The inaugural DCT picks went well last week, but it was an easy picking week. If Tennessee was not experiencing college football hell this season, we would’ve been a perfect 6-0.
Instead, we looked like Jessica Simpson if one of her legs fell off (You know you’d still do her…and gladly…but the first thing your buddies would ask about wouldn’t be how hot she looks naked, but what it was like slamming Daisy Duke with one leg. It would really just take away from the pure awesomeness of the feat).
So we were a mere 5-1 last week thanks to the Vomitous Vols.
Here’s the Week 12 lineup and our picks after the jump (Central Standard Time / Broadcast):
Mississippi State at Alabama (6:45 p.m. / ESPN)
Georgia at Auburn (11:30 a.m. / Raycom
South Carolina at Florida (2:30 p.m. / CBS)
Vandy at Kentucky (7:00 p.m. / ESPN2)
Louisiana-Monroe at Ole Miss (1:00 p.m.)
Troy at LSU (7:00 p.m.)
OPEN: Arkansas, Tennessee
GAME OF THE WEEK:
#25 SOUTH CAROLINA at #4 FLORIDA (2:30 p.m. / CBS)
Florida’s offense is sick good, and its defense is not too shabby. South Carolina’s defense is pretty good, and its offense is not too shabby. The Gamecocks’ rushing attack was less than solid for three quarters in their win over the improving Razorbacks last weekend, but the fourth quarter revealed that SC was more conditioned than Arkansas, as the ‘Cocks final touchdown drive contained only rushing plays and was capped off by a 13-yard dash by tailback Mike Davis for the score to put them up 34-14.
Again, the Carolina D, which is now ranked atop the SEC, was stifling against the Arkansas rushing attack. The Razorbacks were able to get some yards passing, but almost all SEC defenses that have faced Arky this
season have found that it’s alright to give up some yards to the ‘Backs because they are not good at putting the ball in the endzone.
The Florida offense, led by Timmy Circumciser, will face its toughest defense thus far. But this Gator attack has rarely been stopped this season, and as good as defensive end Jordy Lindsey and the rest of the Carolina D may be, Timmy and the Florida O should be snipping along as usual on Saturday.
Spurrier is an expert of the two-quarterback system, but the Gators are too quick for the two young and inexperienced SC QB’s.
South Carolina 13
REST OF THE SEC:
#10 GEORGIA at AUBURN (11:30 a.m. / Raycom)
If Kodi Burns does not throw an interception in this game, the Auburn Tigers have a good chance to win. Problem is that only one thing is for sure in this game: Kodi Burns will throw at least one interception to the Georgia defense.
The UGA offense is actually producing better numbers than even Florida, but despite recent letdowns, the AU defense can be awesome…as awesome as the three defenses that have given Matt Stafford and the Bulldogs so much trouble so far this season (SC, UA, and UF). Stafford is clearly a really good quarterback,
but sometimes he throws passes that make viewers question his sanity. However, we believe that’s the way this Georgia system is set up: Let big boy launch up a few balls and pray the NFL-caliber receivers pull them down. Of course, when this is maneuvered versus good defensive backs, it doesn’t always turn out good for Georgia. Auburn is struggling not only on offense, but also on defense lately, but the secondary may get lucky a couple times.
A former offensive lineman recently explained to us a key flaw with the Auburn offense (no, not just the fact that it flat-out sucks) is that the other offensive players, most importantly the hog-mollies up front, don’t ever see the whites of the quarterback’s eyes. The Tigers don’t huddle before snaps. If it comes down to a fourth quarter Auburn drive with two minutes to go, trailing by six, the linemen, receivers, and running backs won’t be able to look into their leader’s eyes so he can tell them, “This is to beat Georgia for the first time in two years…let’s drive it down their throats.”
This was a problem when Tony Franklin was the AU offensive coordinator, and because Tommy Tuberville has decided to keep a lot of what was terrible about Franklin’s “system,” it is still a problem.
The same former offensive lineman said, “Auburn CAN’T beat Georgia or Alabama because, as good as the talent on that team is, they’ve lost the most important thing a good college football team must have, and that is chemistry.”
We do not believe the Tigers will even have a shot at that fourth quarter, potentially game-winning drive…because they are already thinking about how they can extend the streak against Alabama.
MISSISSIPPI STATE at #1 ALABAMA (6:45 p.m. / ESPN)
“Well, one thing’s for sure…we’re gonna find out what kind of football team Alabama is this weekend.”
With or without Cowbell, this one is scary as hell for Alabama. Don’t believe anything about how bad State is. Their performance up until now does not matter. Croom is thirsty. Fortunately, Bama is too, and not only for an SEC Championship, but also a national title.
Mississippi State 10
VANDY at KENTUCKY (7:00 p.m. / ESPN2)
Even if the ‘Dores and the ‘Kats weren’t doing alright this season, Tennessee couldn’t beat either one of them. Both of these teams are fortunate enough to play the Vols later. Vandy could also beat Wake Forest in the season finale, so Bobby Johnson (Dear Lord, another program needs to pick this guy up) has other realistic shots to become bowl eligible for the first time in our generation.
This is a tuffy, so we’ll err on the side of home field advantage. Kentucky’s field goal kicking is awful, so they better rely on touchdowns. ‘Kats win, but ‘Dores cover the spread.
LOUISIANA-MONROE at OLE MISS (1:00 p.m.)
Upset Special? No. Ole Miss makes it 3-0 against U-La-Mo.
Ole Miss 41
TROY at #20 LSU (7:00 p.m.)
LSU may be wishing this one had been played back in September, when it was originally scheduled. The Men of Troy were reeling after being upset by U-La-Mo two weeks ago (don’t worry Rebels…won’t happen again), but bounced back (?) last week to get past a struggling Western Kentucky.
The Trojans have been beaten handily by both decent teams they’ve played this year (Ohio State and Oklahoma State), and the Bayou Bengals may be a little warped after the OT loss to Bama last week, especially since this is the first time in several years they aren’t playing for an SEC Championship game berth this late. But, although it may be respectable in the first half (or maybe not…LSU is looking to crush someone), Troy just ain’t got the power to keep up.