#1 Mississippi State @ Kentucky
The Bulldogs have went from unranked to #1 in a blink of an eye this season and have looked impressive on both sides of the football. I'll tell you the truth...I want them to stay far, far away from Clemson once bowl season comes around. Dak Prescott is playing as good as anyone and Mississippi State has already defeated not one...not two...but three top 10 teams already this season...one of which came on the road at LSU. They are coming off a bye-week and playing a Kentucky team that actually has quite a bit to play for at 5-2 overall and a bowl game is still very much possible for the Wildcats. They took down South Carolina earlier this season at home (take that as you like) and while they are no Georgia or LSU when it comes to home field advantage, they can make it difficult for the visiting team. And while I don't think they have what it takes to pull the upset, I do think they can keep this game interesting early. In the end, I think this Bulldog team is simply too good and has greater depth and will prove to be the better team not just on paper, but on the field as well...ya know, where it matters most.
The Pick: Mississippi State
#3 Ole Miss @ #24 LSU
The Rebels are only a 3 1/2 point favorite as they hit the road to Baton Rouge this weekend and they will be faced with yet another big test. Going on the road in the SEC is never easy but when you're talking LSU's Tiger Stadium and a program that is consistently ranked among the best in college football, the task seems even taller. However, I think the Rebels are up for the challenge. They have yet to back down this season. They are physical and talented up front on defense and I think they will cause problems for an offensive line and team that is still shuffling quarterbacks between Jennings and Harris and has struggled to really get the running game going. The Rebels have been salty on defense giving up only about 10 points (1st in nation), 97 yards rushing (6th in nation), and 193 yards passing (20th in nation) per game while they've forced 20 turnovers. (3rd in the nation) I think Bo Wallace and the Rebel offense are able to do just enough on offense and make a big play or two on defense to get the big win on the road. Give me the Rebels by one possession in a game that comes down to the final few minutes.
The Pick: Ole Miss
#4 Alabama @ Tennessee
Nick Saban's squad responded well after an embarrassing performance against Arkansas in Week 7 and shutout the Aggies last weekend, 59-0. Bama was able to shutdown A&M's offense and conversely was able to run the ball efficiently. This is bad news for the Vols who have struggled to stop the run this season and have been far from impressive on offense. The offensive line has been outplayed for much of the season giving up a total of 30 sacks so far. Anytime I think about Alabama, defense is one of the first things that comes to mind so I just don't like Tennessee's chances when I consider how the offense is playing at this time and doubt they will be able to move the ball consistently based on what we've seen from both teams thus far. Once again though you have to include the home field advantage factor. I think if Tennessee can make some plays early and get some confidence while keeping the crowd actively involved then maybe they have a chance to make this a competitive game heading into the locker room at halftime. While I've seen a few CFB analyst predict an upset this weekend, I'm not buying it. In the words of Harvey Updyke and many Bama fans across the nation....RDT!
The Pick: Alabama
#5 Auburn vs South Carolina
The Pick: Auburn
#21 Clemson vs Syracuse
These things have not been forgotten and I'm sure the Clemson fan base will give Shafer a nice warm welcome Saturday in his fist visit to Death Valley and show him how us Southerns play football. Add in the mix of Homecoming festivities and a 7:30 kick and this game should draw a solid crowd despite the inferior opponent. There's a little more motivation than you would expect and the Tigers are eager to pick up their 5th straight win and continue to climb back up in the polls. I think the Tiger offense finds its groove again and the defense continues to play at a high level. Could we be in store for another shutout of an ACC opponent Saturday night? I think its a good possibility, however you probably won't ever see me predict a shutout on here. But I will say be ready for another defensive touchdown.
The Pick: Clemson
#6 Oregon over California
#8 Michigan State over Michigan
#11 Kansas State over Texas
#18 East Carolina over Connecticut
Penn State over #13 Ohio State