LSU / SEC Week 12 Picks; Weeks 10-11 Recap

My picks have gone really downhill in the past few weeks; recap of my sucking at the bottom. But to this week …

LSU needs Mississippi State to beat Arkansas and Alabama to beat Auburn in order to turn next Friday”s LSU / Arkansas game into a SEC West showdown. Whatever. We shouldn”t be in this position, and I”m not begging God to help us back in to the SEC Championship. Besides, I think it”ll be interesting to see what happens with the bowls and BCS if LSU finishes the year as the best two-loss team but not the SEC champion. There”s still the little matter of Arkansas in Little Rock, though.

So this week: No. 11 LSU welcomes Ole Miss into the sedate environment of Tiger Stadium tonight. The talent differential between the Tigers and Rebels is just huge. I could see Leslie screwing this up, but I”m not going to predict that.

Tigers 31 – 17

Elsewhere:

Western Carolina at No. 4 Florida: I suppose the Crocs scheduled the Catamounts this week as a breather before what was supposed to be a showdown with Florida State. Sitting on the BCS title bubble, nothing less than half a hundy spread will be adequate to keep Florida in the conversation. Crocs 63 – 10

No. 7 Arkansas at Mississippi State: If ever there”s a shining-moment opportunity for the Bulldogs, it”s today. Two weeks removed from beating Alabama on the road, a week to rest and now the SEC”s hottest team comes to town. A win here would be beyond huge; it would change the future of MSU football. Sylvester has to go out and tell all those Mississippi high school players something this winter to get them to the cow college and “did you see those Alabama and Arkansas games?” would be a good icebreaker. Not outside the realm of the possible, but Arkansas has too much to play for. Hogs 24 – 17

No. 14 Auburn at Alabama: Ah, The Iron Bowl. The air is out of the Auburn balloon, and Alabama isn”t as bad as their 6-5 record says. With motivation and the home field on their side, I”m going Tide. Bama 20 – 17

No. 22 Tennessee at Vandy: I don”t think the Vols will forget last year. Tennessee 35 – 15

MTSU at South Carolina: Obviously the Cocks aren”t there yet. Fortunately, the Blue Raiders will never be there. Cocks 38 -20

UL-Monroe at Kentucky: How did CBS pass on this classic? Cats 28 – 10

Catching up on Week 10 / 11 picks:

Week 10 – Bad week (I picked the Vols over LSU, if you remember) for the Cap”n. 4-3 on the week.

Week 11 – Another bad week (thanks, Auburn!). 3-2 on the week.

For the season, 66-17.

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