Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Midweek Games (2/26-27)

There's a full slate of games this week, including a big one in Nashville tonight.

Tennessee @Vanderbilt

After dispatching an overrated mid-major full of convicts Saturday night, the Vols must now maintain their focus and take on a rolling Vanderbilt team that has won 30 straight home games. This is uncharted territory for the Vols and the target on their back is bigger than ever. This has the potential to be one of the best conference games all season. Right now though, I see no reason to pick against the 'Dores at home. Wouldn't shock me to see UT win, but the way VU is playing lately, I see a Vandy victory.

Florida @ Georgia

Gut check time for the Gators. Like Ole Miss, the Gators have just about played themselves out of a dance bid. A loss here and they'll be in big trouble. UGA has played better of late and the Gators have struggled on the road all season long. I think Billy D has them ready for this one though. He's been around the block enough to know what's riding on this game. Look for the Gators to come out and pick up a tough road win.

LSU @ South Carolina
This one could be entertaining. Both teams are playing better of late, but USC is coming off a tough loss to swallow against Mississippi State Saturday. LSU is coming off one of its strongest efforts of the year, dismantling Ole Miss by 20. Devan Downey shows his mettle in this one and the Gamecocks win a close one.

Arkansas @ Alabama
The Razorbacks' hopes for a division title are dwindling and any loss would all but end them, especially with MSU hosting Auburn Wednesday night as well. The Hogs have shown the ability to win road games this season, which was one of the main reasons UA ousted Stan Heath after last season. While the Tide are one of the most unpredictable teams in the league, I see Arkansas getting it done in Tuscaloosa.

Auburn @ Mississippi State
One word for this game - UGLY. MSU wins this one big. No explanation needed.

Ole Miss @ Kentucky
Ole Miss and Kentucky have swapped fortunes from the start of conference play. No reason to think that ends Wednesday night as the Rebels have only 2 wins all time in Rupp. UK rolls.

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