Ole Miss should feel welcome in Donald W. Reynolds on Saturday.

Football season is already slipping away from us as Week Nine is upon us. Good things just never last. We'll be mourning the previous 4 months at the final whistle of the BCS Championship game soon enough.

Speaking of good things, Week Eight has gone the way of the dodo bird, and The Big Red Board had a rough 3 -2 weekly result at 11.6 points per game. The season doesn't look too bad though with a running prediction total of 44 - 14 (.759) at 13.1 ppg. Not too good, not too bad; right on the....... nevermind.

Let's talk some Week Nine Stew, shall we?

Thursday, October 23rd:

Auburn at West Virginia (6:30 p.m. CT / ESPN) - This is a matchup that has been looked toward by football fans across the country. It has two very evenly-matched teams. It was originally scheduled to be played at Auburn, but University of Tennessee - Martin has a home game on Thursday night as well and they would not have had Auburn's home jerseys back in time. The home field advantage lets West Virginia keep it close, but Auburn wins by 10.

All remaining games are Saturday, October 25th:

Oct. 25 Alabama at Tennessee (7:45 p.m. ET / ESPN) - Alabama is looking good. Tennessee looks better after last week's game versus Mississippi State. Saban's boys look to have a stronghold in the chase for a National Title. Tennessee hopes to drive a wedge into the Tide's BCS hopes. Unfortunately, Fulmer's boys have been searching the "Help Wanted" ads for their coach to much as they will fall to Alabama by 16.

Ole Miss at Arkansas (6 p.m. CT / PPV) - This should be an exciting game.

Kentucky at Florida (12:30 p.m. ET / Raycom) - The color of Blue engulfs 'The Swamp' as a Kentucky Wildcat team comes into Gainesville with new momentum after last week's come from behind victory over Arkansas. Florida had a bye week to get ready for Hartline's air assault. That means that Kentucky's favorite color needs to be black and white again this week to have a chance. OSO's will not help them this week; they're too busy protecting Tebow. Gators by 18.




Ole Miss at Arkansas (6 p.m. CT / PPV) - Okay, the previous comment about the Ole Miss at Arkansas game was a joke. Accurate, but a joke. We had to make this our "SEC Game of the Week." It cannot be ignored that this is Houston Nutt's return to Donald W. Reynold's Razorback Stadium. It must also be added that Bobby Petrino will be truly scored for the first time this season. If Arkansas wins critics will say that the right decision was made. If Ole Miss wins Arkansas fans will be disappointed and the cell phone mini-towers in DWR will be overloaded with text messages. Hogs avoid letting the fans anguish in the Southwest corner. Arkansas by 3.

Georgia at LSU (2:30 p.m. CT / CBS) - Okay, this game will be the most watched game in the SEC. Both of these teams had National Championship hopes coming into the season; Georgia had the stronger case. While both have stumbled, both seem to be hanging around in the BCS race. Someone has to fall this week in Death Valley. LSU is tough at home, but they are beatable. They're not as strong as they have been in previous years. Georgia pushes its way further in the rankings while LSU slips, falling to the Bulldogs by 7.

Middle Tennessee at Mississippi State (6 p.m. CT / ESPNU) - These two teams lost their last games by a combined 50 points. Mississippi State to Tennessee; Middle Tennessee to Louisville. We entered the numbers into our computer and the verdict was "Who Cares?" We care. We're always there to root for our SEC brethren. Blue Raider Coach Rick Stockstill will witness a Bulldog victory alongside of us this weekend. Mississippi State by 14.

Duke at Vanderbilt (2 p.m. CT) - Two institutes of learning square off this weekend in a battle that has become way more media worthy than anyone expected when it was originally put on the schedule. David Cutcliffe has the Blue Devils vamped up and ready to play competitively this season. Vanderbilt is playing their best football in a young man's memory. You know what they say about Church Basketball? This game should be a fight towards the bitter end. Bitter for Duke that is. Commodores by 10.

South Carolina has the weekend off since Sarah Palin will be in town Friday night at the local pub to watch the Stingrays - Everglades hockey game before giving a Saturday afternoon speech to promote her Nationwide Pronunciation Policy. Right, hockey moms?

Happy Halloween everybody. Or Happy Hallelujah Night if you prefer. Be safe and be careful.

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