Another week, some more educated guesses
Last week, I gave you State over Auburn and Ole Miss over Texas A&M. Pretty good, huh?Then again, I gave you Jackson State over The Valley and Alcorn over Grambling. Ugh! I suffered my own SWAC attack.
Overall, it was a season-worst 7-3 ledger, making me a 65-20 for a none-too-shabby 76.5 percent on the season. Gotta do better. Let’s try.
Ole Miss 31, Tennessee 13 — I was on a Knoxville sports talk show this week and suggested that this game is not a gimmee for Ole Miss. The Knoxville radio guys laughed at me. I really do believe Tennessee is getting better under Butch Davis. But I also believe Ole Miss is the far better team.
Southern Miss 30, North Texas 26 — A veteran North Texas team trounced USM in Hattiesburg last year. USM is better; North Texas, which lost a lot to graduation, is not as good. It’s time for USM to win a game like this.
Florida State 31, Notre Dame 24 — How dare these two college football upstarts try to steal the college football spotlight from Mississippi! I’m picking FSU at home, provided Jameis Winston is a good citizen between now and then.
Arkansas 33, Georgia 30 — Again, Arkansas is overdue to win a big game. Is this the week? My upset special says so.
Alabama 34, Texas A&M 17 — Bama, solidly. I never thought I’d say that Alabama is getting too fancy, but sometimes I think the Tide would be better offensively if they’d just run left with Yeldon until somebody stops it.
West Virginia 31, Baylor 30 — Upset special No. 2. Why? No. 1, I love Clint Trickett, the Mountaineer quarterback. The guy can sling it. No. 2, I just spent five days in West Virginia. My heavens, what a beautiful place…
Duke 31, Virginia 28 — Cutcliffe has convinced me. Duke has won 13 of its last 14 regular season games. Duke!
Florida 20, Missouri 19 — The Gators will be a quite respectable 5-2 after this, but you’d never know it if you talk to any Gator fans.
Delta State 34, West Georgia 27 — There are three undefeated college football teams in Mississippi. One resides in Cleveland.
Alcorn 31, Texas Southern 7 — It’s homecoming on the Reservation and the alums should be happy.
Lions 31, Saints 17 — Where the Saints are concerned, this game is in the wrong dome.