24 October 2009
Another great week for ME! I'm on fire right now, and hope to keep trucking this week.
The standings after last week are:
|Picker||Last Week||Total Record|
This week's picks after the jump.
Not a lot of disagreement here - that means we'll probably miss all of them. Oh well, it's an interesting slate of games - you know it must be when Gameday is in Provo...
|TCU at BYU
|Arkansas at Ole Miss
|Auburn at LSU
|Penn State at Michigan||Penn St
|Texas at Missouri
And I think Tennessee might be coming to town. We made friends with some of their fans this week (check out the comments).
It's beginning to sound like a broken record. This team can't score enough points to beat Alabama. However, if the Tide turns the ball over with the frequency they did last week, there could be issues. Ball security is the word for the day. And yes, the fifth grader in me chuckles every time I speak/write "ball security".
The lone offensive weapon for the Vols is Montario Hardesty - a big, beefy, run up the middle running back. That just happens to be where we keep Terrence Cody and Ro McClain. That's bad news for those wearing orange. The Tide rolls big.
nxojkt:After three straight games of under-achieving, Bama opens up a can of rivalry whip-ass on Tennessee. The Vols will sell-out to stop Mark Ingram, and it will cost them. Stacking eight or nine guys in the box does you no good if the guy you are trying to tackle gets past the first contact - which is pretty much Mark's specialty.
Greg McElroy will have to play better, and he will. Julio Jones will need to get more involved, and he will. But this will be the Mark Ingram show. He probably won't throw out a 200+ game again, but the Tide offense now knows its clear leader.
Defensively, Jonathan Crompton is in for a long, long night. Look for Bama to come after him with frequent blitzes, but rarely from the same spot. That's what he struggles with the most, and the Tide should continue its streak of creating turnovers.
Bama should win this one by more three touchdowns. And yes, my opinion is absolutely clowded by my hatred of the color orange.
Glen:Tennessee needs to win the turnover battle to get this one close. Bama may struggle to keep focus the week before a needed off-week, but the Tide's physical superiority should be enough to win even if they do struggle with focus and even if Tennessee does win the turnover battle.
Focus I worry about a bit, but the smart money is most assuredly not on UT winning the turnover battle. In fact, if things go as badly for the Vols in that regard as they might, this could be worse - check that, better - than the '07 and '08 blowouts.
Crump:Bama comes into their annual third Saturday in October game (o.k. it is the fourth this year but who's counting) with lofty goals like SEC and national championships. This game should be a perfect trap game. This week's opponent has struggled, for the most part, this season under a first year coach. This team has been inconsistent too say the least on offense with a QB that does not do well under pressure. This team has proven that they can score some points i.e. Georgia and they always play good defense. Bama could very well underestimate this week's opponent as they look down the road to potential matchups with Florida and maybe Texas or Southern Cal. That might be a possibility if it was any other team other than Tennessee.
Even though there is no doubt the Tide will be up for this game, look for a game similar to the South Carolina game. I expect the game to be close for a while with Bama tacking on a late touchdown to put it out of reach.
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