Here’s today’s conference slate:
- Alabama-Birmingham @ Tennessee, 12:00
- 1 Alabama @ 11 Arkansas, 3:30
- Kentucky @ 8 Florida, 7:00
- Georgia @ Mississippi State, 7:00
- Fresno State @ Mississippi, 7:30
- 15 South Carolina @ 14 Auburn, 7:45
- 21 West Virginia @ 12 Louisiana State, 9:15
First of all, who stacked up the times like that? Five overlapping games in the 7-10 PM time range? My satellite box is going to commit suicide – DVR only goes so far.
As for the non-conference games, I usually root for the SEC more than the specific team. I don’t expect Tennessee or LSU to disappoint, but that Ole Miss match up has me feeling a little queasy about the outcome.
I’ll be hoping for an Arkansas win simply because it will make last Saturday’s loss in Athens easier to swallow, but in reality I don’t see how the Hogs stay in this game. If Aaron Murray managed to scorch the Arkansas secondary despite six sacks and no A.J. Green, how are they going to stop a much more consistent Alabama passing attack?
A Gator loss is always an enjoyable event. I just don’t think it’s a likely one today. From a tactical standpoint, it probably doesn’t matter much to Georgia which school wins, since the Dawgs still have to play both. If Florida is destined to win, let’s just hope it’s ugly.
Georgia needs an Auburn win tonight, which is why I expect the Tigers will lose. Seriously, South Carolina matches up very well with Auburn, and Spurrier isn’t going to make the same dumb mistake the Clemson coaching staff did by giving 10+ carries to a back not named Lattimore. I think for Auburn to win, the Tigers are going to have to throw the ball successfully. I’m still skeptical that Newton is ready to carry his team in that fashion, although, again, I hope I’m wrong.