#5 Georgia at #20 South Carolina – Georgia can take a huge step toward an SEC East title with a win over the Gamecocks in Columbia, but it won’t be an easy task for Mark Richt and Company. The Bulldogs had a week off in preparation for the trip to Columbia where they have lost their last two visits. After a disappointing opening loss at home to Texas A&M, the Gamecocks rebounded with a 33-23 win over a good East Carolina team. I expect South Carolina to play their best football, but it may not be enough to get the job done. Georgia 28 South Carolina 24.
#44 Tennessee at #6 Oklahoma – I’ve had this game circled on the calendar since it was announced many years ago. I’m pretty torn, yet realize it’s truly a win win situation as well. I was born in Oklahoma, raised a Sooner fan and lived in Tennessee for 12 years during which time I became quite a Vol fan. Tennessee has looked good in wins over better than average competition (Utah State and Arkansas State). Oklahoma looks, well, like Oklahoma which is generally pretty darn good. The Sooners are a 21 point favorite which seems high even for a game in Norman, but hey, my own computer projection is 17. Rocky Top needs another year before this game is close. Tennessee gets OU in Knoxville next year. If Oklahoma’s defense plays up to par the Volunteers will have a difficult time scoring. Oklahoma 35 Tennessee 13.
#13 UCLA vs #23 Texas in Arlington – If there was ever a game I’d like to shy away from predicting it’s this one. The Bruins have not lived up to preseason expectations (all though I certainly admit Memphis appears to be a much improved team). And Texas, well, what can I say about the Longhorns? I refuse to believe they are not better than what we saw against BYU. Before the season I pointed to this game as a major national coming out party for the Stronghorns. Sure looks like I blew that prediction, but I believe Texas will give it all they’ve got. UCLA 28 Texas 27.
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