Kentucky 24, Georgia 21
#23 Arkansas vs. Ole Miss
This is simple. Ole Miss's best chance is for Arkansas to still be thinking about last week's game against Auburn. Otherwise, in spite of the defensive issues the Razorbacks have, Arkansas has plenty of advantages over the Rebel Black Bears. Bobby Petrino is not going to let his team wilt, so you can throw that out the window. Will Ryan Mallett play or will backup Tyler Wilson play? It doesn't really matter because Ole Miss will not be able to stop the passing attack. Some will say the feet of Jeremiah Masoli will give Arkansas problems the way Cam Newton did last week. Jeremiah Masoli is no Cam Newton and Ole Miss is no Auburn. The Hogs get well and win big Saturday.
Arkansas 34, Ole Miss 13
Tennessee vs. #8 Alabama
Alabama's offense is in a dark tunnel and the only way out is a week off to get well and fix problems. The defense, while talented, is young and trying to play through injuries in their own right. These aren't excuses; they are explanations for the Crimson Tide's rather dismal play the last two weeks. Alabama was hurting the same way this time last year and Tennessee was one blocked field goal away from pulling off a huge upset.
Tennessee is a scrappy team. (Forget the Georgia game, as Tennessee was emotionally spent following the LSU loss.) The Volunteers would like nothing more than to notch a "signature win" in Derek Dooley's first season at Rocky Top against arch rival Alabama, but they don't really have the horses to do it.
It will be close for the entire game for the above-mentioned reasons, but, in the end, talent wins over desire.
Alabama 13, Tennessee 10
#4 Auburn vs. #6 LSU
There will be mounds and mounds of hyperbole about this one leading to its afternoon kickoff. LSU's stellar defense vs. Cam Newton and Auburn's seemingly unstoppable offense. LSU's paltry offense vs. Auburn's donut defense (you know, the one with the big hole in it). Les Miles' chicanery vs. Gene Chizik's stoic confidence. The storylines are endless.