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SEC Week 1 picks

By By Chandler Myers
Well it’s finally here. Game week has arrived for college football, and fans every where have been waiting for this party to get started all summer.
Since game week is here, how about we lay out the SEC games and how they should shape up this weekend once the fourth quarter is over.
The game of the week in the SEC is also the national game of the week as the No. 5 Alabama Crimson Tide and the No. 7 Virginia Tech Hokies face off.
This game is lined up to be a slug fest, which it will be for the first three quarters. The fourth quarter will be the difference though. Both teams are stacked on defense, but the difference will be Alabama’s passing. Alabama starts out 2009 with a 28-14 win in Atlanta.
Auburn starts off the season at home with a game against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs. This night game is going to be more interesting than most probably think. Louisiana Tech will keep it close for a long time, but Auburn will get the right breaks. At the end of this one, the Tigers are winners 27-17.
Arkansas starts off their season with a snoozer against Missouri State. This is also Michigan transfer Ryan Mallet’s first game under center. Arkansas 42, Missouri St. 6.
Florida is playing Charleston Southern to begin their quest for their third championship in four years. Seriously, Charleston Southern? Florida 62, Charleston Southern 0.
The Georgia-Oklahoma St. game is another interesting match up. Georgia is working in some new talent, while the Cowboys bring back their talent. Oklahoma St. wins 35-24.
Kentucky starts out with Miami-Ohio this weekend. Kentucky might have to get the kinks out in the first quarter, but they win 38-3.
LSU makes a trip to Washington to face a Huskies team with a new coach and a good quarterback returning, but that’s it. Les Miles is a lucky coach. Enough said. LSU 35, Washington 10.
Mississippi takes on rival Memphis in Memphis. This is always a good game. Memphis has a lot of BCS transfers in their line up this season. Ole Miss is still a great team though. Ole Miss 42, Memphis 24.
Mississippi St. breaks in new coach Dan Mullen with Jackson St. Mullen is a smart coach, and as long as the Bulldogs don’t make mistakes they win. Miss. St. 28, Jackson St. 13.
The man in the visor leads South Carolina into battle against North Carolina St. Thursday night. These are two teams looking to prove themselves. South Carolina 17, N.C. St. 14.
Lane Kiffin and Tennessee take on Western Kentucky. I really don’t care. I just hope the Volunteers lose. WKU 13, Tennessee 7 just like Wyoming did.
Vanderbilt hopes to get back to a bowl game again this year. Playing Western Carolina helps. Vandy wins 35-3.
Chandler Myers is sports editor of the Atmore Advance. He can be reached at 368-2123 or by e-mail at sports@atmoreadvance.com