College Football: Week 6 Picks- Another Upset By Kansas State? SEC Opening Acts Could Steal Spotlight

8 10 2011


Georgia Bulldogs at Tennessee Volunteers


Considering the LSU-Florida game is billed as the top SEC game of the week, people shouldn’t write this Georgia-Tennessee game off so quickly as it has the makings to outdo the battle in Death Valley.

In a battle for SEC East Division supremacy, Aaron Murray of Georgia and Tyler Bray of Tennessee will meet in what could be a preview of future Sunday’s as these two pro prospects are expected to put on a fireworks show in Knoxville.

Tennessee have converted  a nations best 62 percent on third downs, en route to scoring 40 or more points in its three wins this season.  Not bad.  However, this offense will face a Bulldogs defense that has limited its opponent under 26 percent on third down conversions, which is ranked second nationally.

With the loss of Justin Hunter at wide receiver, Tennessee’s offense could be in a bit of trouble against Georgia.  The Bulldogs defense ranks 4th in the nation against the pass as this unit has exceptional coverage, and have only allowed five passing touchdowns this season.  If Bray can’t get this offense flying through the air, then Tennessee will get shut down quickly.

The Volunteers ground game is down right awful.  Ranked 97th in the nation, yes, 97th, Tennessee averages a measly three yards per carry.  Tennessee also ranks dead last in the SEC in rushing offense.  Georgia will find it easy to contain the ground game of Tennessee as the Bulldogs currently rank 56th nationally against the run.  Not bad.  They also limit running backs to a mere 4.51 yards per carry.


Georgia Bulldogs 41 – Tennessee Volunteers 27


Auburn Tigers at Arkansas Razorbacks


Last season Ryan Mallett and Cam Newton took their teams to war in what may have been the SEC’s “Game of the Year”.

Newton and the Tigers dropped 65 points on Mallett’s Razorbacks in the win.  Tyler Wilson made an appearance in that game, relieving Mallett after the star quarterback suffered a concussion in the first half.

This season, Auburn are without Cam Newton, and Arkansas are sans Mallett.  Could we see a repeat of 2010’s bomb show?

More than likely.

Let’s all be honest here.  The point of Auburn’s defense is not to stop the opposing team’s offense, but, really, to give the Tigers’ offense a breather.  To put it in simple terms: Auburn’s defense is down right awful.  High school football programs play better defense than the Tigers.

Nationally, the Tigers rank 106th in total defense, 108th against the rush, 74th against the pass, and 74th in scoring defense.

Arkansas averages over 471 yards per game in total offense (16th overall) and is also 16th in the country in scoring.  The Razorbacks average over 39 points a game, and against Auburn, it looks like the offense will be running wild Saturday.

This will be the perfect defense for the prolific Tyler Wilson to take advantage of and destroy.  The Tigers secondary is obviously its weakest link, and will be exposed quickly and often as Wilson’s air show takes flight.  Expect the Razorbacks pivot to break the school record  for most passing yards in a game that he set last week against Texas A&M (510 yards).  Too early to say “Heisman Trophy darkhorse”?

Stat Pack: Arkansas are 20-for-20 with 15 touchdowns in the red zone this season.  


Arkansas Razorbacks 54 – Auburn Tigers 39




Missouri Tigers at Kansas State Wildcats


Okay, short and sweet.

Kansas State knocked off RG3 and the Baylor Bears last week in a thriller.

Coach Bill Snyder obviously has a great thing going at K-State.  He must be channelling it from those slick Nike shoes he sports.

Collin Klein ranks second in the FBS in quarterback rushing, averaging 105.8 yards per game.  Dual-threat quarterbacks seem to be all the rage these days.  If Kansas State can knock off Baylor, then, they can topple Missouri, too.

Kansas State Wildcats 31 – Missouri Tigers 28




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