FOOTBALL: Predictions anyone?

No Ole Miss game, but a couple of interesting SEC matchups this week.

South Carolina at Kentucky

Defense has been the Wildcats’ problem for years. Though Glenn Coffee ran wild, Alabama still managed just two touchdowns, one of them by the defense.

I’m wondering also if the South Carolina quarterback job is really settled, or if Chris Smelley just had a good day against the Ole Miss secondary.

I like Kentucky at home

UK 17, SC 14

Tennessee at Georgia

This is the University of Georgia. There will be no “Northern” or “Eastern” splashed across the jerseys like there were last week when Tennessee struggled past Northern Illinois in Knoxville.

Georgia didn’t have the national champ look when it was throttled by Alabama in Athens two weeks ago, but I think two weeks to remember that loss and get ready for the Vols puts the Bulldogs over the hump.

An interesting side item here. Tennessee was the last team to beat Georgia last season. The Bulldogs closed with seven straight wins and were one of the better teams in the nation at season’s end.

Georgia 27, Tennessee 21

LSU at Florida

Jarrett Lee has done OK for LSU at quarterback and has a big-game atmosphere under his belt with the win at Auburn.

Florida’s Tim Tebow hasn’t looked as crisp as he did last year. Wide receiver Percy Harvin will play but did miss two practices with a sprained ankle earlier this week. He may not be at full strength, and an ankle is a big deal with a player cuts and dashes like Harvin.

This one has the added drama of misunderstood LSU tackle Ricky Jean-Francois, who said the Tigers’ defense hoped for a “take out” shot against Tebow. He later recanted and said his comments were misinterpreted.

It’s always the media’s fault.

LSU 27, Florida 24

— PA


28 Responses to “FOOTBALL: Predictions anyone?”

  1. Jay Stokes Says:

    hey PA…..take no offense to this question…just curious.

    i’ve noticed that when you make predictions, the winning team is never favored by more than one score. is there a strategy you use when predicting these scores, or do you just kind of eyeball the game like i do?

    oh, and by the way….

    Ole Miss……56
    Bye Week……0

  2. Jimmy Barbee Says:

    Rebels 31 Tide 28

    Miss State 17 Vandy 14

    Gators 28 LSU 24

  3. Raleighrebel Says:

    S Carolina 21 Kentucky 20

    Georgia 31 Tennessee 10

    LSU 38 Florida 24

  4. Raleighrebel Says:

    Vandy 17

    MS State 3

  5. djrebel Says:

    Jay, I just lean conservative in most things I do. Hard for me to pick a blowout. There’s no strategy to it. I typically go with favorites and/or home teams. The stats can give you an idea, but sometimes they lie to you.

    I’ll tell you this, though. Our Pigskin Picks item at the Journal is one of the most widely read things we do. I get feedback from that all the time, and there are no geniuses on that panel.

    Jimmy, I see you’re staying with Nutt in the big games. I think you predicted Florida.

    Speaking of which …
    We had our poster that hit it right on the money, missed PAT and all.

    Come on back fella and give us the Bama-Ole Miss outcome for next week so we can all have time to change.

    — PA

  6. VA Reb Says:

    Kentucky 27 South Carolina 24

    Georgia 38 Tennesse 10

    Florida 31 LSU 28

    Vandy 24 MSU 10

  7. bigdraws Says:

    VA I don’t know if Kentucky can score that many points based on what I saw last Saturday.

  8. Jimmy Barbee Says:

    PA, Ole Miss has got the potential. They should now be undefeated. Their only loses were self inflicted. Coach O left behind some very good talent.

  9. Jimmy Barbee Says:

    The Rebels have beaten Tide at Tuscaloosa. So its not a 100% chance that they will lose over there.

  10. m4rebs Says:

    The Wind 18
    Ole Miss 17 – 26 MPH the difference at the end
    (I had to pick against us, I’m the only one that does every week, why change, ya know?)

    USC 20
    UK 13

    UGA 34
    UT 13

    UF 20
    LSU 17

    Vandy 17
    Miss St. 13

  11. m4rebs Says:

    Ole Miss has NEVER won in Tuscaloosa. We’ve one once in Birmingham out of the 9 wins we have in the series. We lose over here even when we win. Reference 1998 and 2006.

  12. djrebel Says:

    Yo Matt, Rebels 22-12 in Tuscaloosa in 1988 according to the Ole Miss media guide. Homecoming I believe. I have great faith in your Ole Miss knowledge, and you had me second-guessing so I checked it out.

    — PA

  13. Jimmy Barbee Says:

    The Rebs beat them 10-7 1976

  14. Jimmy Barbee Says:

    1976 was a “Bear Team”.

  15. m4rebs Says:

    Birmingham, both of them.

  16. m4rebs Says:

    Up until 2003, Alabama played just as many home games at Legion Field as they did Bryant-Denny. Same reasons why we played in Jackson and Liberty Bowl Stadium. You old guys were raised on playing at non-campus stadiums. C’mon guys.

  17. m4rebs Says:

    I lied, the 1976 game that was won by Ole Miss 10-7 was in Jackson. Sorry to let ya’ll down.

  18. m4rebs Says:

    Lied again, sorry PA, you were right, the 88 game was in T-town. We’ve never beaten them in Birmingham. Again, my apologies; now I sound like the pompus butt that someone claimed. Here is the series summary and location against the Tide according to Alabama Media Guide:
    at Tuscaloosa: 21-1
    at Birmingham: 7-0-1
    at Montgomery: 2-0
    at Mobile: 1-0
    at Oxford: 5-3
    at Jackson: 6-4-1
    at Columbus: 1-0
    at Greenville: 0-1
    at New Orleans: 1-0

  19. m4rebs Says:

    Maybe we should play them in Greenville next year.

  20. m4rebs Says:

    Wake doesn’t look like the same team we played a month ago. Seems their offense is struggling. They also opened up the game with a little Wildcat formation. That stuff is spreading; high school, college, nfl….the sky’s the limit, if you don’t fumble. 🙂

  21. Jimmy Barbee Says:

    Nah! Bring them down here to Niceville. One of the old Ole Miss QB from here. Bobby Garner. Anyway thanks M4.

  22. m4rebs Says:

    Sorry I’m a butt guys. Sometimes I let my alligator mouth overload my mockingbird rear.

  23. djrebel Says:

    Timing is everything Matt. What if Sam Swank had been hurt against Ole Miss? Rebels might have survived.

    — PA

  24. RoastBeef1 Says:

    Why wouldn’t people pick Ole Miss? If they lose, they were just being supportive. If they win, they look like a genious. It’s always a win-win.

    As for this week, I’ll take SC by a td, UF by 3, UGA by 21, and the State will pull the upset against Vandy 10-7.

  25. bigdraws Says:

    If Bama plays like they did last weekend you guys will beat em. The Om offense will not struggle to score as did kentucky.

  26. djrebel Says:

    If Bama is going to lose it will be to Ole Miss or State, less likely Ole Miss since they’ll watch the Florida tape. Bama will get up for the big games and muddle through the ones they consider not as big.

    — PA

  27. bigdraws Says:

    I hope you’re right. I’ll be in Tuscaloosa for the State game. Yeah, I’m that dumb.

  28. mobilereb Says:

    USC – 23
    UK – 10

    UGA – 31
    UT – 9

    UF – 31
    LSU – 21

    Vandy – 21
    State – 13

    Arkansas – 14
    Auburn – 10

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