PETE'S PIGSKIN PROGNOSTICATIONS

Pete Fox

I firmly believe that any man's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle - victorious. Vince Lombardi

It's the penultimate week for SEC football this year, and there are a lot of tune-ups on the slate. Unfortunately for this picker, there are also a lot of closely matched teams playing each other. Some, if not all, will be decided by plays like the final pass in the SC-GA game last week. And who can predict those?

Chattanooga @ Alabama – Easy one here. Chattanooga is maybe headed for the FCS playoffs, so it might not be as bad as it could be. Nah, it's going to be bad. Alabama 55 – Mocs 10

Georgia Southern @ Florida – Florida, struggling to keep their heads above water, should do just fine here. I notice the head coach got the kiss of death vote of confidence from the AD. Gators 31 – Georgia Southern 17

Kentucky @ Georgia – The little blue fired their best shot against the Commodores last week. I think they're done. Dawgs 52 – Mildcats 17

Coastal Carolina @ South Carolina – Another tune-up here. Nothing to report but some more Clowney drama. Gamecocks 35 – Coastal Carolina 6

Mississippi State @ Arkansas – The real question here is how these teams got to be so bad. Coverage of these two teams is nonexistent here in Chattanooga, so I'm really just guessing here. Bulldogs 17 – Razorbacks 15

TAMU @ LSU -- More and more, the defenses are becoming able to deal with the abilities of the TAMU quarterback. His style appears to be the coming thing (quick, mobile, shifty) but the pendulum has already begun to swing back toward the defense. LSU 27 – TAMU 24

Missouri @ Mississippi – Missouri has something to play for. A win keeps them in contention for the SEC East title and a berth in the Georgiadome for the overall SEC championship. Mississippi is just playing for nothing here, and looking forward to crushing Mississippi State next week in the Egg bowl. A classic trap game for the Bears. Missouri 45 – Mississippi 35

Vanderbilt @ Tennessee -- There are compelling reasons for picking either of these teams in this game. Based on the entire season's body of work, statistics would seem to favor the Commodores. However, and it's a big one, Tennessee has played vastly better at home than on the road. And VU hasn't played particularly well on the road. Add to the mix (1) Vandy is feeling vast relief that the bowl monkey is off their backs. (2) UTK is facing a must-win situation: bowl eligibility, state pride, and declining attendance. (3) Vandy is still facing a dicey quarterback situation that hasn't fully resolved itself. In Nashville, this is an easy pick: Vandy by 14. In Knoxville, the (home) shoe is on the other foot. UTK 27 – Vandy 24

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