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Vince’s Vibe: Week 3 Picks

Vince Ferrara

Here’s the complete schedule of SEC football games this weekend with details, analysis and a score prediction for each game. My record last week was 9-2. My record after week 2, straight-up, is 19-3.


Saturday, Sept. 15 Games

Louisiana-Monroe (1-0) at Auburn (0-2, 0-1 SEC)

12: 21 a.m. ET / 11:21 a.m. CT • SEC Network

Auburn, Ala. • Jordan-Hare Stadium / Pat Dye Field (87,451)

Vince’s View:

Winner: ULM deserves a ton of credit and attention for shocking the college football world with an overtime win at Arkansas last week. But, let’s be honest, Arkansas’ lack of focus and respect for their opponent (see Nick Saban) is the biggest reason why ULM pulled the upset. Despite Auburn’s major issues throwing the football, the Tigers will be focused and desperate. An Auburn loss and the Tigers may wave goodbye to any bowl game hopes this season. ULM QB Kolton Browning was outstanding for the Warhawks last week. The most amazing stat from last weekend’s game: ULM was 14 of 30 on 3rd and 4th down combined. That, along with 2-to-1 time of possession should tell you why ULM came back from 28-7 down to win the game. Back-to-back wins at SEC schools should warrant another billboard (or 10) in Monroe, Louisiana. I don’t see that happening.

Winner: Auburn 30-16


Presbyterian (1-1) at Vanderbilt (0-2)

12:30 a.m. ET / 11:30 a.m. CT • CSS

Nashville, Tenn. • Vanderbilt Stadium (40,550)

Vince’s View:   Next game, please.

Winner: Vanderbilt 56-10


Alabama (2-0) at Arkansas (1-1)

3:30 p.m. ET / 2:30 p.m. CT • CBS Sports

Fayetteville, Ark. • Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium (72,000)

Vince’s View:   Boy, how different does this game look from less than a week ago. QB Tyler Wilson is out and no one behind him is close to his level right now. No team leaves injured players in their wake more than Alabama. The Razorbacks defense has been on the field for 184 plays in the first two games, and now they have to face the bruising Bama run game? Yeah, good luck with that.

Winner: Alabama 41-10


Texas A&M (0-1) at SMU (1-1)

3:30 p.m. ET / 2:30 p.m. CT • FSN

Dallas, Texas • Ford Stadium (32,000)

Vince’s View: This is the first time these two teams will play at SMU since 1990. After making progress on defense the last few years, SMU is off to a bad start on that side of the ball. The Mustangs will have difficulty with A&M’s fast-paced offense. Look for QB Johnny Manziel and RB Christine Michael to have big games in Dallas.

Winner: Texas A&M 42-20


Florida (2-0, 1-0 SEC) at Tennessee (2-0)

6 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. CT • ESPN

Knoxville, Tenn. • Neyland Stadium / Shields-Watkins Field (102,455)

Vince’s View: The heat and criticism will be at an all-time high for the loser of this game. The winner will be at the highest point in their tenure at that school and a legit contender for the SEC East title. The stakes are extremely high. This appears to me to be a much different Tennessee team than the one that started in similar fashion last year. This team is better-coached, more experienced, confident, aggressive and dynamic. New schemes and new players make the Vols look like they belong. There are still plenty of things for Tennessee to prove. Can Derek Dooley beat a ranked team and finally get that signature win? Will Tyler Bray play well against a good team? How will the team handle adversity? If Tyler Bray and the offense goes 3-and-out or can’t move the ball for 3-4-5 straight possessions, will he start forcing throws that leads to INTs and easy points for UF? Florida’s defense is outstanding, but they are banged-up. Florida isn’t as inept offensively as UT fans think they are. Jeff Driskel, Jordan Reed and Mike Gillislee can make plays and move the chains. How healthy is Gillislee? If he’s not able to go or be effective, that could be a big problem for the Gators. Will Driskel hold the ball too long as he has or will he be coached-up to run quicker? OC Brent Pease hasn’t given Driskel full-field reads yet. Will Tennessee DC Sal Sunseri scheme to make Florida pay for their simplicity? The one clear advantage Florida has is the kickers. I see Tennessee getting up big early and not needing a critical field goal. With a new kicker for the Vols, look for Dooley to go for it on 4th and manageable in Florida territory rather than try long field goals. Both teams have great return games.

Winner: Tennessee 34-17


Mississippi State (2-0, 1-0 SEC) at Troy (1-1)

7 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. CT • ESPN3

Troy, Ala.  • Veterans Memorial Stadium (30,000)

Vince’s View:   Mississippi State is #1 in the country in turnover margin after two weeks. Troy throws the ball a lot, and looks to be a willing participant in the turnover-fest. A sluggish post-Auburn performance is possible, but MSU will still win.

Winner: Mississippi State 37-20


Arizona State (2-0) at Missouri (1-1, 0-1 SEC)

7 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. CT • ESPN

Columbia, Mo. • Memorial Stadium / Faurot Field (71,004)

Vince’s View:   Missouri’s James Franklin needs to play better. He hasn’t been bad but he needs to be dynamic for the Tigers to have great success. Missouri better win this game because SEC wins in the week-to-week grind will be tough to come by late in the year. Arizona State has looked fast and explosive this season. I’ll give Mizzou the benefit of the doubt that it bounces back from the loss to Georgia last week. I think this will be a wild, high-scoring game.

Winner: Missouri 45-38


Western Kentucky (1-1) at Kentucky (1-1)

7 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. CT • ESPNU

Lexington, Ky. • Commonwealth Stadium / C.M. Newton Field (67,942)

Vince’s View:   Western Kentucky showed it has ability by playing Alabama tough last week. WKU had six sacks against arguably the best offensive line in the country. Their problem is turnovers (108th in the country.) Kentucky played as well as we’ve seen them in years on offense versus Kent State. QB Max Smith and the boys should play much better than they did the last time these two teams met a year ago in Nashville.

Winner: Kentucky 34-21


UAB (0-1) at South Carolina (2-0, 1-0 SEC)

7 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. CT • FSN

Columbia, S.C. • Williams-Brice Stadium (80,250)

Vince’s View: The HBC will get his 200th career coaching win. The Blazers rebuilding project is a big one that’s a long way away from being a threat to the Gamecocks. Question is, who plays QB for SC (Connor Shaw or Dylan Thompson), how will they look and how will Spurrier handle it moving forward if Thompson is effective again.

Winner: South Carolina 45-13


Florida Atlantic (1-1) at Georgia (2-0, 1-0 SEC)

7:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. CT • CSS

Athens, Ga. • Sanford Stadium (92,746)

Vince’s View: FAU barely beat FCS team Wagner 7-3 and lost to Middle Tennessee, who did lose to a FCS school. Georgia gets players back from suspension and injuries. The Bulldogs should win big.

Winner: Georgia 42-0

Idaho (0-2) at LSU (2-0)

8 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. CT • TigerVision PPV

Baton Rouge, La. • Tiger Stadium (92,542)

Vince’s View:  Losing four academically ineligible players and Jordan Allen to injury won’t affect LSU considerably. The only difference is many of those players would have played a lot with the score out of hand in this game.

Winner: LSU 38-3


Texas (2-0) at Ole Miss (2-0)

9:15 p.m. ET / 8:15 p.m. CT • ESPN

Oxford, Miss. • Vaught-Hemingway Stadium / Hollingsworth Field (60,580)

Vince’s View:   This is one of only eight games of 2-0 FBS teams squaring off. This is a more intriguing match-up now than what we may have thought before the season. Ole Miss is 9th in the country in rushing, and QB Bo Wallace has played well to this point. Texas’ defense has been strong, and QB Davis Ash has been efficient. I trust Texas in turnovers and special tams a little more, so I’ll go Longhorns on the road.

Winner: Texas 27-17


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LSU – Ole Miss: A Viewer’s Guide to the Sunday Replay

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BATON ROUGE LA - NOVEMBER 20:  Stevan Ridley #34 of the Louisiana State University Tigers looks to rush upfield against the Ole Miss Rebels at Tiger Stadium on November 20 2010 in Baton Rouge Louisiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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BATON ROUGE LA – NOVEMBER 20: Stevan Ridley #34 of the Louisiana State University Tigers looks to rush upfield against the Ole Miss Rebels at Tiger Stadium on November 20 2010 in Baton Rouge Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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I’m damn proud of this team. I just have to say that.

You can say a lot of things about this team, and at times this season, people have. But these players ignored the bullshit, and fought their way to an undefeated home record. And, for the most part, they have made whatever plays they had to make in the big moments. And they deserve high praise for that.

But at the same time, if you would have told me before the game LSU would need 43 points to win, I would have been pretty worried. On to the notes:

  • Jordan Jefferson’s first five completions each traveled at least 20 yards. With the lone exception of his interception, he was decisive and under control. When he’s helped out with a quality rushing attack and allowed to throw the routes he throws well (comebacks and corner routes), he can manage this team just the way he needs to. He’s also been dramatically improving as an option runner, all season really.
  • Blocking on the edges was superb, from the tackles, tight ends and the wide receivers. Russell Shepard made a really nice block to spring Michael Ford’s would-be long TD run, and Rueben Randle also did an excellent job, despite playing with a noticeable limp.
  • Loved Frank Wilson’s running back rotation. He rode Stevan Ridley early, stuck with Ford when he heated up in the third quarter, and then went back to a very fresh Ridley in the fourth.
  • Let it not be said Houston Nutt is not true to himself. Multiple giggities, from the third Ole Miss possession, on. And he had a great gameplan. Jeremiah Masoli did great work against the blitz, and found his hot reads in the seams. And the Reb-bears treated third downs almost like second downs. Just a play to set up the next down. It just so happened that was setting up fourth down.
  • Don’t be surprised if Arkansas used the spread and pistol elements of their running game next weekend. Teams are starting to take advantage of the speed of LSU’s front seven. Get them going one way, run the other and wall them off. Drake Nevis and company will have to remember their gap discipline more consistency.
  • Lavar Edwards had a strong game with four tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss and that interception. He’s really coming into his own as a quality strong-side end, with the size and strength to hold up against the run and an athletic burst up the field.
  • Interesting contrast between how ULM’s special teams handled Patrick Peterson and how Ole Miss handled him. The Warhawks used short kicks that gave him almost no room to field the ball. Ole Miss kicked the living hell out of the ball as far and as high as possible. Either way, it covered a weakness that LSU should have been able to exploit.
  • Speaking of General Zod, I suppose it couldn’t be more appropriate that the final pass of the home schedule was intercepted by him. Dan Borne threw in a “thanks for the memories.” And while I would love to have No. 7 for another year, I think we all know that’s not likely. But I think I can speak on behalf of the entire ATVS family when I say that we will always kneel before Zod.

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LSU – ULM: A Viewer’s Guide to the Sunday Replay

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Don’t worry Mike. You didn’t miss much.


Very odd game. It’s hard to call a 51-point shutout underwhelming, but that was kind of the case for LSU-ULM. And that wasn’t really a surprise, to be honest. I expected the emotional letdown, and I was skeptical of one great game suddenly reversing a season-plus of offensive struggles. The silver-lining to that is that we’ve seen the Tigers play detached football before and still not win by this much, against even worse competition. On to the observations:

  • Surely people were expecting the play-calling to be that vanilla, right? Establish the run, keep the passing game rudimentary and see if you can generate some points? The passing game, unfortunately, was pretty nonchalant, even against some pretty slow DB’s for the Warhawks. It wasn’t surprising by any stretch, but it sure would have been encouraging to see the quarterbacks and receivers execute with some urgency. The play was bad, but it felt more like both quarterbacks were just going through the motions.
  • I did, however, really enjoy seeing the offense get some of the youngsters involved. Spencer Ware, Michael Ford, James Wright, etc. The reps didn’t show up in the form of great stats, but just getting the snaps has value for those guys. Both for the final three games (counting the bowl), and for next year.
  • Obviously, every point on this list should include the caveat of poor competition, but kudos to Greg Shaw for another strong game at right tackle. The prospect of him seeing extended playing time was a scary one as of last spring, but he’s acquitting himself very well.
  • Defensively, I think the most impressive part of the team’s play was that I didn’t see a ton of intensity. Just a business-like approach. But to pitch a shutout, force five turnovers and score two touchdowns with that sort of mentality is pretty damn impressive.
  • Defensive end play was outstanding in this game, with both Lavar Edwards and Chancey Aghayere doing a great job of holding the defensive edge when needed, and crashing down the line inside against the interior run. Outside linebackers Ryan Baker and Lamin Barrow were excellent as well at keeping some of the wide runs contained. Baker really is playing at an all-conference level.
  • Ron Brooks‘ excellent play as a blitzing dime back paid off in a different way on his pick-six. Quarterbacks are so used to seeing him attack that Kolton Browning fired a pass right at him, thinking he’d be rushing up field. Easy play. And great to see it from Brooks, a formerly very well-regarded recruit who hasn’t been a star, but has been an excellent backup and role-player.
  • When the opposing team’s quarterback takes a shot down the field and your immediate reaction is “Oh…well that wasn’t a very smart decision,” before the ball is anywhere near the receiver or the corner, that’s how you know you have an elite cover man. Kneel. Before. Zod.
  • At some point in meetings last week, somebody on the ULM coaching staff said “I don’t care how badly we get beat, or how short we have to kick it. We are not punting the ball to Patrick Peterson. Ever.”
  • More on the young players theme, great job by T-Rex Mathieu, Eric Reid and Craig Loston, who all played a role in containing the ULM spread running attack. Browning came into this game averaging 260 yards of offense per outing and got just 71.
  • I don’t know how much actual coaching Joe Robinson does of LSU’s kickers, but whatever he does works. In the last four years he’s developed two of the best in LSU history in Colt David and Josh Jasper. And for that, he deserves some praise.

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Keep it simple, don’t get hurt, and keep an eye on the scoreboard.



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Football Parking, Traffic Updates for Homecoming

BATON ROUGE – LSU has issued a reminder concerning various elements of football game day parking and traffic in preparation for Saturday's Homecoming game against ULM which will kick off at 6 p.m.

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Per League TV contract rules, all SEC institutions are guaranteed at least 1 In-house PPV game a year, and this season ULM drew the short straw. Thanks to advances in ESPN’s digital offerings, though, It’s not nearly as bad a proposition as it used to be. In fact, certain out of state residents will be in a better position to enjoy the game than those who live a block from the stadium.

This year the Tigervision game will be streamed live for free on everywhere outside of the local blackout area. While that seems like the locals get screwed with the $34.50 bill, remember that the point of Tigervision is to recoup lost revenues from a poorly attended game. As is always the case, the best way to catch a Tigervision game is to actually go to the game. Great seats can be had for face value from any number of people around campus who claim to have better things to do this weekend.

For those not blessed with residing in the great state of Louisiana, your viewing options depend on whether or not works for you. The quickest and easiest way to find out is to go to and see if it works.


You’re in luck, the game will be free for you. Head to and start the party.


Well, if you have the ESPN Gameplan package already, you are good to go. Otherwise go find a sports bar or alumni chapter in your area.






Click HERE and pay your $34.50 for the Geaux Zone Stream ($250 for bars)


Click HERE and find the instructions for your cable/sat provider


The Geaux Zone is not nearly the mess it has been in years past, and by all accounts functioned well last year. If you’re stuck at work Saturday, It’s a great option if you can stomach the hefty price tag. The game will likely look like this


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Football Practice Focused on ULM

BATON ROUGE – LSU looks to solidify its top five ranking on Saturday as the fifth-ranked Tigers, who are coming off one of the biggest victories in the Les Miles era last week against Alabama, host Louisiana-Monroe for Homecoming this weekend.

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Miles Addresses Media Prior to Homecoming

BATON ROUGE — On Monday prior to Homecoming, LSU football head coach Les Miles addressed the media to recap his team's victory over Alabama on Saturday and preview next weekend's contest against ULM.

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Monday Press Lunch: Week 11 v ULM, Where Grass Is Now On The Menu

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At today’s press buffet table, photo via the LSU Facebook account.

Monday’s press conference and the Full Bama Game Replay after the break.


LSU Release [PDF Link]

ULM Release [PDF Link] (not yet available, will update when I get it)

Nevis Named Walter Camp Player of the

LSU-Ole Miss Football to Kickoff at 2:30 p.m. on

Watch LSU-ULM Online in the Geaux Zone-PPV Ordering Information

No Depth Chart after the break (It wasn’t updated in this week’s release). Brandon Taylor out long term, Mo Claiborne day-to-day (possible for saturday), Hurst day-to-day (not likely for saturday)

Lunch with Les for November 8th, 2010 – ULM Pregame



Full Game Replay: LSU v Bama, November 6th, 2010

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