SEC Week 3 Predictions

I hear they’ll play football in Baton Rouge tomorrow night. At least I hope that’s the case. I also hope things aren’t as bad as the might be down on the Texas coast.

But to football.

The Mean Green – they are not good. LSU will win the game, but having lost a tune-up for the Auburn game, lord knows what we’ll see out of Leslie and the boys. Will this be another test of Hatch vs. Lee, or a tune-up to establish one of them as the clear starter going in to Auburn next week? I think the value probably lies in declaring us either a Hatch team or a Lee team and working on that game plan against North Texas.

And I think at this point we have to be a Hatch team. Rely on the run, don’t try to do too much with the passing game – which is perfect for Hatch, who lacks muscles in his arms. So give him a full game to manage the offense and hopefully things go well and build for the War Eagles. And it’ll likely be a sloppy, messy game.

LSU 24 – 10

Elsewhere in the SEC:

No. 2 Georgia at No. 46 South Carolina: The Cocks don’t have the offense to run with the Dawgs, but defensively they might slow them down. But this shouldn’t be Georgia’s weekend to fail. Dawgs 20 – 13

No. 9 Auburn at Mississippi State: Sly Croom has a lot to prove after being humiliated in Ruston. I’m not prepared to count the Bulldogs out, but there’s certainly not anything pointing to an MSU win here. And I think Auburn knows not to look past this game. Auburn 13 – 7

Western Kentucky at No. 16 Alabama: I get all those “Western” this and “Central” that teams confused, but I’m pretty sure Western Kentucky isn’t one of the “good” directional teams, which is good for Fonzie since his offense stunk up Tuscaloosa last week. Bama 31 – 9

UAB at No. 31 Tennessee: The Vols have had two weeks to stew over their blown game against UCLA. I feel bad for UAB, which sits at No. 117 in total defense and No. 114 in scoring defense. Vols 52 – 20

MTSU at No. 29 Kentucky: If I thought beating Maryland meant anything at all, I’d be intrigued by MTSU here. But Maryland sucks and Kentucky held Louisville scoreless on offense – then they rang up 51 the next week. I have to figure Kentucky isn’t horrible. Cats 31 – 17

Rice at No. 37 Vanderbilt: An intriguing game. Vandy is 2-0, having beaten supposedly-decent Miami (the other one) on the road and South Carolina at home. But their numbers are horrible – No. 96 in total offense and No. 60 in total defense. Meanwhile, Rice is also 2-0, having put up serious passing yards against the very bad SMU and Memphis. But their defense is horrible, at No. 94 in total defense. Lots of ugliness for a combined 4-0. But I’ll give the edge to Vandy. Dores 13 – 10

Samford at Ole Miss: The Rebels should have beaten Wake Forest, and Samford is a I-AA squad that plays teams like West Georgia and Faulkner. Ole Miss 48 – 7

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