It's Week Three of the SEC Football season, and the conference slate is in full swing with a handful of solid SEC matchups. There's even a couple intriguing non-conference matchups, as we'll see Tiger-on-Tiger crime when Auburn takes on Clemson in Death Valley, and Louisville and Kentucky square off in a contest to see who rules the disgustingly awful state of Kentucky football.
I was unable to make my guarantees last week due to some prior engagements, but in Week One it's safe to say I didn't fare so well. It was a lot of "close-but-no-cigar" type picks, but all-in-all I whiffed pretty hard.
However, that can't shake my confidence/ignorance, and I have no qualms guaranteeing these six things for Week Three.
1. Navy hangs around against South Carolina and covers the spread.
Any time that you have a week to prepare for the triple option, you've got yourself a recipe for disaster. Defending these option offenses takes unrivaled discipline, and last week the Gamecocks fought their way to an ugly victory over UGA. I don't have the courage to pick Navy to win, because they simply shouldn't considering the amount of talent on SCAR's roster, but I like Navy to give them a ballgame.
2. Verne Lundquist mentions Tim Tebow a bare minimum of ten times when UT and UF square off in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday.
I have a gameday ritual within my household where I set up AT LEAST two televisions, and then I will play another game on my laptop (I've got some serious multi-tasking skills,) and while there's no doubt my main focus will be UT/UF on Saturday, I'll likely have that TV muted. Lundquist shouldn't even be allowed to operate a motor vehicle, let alone call an SEC football game. Tebow hasn't played a down for Florida since '09, but SEC fans will never be able to escape the force feeding of his legacy via Verne.
3. LSU absolutely ROLLS Mississippi State in Starkville.
Despite being merely -3.5 point favorites against Mississippi State on Saturday, I like LSU to go and lay a whooping on the Bulldogs. MSU has made a living on the ground in the first couple of weeks of the season, but rushing yards have been at a premium against LSU's defense. I think LSU rolls, and I think the Dan Mullen to Georgia rumors get out of hand before the end of the year.
4. Vandy, that's right I said Vandy, moves to 3-0!
Vandy moved to 2-0 last week with a solid win over the defending Big East champion Connecticut Huskies, and now they're favorite SEC whipping boys come to town, Ole Miss. They get the Rebels in Nashville, and while homefield advantage doesn't mean much when you're playing in front of roughly three dozen fans, I like Vandy to get the "W" and to go to 3-0.
5. Florida beats the Vols for the seventh straight time.
Not much of a stretch here considering the Vols are 9.5 point underdogs, but I do think that line is overinflated. However, it is slightly shocking considering that I'm a Tennessee guy, and this has been a trendy upset pick (especially among UT fans.) This is one pick where I hope that I'm wrong, but I simply can't fathom a team this young stealing a victory against UF in the swamp, even if Florida is down.
6. Auburn continues to showcase the SEC's dominance in a win over Clemson.
I think Auburn fans should be ecstatic to win three games within the conference this season, and despite their near loss to lowly Utah State, I think they still steal a win from Clemson in Death Valley on Saturday. Auburn has lost more than any team in the country, but the depth of the talent in the SEC reigns supreme in a victory over this ACC foe.