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Hobbs' Picks: I hear Bama really is pretty good

Last Modified: Friday, October 26, 2012 6:54 PM

By Scooter Hobbs / American Press

So, yeah, I’m looking forward to a rare Saturday away from LSU football, a chance to vegetate and watch games all day like a civilian.

It also gives me a chance to see up close, live and hi-def personal just how misguided this picking business can be.

It’s not pretty when you see all the hard work, the good 4 or 5 minutes of honest research, just disintegrate in front of your eyes as it unfolds all morning, afternoon and well into the night.

But let’s do it anyway.

Mississippi State at Alabama: Something’s seriously wrong with this picture. Here we are on the last playing date in October with two undefeated SEC schools in a bare-knuckles showdown, both of them ranked and one of them the presumed national champion in waiting, and between them they have played (beat) one (1) ranked team. Combined they are 7-0 in the SEC. Combined their SEC opponents are 3-26 in conference games. Not exactly the Game of the Century. But I hear Bama, which did beat Michigan for the only ranked win, really is pretty good. … AlaSaban, 26-8.

Kentucky at Missouri: OK, Mizzou, we’re trying to help here, but victories in the SEC don’t just grow on trees, you understand? You already whiffed on Vanderbilt. Blow this one and I’m not sure what we can do for you. … Mizzou, 32-22.

Tennessee at South Carolina: Derek Dooley, of the being-on-the-hot-seat Dooleys, isn’t getting a lot of credit for Tennessee being a lot more competitive in the SEC this year. Merely covering here won’t help much. … Gamecocks, 26-18.

Ole Miss at Arkansas (Little Rock): If you have a spare coin left after seeking advice here, flip it for this game. I know I don’t have a clue with the kind-of-OK Rebels and the not-as-gosh-awful-as-they-started Razorbacks. Rebels replacing LSU as Hogs’ even-year SEC game in Little Rock. … Pork, 38-32.

You Read it Here First — Georgia vs. Florida (Jacksonville): Trust me on this one. This is why you don’t do the comparative scores of common opponents when analyzing this stuff. Pay it no heed. Every game has to stand on its own, even what used to be known as the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party. … Ugas, 16-11.

Texas A&M at Auburn: There is no real explanation, nor any logical excuse, for Auburn to be this historically bad. But that’s not the Aggies’ problem. … A&M, 43-22.

UMass at Vanderbilt: Sounds like the beginning of a long and storied rivalry to me. … Vandy, 32-16.

Notre Dame at Oklahoma: Notre Dame has been winning so ugly the Irish have become LSU-North. And yet persistently over-optimistic Irish fans are pleased as punch. For now. … Boomers, 31-18.

South Alabama at UL-Monroe: The Fighting Warhawks are more comfortable as huge underdogs but are learning to win the walkovers. … ULMs, 39-15.

Louisiana Tech at New Mexico State: The Bulldogs could probably pass their way back to Ruston in about six or seven plays and one penalty. … Tech, 57-22.

UAB at Tulane: This pillow fight doesn’t look pretty. Just try to get the Superdome cleared in time for Saints (Drew Brees) vs. Broncos (Peyton Manning) on Sunday night. … UAB, 19-12.

Ugly Uniform Game of the Week — Texas at Kansas: The way teams blindly mix and match these days something horribly mind-boggling will turn up. But at first glance, minus the usual habitual offenders, it looks like a fairly fashionable day for college football. Texas at home is fine, but on the road the all-whites always look like grandpa running around in his long underwear. … Horns, 39-18.

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Scooter Hobbs covers LSU athletics. Email him at shobbs@americanpress.com

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