Originally posted on Fox Sports South  |  Last updated 10/26/12
Tennessee at No. 13 South Carolina Where: Columbia, S.C., Williams-Brice Stadium When: Noon The blitz: The only good news at this point for the Volunteers is that this week's opponent, South Carolina, enters this weekend's game on a two-game losing streak. The bad news for Derek Dooley's program? South Carolina is an SEC team a far superior one at that and Dooley is just 1-11 in his past 12 conference games. This Saturday is not likely to produce a different result. The Volunteers will be tasked with stopping Marcus Lattimore (597 rushing yards, 10 touchdowns), which is easier said than done when you're letting up 186.4 yards per game on the ground. Three of the four ranked opponents Tennessee has faced this season racked up at least 233 rushing yards against the porous Volunteers defense. Also of note: Volunteers' signal caller Tyler Bray has only been sacked three times this season (tied for second-least nationally), but that number might double against bookends Jadeveon Clowney and Devin Taylor. Pick: South Carolina, 34-21 Kentucky at Missouri Where: Columbia, Mo., Faurot Field When: Noon The blitz: Two teams in a conference tailspin, the Wildcats and Tigers likely both look at this matchup as a welcome respite from the SEC heavyweights. Coming off a bye week, Missouri's young quarterback Corbin Berkstresser, the backup and future of Missouri's offense, should look much more comfortable than he did in his last two starts against Vanderbilt and Alabama, where he completed under 36 percent of his passes. Kentucky is 103rd nationally against the pass, so that should help as well. Meanwhile, Kentucky hit its stride a bit at home against Georgia last weekend, but has struggled mightily on the road this season. This one will not be aesthetically pleasing, but the Tigers will grab their first-ever conference victory. Pick: Missouri, 17-13 Ole Miss at Arkansas Where: Fayetteville, Ark., Donald W. Reynolds Stadium When: 12:21 p.m. The blitz: Razorbacks quarterback Tyler Wilson is back to producing at a high level, but he's been tasked with keeping up with opposing offenses all season, propping up one of the nation's worst defenses. History will be on Arkansas' side Ole Miss has not captured an SEC road win since 2009 and is desperate to salvage any remnants of a season so many in Fayetteville believed would be so memorable. But new Rebels coach Hugh Freeze has his team believing following a win over a terrible Auburn program. Ole Miss has already doubled its win total from last season behind its hurry-up offense and quarterback Bo Wallace's play, and, coming off a bye week, is able to muster just enough defense to squeak by the reeling Razorbacks. Pick: Ole Miss, 38-34 No. 2 Florida vs. No. 10 Georgia Where: Jacksonville, Fla., EverBank Stadium When: 3:30 p.m. The blitz: Who trusts the Georgia Bulldogs in a big game at this point? Georgia has all the talent, but has not shown up against a legitimate opponent since 2009 quarterback Aaron Murray has never led his team to a win over a team that finished ranked in the final AP poll (unless anyone honestly believes Missouri or Tennessee can run the table). Florida could be the first if the Bulldogs can crack the code of Florida's defense. Will Muschamp's defense ranks fourth nationally in scoring defense, primarily by smothering opposing offenses in the second half (26 total points). Gators quarterback Jeff Driskel is not as prolific a passer as Murray, but he's a gritty winner that has delivered in big moments so far in 2012. If this game remains close as is expected and comes down to special teams play, Florida has an enormous advantage. Pick: Florida, 27-24 No. 20 Texas A&M at Auburn Where: Auburn, Ala., Jordan-Hare Stadium When: 7 p.m. The blitz: Surely, after being shut down by LSU's athletic defense, freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel will be looking to lead the Aggies in a bounce-back effort against a lackluster team. Auburn could serve as that punching bag. Manziel, a Davey O'Brien Award semifinalist, has exceeded all expectations in Kevin Sumlin's offense, accounting for the third-most total yards in the country despite competing in the rugged SEC. Auburn, on the other hand, is lost in offensive ineptitude without last season's coordinator Gus Malzahn. The nation's third-worst offense has been the main contributor to the team's 1-6 record. Without Malzahn, head coach Gene Chizik is just 6-25 as a head coach. Pick: Texas A&M, 42-23 UMass at Vanderbilt Where: Nashville, Tenn., Vanderbilt Stadium When: 7 p.m. The blitz: The Commodores are starting roll, earning two conference wins in their last three outings, so, to be frank, Massachusetts holds little hope in this contest. The Minutemen are one of only two remaining winless teams in the country joining Southern Miss and a home game against an SEC opponent, even an unranked one, spells more trouble. After a slow start, Vanderbilt running back Zac Stacy has gained 597 rushing yards in his last five games while becoming the school's all-time rushing leader. UMass ranks near the bottom of the national ranks in rushing defense. There's a theme here. Pick: Vanderbilt, 33-10 No. 11 Mississippi State at No. 1 Alabama Where: Tuscaloosa, Ala., Bryant-Denny Stadium When: 8:30 p.m. The blitz: In perhaps the most surprising undefeated matchup of the college football season to date, Mississippi State heads to Tuscaloosa with as much confidence as a program can have while heading to Tuscaloosa. But, at a certain point, the Bulldogs will have to get off the bus and realize this is by far and away the best opponent they've faced this season. Alabama's defense is indisputably elite (No. 1 scoring defense). The Crimson Tide's offense might be the most balanced in Nick Saban's tenure, led by Heisman candidate AJ McCarron under center. Dan Mullen has done a masterful job in Starkville, but his team has yet to beat a ranked opponent in 2012. Alabama is just too good, and a win at home will set the stage for next weekend's rematch with LSU. Pick: Alabama, 31-14
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