It seemed impossible at one time, but Phillip has come from behind to take the lead as our Fearless Forecasters head into the home stretch.
Phillip went 16-4 in Week 8, complete with picks of Missouri’s win over Oklahoma and Navy’s win over Notre Dame. Bryan hit Arkansas’ 38-24 win over Ole Miss on the nose, but alas, he went 13-7 to fall a game off the pace.
Phillip is 112-44 for the season. Bryan is 111-45. But there’s a still lot of picking to be done, starting with this week’s slate.
No. 3 Auburn (8-0, 5-0) at Ole Miss (3-5, 1-3)
Phillip’s take: Ole Miss is going to wear some as yet undisclosed new uniforms and Auburn is going to wear blue. The 1960 Ole Miss national championship is going to be introduced. Auburn is No. 1 in the BCS standings, and a No. 1 team has lost on the road the past three weeks.
What will all that mean in Saturday’s game? Not a thing. It won’t help an injury-decimated Ole Miss offensive line deal with Nick Fairley and friends. It won’t help the worst defense in the SEC stop Cam Newton and the league’s best offense. Ole Miss quarterback Jeremiah Masoli will make some plays, no doubt. Can he make enough? Doubtful.
Auburn 41, Ole Miss 20
Bryan’s take: This is definitely a trap game and Ole Miss appears to have some big plans for Saturday. I think the Rebels will play well but not well enough. Auburn is the better, more talented team and appears well grounded enough to handle the pressure of being No. 1 this week. Cam Newton takes another step toward the Heisman Trophy.
Auburn 42, Ole Miss 21
Georgia (4-4, 3-3) vs. Florida (4-3, 2-3)
Bryan’s take: Georgia has definitely turned it around and with a little help can still win the SEC East after starting the season 1-4. Florida still doesn't have an identity on offense and I don't think they they'll find it having two weeks off or bringing back Chris Rainey, who was suspended for five games after texting a death threat to his girlfriend.
Georgia 27, Florida 18
Phillip’s take: Florida has lost three straight SEC games but still controls its own destiny in the Least Division race. Georgia has won three straight after losing four straight. What a strange turn of events for the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party. I’m not convinced blowing out Tennessee and Vanderbilt and giving up more than 500 yards offense to Kentucky means Georgia is really back. On the other hand, Florida has been nothing short of bad for three weeks. Still, something tells me the Gators, coming off an open date, will find a way.
Florida 24, Georgia 21
Tennessee (2-5, 0-4) at No. 17 South Carolina (5-2, 3-2)
Bryan’s take: Tennessee is just awful. Derek Dooley inherited some problems but he's got to take some of the blame for this mess. South Carolina is marching toward the SEC East title.
South Carolina 28, Tennessee 10
Phillip’s take: The Gamecocks are playing for a division championship. The Vols just want to get this miserable season over with.
South Carolina 38, Tennessee 9
Kentucky (4-4, 1-4) at No. 23 Mississippi State (6-2, 2-2)
Phillip’s take: Mississippi State had to hang on to beat UAB last Saturday while Kentucky was busy turning the ball over and giving a game away against Georgia at home. Can the Bulldogs, the surprise team of the season so far, keep it going against a reeling but dangerous Kentucky team. They can, but something tells me they are due to play the kind of game we have all come to expect over the years.
[I]Kentucky 23, Mississippi State 21[/i]
Bryan's take: This is a big game for both teams in the jockeying for bowl bids. Mississippi State could finish with 8-9 wins while Kentucky's final four games are all winnable. I like the Wildcats' skill players on offense to have a big day.
Kentucky 31, Mississippi State 28
Vanderbilt [2-5, 1-3) at No. 16 Arkansas (5-2, 2-2)
Bryan’s take: Arkansas is marching toward the Cotton Bowl while Vandy is still just Vandy.
Arkansas 34, Vanderbilt 10
Phillip’s take: Vanderbilt coach Robbie Caldwell has changed offensive coordinators. I guess it’s worth a try. He can’t change players.
Arkansas 45, Vanderbilt 14
Phillip’s picks: USC 38, Oregon 35; Nebraska 27, Missouri 24; Kansas State 34, Oklahoma State 31; Texas Tech 33, Texas A&M 28; Texas 38, Baylor 21; Iowa State 35, Kansas 9; Iowa 21, Michigan State 20; Michigan 28, Penn State 23; Indiana 31, Northwestern 30; Clemson 28, Boston College 21; Miami 31, Virginia 17; Utah 28, Air Force 24; Cincinnati 37, Syracuse 31; Notre Dame 35, Tulsa 27; Maryland 34, Wake Forest 30.
Bryan's picks: Oregon 45, USC 35; Iowa 27, Michigan State 24; Nebraska 24, Missouri 20; Oklahoma State 38, Kansas State 21; Texas A&M 23, Texas Tech 21; Texas 24, Baylor 21; Iowa State 16, Kansas 14; Michigan 31, Penn State 21; Northwestern 35, Indiana 21; Clemson 24, Boston College 21; Miami 13, Virginia 10; Utah 30, Air Force 18; Cincinnati 27, Syracuse 20; Notre Dame 17, Tulsa 14; Maryland 21, Wake Forest 7.