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SEC Fearless Pred. Oct. 11, Part 2 - Tn - Ga
Tennessee QB Nick Stephens
Tennessee QB Nick Stephens
Posted Aug 6, 2008

Previews and Predictions for the Week 7 SEC, Part 2

East  Florida | Georgia | Kentucky | South Carolina | Tennessee | Vanderbilt 
West Alabama | Arkansas | Auburn | LSU | Ole Miss | Miss State

- SEC Fearless Predictions Aug. 30 | Sept. 6 | Sept. 13 | Sept. 20
- Sept. 27 | Oct. 4

How are the picks so far? SU: 32-9 ... ATS: 15-18

- SEC Fearless Predictions, Week 7, Oct. 11

Saturday, October 11

Tennessee (2-3) at Georgia (4-1), 3:30 EST CBS
Why to watch: Oh yeah, Tennessee at Georgia. This was supposed to be one of the biggest games of the college football season, last year’s Tennessee shocking win ended up keeping Georgia out of the SEC championship, and possibly, the BCS Championship Game, but the Vols have yet to show up this year and Georgia is coming off a stunning home loss to Alabama. While at 0-2 with a loss to Florida, things might appear to be bleak, but the race could change in a big hurry if the Gators lose to LSU this week and, potentially, to Georgia. Of course, that’s getting way ahead of the game; Tennessee has to figure out how to win.

The Vols haven’t just been struggling, they’ve been awful. The offense has been miserable, coming off a 13-9 win over Northern Illinois, while the defense hasn’t been able to pick up the slack. However, the potential is there for a quick turnaround if the passing game starts to perk up. For Georgia, the national title is still there for the taking by winning out and getting one loss from the Big 12 champion and/or Penn State. The Dawgs have been good overall, but they’ve been underwhelming at times on offense and not national title-good on defense. There isn’t a breather the rest of the way for Georgia, and as crazy as this might sound, considering the emergence of Vanderbilt and Kentucky, Tennessee might be the easiest game left on the slate.
Why Tennessee might win: The Georgia secondary has been stunningly soft. It can be dinked and dunked on, and as the Alabama game showed, it can go through stretches when it can be beaten deep. Tennessee needs to at least give it a shot to loosen things up, or its talented running back corps won’t have room to breathe. On the other side, the defense has been fine. Georgia’s passing game likely won’t be able to blow up against one of the nation’s most talented secondaries.
Why Georgia might win
: 35-14. Georgia has been waiting a year for this game. Last year, the Vols came out roaring and stunned Georgia in a win that propelled them to the SEC title game. Bulldog fans were waiting for Tennessee to slip along the way, but that never happened. Now the hope is for this to be payback time. The Volunteer offense has been miserable, and it’s not going to suddenly find itself this week. The one thing Tennessee can do relatively well is run the ball, and that’s not going to happen against a Georgia defensive front that gave up 129 yards and four touchdowns to Alabama’s running game, and that’s been about it. Central Michigan’s spread gained 59 yards. South Carolina gained 18. Arizona State ran 19 times and netted a mere four yards.
Who to watch: For a team having major problems moving the ball, Tennessee has to win the field position battle. It hasn’t helped that the Vols have one of the nation’s worst punting game, netting a mere 29 yards per try. The punt coverage team has been partly to blame, but punter Chad Cunningham hasn’t been great. Enter Britton Colquitt, the All-America punter who was suspended for the first half of the year after getting nailed with a DUI. He’s back this week, and he needs to control the game by keeping the Dawgs pinned deep.
What will happen
: Georgia won’t come out roaring, but it’ll be effective on its first few drives and Tennessee won’t have an answer. The Vols can’t win if they have to play catch-up, especially considering they’re trying to get their quarterback situation settled.
CFN Prediction
: Georgia 27 … Tennessee 10 ... Line: Georgia -13
Must See Rating: (5 The Girls Next Door: Season 5 - 1  2008 Chicago Cub Playoff Highlights) … 3
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Arkansas (2-3) at Auburn (4-2), 5:00 EST GamePlan
Why to watch: These are trying times for two of the SEC West’s best programs over the last few seasons. The problems at Arkansas can be forgiven. It’s the first year under head coach Bobby Petrino and he’s rehabbing the entire program. On a three-game losing streak, the Hogs have struggled, to be nice about it, losing to Alabama, Texas and Florida by a combined score of 149 to 31. There’s time to turn things around and get to a bowl with at least four winnable games left on the slate, but coming up with a road win over a wounded Auburn would be a huge kickstart to the Petrino era. The world isn’t as forgiving on the other side as Auburn canned offensive coordinator Tony Franklin just six games into the season. Nevermind that the pieces aren’t quite there to run a proper spread offense, especially at quarterback, and that the Tigers have played against some really, really good defenses, Franklin, apparently, didn’t mesh. If you’re Auburn, you don’t lose to Vanderbilt, even a 5-0 Vanderbilt, without someone taking the fall. This is a big risk for a 4-2 team that could still win the West with a few big breaks.
Why Arkansas might win: Oh great, now what is the Auburn offense going to do? It was averaging a paltry 309 yards and 19 points per game before, and now, in the midst of the meat of the SEC season, and with a trio to West Virginia coming up, the Tigers are going to keep the offense but without the teacher. It’s not like the offense is suddenly going to be special. The Arkansas defense that’s had such a nightmare of a time over the last few weeks should get a week off.
Why Auburn might win
: The Arkansas offense is about to hit a brick wall. This is a bad game for the Hogs. The offensive line is the worst in America in pass protection, the turnovers are flowing, and the defense isn’t coming up with the stops needed to keep the team in games. Auburn’s defense is great at getting into the backfield, while the emerging secondary has the potential to come up with at least three interceptions.
Who to watch: While all eyes will be on the Auburn coaching staff to see how things are going to be moved around, the quarterback situation remains in flux. Franklin and head coach Tommy Tuberville apparently never saw eye-to-eye on the quarterback situation and how they were progressing, or weren’t progressing. The two options, passer Chris Todd and runner Kodi Burns, are getting equal practice reps, and each will be expected to see time. Todd is currently the No. 1 guy, but that could quickly change.
What will happen
: Auburn will go basic, and it’ll work. There will be more vanilla running plays, more power running, and very little passing. The Tiger defense will come up with four takeaways and six sacks.
CFN Prediction
: Auburn 26 … Arkansas 10 ... Line: Auburn -19
Must See Rating: (5 The Girls Next Door: Season 5 - 1  2008 Chicago Cub Playoff Highlights) … 3
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- SEC Fearless Predictions, Week 7, Oct. 11