Bryan continues to show his skill as a prognosticator. Phillip is doing a little better, but Bryan won't open the door for him to make a move.
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Both Philip and Bryan were 16-4 last week. Bryan is cruising along at 62-16 going into Week 5. Phillip is still lagging behind at 55-23. On to Saturday's games:
Louisiana-Monroe (1-2) at No. 11 Auburn (4-0)
Phillip’s take: ULM might be a tad better than some people, but not a lot better. The Warhawks are coming to town to get a check. They’ll have some success against Auburn’s reserves, but not much.
Auburn 45, ULM 14
Bryan’s take: Breakfast on the Plains will be a good day for the Tigers as they take care of business early and turn it over to the reserves for most of the second half.
Auburn 52, ULM 17
Kentucky (3-1) at Ole Miss (2-2)
Bryan’s take: This is a very interesting matchup. Kentucky got clobbered by Florida last weekend while Ole Miss finally showed some spunk with a win over Fresno State. The Rebel defense continues to underachieve, however, so I'm going with the Wildcats in a shootout.
Kentucky 38, Ole Miss 35
Phillip’s take: Kentucky flunked its first real test under first-year head coach Joker Phillips, falling 48-14 at Florida. Ole Miss has flunked twice this season in games that shouldn’t have been tests. Hard call here, but I’ll go with the home team.
Ole Miss 34, Kentucky 31
Tennessee (2-2) at LSU (4-0)
Bryan’s take: I don't think LSU is a Top 10 team, especially on offense. But there defense is pretty salty and Tennessee is just a bad football team.
LSU 23, Tennessee 10
Phillip’s take: LSU might be the worst 4-0 team in the country, but Tennessee might be the worst 2-2 team in the country,
LSU 28, Tennessee 13
Georgia (1-3) at Colorado (2-1)
Phillip’s take: Can Georgia really be this bad? Really? The return of wide receiver A.J. Green should certainly help, but he’s going to be the cure for all ills. The Bulldogs have to travel across the country to try to end their three-game losing streak. Colorado has comfortable wins over Colorado State and Hawaii, but it also has an ugly 52-7 loss at California. Surely, Georgia’s talent will be enough.
Georgia 30, Colorado 20
Bryan’s take: A.J. Green is back. Will that be enough to spark an anemic offense? Well, they still have the same underachieving offensive line, fumbling running back and inexperienced quarterback. Still, Colorado is pretty bad and I'll take a struggling SEC team over a bad Big 12 team.
Georgia 24, Colorado 21
Vanderbiilt (1-2) at UConn (2-2)
Bryan’s take: Now that Vanderbilt has won, I'm picking the Dores to win out! At least until next week. Show your Gold!
Vanderbilt 18, UConn 17
Phillip’s take: I’m getting away from my belief that picking against Vanderbilt is always a bad idea.
Vanderbilt 24, UConn 22
No. 7 Florida (4-0) at No. 1 Alabama (4-0)
Phillip’s take: The atmosphere at Bryant-Denny Stadium will be wild and crazy. I fully expect the Gators to give a good account of themselves, but in the end, Mark Ingram, Trent Richardson, Greg McElroy and company will find a way again.
Alabama 21, Florida 17
Bryan’s take: I'm looking forward to watching a good SEC game Saturday night. Alabama found a way to win on the road at Arkansas last week and will do it again at home against the Gators.
Alabama 31, Florida 24
Alcorn State (3-0) at Mississippi State (2-2)
Bryan’s take: An interesting matchup. Mississippi State better bring their A game. Or at least their C+ game.
Mississippi State 34, Alcorn State 21
Phillip’s take: There’ll be some energy around this game between two in-state teams. Dan Mullen and the Bulldogs are fully aware of what it would mean to lose.
Mississippi State 34, Alcorn State 10
Phillip’s picks: Ohio State 38, Illinois 18; Wisconsin 19, Michigan State 17; Indiana 31, Michigan 28; Iowa 23, Penn State 16; Texas 21, Oklahoma 20; Iowa State 17, Texas Tech 15; Clemson 24, Miami 21; Florida State 34, Virginia 17; North Carolina State 27, Virginia Tech 24; Notre Dame 20, Boston College 17; Oregon 35, Stanford 31; USC 28, Washington 17; North Carolina 20, East Carolina 14.
Bryan's picks: Ohio State 35, Illinois 17; Wisconsin 31, Michigan State 21; Michigan 31, Indiana 20; Iowa 24, Penn State 23; Oklahoma 27, Texas 23; Texas Tech 30, Iowa State 13; Clemson 31, Miami 28; Florida State 17, Virginia 14; Virginia Tech 27, N.C. State 21; Notre Dame 28, Boston College 14; Oregon 25, Stanford 24; USC 35, Washington 20; North Carolina 14, East Carolina 10..