LSU / SEC Week 10 Predictions; Week 9 Recap

If a healthy Erik Ainge were playing tomorrow, there”s no way I could pick No. 13 LSU to beat the No. 8 Vols. Not that it couldn”t happen. LSU has the talent, but frankly we”ve proven exactly nothing this year. I was happy with how LSU played against Auburn … but that was before Auburn lost to Arkansas and skated past South Carolina and Ole Miss. If Arkansas could crack the Auburn code, why couldn”t we? And we fell apart in our only other real game (and only other road game) at Florida.

Picking LSU without the Vols” QB issue would be foolish. Again, it”s not that we couldn”t win the game, but no compelling case could really be made for it.

But the reality is that Ainge is gimpy at best. Even Les Miles knows what to do if he”s in the game: chase him, tackle him low. Life in the SEC, you know.

Tennessee is probably going to have to depend on Jonathan Crompton for the bulk of the QB action tomorrow. That”s a lot to ask of a guy who”s thrown exactly four passes in his college career. So a likely edge for LSU.

Still, I don”t have a good comfort level with this game. I could make a lot of cases for LSU here. We do have the talent. The defense was capable against Auburn and Florida, the offense stellar against the young ladies we”ve played every other week. Side note: Who”s the best team LSU has beaten? According to Anderson-Hester, it”s UL-Lafayette. Seriously.

So Leslie, you”re back at the “prove it to me” stage.

Vols 20 – 17

Elsewhere in the SEC (quickly):

No. 12 Arkansas at South Carolina: I”m not picking on my needs, but still see an upset. Cocks 27 – 20

No. 7 Florida at Vandy: Crocs 38 – 24

Georgia at Kentucky: UGA 31 – 13

Mississippi State at Alabama: Tide 17 – 10

Arkansas State at No. 6 Auburn: Tigers 55 – 6

Northwestern State at Ole Miss: Rebels 27 – 7

Last week: 6 – 1. For the year: 59 – 12

Finally, a note:

- The LSU / Auburn game was the CBS game that week. I went. We lost.
- The LSU / Florida game was the CBS game that week. I went. We lost.
- The LSU / Tennessee game is the CBS game this week. I”m going …

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