This weekend marks the release of the first BCS poll. The SEC West division will be well represented in the first BCS standings, with Alabama and LSU likely to be interchangeable candidates for the top spot. While there is always the potential for an upset on any given Saturday, look for LSU to be #1 and Alabama to be #2 in the first Bowl Championship Series standings.
Another big sports happening this weekend is the determination of the World Series match-up in Major League Baseball. (Although if there is a game 7 the NLCS will wrap up on Monday) The Rangers hope the second time is the charm, while Milwaukee hopes to have the chance to add a World Series Trophy with the Lombardi ones already on the crowded Wisconsin mantle.
In the NFL,The Atlanta Falcons host the Carolina Panthers in a pivotal NFC South battle. The Falcons have gone from a preseason Super Bowl contender to wondering if they can even make it back to the playoffs. Sunday afternoon is the first step required to save their season. Cam Newton has proven to be a worthy #1 overall pick so far. A game against the struggling Falcons defense must have the former Auburn Tiger on the prowl.
Last week I went 9-1, with the only blemish coming as a result of picking the Philadelphia Eagles. While there is not a game that jumps off the college football schedule in week seven, Saturday has the potential to be a great day of football. First up is South Carolina as they travel to Mississippi State. After what one Mississippi State player did between the hedges, Dan Mullen owes Georgia Bulldog Nation one. Elsewhere in the SEC, the #1 LSU tigers roar into Knoxville on Saturday afternoon, while the Dawgs walk into Nashville on Saturday Night.
College Football picks:
Mississippi State has a quarterback controversy in Starkville, while Steve Spurrier is going with Connor Shaw from here on out, following Stephen Garcia’s dismissal. It will be interesting to see how Shaw handles the transition from golden boy to whipping boy upon making his first mistake. I’m going with my heart instead of my head on this one.
Mississippi State 27, South Carolina 24
Robert Griffin III is amazing to watch. He has players around him on offense who are fantastic as well. However, Baylor’s defense leaves something to be desired. Texas A&M is coming off a track meet with Texas Tech that they won 45-40. This one will also be high scoring, but the Aggies will do just enough on defense to win.
Texas A&M 48, Baylor 45
Tennessee gets LSU at home. Don’t expect to hear many folks singing “Rocky Top” once this one is underway. Even the most faithful Volunteer fans will probably head for an early exit.
LSU 38, Tennessee 10.
Florida and Auburn meet at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday night. The Gators find themselves without starting quarterback Jeff Brantley for the second straight game. As a result, Auburn will find a way to win at home.
Auburn 24, Florida 17
Lastly, in the easiest pick of the week: Mark Richt will sic’ the Dawgs on Vanderbilt. Mr. Richt is a reasonable man, so he will call them off when it is necessary. Georgia goes into the bye week riding a five game win streak.
Georgia 34, Vanderbilt 10
The Atlanta Falcons do not have a lot to feel good about right now. If they start 2-4, with the way their schedule sets up from here on out, it may be too big of a hole to climb out of. Rise up, Falcons.
Falcons 21, Panthers 17
In the other NFC South battle, the Saints visit Tampa Bay. Drew Brees and company outscore the Bucs.
Saints 41, Buccaneers 31
Detroit is still undefeated. That won’t change on Sunday as the Lions go for their sixth win in a row.
Lions 31, 49ers 21
Bears over the Vikings on Sunday Night. Donovan McNabb left his heart in Philadelphia.
Bears 24, Vikings 21
On Monday Night Football, The Jets will beat the 0-4 Dolphins in a bore of a prime time match-up.
Jets 31, Dolphins 10.
Enjoy the weekend. GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!