Mark Edwards' predictions: AU should win big, and so will Jax State
by Mark Edwards
medwards@annistonstar.com
Nov 01, 2013 | 2203 views |  0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Auburn should make Aubie happy today. (Photo by Bill Wilson/The Anniston Star)
Auburn should make Aubie happy today. (Photo by Bill Wilson/The Anniston Star)
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Arkansas’ Bret Bielema dinged Auburn’s Gus Malzahn publicly over the no-huddle offense.

He dinged him publicly over what he perceived as Auburn slighting Arkansas on the traditional film exchange.

Today, his team will pay the price.

The question isn’t whether Auburn will win, but by how much.

It should be the same with Jacksonville State, which faces an undermanned Austin Peay squad.

No. 8 Auburn (7-1) at Arkansas (3-5): The Tigers lead the Southeastern Conference in rushing and is fifth in the country.

Meanwhile, Arkansas is 11th out of 14 SEC teams in rush defense. The Razorbacks have lost five straight. They got last week off after losing by a combined 104-7 to South Carolina and Alabama. ... Auburn 35, Arkansas 17.

Jacksonville State (6-2) at Austin Peay (0-8): Austin Peay scored a season high in points last week in a 38-14 loss to Tennessee-Martin. That’s also lowest margin of defeat the Govs have suffered this year.

Their last game of the year is at Tennessee Tech, which also is winless in the Ohio Valley Conference. That should be quite the showdown. ... Jacksonville State 38, Austin Peay 6.

No. 7 Miami (7-0) at No. 3 Florida State (7-0): Miami beat Florida earlier this year, but since then, the schedule has been light.

Florida State averages 11.3 yards a play. The Seminoles’ defense isn’t bad, either, rankinging eighth nationally in total defense and first in passing yards allowed.

Miami hasn’t been ranked as high as No. 7 since 2005. ... Florida State 36, Miami 17.

Mississippi State (4-3) at No. 14 South Carolina (6-2): Nice factoid found by The Associated Press: Mississippi State is averaging about 456 yards a game, and if the Bulldogs can hold that pace, they will break the 1982 school record of 422.

South Carolina’s Jadaveon Clowney may be the first player taken in the 2014 NFL draft, but at the moment, he isn’t even the Gamecocks’ most productive defensive lineman. He has two sacks, while Kelcy Quarles has seven. ... South Carolina 31, Mississippi State 21.

Georgia (4-3) vs. Florida (4-3): The winner will remain in the hunt for the SEC East title.

Gators coach Will Mushamp is 0-6 in the series — 0-4 as a Georgia player and 0-2 as a Florida head coach. ... Georgia 26, Florida 13.

Tennessee (4-4) at No. 10 Missouri (7-1): Missouri is 11th nationally in scoring offense, 16th in rushing defense and tied for third in turnover margin. Those are awfully important categories, especially when facing an inferior opponent.

The Vols are expected to start freshman Josh Dobbs at quarterback. It will be his first collegiate start. ... Missouri 28, Tennessee 16.

No. 18 Oklahoma State (6-1) at No. 15 Texas Tech (7-1): Texas Tech hasn’t beaten Oklahoma State since 2008. OSU won last year 59-21 and 66-6 the previous year.

Texas Tech is tied for fifth nationally in total offense. Oklahoma State’s lone loss came to Texas, while Oklahoma knocked off Texas Tech last week. ... Texas Tech 38, Oklahoma State 35.

Alabama State (6-2) at Kentucky (1-6): Kentucky’s lone win came against Miami of Ohio. Alabama State has won six straight after opening the season with losses to Jacksonville State and Jackson State.

According to the points-predictor rating used by USA Today’s Jeff Sagarin, Kentucky should be favored today by only a point. If they played on a neutral field, Alabama State would be favored. ... Kentucky 24, Alabama State 21.

No. 23 Michigan (6-1) at No. 24 Michigan State (7-1): Michigan won this one at home last year 12-10, breaking a four-game skid to the Spartans.

Michigan State ranks first nationally in total defense and rushing defense and is third in scoring defense. ... Michigan State 26, Michigan 20.

Navy (4-3) at Notre Dame (6-2): The Irish has won three straight, and quarterback Tommy Rees has looked good, especially lately. Last week against Air Force, he had five touchdown passes and no interceptions. ... Notre Dame 31, Navy 13.

Last week: 9-1. (In case you’re curious, I missed on Missouri-South Carolina, two teams that I can’t seem to get right this season.)

Overall: 70-20.
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