Florida vs. Tennessee
The fire for this one has brewed since Lane Kiffin’s hiring when he taunted the Vols nation with wins over Florida and then wrongly accused Urban Meyer’s Gators of cheating. Florida has sleepwalked through the two cupcakes they played so far (though Troy did show up for a quarter). Meanwhile, Tennessee blew away a tune up and then were dumped for the second year in a row by UCLA as the Vols offense completely imploded at home. The line on this game is ridiculously high (over 25 at the time of this report) as most think this one will get ugly fast and often. Tim Tebow hasn’t been sharp early on and against the Tennessee defense, he’ll face an actual test. The Florida defense is way more than anything Tennessee has on offense. Florida 34, Tennessee 0. This game is televised on CBS at 3:30 p.m. ET.
Vanderbilt vs. Mississippi State
Both teams come in looking to rebound from tough losses last week (MSU went down to Auburn and Vandy lost to LSU) where both showed signs of promise for the future. Neither of these teams are world-beaters, but excel at playing the spoiler role for their opponents often playing much closer than expected and sometimes winning outright. For this year, the Commodores should win this game as they are a little further along than the Bulldogs. Should be a fun one to watch. Vanderbilt 20, MSU 14. This game is televised on FSN at 7:00 p.m. ET.
Arkansas vs. Georgia
The Bulldogs held on last week to defeat South Carolina and are still trying to figure out how to fix their numerous problems on both sides of the ball. Arkansas cruised through the first game and had a bye week to get ready for Georgia. Giving Bobby Petrino two weeks to prepare on offense is a recipe for disaster the Bulldogs simply won’t have an answer for. Arkansas 27, Georgia 17. This game is televised on ESPN at 7:45 p.m. ET.
Out of Conference Schedule
Alabama vs. North Texas
North Texas coach Todd Dodge once coached Alabama QB Greg McElroy, who already set a record for consecutive completions in a game. Dodge will wish he still had McElroy. The Crimson Tide will splatter North Texas as the final tune up before heading into conference play. Alabama 34, North Texas 10. This game is televised on the ERT/SEC Network at 12:21 pm ET.
Kentucky vs. Louisville
Louisville is still a mess. Kentucky is actually pretty salty on defense. The boys in blue walk in this one as Steve Kragthorpe works one game closer to unemployment. Kentucky 27, Louisville 10. This game is televised on ESPNU at 12:00 noon ET.
Ole Miss vs. Southeastern Louisiana
Ole Miss, as inept as they played against Memphis at times, is still way better than this team. Ole Miss 35, Southeastern La. 3. This game is actually televised on CSS at 6:30 p.m. ET.
LSU vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
LSU lines up for what is becoming a laughable affair with an in-state Sun Belt team. The Tigers need to work out the kinks if they are going to compete in the SEC and this is a week to do so. LSU 34, La. Lafayette 13. This game is televised on ESPNU at 6:00 p.m. ET.
Auburn vs. West Virginia
The Tigers offensive resurgence has generated plenty of excitement on the Plains. The first real test of the season comes in the form of West Virginia, a team that has found a solid passing game to go with the run in spite of replacing four offensive linemen and do-everything quarterback Pat White. The Tigers defense is a good starting group, but lack of depth and experience could come back to haunt them in a shoot-out. This one will more than likely turn into a score-fest as both offenses will find ways to exploit the defenses. Give the edge to West Virginia with more proven wide receivers and special teams performers. West Virginia 35, Auburn 31. This game is televised on ESPN2 at 6:45 p.m. ET.
South Carolina vs. Florida Atlantic
South Carolina has struggled in the first two games, but should have enough talent (on defense at least) to take care of the Owls of FAU. This one will probably be closer than it should be, but the Gamecocks depth will be the difference. South Carolina 24, FAU 14. This game is available on pay per view.