SEC Football Weekend Winners (Week Three) September 15, 2012

It’s Saturday in Athens.

Week three in SEC football brings about a big match-up in the East, Alabama likely picking the bones of a skinned Hog in the West, and Missouri trying to rebound from an old man attack. It is difficult to pick a side in Saturday’s SEC East battle between the Tennessee Volunteers and the Florida Gators, but the slight advantage goes to Good Ole’ Rocky Top.

Derrick Dooley could not have scripted a better start to the Vols’ 2012 campaign. Tennessee is 2-0, and ranked in the AP top 25 for the first time in four years. If Tyler Bray can stay healthy, the Volunteers will be a factor in the SEC East race if they can find a way to beat the Gators on Saturday night. Whomever comes up short will have a big hole to climb out of in the race to Atlanta.

The Georgia Bulldogs have a much simpler task ahead of them Saturday evening, as the Florida Atlantic Owls come to town. Georgia welcomes back Chase Vasser and Sanders Commings to a defense that does not need any help stopping FAU. It will be important for the returning Dawgs to play at a high level quickly because the Bulldogs resume Southeastern Conference play next week.

The Arkansas Razorbacks are coming off one of the most embarrassing things to happen to the program since Bobby Petrino wrecked his motorcyle with a female employee on the back. The Hogs lost at home to Louisiana Monroe in overtime after blowing a 14 point  fourth quarter lead. This week, Arkansas welcomes the #1 ranked Crimson Tide into town. Upsetting Alabama seemed highly improbable at best, and that was before the Warhawks visited Fayetteville.

Speaking of UL Monroe, if the Warhawks can beat Auburn this week, just how hot will Gene Chizik’s seat get? That chair has got to be fairly warm as it is. My Auburn one hit wonder prognostication gets more accurate every week. The Auburn Tigers have got to get production out of the quarterback position immediately, or their horrific start could turn into a season long nightmare.
Picks
Tennessee
over Florida.
Florida has owned Tennessee for nearly a decade in this series. The last time the Volunteers beat the Gators was in 2004, during Ron Zook’s final season as the head coach in Gainesville. Derek Dooley needs at least a few big conference wins in 2012, and he starts off on the right foot tomorrow. Tennessee 27, Florida 20.

Georgia dominates Florida Atlantic in the freebie of the week. If the Bulldogs do not win by (at least) 24 points, I will be deeply disturbed. Bulldogs 54, Owls 10.

Alabama rolls over Arkansas. Star Razorback signal caller Tyler Wilson is questionable after the pounding he sustained from Louisiana Monroe a week ago. No matter who ends up being under center for the Hogs, they are going to be sore come Sunday morning. Alabama 31, Arkansas 14.

Finally, as much as I delight in the misery of the Auburn Tigers, they will find a way to squeak by the Warhawks. This is one pick I hope is incorrect. Auburn 24, UL Monroe 7.

Related posts:

  1. SEC Weekend Winners (Week Two) September 8, 2012
  2. Georgia Bulldogs 2012 Schedule Preview – Part Two
  3. ESPN College Gameday Appreciation (GameDay Heads to Knoxville)
  4. College Football Week 6 – Next Stop Rocky Top – (Georgia – Tennesee 2011)
  5. Maddawg’s Play of the Day – College Football Week 4 (September 24, 2011)

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