Originally written October 28, 2011 on Fox Sports South:
Saturday's games Arkansas vs. Vanderbilt When: 12:20 p.m. ET Where: Vanderbilt Stadium, Nashville, Tenn. (39,790) Line: Arkansas by 9 Snap: Arkansas had a scare last week when they had to rally late to beat Old Miss. Dont expect the No. 10-ranked team in the nation to have another letdown, but dont count on them to rout the Commodores either. James Franklin has the Dores improving every week. This one will be closer than most people think. Florida vs. Georgia When: 3:30 p.m. ET Where: EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Fla. (84,000) Line: Georgia by 3 Snap: The return of John Brantley and Jeff Demps is critical for Florida. If Brantley can show the kind of growth and effectiveness he did in the early weeks of the season, Florida can keep their win streak against Georgia alive, but if the Bulldogs are able to shut down Floridas running game (as LSU, Alabama and Auburn did), Georgia should keep its hopes of winning the SEC East alive. The other wild card is Will Muschamp, a madman on the sidelines who infuses passion into his players like no other head coach in the league. With the prospect of losing four in a row on the line, Muschamp will have the Gators more fired up than ever for this one. Ole Miss vs. Auburn When: 7 p.m. ET Where: Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, Ala. (87,451) Line: Auburn by 12.5 Snap: Auburn was embarrassed at LSU last week, and Gene Chizik does not do embarrassed well. Expect the Tigers to roar on their home field against an Ole Miss team that Chizik said was much better than their record, but one that is still not very good. Mississippi State vs. Kentucky When: 7 p.m. ET Where: Commonwealth Stadium, Lexington, Ky. (67,606) Line: Mississippi State by 10 Snap: The fact that Kentucky and Mississippi State have lost all their conference games going into week nine is the biggest surprise of the SEC season. Joker Phillips appeared to have the program on the right path, but the loss of Randall Cobb and other key players have been too much for the Wildcats, while Mississippi State has yet to recover fully from the last-second loss to Auburn and the second-half beat-down the Bulldogs took at home to LSU. One team will walk away with a conference win on Saturday. Neither will go home feeling great about themselves. South Carolina vs. Tennessee When: 7:15 p.m. ET Where: Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, Tenn. (102,455) Line: South Carolina by 3.5 Snap: Its the battle of the walking wounded as the Gamecocks go into Knoxville without Marcus Lattimore and with Connor Shaw still showing unsteady signs of self doubt at quarterback. Fortunately for Steve Spurrier, Tennessee has offensive troubles of their own, going with their third quarterback, freshman Justin Worley, after Matt Simms threw three interceptions and not a single touchdown in two and a half games after Tyler Bray went down with a broken thumb. Its the first of three long weeks for the Gamecocks, but they should be able to squeak out a win against a young and banged up group of Vols.
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