Friday, September 28, 2012

Quick Hits for Quick Wins

Hey Loyal Readers,

Well, as our Michigan-biased moderator pointed out in the top 25 post earlier this week, the SEC Mansion added a new resident last weekend, with the birth of our daughter (needless to say, the SEC Queen Bee and I are beyond thrilled).

That said, unfortunately there's only 24 hours in a day so I don't have as much time to get into the details behind the picks. But, before getting to those, I did want to acknowledge that I enjoyed my fellow bloggers going back and forth and back again about the best conference in the land - much like your humble correspondent, the best conference in the land doesn't have time for such pointless arguments; we're too busy building new shelves on the trophy case.

Since time is short, let's get to the picks:

Ole Miss/Alabama (-30) ESPN 9:15 p.m. eastern
This one is easy. Ole Miss played one good team in Texas and got throttled while Alabama's juggernaut has carried over from last year. Look for Alabama's offensive and defensive lines to dominate the game, and as I've said many, many times (feel free to say it with me)......Roll Tide 45-3. And, just because it continues to make me smile at Drake's expense I wanted to be sure to mention this little nugget.

South Carolina/Kentucky (+21) ESPN2 7:00 p.m. eastern
The good news for Kentucky is that it looks like Maxwell Smith is available to play quarterback for the Wildcats. The bad news for Kentucky - everything else, including a lack of talent, no home field advantage, and the fact that they're facing an extremely talented and fierce USC defense (and no, I don't mean "that overrated team out west"). By halftime, look for the Wildcat fans to be counting down the hours until Coach Cal kicks off Midnight Madness. Gamecocks cruise 38-7.

Tennessee/Georgia (-14) CBS 3:30 p.m. eastern
Georgia should be getting two defensive stars back in Ogletree and Rambo, the Vols can't stop the big play, and Georgia's balanced offense is putting it all together. UGA rolls and the seat under Coach Dooley's bright orange pants heats up another notch. UGA gives up some points to Bray but still wins by three scores 42-21.

Arkansas/Texas AM (-14)  SEC Network/ESPN Gameplan 12:21 p.m.
Yep, you guessed it, four picks and four SEC games - why bother with lesser conferences when we can all agree that there's good money to be made while watching the best teams in the land? Admittedly, I haven't watched much Texas AM football this year but I think we can all agree that the Razorbacks are a train wreck the likes of which we haven't seen since Denard's performance last weekend against Notre Dame. Texas AM and the 12th man win a shootout 56-31.

Oregon State/Arizona (-2.5) Pac 12 Network (for those 7 people who get that channel) 10:00 p.m. eastern
Well, it's nice to see that Drake's Rich-Rod man-crush has carried on for yet another week as he made this Pac 12 tussle the GOTW. That said, even though the Wildcats got crushed by Oregon, the Ducks defense is under-rated (and 'Zona still made 6 trips into the red zone) and Oregon State's wins against Wisconsin and UCLA don't do much to impress (Wisconsin is self-explanatory and UCLA's "signature win" was against Nebraska, another team from the Horrible 10. I mean Big 10, with their 12 teams). Anyway, I've said it before, I'll say it again here - look for a big bounce back for Rich-Rod as the AZ desert heat swallows up another opponent not used to the sweltering conditions. Arizona 42-35.

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