Scott Feinstein picks the SEC

Scott Feinstein

Another week bites the dust. It starts off with Bama dusting off Arkansas, Vanderbilt moves to 4-0, Ole Miss falls at home to Wyoming and its topped off with a classis collapse by LSU allowing the Vols to get their season back on track. On to week five!

Last Week: (6-2) vs. spread : (3-3) Yearly : (25-9) vs. spread : (14-15)

Ole Miss (+22) @ Tennessee: The Vols actually have a full time starter at QB before the game starts this week. Rick Clausen has won the starting job with his play on the field. I think this alone will provide more stability and flow for the UT offense this week. Ole Miss is coming of back-to-back losses to Vandy and Wyoming. With UT coming back at LSU and Ole Miss getting waxed at home, these two teams are going different directions. Look for Tennessee to pound Ole Miss early before Ole Miss can add some garbage points late in the game to get inside the Vegas number. Tennessee 35 Ole Miss 14

LSU (-14) @ Miss St: The last two times LSU played at Miss St they won by the combined score of 83-6. LSU heads will probably still be spinning after the collapse vs. Tennessee. The MSU offense has been very inept this year and will more than likely struggle again in this match up. I think this will be a very sloppy game but LSU will win simply because they have better players. This game may be close all the way if LSU cant get it back together. LSU 26 Mississippi State 10

Florida @ Alabama (+4): This should be a very good game to watch this weekend. Both teams come in at 4 - 0 overall and are battling for leads in their respected SEC division. This game also features two of the leagues best signal callers in Chris Leake and Brodie Croyle. Both of these teams are solid all around and who wins is a tossup in my opinion. I am going to give Alabama a slight edge on defense and home crowd while the edge goes to Florida on the offensive side of the ball. It will be interesting to see the strengths of these teams go head to head. I wouldn't be surprised if either team won this game but I'm taking Florida straight up and Bama with the points. Florida 26 Alabama 24

South Carolina (+14) @ Auburn: Auburn plays their 7th straight regular season home game this weekend vs South Carolina. Auburn is 3 - 1 but has played probably the weakest schedule so far in the SEC. As of now SC QB Blake Mitchell will probably not play, while Brandon Cox, Auburn QB, looks to return after missing last weeks scrimmage vs Western Kentucky. I think the old ball coach, Steve Spurrier will find a way to keep this game close, but Auburn's talent wins out in the end. This will be the first time these two teams have met since 1997. Auburn took that game 23-6. Auburn 27 South Carolina 17

MTSU @ Vanderbilt (-15) : Vanderbilt tries this weekend to improve to an improbable 5-0 on the year. They will go for number 5 vs. cross-town "rival" MTSU. Middle had the last laugh in these two teams previous meetings, getting victories in 2001 and 2002. This is 2005 however, and things are very different. MTSU has struggled tremendously so far putting points on the board, while their defense has played respectable. Several Vanderbilt players were on those teams and I'm sure they do not want a repeat outcome. Jay Cutler missed the game in 2002 and looks to make his first game vs. MTSU a very memorable one, picking up his teams fifth win. Not many quarterbacks at Vandy can say they got to that number in one year. Most fans of both teams are expecting a close game. I was starting to buy in to that but looking at the matchups and the numbers I just can't make myself go there. Vanderbilt is clearly the better team this year and I think they will show it on the field in an impressive way. Vandy gets ready for a national TV audience and LSU next week by thumping MTSU this week. Vandy improves to 5-0 this week. Wow, 5-0!! Vanderbilt 41 MTSU 14

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