Yesterday, Jon sullied the K-State slate with a rant about Chris Fowler and ESPN's SEC bias. I agreed with the sentiments, but for the most part we knew these things already and more importantly, later in the day Jon insulted The Cozy Inn AND spelled its name wrong. This is unacceptable.
(Cozy Inn made Jon physically ill. Literally. As in once the offending substance was removed from his system, Jon was fine. So he will continue to insult it forever and ever.)
As punishment for his insolence, I have selected an All-SEC slate of games this week for us to pick For Entertainment Purposes Only. Really, considering his crime of insulting the best sliders west of Booche's and the fact that there are actually five conference games so I didn't have to pick Texas A&M vs. UL Monroe, Jon's getting off easy.
Thanks to a pair of Pac-12 games that ended so late Saturday (or early Sunday for most Americans) Jon moved in front at 43-37 overall by going 6-4 while I went a miserable 4-6. Thanks for choking, USC.
GEORGIA (-13) over Florida, 2:30 p.m. CBS
Sanford Stadium, Athens GA
LT: Both teams are coming off a bye week after considerably different results, with Georgia dispatching Arkansas and Florida playing one of the worst offensive football games in college football this season in a 42-13 loss at Missouri. Unless the Gators have gotten a new quarterback and a new offensive coordinator, they're going to struggle moving the ball against a stout Bulldogs defense. Florida may do OK on defense initially, but Georgia's ground game will eventually make this one ugly. Dawgs cover.
JM: Wait, this line is only 13? Oh, wait. It's Georgia, who always seem to figure out a way to lose to the Gators. It's not happening this week. Georgia covers.
MISSOURI (-6) over Kentucky, 3 p.m. SEC Network
Faurot Field, Columbia MO
LT: Mizzou's offense finally showed some signs of life for the first time in three weeks at the end of an uninspiring 24-14 win last week. I still don't expect the Tigers to be clicking on all cylinders, and yes, Kentucky is no longer the SEC doormat. Even though UK's sophomore quarterback Patrick Towles went for an astounding 466 yards in total offense a week ago against the #1 team in the nation, he also got sacked six times in the loss. He's going to make too many costly mistakes against maybe the best defensive line in the country, and the Tigers manage to cover.
JM: I was willing to pretend that maybe Kentucky was getting somewhere after that overtime loss to Florida, but then we came to truly comprehend the horror that is Gator football. I'm not on the bandwagon anymore. Mizzou covers.
Auburn (+2.5) over OLE MISS, 6:15 p.m. ESPN
Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Oxford MS
LT: Did Ole Miss start its fall back to reality last week in a heartbreaking 10-7 loss at LSU? I'm afraid most indicators point to yes. Questionable decisions at the end of the game aside, the Rebels only had a chance because of four Tigers turnovers and a missed 28-yard field goal. Auburn won't make those mistakes, but they will likely run the Ole Miss defense into the ground, just like they did last year to the tune of 282 rush yards and three touchdowns. The home crowd might keep this close, but the Tigers win.
JM: I don't think Auburn is going to torch the Rebel defense. I don't know that Auburn's going to win. But I am pretty sure that Ole Miss isn't going to race away from Auburn, and while that line's awfully narrow I'd rather miss by a hair on the underdog than the favorite. Barners cover.
MISSISSIPPI STATE (-10.5) over Arkansas, 6:30 p.m. ESPN2
Davis Wade Stadium, Starkvegas MS
LT: The #1 team in the country is only favored by 10.5 at home against an 0-4 SEC team? I realize Texas A&M is the worst team Arkansas has played and the rest are top 15 teams, but this line is insulting to Mississippi State. They've done everything they need to do to prove themselves, and now they'll blow out Arkansas in what should be a high-scoring game. MSU covers..
JM: What killed me was UAB almost pulling off that back-door cover you predicted last week after Arkansas appeared to have completely and utterly buried them. I'm convinced that at some point, Clanga will Clang. That's not going to happen this week. Bulldogs cover.
SOUTH CAROLINA (-8) over Tennessee, 6:30 p.m. SEC Network
Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia SC
LT: The last game of the day is also the worst. Tennessee is so terrible even a win at Vanderbilt to end the season isn't a guarantee at this point. The Volunteers' offense has given up 32 sacks in 8 games. Meanwhile, South Carolina is looking to get back on track at home and coming off a close loss to Auburn, so Steve Spurrier will have his troops ready. South Carolina covers with ease.
JM: This line is an absolute joke. I'm sure that Butch Jones will finally get Tennessee back to competence, but this team is still legitimately bad. Luke, you've managed to do it. An entire day's worth of FEPO wasted because you picked all five games properly. Cocky covers.
Tomorrow: Well, hopefully some freakin' disagreement on matters other than nasty under-cooked sliders, that's for sure.