Tennessee players insist they don't use losing streaks as motivation. In fact, focusing on streaks — such as the seven consecutive losses to Florida — can be a distraction, according to senior offensive tackle Dallas Thomas.
And if you become distracted, "something bad is going to happen," he said.
I share a similar philosophy when it comes to picking games. No matter how many I pick incorrectly, I don't allow that to affect my next pick.
Tennessee 27, Florida 17: I haven't been this sure of a pick since last November when I predicted the Vols would extend their winning streak against Kentucky to 27 games.
Alabama 100, Arkansas 3: The Razorbacks might never have a worse Saturday than the last one: star quarterback Tyler Wilson was knocked out of the game, Louisiana-Monroe won in overtime, the team fell from the top 10 out of the top 25, and some karaoke queen embarrassed the entire state by singing her allegiance to the Hogs (to the tune of "United We Stand"). Between verses, she calls for her beloved Razorbacks to beat the Tide "100 to 3."
Auburn 34, Louisiana-Monroe 17: In case of a possible worse-case scenario, Auburn's leaders should apprise their fans of the damage they could inflict on their program by recording heartfelt feelings on YouTube — even if they can carry a tune.
Arizona State 34, Missouri 30: Tigers defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson should find this loss more entertaining after accusing Georgia of playing "old-man football" before to his team's 41-20 defeat. Arizona State's offense is much more hip.
Texas A&M 42, SMU 13: This match-up brings back fond memories of the Southwest Conference in the early 1980s when Jackie Sherrill was beginning to build up the downtrodden Aggies through creative recruiting, and the Mustangs had better running backs and a higher payroll than the Dallas Cowboys.
Vanderbilt 38, Presbyterian 0: Here's the lead paragraph from last week's game story on the Presbyterian website: "The Presbyterian College football team forced three turnovers against Atlantic Coast Conference foe Georgia Tech on Saturday night (so far, so good) ... but fell to the Yellow Jackets at Bobby Dodd Stadium, 59-3."
Imagine the same guy corresponding on behalf of the Titanic: "The band has never sounded better, but ... "
South Carolina 41, UAB 14: Backup Gamecocks quarterback Dylan Thompson was so effective as a replacement for Connor Shaw last week, he raised the question: Who was that impersonator stumbling around in his No. 17 jersey against Vanderbilt?
Texas 34, Ole Miss 17: The Rebels looked better against UTEP than Oklahoma did, which is almost as surprising as first-year coach Hugh Freeze possibly assembling a top-25 recruiting class (currently ranked No. 21 by ESPN).
Mississippi State 38, Troy 17: The Bulldogs have a great chance of being 5-0 when they play Tennessee on Oct. 13.
LSU 45, Idaho 0: The Vandals are averaging 2 yards per carry after tangling with the likes of Eastern Washington and Bowling Green. They might not gain 2 yards against the Tigers.
Georgia 41, Florida Atlantic 0: The Owls will be behind the eight-ball between the hedges.
Western Kentucky 17, Kentucky 13: Good thing the Wildcats didn't schedule Louisiana-Monroe. This loss will be humiliating enough.
Record: 45-5 (.900) overall, 19-20 (.487) against the spread.