We have almost a full slate of conference games this week. Thanks a lot, Mississippi State. UAB? On the road!?! For the year, I'm 26-16 on picks, which puts me right around 62%. Let's see if that improves this week.
Florida (4-1, 2-1) @ LSU (5-0, 2-0)
Florida limps into this game after suffering a beatdown last weekend that took quarterback John Brantley out of the lineup this week with a high ankle sprain. As if LSU wasn't already licking their chops, that defense now gets a shot at a new, inexperienced quarterback. The story of note here is what role reinstated QB Jordan Jefferson will play in the Tigers game plan. He told the media that he wants to start and is working for that, which let's us all know the competition has reopened in spite of a 5-0 start.
Jarrett Lee's completion percentage has been dropping sharply, but one wonders if Les Miles messing with the formula is a good thing or not. As for this game, it would have been tough for Florida anyway, but without the starting QB, the chances of winning are even more slim.
Pick: LSU 26, Florida 13
Vanderbilt (3-1, 0-1) @ Alabama (5-0, 2-0)
Alabama's second team could play and they'd still win by double digits. The only possible advantage Vanderbilt could gain is if Alabama tried to air it out and the Commmodores had a chance to pick a few off. Even then, they wouldn't be able to score on offense. Also, Alabama doesn't throw the ball much. They don't need to right now. Spare me the whole "Vandy always plays us close" business, 'Bama fan. Start being impressed with this team.
Pick: Alabama 34, Vanderbilt 0
Georgia (3-2, 2-1) @ Tennessee (3-1, 0-1)
Oddly enough, Georgia is now in the driver's seat for the SEC East race with the aforementioned injuries to Florida and the South Carolina implosion&mash;more on that later. Tennessee's rather one dimensional approach to offense hasn't been a bad thing so far but their defense is a mess. I expect this to be a shootout between two of the better quarterbacks in the league (Aaron Murray at UGA, and Tyler Bray at UT). In the end, Murray has a running game to go along with the passing threat and a less bad defense than Bray's Volunteers.
Pick: Georgia 38, Tennessee 34