Well, the crystal ball warned us all things would get tougher in the second half of the season, and the mysterious game-picker was right. Still, a 4-2 showing including Florida’s upset of LSU and an on-the-nose selection of Texas A&M by 3 over Ole Miss saved a 4-2 worksheet. Season’s totals are 38-5. Expecting another wild Saturday, here’s this week’s printout.
KENTUCKY AT ARKANSAS – The Razorbacks did the unthinkable a week ago. They won a game. ‘Course, we all know who their victim was. Joker Phillips may be gone if he doesn't’t start winning now at UK. Oh well, moving companies need business too these days.
Arkansas by 7.
TEX. A&M AT LA. TECH – You’d never guess whose offense is among the nation’s best and is the main reason the Techsters are unbeaten. Tony Franklin. Uh-huh, he of Tommy Tuberville’s final stand. And they’re good enough to beat the Aggies today. They’ll come close, but lose in the end.
Texas A&M by 4.
TENN. AT MISS. ST. – Does it seem like the Bulldogs disappeared off the planet since whipping Auburn way back when? I honestly think hot-seat inhabitant Derrick Dooley has his best Tennessee team and if this one was at Neyland Stadium, I’d take him. Starkville’s tough though, as is this bunch of Bulldogs.
Mississippi State by 8.
FLORIDA AT VANDY – What a perfect “trap game” for Florida, what with the big LSU win fresh on the Gators’ minds and the Evil Genius plus Georgia still to come. Careful. We saw what Vandy is capable of last week.
Florida by 10.
S. CAROLINA AT LSU – Paul Bryant always said Florida had loads of talent and would win big if they ever got the right guy. Spurrier was, and they did. But what he’s done at Carolina is mind-boggling stuff. I don’t know whose defense I’d less rather face, the Gamecocks or Alabama. Thinking LSU’s got quarterback problems and maybe just isn’t that good this year...
Carolina by 3.
AUBURN AT OLE MISS – What’s left to say about the Tigers? They’re running an offensive system that has no rhyme or reason, muchless fit their meager talent. Their defense is inconsistent at best, and Gene Chizik’s wife rambled on facebook this week about regaining the things Satan had stolen from the Auburn Nation. Say what? Unless the NFL now goes by that name, last time I looked Cam Newton was in Carolina, not down below. Lose this one, and a bowl game is out of the realistic picture. If it’s ever been in it.
Ole Miss by 9.
ALABAMA AT MISSOURI – Hey, show-me state, you wanted the SEC, you got it. Where’s the “undo” button on that agreement? Tigers are in way over their heads.
Alabama by 17.
Phil Paramore’s column appears Tuesday and Saturday in The Dothan Eagle. He can be heard weekdays from noon until 2 on AM 560, 100.1 FM or at www.woofradio.com. He can be reached at the same website.