South Region Recruiting Rankings, Visitors and Commitments:
The Tide will host two official visitors in 5-star CB Demarcus Milliner and 4-star Jalston Fowler.
The Vols will host at least three official visitors: 5-star DE Jacques Smith, 5-star DE Corey Lemonier, and 3-star DT Calvin Smith.
The Gators added a commitment from 4-star CB Joshua Shaw.
The Tigers picked up a commitment from 4-star WR Trovon Reed.
The Commodores added a commitment from 3-star FB Blake Gowder.
29. South Carolina
32. North Carolina State
34. Florida State
The Seminoles are bringing in several official visitors: 5-star Lamarcus Joyner, 5-star Juco DE Wayne Dorsey, 3-star DE Adrian Hubbard, and two from Itawamba who originally signed with FSU, 3-star RB Debrale Smiley and 2-star DT (Amp) Anthony McCloud.
37. Georgia Tech
39. Wake Forest
40. North Carolina
46. Mississippi State
The Bulldogs added a commitment from 3-star MLB Ferlando Bohanna.
55. Ole Miss
60. South Florida
The Knights are bringing in Juco DE Isaac Remington for an official visit.
The Wildcats landed a commitment from 2-star OLB Avery Williamson.
65. Southern Miss
The Golden Eagles received a commitment from 2-star kicker Corey Acosta.
86. Louisiana Tech
92. East Carolina
110. Arkansas State
SEC Publishers/Writers Predictions:
Alabama 31, Chattanooga 3 -- Logic says Tide starters make a quick exit.
Offensive Lineman of the Week
Arkansas 35, Mississippi State 10 -- Razorbacks have offense; Bulldogs are disheartened.
Florida 56, Florida International 6 -- Gators cruising towards Atlanta.
Ole Miss 21, LSU 17 -- Rebels of pre-season hype finally get it done.
Tennessee 28, Vanderbilt 10 -- Disappointment for Commodores continues.
Georgia 31, Kentucky 27 -- Bulldogs trying to make it look like a good season.
Alabama 35, UA-Chattanooga 7 - The Crimson Tide can smell the finish line.
Arkansas 31, Mississippi State 14 - The Bulldogs have lost their last seven games in which they have given up 25 points. Make it 8 as the SEC's highest scoring offense gets going again.
Florida 42, FIU 10 - So can the Gators as the SEC's two best teams continue to drive toward the SEC Championship Throwdown.
Ole Miss 28, LSU 21 - I've seen enough of Dexter McCluster now that he has been unleased to not bet against a team with that young man on it.
Tennessee 24, Vanderbilt 10 - The Volunteers get back on track after being roughed up in Oxford.
Georgia 21, Kentucky 17 - Surely the Bulldogs will build off of last week's rally past Auburn.
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Special Teams Player of the Week
UT-Chattanooga 3 at Alabama 52 - Good breather before rivalry and SECCG.
Defensive Player of the Week
Mississippi State 17 at Arkansas 38 - Arkansas has become a scoring machine.
FIU 0 at Florida 48 - see Bama game....Florida finally gets their shutout.
LSU 17 at Ole Miss 14 - LSU catching Ole Miss at a bad time, but I think the Bayou Bengals prevail.
Vanderbilt 13 at Tennessee 10 - The bail is set...I mean line is set at three and I think the "Dores steal one from the Kiffins.
Kentucky 24 at Georgia 20 - Kentucky wins their last two games to have a pretty decent season.
Freshman of the Week
UT-Chattanooga beaten by Alabama
Mississippi State loses at Arkansas
FIU pounded by Florida
LSU falls to Ole Miss
Tennessee recovers against Vanderbilt
Kentucky falls at Georgia
Alabama 45, UT-Chat 10 - Alabama runs away with this contest early and rests their starters late.
Defensive Lineman of the Week
Arkansas 31, Mississippi State 20 - Arkansas continues to explode on their opponents offensively.
Florida 51, FIU 7 - Florida dominates from start to finish against an instate opponent.
LSU 31, Ole Miss 24 - The Tigers and Rebels play it close all the way, but the Tigers pull it out late.
Tennessee 24, Vanderbilt 9 - Tennessee handles a beat up Vandy squad although the Dores never give in.
Georgia 31, Kentucky 27 - Georgia and Kentucky play
a close game, going back and forth. Both defenses struggle to stop the other. The last team with the ball wins.
UT-Chattanooga 0, Alabama 48: After a stretch of conference wins, the Tide go out of the SEC. Against a Tennessee team not named the Volunteers, that shouldn't be much of a test. Most guys will probably have their minds on the Iron Bowl.
Mississippi State 9, Arkansas 17: Dan Mullen's Bulldogs have come close to knocking off a couple of big time teams this season. Yet to wind up on the winning side of a close call, could a trip to Arkansas be the remedy? The game will play close, but look for a late touchdown to push the Razorbacks out of reach.
FIU 3, Florida 37: Much like undefeated Alabama, the defending National Champion Gators step out of SEC play this weekend in what is pegged as a sure thing. Expect Tim Tebow to put on a show. He only has two games in the Swamp left.
LSU 24, Ole Miss 21: Ole Miss handed LSU an up-and-down, side-to-side beat down in Baton Rouge last November. After a loss to Alabama and a close call against Louisiana Tech, expect Les Miles to have a win dialed up to put the Tigers back on track. And with Senior Night festivities in full swing in Oxford, expect the outcome to go down to the wire.
Vanderbilt 10, Tennessee 27: The Volunteers have fought bad press all season, so don't expect them to let the recent off the field issues to set the team back any more than it already has. After a blowout loss to the Rebels in Oxford, Tennessee is licking their chops to get ahold of the in-state Commodores.
Kentucky 12, Georgia 17: Mark Richt has not had the season that any Bulldogs envisioned, but a win over Auburn certainly helped ease the pain. In the final game between the hedges of the year, look for Georgia to stay steady and get the win. If they can close with a victory in Atlanta, four losses does not feel as bad.
Alabama 42 UTC 0: I am not sure Alabama is not the best team in the country. McElroy has learned to be a good care taker and get the ball into the hands of his playmakers. The defensive front 7 is as good as any in the country. The SEC title game will be interesting. This weekend will not. Bama just needs to avoid the injury bug.
Arkansas 31 Mississippi State 17: I am not sure how much the Bulldogs have left in the tank, but this game is a must win should they want to go bowling. MSU has never beaten the Razorbacks in the state of Arkansas. The Bulldogs aren't a bad road team this year, but they will have to play much better on both sides of the ball to pull this one off.
Florida 52 FIU 0: I am not sure why we are playing this game now. If you want a breather this late in the season, schedule the non conference blood lettings earlier in the season. These type of games bother me because the team with the most to lose generally lose something even if it's not the game. Some key player always seems to get a high ankle sprain.
Ole Miss 27 LSU 13: Houston Nutt has his team playing well in November. It's almost an annual event. Nutt always seems to close well even in lean years. LSU is a mess. The Tigers have played around spotty QB for two years and this year it's even worse than before. The loss of Charles Scott is huge. With the west already won, I wonder how motivated LSU will be to go to Oxford and play. The Rebs will be ready.
Tennessee 24 Vanderbilt 10: Tennessee took a step backwards last week. It's clear the Vols are extremely immature and are still learning the game at this level. Not just the players, but the coaches too. The Vols seem to get up to play teams they shouldn't beat, but they try to sleep walk through even games. They got spanked last week and deservedly so. This one will be better than it should be.
Georgia 24 Kentucky 21: The Bulldogs won a great game last week and Athens is still a very tough place to play. Kentucky is playing pretty well, but I am not sure they match up well with the Georgia ground game. I like what Rich Brooks has done, but this one will boil down to recruiting and the Bullies still have a decided edge there.
UT-Chattanooga-Alabama: Seriously, that has to be a mistake. You mean Chattanooga has a football team? Tide 45, Chattanooga 0.
Mississippi State-Arkansas: If Arkansas gets hot in the passing game, this will be a long day for the Bulldogs. Arkansas 31, MSU 21.
Offensive Player of the Week
FIU-Florida: Yawn. Florida 50, FIU 7.
LSU-Ole Miss: Very well could end up being the game of the week in college football. The Rebels got back to form against Tennessee in a surprising cakewalk. LSU's defense is stout, stout, stout. We'll go with the homies (homefield advantage) in a tight one. Ole MIss 24, LSU 23.
Vanderbilt-Tennessee: For the 11th time this season - Vandy has no offense. UT 28, Vandy 3.
Kentucky-Georgia: Georgia's impressive win over Auburn and the momentum gained by that will be the difference. Another close one going to the home team. Georgia 28, Kentucky 24.
Alabama 43 - UT Chattanooga 6: It must be nice to have cupcakes on your schedule this time of year…
Arkansas 31 - Miss. State 20: The Hogs have found their stride the past three weeks. That will continue with a strong effort against the Bulldogs.
Florida 56 - FIU 3: A great game for Tim Tebow to pad his stats.
Ole Miss 27 - LSU 20: I’m glad to know there’s at least one intriguing game in the SEC this weekend! The Rebs have been playing great of late, and while I don’t see the Dexter McCluster train putting up the same numbers as last week, he will continue to spark the Ole Miss offense in this one.
Tennessee 23 - Vandy 10: Raise your hand if you didn’t enjoy watching Lane Kiffin get it handed to him last week against Ole Miss. What, no hands? Imagine that…
Georgia 30 - Kentucky 23: Last week was a big win for the ‘Dawgs over Auburn. Kentucky is better than many give them credit for, but Georgia will protect its home turf this weekend between the hedges.
Alabama 41, Chattanooga 7: The Tide will be looking ahead to Auburn. It won't matter.
Arkansas 31, Mississippi State 17: The Bulldogs are just good enough to lose competitively to the SEC's better teams.
Florida 63, FIU 7: The Gators have been winning by modest margins lately. Not this weekend.
Ole Miss 24, LSU 20: The Rebels are dangerous now that they've figured out that Dexter McCluster is one of the NCAA's most electrifying players.
Tennessee 31, Vanderbilt 6: Unless Jay Cutler leaves the Bears and rejoins the Commodores, Vandy's offense is likely to continue sputtering.
Georgia 31, Kentucky 23: The Dawgs ride the momentum of their come-from-behind defeat of Auburn.
Alabama 38, Chattanooga 7- Should be a fairly easy win for Bama. Chattanooga is actually a decent FBC team but they won't hang with the Tide.
Arkanasas 31, Mississippi State 17- This game features the Hogs high powered passing attack against the Bulldog's solid rushing game. Take the home team.
Florida 42, FIU 7- FIU has given up over 40 points in five games so the Gators should have a good day offensively.
Ole Miss 24, LSU 17- This is the game that Rebel fans have been waiting for but still no BCS bowl for them.
Tennessee 27, Vanderbilt 13- Vols increase their win streak in the series to four and become bowl eligible. Season mercifully over for Commodores.
Georgia 31, Kentucky 21- Georgia is again starting to improve late in the season, which is a sign of solid coaching.
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