SEC PICKS- WEEK 11
by Dyke L. Marler
(Atlanta, GA )
November 12, 2010
The SEC East race will be decided this weekend between South Carolina
and Florida and the West could be if Auburn beats Georgia.
Oddly, that is not the biggest story of the weekend. Auburn, Cam
Newton and his Father Cecil Newton are trying to weather mounting and
damning evidence regarding Cam Newton. Anytime your QB is mentioned in
the same sentence with "FBI," it's usually not good. Now the phrase
"child exploitation" is being thrown around and that is just
Beyond that drama, there are a number of good games in the SEC this
weekend so let's get to them.
Ole Miss at Tennessee
All year Tennessee has been on the verge of beating someone they're
not supposed to beat. This week, with or without Jeremiah Masoli, I
believe the Vols get it done. The second half is key in this game
because that has been where Tennessee falters and Ole Miss surges.
Tyler Bray looks better every week and there is a huge dropoff in
talent and leadership behind Masoli.
Vandy at Kentucky
The Wildcats are trying to get bowl eligible and the 'Dores are hurting at QB.
UTEP at Arkansas
(You are not) Welcome back to the SEC Mike Price. And your team is
gonna get beaten up worse that Keith Moon's drum kit.
La. Monroe at LSU
All LSU. Jordan Jefferson had a career day last week against Alabama,
going 1-13 passing and threw his first TD pass since Game 1. I would
bet the house he doesn't do that again.
Georgia at Auburn
Because they're playing at home. Again. This is Auburn's 8th home game
out of 11 games. A press conference is scheduled this afternoon and I
expect Gene Chizik to announce that he is sitting Cam Newton. Look for
a heavy dose of AJ Green, Kris Durham, Rantavious Wooten, Aaron White
and Orson Charles from Georgia. They will be starting a freshman QB in
his first visit to Auburn.
Mississippi State at Alabama
Mississippi State has improved but Alabama, for the first time in a
month, gets to play at home. 101,000 people should be singing "Rammer
Jammer" when this one is over. MSU's Chris Relf and Vic Ballard are
good but beating Bama with the run will prove to be too much. The big
question is who will get the loudest applause, Nick Saban or Dan
Mullen for ratting out Cam Newton.
South Carolina at Florida
The Gators have enough defense to stop Stephen Gilmore and Marcus
Lattimore. SC's tall and athletic receivers will be covered by an
excellent defensive secondary and Gilmore cannot afford his usual
mental lapses. On the other side, Florida is going with 3 QB's and
still can't find a passing attack.
Enjoy your weekend!