Professor’s Picks Week

Professor’s Picks
Week 12

2011 Overall Record: 99-29
Last Week’s Record: 9-6 (ouch!)

Around the SEC

Kentucky (4-6, 1-5 SEC) at Georgia (8-2, 6-1 SEC)
12:21 p.m. ET • SEC Network /
Athens, Ga. • Sanford Stadium (92,746)
Series Record: UGA leads, 50-12-2 • Last Meeting: Oct. 23, 2010 at Lexington (UGA, 44-31)
Comment: Georgia can wrap up the SEC East and a trip to Atlanta with a win. Bulldogs grab 9th straight victory.
Professor’s Pick: Georgia

The Citadel (4-6) at South Carolina (8-2, 6-2 SEC)
12 p.m. ET • South Carolina PPV
Columbia, S.C. • Williams-Brice Stadium (80,250)
Series Record: USC leads, 39-7-3 • Last Meeting: Oct. 20, 1990 at Columbia (CIT, 38-35)
Comment: Most of the eyeballs in Columbia will be scoreboard watching and pulling for Kentucky, but Gamecocks still stifle Citadel.
Professor’s Pick: SC

Samford (6-4) at Auburn (6-4, 4-3 SEC)
12 p.m. CT • Auburn PPV
Auburn, Ala. • Jordan-Hare Stadium (87,451)
Series Record: AU leads, 25-0-1 • Last Meeting: Sept. 11, 1993 at Auburn (AU, 35-7)
Comment: Auburn tries to improve bowl options with easy win over Samford.
Professor’s Pick: Auburn

Furman (6-4) at Florida (5-5, 3-5 SEC)
1 p.m. ET • Florida PPV
Gainesville, Fla. • Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field (88,548)
Series Record: UF leads, 6-2 • Last Meeting: Sept. 22, 1990 at Gainesville (UF, 27-3)
Comment: UF continues SEC vs. Southern Conference weekend. Everybody is tuning up for next week’s rivalry games.
Professor’s Pick: Florida

Georgia Southern (9-1) at Alabama (9-1, 6-1 SEC)
1 p.m. CT • Alabama PPV
Tuscaloosa, Ala. • Bryant-Denny Stadium (101,82)
Series Record: First Meeting
Comment: BCS hopes are revived in Tuscaloosa but the Tide must handle the GSU option (in yet another SEC-Southern Conference showdown).
Professor’s Pick: Alabama

Mississippi State (5-5, 1-5 SEC) at Arkansas (9-1, 5-1 SEC)
2:30 p.m. CT • CBS Sports
Little Rock, Ark. • War Memorial Stadium (53,955)
Series Record: UA leads, 14-6-1 • Last Meeting: Nov. 20, 2010 at Starkville (UA, 38-31, 2 OT)
Comment: The SEC’s top game of the weekend sees the Razorbacks still harboring BCS title hopes. The Bullies will be no pushover, and an upset is not out of the question. Hogs – barely.
Professor’s Pick: Arkansas

LSU (10-0, 6-0 SEC) at Ole Miss (2-8, 0-6 SEC)
6 p.m. CT • ESPN
Oxford, Miss. • Vaught-Hemingway Stadium / Hollingsworth Field (60,580)
Series Record: LSU leads, 56-39-4 • Last Meeting: Nov. 20, 2010 at Baton Rouge (LSU, 43-36)
Comment: Just a couple of games left in the Houston Nutt era at Ole Miss. If he keeps suspending players there may not be enough left to finish the year. Bengal Tigers cannot look too far ahead.
Professor’s Pick: LSU

Vanderbilt (5-5, 2-5 SEC) at Tennessee (4-6, 0-6 SEC)
7 p.m. ET • ESPNU
Knoxville, Tenn. • Neyland Stadium / Shields-Watkins Field (102,455)
Series Record: UT leads, 72-27-5 • Last Meeting: Nov. 20, 2010 at Nashville (UT, 24-10)
Comment: Everybody is picking Vandy to come into Neyland Stadium and wear out the Vols. Well, almost everybody.
Professor’s Pick: Tennessee

Around the Nation

12:00 PM ET No. 16 Nebraska at No. 18 Michigan … Huskers visit the Big House in a meeting of two storied rivals. Professor’s Pick: Nebraska

3:30 PM ET Southern Methodist at No. 11 Houston … Cougars try to bust into the BCS bowls with a win over the Ponies. Hope the scoreboard has plenty of power. Professor’s Pick: Houston

3:30 PM ET No. 21 Penn State at Ohio State … OK winner gets to hire Urban Meyer? Penn State sure needs some good news, and maybe they’ll get some at the Shoe. Professor’s Pick: PSU

3:30 PM ET Miami (FL) at South Florida … were I on the hiring committee at Penn State, one phone call would be made. It would be to Al Golden. He’s the perfect choice for the Nittany Lions. However, I think he loses today. Professor’s Pick: USF

7:30 PM ET Virginia at No. 25 Florida State … Cavs try and keep ACC title hopes alive. No. Professor’s Pick: FSU

8:00 PM ET USC at No. 4 Oregon … Give Lane Kiffin credit (as much as it hurts to type that) because he has the Trojans playing about as well as anybody. Ducks are probably a bit too fast. Professor’s Pick: Oregon

8:00 PM ET No. 5 Oklahoma at No. 22 Baylor … Baylor has never beaten OK and the Bears fall again Saturday night. Professor’s Pick: OK

8:00 PM ET No. 13 Kansas State at No. 23 Texas … Longhorns tame Wildcats and improve bowl standing (Cotton anyone?). Professor’s Pick: Texas

See you at kickoff!

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