It has been a crazy college football year, hasn't it? Despite all the adversity that has surrounded the University of Tennessee's football program, the team can advance to the SEC title game if they can beat Vanderbilt and Kentucky in the next two weeks.
Like everything else this year, it will not be an easy task. This week, the Volunteers host Vanderbilt. The most unnerving aspect of this match up is that Vandy needs one more win to qualify for their first bowl in 25 years. I'm sure they would love nothing more than to get that win against their bitter rival.
As their 5-5 record indicates, Vandy has had an up and down year. They scored an impressive upset when they won at South Carolina. However, they fumbled away a chance to beat Georgia and lost to the Bulldogs by three points. They have a formidable defense that has ranked in the top three of most conference statistical categories this year.
As for Tennessee, if they can play like they did against Arkansas, then they should win the game. The offensive line controlled the entire first half against the Razorbacks while the defense gave its most inspired effort since the Georgia game.
I say the Vols get it done.
The pick: Tennessee 24 Vanderbilt 16
As for the Tennessee Titans, where has the offense gone? In recent weeks, the team scratched out wins by playing good defense and controlling the clock by running the ball effectively.
However, that all changed last week, when Jacksonville came to Nashville and cleaned their clock 28-13. It is time for quarterback Vince Young to step up, and what better stage to do that on than Monday Night Football? The Titans played on MNF earlier this year and whipped New Orleans 31-14. This time, the Titans visit Denver to face former Vanderbilt quarterback Jay Cutler.
Despite last week's loss, Tennessee did not lose any ground in the standings because Indianapolis lost. However, the offense continues to trend downward, averaging only a little over 15 points a game over the last three games. I know the Broncos are struggling, but I can't see the Titans winning with such an anemic offense.
The pick: Denver 23 Tennessee 17
Other SEC picks: Georgia over Kentucky, LSU over Ole Miss, Florida over Florida Atlantic, Arkansas over Mississippi State, Alabama over Louisiana-Monroe
Other NFL picks: Jacksonville over San Diego, Indianapolis over Kansas City, New Orleans over Houston, Dallas over Washington
Last week: 7-4 (.636), Overall: 96-32 (.750)