Last Week: 9-4
Comment: Another just above average week brought the professor to the midterm with about a B average.
Best Pick: The Auburn bandwagon was almost full, so avoiding it and siding with Arkansas worked out fine. Runner-up: Stanford gained quite a bit of attention, but Oregon State handled them at home.
Worst Pick: Even in preseason the Georgia-Tennessee seemed a tough one for the Dogs ... so why did I pick them? Runner-up: Michigan battled Iowa but fell just short of the upset.
Here are this week's SEC picks and national games of interest.
(All Times Eastern)
Georgia at Vanderbilt (SEC Network 12:21): Dogs are struggling mightily, but the Vandy offense might cure Georgia D woes. Professor's Pick: Georgia
Mississippi State at Middle Tennessee (ESPNU 12:30): Blue Raiders have already knocked off Maryland this season, so it may be very close. Professor's Pick: Miss State
Arkansas at Florida (CBS 3:30): Razorbacks have plenty of firepower to test Gators great defense, but will not be this year's Ole Miss. Professor's Pick: Florida
UAB at Ole Miss (FSN 7:00): Blazers should provide nice midterm break to beleagured Rebels. Professor's Pick: Ole Miss
Kentucky at Auburn (ESPNU 7:30): Kentucky was plucky against South Carolina last week, but struggled when QB Mike Hartline went out. Auburn should recover from Arkansas loss and move to 6-1. Professor's Pick: Auburn
South Carolina at Alabama (ESPN 7:45): Two premier coaches square off and do not be surprised if SC gives Bama a tussle because the old head ball coach has quietly gotten the Gamecocks into Top 25. Still, Tide should keep season-ending dream game vs Florida alive another week. Professor's Pick: Alabama
Open: LSU; Tennessee
Selected National Picks
Boise State at Tulsa (Thursday) ... Golden Hurricane could douse Bronco's BCS busting efforts. Professor's Pick: Boise State
Pitt at Rutgers (Friday) ... Scarlet Knights cannot afford another Big East conference loss. Professor's Pick: Rutgers
Texas Tech at Nebraska ... Huskers defense gets chance to prove itself against terrific passing attack of the Red Raiders. Red Raider win would not surprise but will go with Big Red. Professor's Pick: Nebraska
Iowa at Wisconsin ... Will Hawkeyes unblemished record get scratched up in Madison? Yes. Professor's Pick: Wisconsin
Cincinnati at South Florida (Thursday) ... winner will be favorite to win Big East BCS bid. A terrific game between two unbeatens. Professor's Pick: Cincy
Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech ... Since preseason, the Yellow Jackets have been my choice to win ACC (and as darkhorse national title contender). They prove their mettle against tough Hokies. Professor's Pick: Georgia Tech
Oklahoma vs. Texas at Dallas ... Longhorns ride shotgun in the national title chase, in great position to challenge SEC champ. Think Sooner fans would like to spoil that potential title run? I want to pick the upset, but cannot pull the trigger against Bevo and Colt. Professor's Pick: Texas
USC at Notre Dame ... Irish have chance to prove whether they belong among Top 25 against greatest rival. Jimmy Clausen and the ND offense can throw it around the field - if they have enough time. Last year the Trojan defensive front dominated. At start of season, I picked Irish to go 10-2 with losses to Michigan and Southern Cal. I'll stick with that. Professor's Pick: USC