SEC Week 10 Preview

November 2, 2012

College Football

Missouri (4-4, 1-4 SEC) at No. 7 Florida (7-1, 6-1 SEC) 12 PM ET/11 AM CT ESPN2

This game is a tail of two teams heading in drastically different directions. Florida is looking to bounce back from it’s first loss of the season and position it’s self for a possible BCS bid, while Missouri is looking to just survive it’s first season in the SEC. Even with an early kickoff the Swamp will the rocking and the Gators will feed on the wounded Tigers.

Florida 35 Missouri 10

No. 16 Texas A&M (6-2, 3-2 SEC) at No. 15 Mississippi State (7-1, 3-1 SEC) 12 PM ET/11 AM CT ESPN

Nobody expected the Aggies to adapt to life in the SEC so quickly yet in their first season in the SEC, they have the chance to nine games. Meanwhile in Starkville nobody was surprised when the Bulldogs hit the brick wall that is Alabama. State is a good team inflated to great status by a weak schedule. With that said, these teams create an interesting match up to kick off a busy day of College Football.

Texas A&M 35 Mississippi State 27

Vanderbilt (4-4, 2-3 SEC) at Kentucky (1-8, 0-6 SEC) 12 PM ET/11 AM CT ESPNU

This is a key game for the commodores bowl hope a win gives them breathing room with three winnable games to follow. A loss does not eliminate Vandy but it does turn up the heat. Meanwhile in Lexington, the focus has turned to hoops as the Wildcats sit at 1-8 and the Joker Phillips era appears to be over.

Vanderbilt 24 Kentucky 10  

Troy (4-4, 3-3 Sun Belt) at Tennessee (3-5, 0-5 SEC) 12 PM ET/11 AM CT Fox Sports Net

The Vols begin what Coach Derek Dooley is calling the second season following an 0-4 October and a five game losing streak that ha put his job in serious jeopardy. Typically, Tennessee fairs very well with a light November schedule. However the two big questions heading into November this year are, can the Vols win out, and if they do will it matter? Troy will make Vol Fans nervous for a half before Tennessee pulls away.

Can Derek Dooley do anything to get off the hot seat?

Tennessee 45 Troy 20

Tulsa (7-1, 5-0 C-USA) at Arkansas (3-5, 2-3 SEC) 12:21 PM ET/11:21 AM CT SEC Network

This could be the sleeper game in the early slate. Tulsa is a good team and likely the CUSA champion and although Arkansas has gotten up off the mat they aren’t a very good football team and already showed against Louisiana-Monroe  that they can play down to their competition. Tulsa winning this game is in upset in terms name value only.

Tulsa 35 Arkansas 24

New Mexico State (1-7, 0-4 WAC) at Auburn (1-7, 0-6 SEC) 12:30 PM ET/11:30 Central Comcast Sports Southeast

The Tigers look to be heading to an 0-8 SEC Season and Gene Chizik is probably a month away from updating his resume. While Auburn is an absolute disaster so are the Aggies of New Mexico State and the SEC level athletes should end this one quickly on the Plains.

Auburn 30 New Mexico State 3

Ole Miss (5-3, 2-2 SEC) @ No. 6 Georgia (7-1, 5-1 SEC) 3:30 PM ET/2:30 PM CT CBS

The front leg of the SEC on CBS double-header has trap game written all over it. Georgia is fresh of upsetting it’s arch rival Florida and has Rivalry games with Auburn and Georgia Tech on the Horizon. Meanwhile the Rebels are a Scrappy team with the ability to spoil the Bulldogs party if they come out flat. This one will go down to the 4th quarter but in the end Georgia has more talent and it’ll get them the win.

Look for Uga, pictured here with a Cabbage Patch Kid, to have a reason to celebrate this week.

Georgia 24 Ole Miss 20

GAME OF THE WEEK:

No. 1 Alabama (8-0, 5-0 SEC) @ No. 5 LSU (7-1, 3-1 SEC) 8 PM ET/7 PM CT CBS

This game has lost some luster since the last season for a variety of reasons, however these are two top 5 teams and the winner would control their destiny in the SEC West giving them a shot to play for the BCS Championship bid. Add in the revenge and rivalry factors, along with 95 thousand rowdy Cajuns jammed into Tiger Stadium at night and you have the recipe for one heck of a nightcap to a full day of SEC Football. In the end  Alabama is a more complete football team and they’ll show it in their toughest test yet

Alabama 21 LSU 10

Will Rabb is from Tennessee and hosts a motorsports podcast for sportsanimal99.com. You can read more of his thoughts on the SEC and everything else at twitter.com/thewillrabb.

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