SEC predictions: Week 9

For all those people beating up on Tennessee’s Derek Dooley for his analogy about the Germans and D-Day, at least he got his facts right.

I mean, it’s not like he pulled a Blutarsky and exclaimed something about the Germans bombing Pearl Harbor.

On the subject of getting things right, I’m pleased to announce that I got all six SEC games right last week, my first unbeaten week.

It would be nice to make it 11 in a row this week.

But you can’t talk about it. You have to go out there and do it.

For the season, I’m now 49-13 (.790). Now’s the time to get busy. They remember what you do in late October and November.

Championships aren’t won in September.

With that, here are my picks for Week 9:

Georgia 27, Florida 21: I realize it’s going against the grain to pick against Urban Meyer when he’s had more than a week to prepare for a team. He’s 31-3 during his career when that’s the case. But the Gators’ offensive problems were such that they weren’t going to get fixed in a week, while the Bulldogs seem to have worked out most of the problems plaguing them earlier in the season. The winner stays alive in the East race, and the fact is that Georgia’s playing better football right now in all facets of the game.

Auburn 34, Ole Miss 28: This is one of those games that has “danger” written all over it for Auburn, which will try to avoid becoming the fourth consecutive No. 1 team to lose this season. The Tigers are playing their ninth straight game without a break, and this trip to Ole Miss comes on the heels of two tough, emotionally draining wins over ranked opponents. Ole Miss quarterback Jeremiah Masoli looks like he might be due for one of those memorable performances before his one and only season is up in Oxford. The only problem with that is Cam Newton has one of those games every week.

South Carolina 35, Tennessee 13: With this being a day game, surely the Vols won’t break out those hideous black jerseys they wore on Halloween night a year ago against the Gamecocks. These are two teams headed in opposite directions. South Carolina is trying to win its first Eastern Division championship in history. Tennessee is trying to avoid its worst record in school history. The Vols have fought hard in the first half of games this season. It’s the second half that gets them and will again in Columbia on Saturday in yet another double-digit loss, making them 0-for-October.

Mississippi State 28, Kentucky 24: This is new ground for the Mississippi State players, who are in the middle of a five-game winning streak and trying to play their way into a bigger bowl. The Wildcats have scored points on everybody. By the same token, they haven’t been able to stop anybody, particularly on the ground. The Bulldogs run the ball better than anybody in the conference with the exception of Auburn. Dan Mullen’s club has come too far to slip up now. They’ll make it six in a row on Saturday and then head into their bye week dreaming really big dreams about that trip to Alabama on Nov. 13.

Arkansas 34, Vanderbilt 14: It’s never a good sign when you start changing offensive coordinators and playcallers during the middle of the season. But when you consider how unproductive the Commodores have been on offense, why not give Des Kitchings a shot? He better figure out a way to score some points because the Hogs are going to light up the scoreboard every chance they get. Simply scoring more than a touchdown would be an improvement for the Commodores, but asking them to score five or six is probably asking too much.