SEC Pubs' Predictions & Recruiting Rankings
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Alabama head coach Nick Saban

Posted Sep 24, 2009

The publishers/writers jumped in early this week with their predictions with a Thursday night match-up. Read where the SEC schools rank in recruiting along with the publishers/writers predictions of this week's games.

Demarco Cobbs
5-star Vols' commitment
SEC Recruiting Rankings:
3. Tennessee
5. Alabama
6. LSU
7. Georgia
9. Florida
25. Auburn
26. South Carolina
27. Vanderbilt
52. Ole Miss
53. Mississippi State
58. Arkansas
71. Kentucky (23-3)

Alabama 38, Arkansas 21 -- Razorbacks have offense, but not yet good enough on defense.

Terrence Cody
Auburn 53, Ball State 0 -- Ball State lost to North Texas.
LSU 31, Mississippi State 7 -- Some think this will be a closer game, but why?

Ole Miss 24, South Carolina 20 -- Rebels surely have been focused on this potential minefield.

Florida 38, Kentucky 7 -- Gators don't have much to come down from after win over Vols.

Georgia 42, Arizona State 17 -- Arizona hasn't seen an offense like Georgia's.

Tennessee 30, Ohio 10 -- Kiffen lets his team do the talking.

Vanderbilt 21, Rice 14 -- It would be exciting if they played for their endowments. (24-3)

Alabama 38, Arkansas 21 - The Razorbacks certainly have showed they have a high-powered offense, but the defense has miles and miles to go to catch up.

Ryan Mallet
Auburn 44, Ball State 21 - Things keep moving in the right direction for the Fighting Chiziks.

LSU 31, Mississippi State 17 - The Tigers have too much for the Bulldogs, but it was a very nice win for Mississippi State at Vanderbilt last weekend.

Ole Miss 21, South Carolina 17 - The Rebels score just enough to come through with a close win in their first true tough test of the season.

Florida 44, Kentucky 17 - Not even the Gator flu will be enough for the Wildcats to hang enough points up to take down No. 1.

UGA 35, Arizona State 24 - Marc Richt's Bulldogs have shaken off that first week loss and responded well offensively - albeit the defense still has a ways to go.

Tennessee 35, Ohio 14 - Lane Kiffin's bunch showed something last weekend at Florida and get a chance to rough up a foe this Saturday.

Vanderbilt 24, Rice 10 - The Commodores bounce back nicely at night against the Owls in a game that honestly not many people give a Hoot about. (ITAT) (18-4)

Arkansas vs. Alabama--This should be a good test for the Tide's defense., but Arkansas has issues on defense. Alabama 45, Arkansas 27

Craig Stevens
Defensive Player of the Week
Auburn vs. Ball State--Auburn has never lost to a team from the MAC and that won't change Saturday night. Auburn 51, Ball State 10

LSU at Mississippi State--LSU has too much talent for the Bulldogs and should have no problem getting a road win in this week's SEC burnch kickoff. LSU 28, Mississippi State 14

Ole Miss at South Carolina--The Rebels will get a bit of a test, but should prevail with Jevan Snead leading the way. He has eight straight games in which he has thrown two or more TD passses. Ole Miss 27, South Carolina 17

Florida at Kentucky--The Gators stay undefeated and beat UK for a 23rd straight. Florida 38, Kentucky 10

Georgia vs. Arizona State--Dennis Erickson has more rebuilding to do in the desert. Look for A.J. Green to put up some big numbers. Georgia 41, Arizona State 24

Tennessee vs. Ohio--This is the first ever game between the Vols and the Bobcats, who bring a 2-1 record to Neyland Stadium. Tennessee 31, Ohio 10

Vanderbilt vs. Rice--Vandy won 38-21 last year in Nashville and there is no reason the Commodores shouldn't do it again against the Owls who are 0-3. Vandy wins. (12-3)

Arkansas 27 at Alabama 31 - I have been a big believer in Petrino and Arkansas so far, but got to believe Bama wins at home in this one.

Auburn 33 vs. Ball State 7: The Tigers roll through another non-conference opponent.

Maurkice Pouncey
Offensive Lineman of the Week
LSU 24 at Mississippi State 16 - Tough game for the outmatched Bulldogs. I am still not sold on LSU's offense, but they should win this one.

Ole Miss 17 at South Carolina 20 - I think this will be a knock down, drag out and one of those games that the Ole ball coach has a trick or two up his sleeve. This is an excellent battle against two very good and respected coaches.

Florida 38 at Kentucky 10 - The Gator offense gives up a touchdown on a return while scoring five of their own. The defense will have to just live with giving up another field goal to go with it.

UGA 10 vs. Arizona State 20 - ASU can match UGA on kickoff returns. ASU has a very stingy defense as well. Has Cox already played his best game? Should be a tough contest for him.

Tennessee 31 vs. Ohio 3 - Tennessee decides not to run out the clock for 60 minutes and flex their muscle vs. the mighty Bobcats. Afterward, Kiffin's team all come down with the flu.

Vanderbilt 45 at Rice 7 - Vandy gets to rolling and doesn't stop until Rice is a bunch of mush. (10-2)

Joe Cox
Offensive Player of the Week
Arkansas loses to Alabama, but scores lots of points...

Auburn crushes Ball State...

LSU beats Mississippi State but its sloppy...

Ole Miss survives South Carolina...

Florida struggles then pours it on Kentucky, if not expect excuses from Meyer...

Georgia pulls away from Arizona State...

Tennessee knocks off Ohio thanks to the defense...

Vanderbilt had better beat Rice... (12-3)

Alabama 38, Arkansas 24 - Hogs put up good yardage and score fairly well against the Bama defense, but they can't stop the Tide from rolling.

Derrick Locke
Special Teams Player of the Week
Auburn 41, Ball State 10 - Auburn gets a little break with an out of conference opponent. Expect a romp.

LSU 27, Miss St 17 - LSU struggles on the road, as Mississippi State comes close to defeating the Bayou Bengals.

Ole Miss 31, South Carolina 21 - Gamecocks make a game of it, but Ole Miss pulls away at the end behind a strong offensive performance.

Florida 41, Kentucky 17 - Florida's so angry at the Tennessee score that they decide to take it out on the Wildcats.

Georgia 38, ASU 17 - Georgia flexes their offensive muscles out in the Pac 10 country, defeating the Sun Devils easily.

Tennessee 35, Ohio 12 - The Vols feast on another weak out of conference opponent and rest their starters late.

Vanderbilt 17, Rice 13 - Vanderbilt goes on the road and gets a much needed victory after struggling against Mississippi State. (19-6)

Arkansas 21, Alabama 27: The Crimson Tide do enough to stay out in front of Ryan Mallett and the Razorback offense. The young Trent Richardson and the running attack have a big week.

Auburn 34, Ball State 14: The Tigers gave the Mountaineers a battle on the Plains last week, winning behind four forced turnovers in the fourth quarter. The Ball State match should give both sides of the Auburn line up some time to recover from the battle.

LSU 31, Mississippi State 13: The LSU offense begins to click as Jordan Jefferson goes over 200 yards passing for the first time this season. Terrance Toliver adds a pair of touchdown grabs to an already fast start out of the gates.

Chad Jones
Ole Miss 17, South Carolina 14: The Gamecocks and Rebels usually play it close, and the trip from Oxford to the east coast is no walk down the block. Spurrier's defense will answer the call, but the offense might not have the legs to run with the Rebels all night.

Florida 35, Kentucky 14: The Gators have put the Tennessee game behind them, which means all eyes (still) are on Atlanta. The trip to Lexington should be an easy win for the defending National Champions.

UGA 27, Arizona State 14: A trip to Arizona could spell disaster for a Bulldog team that dropped the season opener to Oklahoma State before back-to-back conference wins over South Carolina and Arkansas. Here is to Richt wrapping things up away from home before the Bayou Bengals come to town next weekend.

Tennessee 38, Ohio 13: The loss to the Gators meant two-straight drops for Kiffin's squad. They will need to rebound with a big win over Ohio before the SEC play kicks back into gear. Bryce Brown should have one of his best games to date.

Vanderbilt 17, Rice 10: This one should be close, but the Commodores have been in that spot many, many times before. After losses to Mississippi State and LSU, Bobby Johnson and his crew are hungry for a victory - and should get it in a close call in the Lone Star State.

Gene' (13-2)

Alabama 31 Arkansas 17: Arkansas really has some holes on defense and Alabama seems to be on the other end of the spectrum. Last week was a tough loss for Arkansas, so this is not a good follow up for them. Alabama has coasted the last two weeks and I think their secondary is up for the Petrino test.

Auburn 38 Ball State 7: Auburn has the ability to out score just about anybody as evidenced in last week's come from behind win over West Virginia. This week won't be much of a test. The Tigers need to work on some defensive scheme and get out healthy with an easy win. This Auburn team is going to surprise some people this year.

Pernell McPhee
Defensive Lineman of the Week
LSU 27 Mississippi State 17: The Tigers' offense is living dangerously and it is going to cost them, but probably not this week. MSU is moving the football, but having trouble finishing drives. This one should be entertaining. If Jordan Jefferson can have some success throwing the ball down the field, LSU should be okay. Look for State to stack the box and make Jefferson win the game.

South Carolina 24 Ole Miss 21: The quick Thursday night turnaound including a travel day is a tough deal for any team. South Carolina won in Oxford last year, so the Rebels will be looking for some revenge. Spurrier fired current Ole Miss DC Tyrone Nix, now he has to face him. Score one for the ole ball coach.

Florida 31 Kentucky 14: Florida missed the chance to knock Tennessee out last week when Tim Tebow fumbled inside the five. The Gators were never in trouble, but the final score makes the game look a lot closer than it really was. I am not sure UK has the horses to run with UF, but they should hang for a half.

UGA 28 Arizona State 10: Who knew? Georgia is putting up huge points week after week in what was supposed to be an anemic offense minus Stafford and Moreno. The Dawgs are getting fat right now and this week should be no different.

Tennessee 35 Ohio 3: The Eric Berry show continues this week. The Vols' best player is having a huge season. He'll likely bolt for the NFL after this season as a sure first round pick. This week will allow him to pad his stats. Tennessee fans may want to really enjoy this week's win. There aren't many more Tennessee will be favored in.

Vanderbilt 28 Rice 24: Vandy has issues at Quarterback. The defense has acquitted themselves pretty well this season, but the Dores' offense has been spotty at best. Vandy has to move the chains and sustain drives. Their offense is not designed for the big play, but they should get a couple this week as they step out of conference. (23-4)

Arkansas - Alabama: Arkansas is an improved team offensively, but Alabama may break the clock on offense. Alabama 51-Arkansas 24.

Auburn - Ball State: Does anyone except Ball State care? The Tigers will sleepwalk through this one and win handily. Auburn 32, Ball State 7.

Greg Hardy
LSU - Mississippi State: The Bulldogs will come back down to reality after defeating Vandy in Nashville. It won't be a pretty "homecoming." LSU 45, MSU 3.

Ole Miss - South Carolina: The Rebels are ranked fourth in the nation and will try to flex their muscle in Columbia, but USC will hang tough until late in the game. Ole Miss 31, USC 21

Florida-Kentucky: As always, the Cats will make a game of it, uh, for a quater and a half. Florida 38, Kentucky 14.

UGA - Arizona State: Georgia is a team finding its identity. Georgia 28, ASU 21.

Tennessee - Ohio: Four dead in Ohio. . . How many more? UT 30, Ohio 6.

Vanderbilt - Rice: Don't know about the football, but they should be good in algebra. Vandy 9, Rice 3. (23-4)

Alabama 31 - Arkansas 20: Ryan Mallett and the Hogs have a dangerous offense, but they haven’t seen a ‘D’ yet like the one they’ll face on Saturday. Alabama will show it is still the class of the SEC-West.

Auburn 52 - Ball State 14: Auburn continues to roll in its final tune-up before hitting the heart of SEC play.

LSU 27 - Miss. State 17: The upstart Bulldogs have made noticeable progress under first year head man Dan Mullen, but they’re not ready for the big boys of the SEC just yet.

Jarvis Giles
Freshman of the Week

South Carolina 38 - Ole Miss 34: The recent trend of the home team having the edge in Thursday night SEC clashes continues as the Gamecocks knock off the potent but slightly overrated Rebels.

Florida 38 - Kentucky 17: The Gators showed flashes of vulnerability against Tennessee, but they’re still a lot better than any team in the SEC-East.

Georgia 44 - Arizona State 34: The ’Dawgs continue to outscore the opposition. Who saw that coming this year?

Tennessee 34 - Ohio 13: The Vols’ next real test will come against Auburn next week.

Vanderbilt 24 - Rice 20: Inquiring minds want to know, why does an SEC team schedule a road game at Rice? (23-4)

Alabama 41, Arkansas 21: After allowing Georgia to score 52 last weekend, this represents a defensive rally for the Razorbacks.

Auburn 56, Ball State 7: The Tigers will have a ball, all right.

Eric Berry
LSU 24, Mississippi State 17: Two limited offenses + two good defenses = one interesting matchup.

South Carolina 27, Ole Miss 24: The Ol' Ball Coach stunned the Rebels last year in Oxford, so he knows the formula.

Florida 34, Kentucky 13: Reckon the Swamp Swine will be looking to vent some frustration following their lackluster showing vs. Tennessee?

Georgia 44, Arizona State 27: Georgia's offense scores a lot of points and its defense allows a lot of points. Hey, it makes for entertaining football.

Tennessee 31, Ohio 10: The Vols had better not be looking ahead to next week's game against Auburn.

Rice 20, Vanderbilt 13: The Commodores can't be as bad as they looked against Mississippi State ... or can they? (22-4)

Alabama 35, Arkansas 28- Arkansas much improved but not enough to beat Bama on the road.

Auburn 31, Ball State 10- The Ball State of 2009 is not the Ball State of 2008 and the Auburn of 2009 is not the Auburn of 2008.

Chris Marve
LSU 17, Mississippi State 13- Bulldogs showed great improvement between weeks two and three, they found a defense or at least an opponent with little offense.

Ole Miss 27, South Carolina 20- Rebs will prevail in a tough one on the road.

Florida 31, Kentucky 7- Gators get back on track after a close call to hated Vols.

Georgia 45, Arizona State 27- Matthew who? Georgia's offense is the real deal this year.

Tennessee 34, Ohio 14- Vols get back on track with a convincing win over a MAC squad.

Vanderbilt 28, Rice 21- After scoring 10 points in eight quarters Vanderbilt finally finds some offense.

Complete list of recruiting rankings [click here].

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