Pick: MSU
12:00 PM ET West Virginia at No. 23 Cincinnati … West Virginia must win to keep any Big East title hopes alive, while Bearcats remain impressive (and under the radar) with no conference losses. Professor’s Pick: WVU
12:00 PM ET Pittsburgh at Louisville … Louisville tries to stay within a game of Cincy in the standings (or move into a tie if the Cats lose). Professor’s Pick: Pitt
3:30 PM ET TCU at No. 5 Boise State … Broncos need another win to keep BCS title shot alive (if it is). Professor’s Pick: Boise
3:30 PM ET Texas A&M at No. 14 Kansas State … I believe A&M will continue to expose the Wildcats. Professor’s Pick: A&M
8:00 PM ET No. 7 Oregon at No. 4 Stanford … Stanford will leap Bama with a win, but the Ducks will be a tough out. Professor’s Pick: Oregon
See you at kickoff!