The Picks: SEC coaches on the hot seat


Published: Friday, October 12, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, October 12, 2012 at 12:18 a.m.

We're not even halfway through this football season and two assistant coaches have been canned at Wisconsin and Georgia Tech and two SEC head coaches are already having their jobs talked about in the past tense.

We know John L. Smith will be gone at Arkansas, and there is a lot of buzz about Charlie Strong to replace him. It would be a good move for Strong, who is from Batesville, Ark., because it would get him back to the SEC and — more importantly — out of the sinking ship that is the Big East. (Instead of a BCS bowl game, this year's Big East winner gets a set of steak knives and a can of Turtle Wax.)

And as the Gene Chizik Death Watch continues, the name that is being brought up the most is Bobby Petrino. Wouldn't that be hilarious? You remember the plane ride to hire Petrino when he was at Louisville that resulted in a public embarrassment for Auburn. Shoot, they could go meet Petrino at a Zaxby's and nobody would care.

You know, Dr. Football is available to take any of these jobs. I love to travel, already have had practice at speaking to booster clubs and would really appreciate a courtesy car and the free country club memberships that come with the job. And after The Picks had another 8-2 record last week (44-16 overall), there are a lot of athletic directors who could do worse.

Some already have.

Florida at Vanderbilt: Believe it or not, Florida running back Mike Gillislee is getting some Heisman Trophy talk. Just what he needs. He is on a pace to rush for 1,425 yards and 18 touchdowns, assuming Florida plays 13 games. See, Kelsey, I told you those math skills can be applied no matter what line of work you are in. Now get back to your homework. Florida, 28-17.

South Carolina at LSU: Did you see where LSU players were complaining about the heat and humidity in Gainesville as a reason for their loss last week? It's going to be hot and muggy in Baton Rouge on Saturday. South Carolina, 28-10.

Alabama at Missouri: The price CBS paid for getting LSU-Alabama in prime time last year was getting stuck with this snoozer. Alabama, 38-7.

Oklahoma-Texas: The only thing they don't fry at the Texas State Fair is beer. I wonder what Bud Light Lime would taste like. Texas, 34-27.

Stanford at Notre Dame: I'm not picking against the Irish anymore this season. At least not this week. Notre Dame, 24-17.

Tennessee at Mississippi State: Derek Dooley will coach the game from the press box following hip surgery. I feel your pain, brother. Mississippi State, 24-21.

Kentucky at Arkansas: The good news for the Wildcats is they picked up a couple of big hoops commitments. Arkansas, 30-13.

Auburn at Ole Miss: The downward spiral continues. Ole Miss, 24-14.

Wisconsin at Purdue: Winner takes over third place in the Leaders Division, which is all you need this year to play in the Big Ten Championship Game. Wisconsin, 24-23.

Texas A&M at Louisiana Tech: Upset special. Louisiana Tech, 20-17.

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