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2011 CFN SEC Week 8 Fearless Predictions

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Posted Oct 20, 2011


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2011 SEC Week 8

East Florida | Georgia | Kentucky | South Carolina | Tennessee | Vanderbilt 
West Alabama | Arkansas | Auburn | LSU | Ole Miss | Miss State 
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Week 8 Fearless Predictions 
Auburn at LSU
Army at Vanderbilt
Tennessee at Alabama
Jacksonville State at Kentucky
Arkansas at Ole Miss

East
Conf. Overall
S. Carolina 4 1 6 1
Georgia 4 1 5 2
Florida 2 3 4 3
Vandy 1 3 3 3
Tenn. 0 3 3 3
Kentucky 0 3 2 4
West
  Conf. Overall
Alabama 4 0 7 0
LSU 4 0 7 0
Auburn 3 1 4 2
Arkansas 1 1 5 1
Ole Miss 0 3 2 4
Miss St 0 4 3 4
Players of the Week
9/3 S Tyrann Mathieu, LSU
9/10 RB Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina
9/17 RB Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina
9/24 RB Jeff Demps, Florida
10/1 QB Tyler Wilson, Ark
10/8 QB Connor Shaw, USC
10/15 RB Trent Richardson, Bama
 
Games of the Week
9/3 at Auburn 42 … Utah State 38  
9/10 at Auburn 41 ... Mississippi State 34
9/17 at Clemson 38 … Auburn 24
9/24 at Mississippi State 26 … Louisiana Tech 20 OT
10/1 Arkansas 42 ... Texas A&M 38
10/8 Georgia 20 … at Tennessee 12
10/15 Georgia 33 … at Vanderbilt 28
Player of the Week
Alabama RB Trent Richardson ran 17 times for 183 yards and four scores, and caught two passes for 30 yards, in the win over Ole Miss.

Three Best Games of the Week
1. Georgia 33 … at Vanderbilt 28
2. South Carolina 14 … at Mississippi State 12
3. at Auburn 17 … Florida 6

Alabama ... Alabama 52 … at Ole Miss 7 … Everything worked to perfection against an awful Ole Miss team, but don’t take it for granted. This is the type of game that some teams would lose focus and struggle, but Bama didn’t have any problems led by Trent Richardson’s wild four-touchdown day, highlighted by a 76-yard third quarter touchdown dash capped off by a hesitation move that’ll be played over and over again on any Heisman-talk highlights. AJ McCarron was terrific, completing 19-of-24 passes for 224 yards and a score. It was all helped by an O line that did a great job of paving the way for the running game while keeping McCarron clean on the way to 615 yards of total offense. Next up is a punchless Tennessee team before getting two weeks off to prepare for LSU. The goal will be to keep everyone healthy and move on.

Arkansas ... Didn’t Play This Week

Auburn ... at Auburn 17 … Florida 6 … The Tigers might have won, they might not be doing it pretty, but they’ve got five wins by being just a little bit better when they have to be. The defense made the most of a miserable quarterback situation at Florida, but Auburn also had the ground game that wasn’t there for the Gators. Michael Dyer and Onterio McCalebb had to work for it, but they did just enough to help Auburn beat Florida 155 to 66 on the ground. Oh yeah, the quarterback situation. Barrett Trotter just isn’t getting the job done, completing 2-of-8 passes for 33 yards and a score, and while Clint Moseley wasn’t bad, it might be time to sink-or-swim with Kiehl Frazier. The super-frosh completed his only pass for no yards, but he ran eight times for 41 yards. Unfortunately, at LSU is no place to play a true freshman, but Trotter isn’t proving to be a better option. The hope has to be for the defense to do just enough to get by, but the pass rush still isn’t there.

Florida ... at Auburn 17 … Florida 6 … Is John Brantley really that meaningful for the Gator offense? Apparently so. Auburn didn’t care a lick what the Florida quarterbacks were trying to do, all it cared about was stopping the run. Chris Rainey did what he could with 33 yards on 16 carries, but he didn’t get any help. Jeff Driskel is a terrific prospect, and he did a decent job completing 9-of-18 passes for 75 yards, but the offense just didn’t move. The Gators get two weeks off to lick their wounds from the last three brutal losses, and then come the big games against Georgia, Vanderbilt, and at South Carolina. There’s still time to win the East, but the coaching staff needs to use the next two weeks to figure out how to get the offense to stop turning the ball over, how to get everyone to stop putting the ball on the ground, and how to get the running game going again. There’s no consistency, and that has to come with or without Brantley.

Georgia ... Georgia 33 … at Vanderbilt 28 … In a strange and bizarre game, the kicking game had issues with the late punt block making it interesting. There were 11 penalties, Aaron Murray had the best game of his career against one of the best secondaries in the country, and Georgia needed everything in the bag to get out with a win over a Vandy team that’s done nothing offensively for most of the year. The coverage team broke down and the defense sputtered late, but Murray was terrific when he had to be, helped by a 75-yard touchdown from Marlon Brown for what turned out to be the game-winning score. It was an unfocused and uneven effort, but the Dawgs came away with their fifth straight win with a two week break before facing Florida. After a tumultuous start to the year, this looked like a team in need of a little time off.

Kentucky ... Didn’t Play This Week

LSU ... LSU 38 ... at Tennessee 7 … Even when LSU isn’t playing all that well, it’s still able to win in a blowout. It’s like the team turns it on when it has to, with Morris Claiborne changing the game around with a huge pick and the defense doing what it needed to against a middling Vol offense with no pop. Jarrett Lee once again came up with an efficient and effective game, and once again the offensive dominated with a power running game taking the heart out of the Vols. LSU held on to the ball for over 38 minutes with Spencer Ware and Jordan Jefferson running without much of a problem. There’s one more tune-up game against Auburn, and then the national championship.

Ole Miss Alabama 52 … at Ole Miss 7 … Ole Miss doesn’t have much of an offense and it didn’t have any prayer of moving the ball on the Bama defense, gaining just 141 yards with nine first downs. Not having Brandon Bolden didn’t help the cause, but the running game wasn’t going to go anywhere. Randall Mackey gave it a shot, running 12 times for just six yards, while completing a mere 10-of-21 passes for 113 yards and a pick, but he didn’t get any room to breathe and no one was making plays. With Arkansas up next, the beleaguered defense has to be far better up front and has to generate more pressure than it was able to against the Tide. If the defense isn’t coming up with a slew of turnovers, the offense isn’t going to do much.

Miss State ... South Carolina 14 … at Mississippi State 12 … Mississippi State needs to reestablish its identity. The problem is that Chris Relf is just a runner and Tyler Russell, despite his eight runs for 18 yards, is just a passer, and MSU decided to go the passing route and Russell didn’t come through under the pressure from the South Carolina defensive front completing just 11-of-29 passes for 165 yards and a touchdown with two picks. If Relf isn’t in, Vick Ballard needs to get loose, and he wasn’t able to with everyone keying on him. Fortunately, Kentucky and Tennessee-Martin are up next to get the offense on track before Alabama, but at 3-4 and with the Tide and Arkansas still up, the disappointing season will pick up again in a few weeks unless the offense can find something that consistently works.

South Carolina ... South Carolina 14 … at Mississippi State 12 … Connor Shaw wasn’t asked to bomb away down the field, and he threw a few picks and wasn’t always on, but when he had to throw the one pass needed for a big play, he came up with the scoring lob to Alshon Jeffery for the game-winner. With Marcus Lattimore hurting with a sprained knee after running for just 39 yards and a score, it was up to Shaw to win the game, and he managed to do it. The defense did a nice job against the MSU running game and kept the inconsistent passing attack under wraps, and the USC offense came through when it had to. The D should be enough to get by Tennessee in two weeks, but to have any shot against Arkansas, the offense has to figure out how to get points against a decent D. Shaw hasn’t looked like the quarterback to do it … yet.

Tennessee ... LSU 38 ... at Tennessee 7 … Tennessee gave a valiant effort but it was over late in the first half. The offense didn’t have the pop or the passing game without Tyler Bray. Matt Simms completed 6-of-20 passes for 128 yards and two picks, but it’s not fair to judge him on a performance against the LSU secondary. The running game was surprisingly decent, running for 111 yards, but it wasn’t enough to throw any sort of a scare into the LSU D. Unfortunately, things don’t get any easier with Alabama and South Carolina up next, and until the ground game can get better, if it can get better, the offense is going to keep sputtering in SEC play.

Vanderbilt ... Georgia 33 … at Vanderbilt 28 … Vanderbilt actually got some offense. 117th in the nation in yards coming into the game, and with one of the nation’s least efficient attacks, and Jordan Rodgers completed 4-of-19 passes and the Vandy passers combined to complete 11-of-31 passes for 149 yards with three picks, and with 43 of the yards coming on a trick play from running back Zac Stacy. Fortunately, Stacy ran for 97 yards and a score and Rodgers looked more mobile than his brother, Aaron, with 80 rushing yards on 11 carries. Even with four turnovers and no consistent passing game, Rodgers had two chances for the win, and he came up short. It might be ugly at times, but the team has been competitive.

Saturday, October 15

South Carolina 14 ... at Mississippi State 12
- Game Story, CFN Analysis, & Recap
CFN Prediction: Mississippi State 24-23
Line: South Carolina -3   O/U: 48

Alabama 52 ... at Ole Miss 7
- Game Story, CFN Analysis, & Recap
CFN Prediction: Alabama 37-6
Line: Alabama -23.5 O/U: 44

LSU 38 ... at Tennessee 7
- Game Story, CFN Analysis, & Recap
CFN Prediction: LSU 34-16
Line: LSU -15.5     O/U: 43

at Auburn 17 ... Florida 6
- Game Story, CFN Analysis, & Recap
CFN Prediction: Auburn 26-23
Line: Florida -2 O/U: 50

Georgia 33 ... at Vanderbilt 28
- Game Story, CFN Analysis, & Recap
CFN Prediction: Georgia 26-10
Line: Georgia -13    O/U: 41