DAVIS: SEC predictions ring true; look to this weekend

Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Chan Davis is the sports editor at the Carroll County News. He can be reached at ccnsports@cox-internet.com or at 870-654-2742.

The Southeastern Conference picture is becoming clearer as we approach the mid-way point of the season with Alabama remaining the focal point among the favorites to make a run at a national title.

I picked all six games this correctly this week, narrowly escaping near misses with LSU and Ole Miss threatening to cost me a couple of picks.

But Florida held on to beat what I consider to be a weak Tiger squad and the Aggies overcame a horrific offensive outing to slip past the Rebels.

I did, however, get it right that Arkansas was going to pick up its first win of the year, which it did in convincing fashion. Hopefully, for Hog Nation, the Razorbacks can continue that trend this weekend against Kentucky.

But that may be a tall order with the Wildcats showing signs of potential behind a couple of young quarterbacks that matured against Mississippi State.

I'm not sure they matured enough and will go with the Hogs again this week.

Ole Miss will bounce back from it's loss to Texas A&M with a win against the hapless Tigers in Oxford. But that will not get the bad taste of its mouth after blowing it against the Aggies.

Speaking of TAMU, the Aggies will face one of their toughest opponents of the season this week against Louisiana Tech, ranked 23rd in the nation.

TAMU may continue to do well in the SEC but I am going with an upset of the 22nd-ranked Aggies by a group of talented Cajuns.

That may not have an impact on the rest of their season but would be a pretty good indicator of where that program is and what it still has to do to be an SEC contender.

Alabama will be on cruise control against Missouri, which has really been a disappointment for the league. I never was sure this was a good addition. It may become the Vanderbilt of the league for many years to come.

Vandy plays Florida this week in Nashville. Home field advantage will do nothing for the Commodores as the Gators continue to chomp with a convincing win after flailing against LSU this past weekend.

I still think the Gators and South Carolina are the top two teams in the Eastern Conference. The Gamecocks proved that with a quality win over Georgia. But the Gators left things on the table and South Carolina took the lead in that race.

I think SC comes out swinging against LSU on Saturday and does what Florida should have done, beat the Tigers soundly.

That leaves Mississippi State and Tennessee in Starkville.

After barely passing an SEC road test against Kentucky, the Bulldogs will need to show more pop against a weak Tennessee team that posted 44 on Georgia. MSU's defense is much better than Georgia's and should hold serve at Scott Field, once again getting the league prepped for a clash of the unbeatens between the Dawgs and Alabama in a couple of weeks.

And, so, the beat goes on.

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