South Carolina (3-0) vs. AUBURN (3-0)
South Carolina and Steve Spurrier bring the best team he’s fielded in Columbia to the Plains to face an Auburn team that has been as lucky as it has been good this season against early competition. Auburn’s offense - it’s all Cam Newton so far and seems limited by what the coaches are willing to let him do. The Tigers defense is improved but it's not improved enough to overcome the lack of rhythm or consistency on offense. And that, boys and girls, is going to cost Auburn. South Carolina has a punishing defense and if Auburn stumbles early, it will open the door for their offense. Keeping Stephen Garcia from the defensive line push and opening holes for Marcus Lattimore will be the keys to the game and the Gamecocks are good enough to find daylight in the night Auburn sky.
South Carolina 28, Auburn 23
Alabama(3-0) vs. ARKANSAS (3-0)
Well if any team has played like it wants to challenge Alabama for the SEC West lead it’s Arkansas. There are a number of things we want to examine with this one. It would be hard to pick between McElroy or Mallett for who's the best quarterback as both play very well in the respective systems. The problem here is Alabama's offense vs. Arkansas's defense. While improved, the Hogs haven't seen anything like this attack this season and the Crimson Tide's ability to mix the run and pass from various points is going to wear on the opposition. It may be close early but expect Alabama to pull away late and win this one convincingly.
Alabama 31, Arkansas 20
Last week's record: 6-2 Overall record: 24-4