ITAT SEC West Picks: Week Three

Inside The Auburn Tigers takes a look at the SEC's Western Division games this week.

Editor's Note: The winner of our weekly Inside the Auburn Tigers prediction contest will receive an invitation to join staff members to give their takes in the SEC picks column. Last week's winner, dukeofga, is our guest this week.

Here is the link for this week's picks contest: Week Three Picks

Western Kentucky (1-1) at Alabama (2-0), 6 p.m. CDT, PPV
Jason's Take: Alabama suffered a big letdown in a week two win over Tulane. It could happen again this week against the Hilltoppers but it won't matter. Alabama 42, WKU 10

Mark's Take: Former Auburn player and graduate assistant coach Travaris Robinson joined the staff at Western Kentucky this season and knows a lot about beating Bama, but the Hilltoppers don't have the talent to hold the high ground against SEC competition. Alabama 35, Western Kentucky 7

Stephen's Take: Alabama gets things turned around against those all too feisty Sun Belt Conference opponents. Alabama 37 Western Kentucky 13

dukeofga's Take: As long as they don't look past WKU to Arkansas, UA should not be challenged. Alabama 31 Western Kentucky 13

Samford (2-0) at Ole Miss (1-1), 6 p.m. CDT
Jason's Take: Ole Miss is coming off an impressive performance in nearly pulling off the upset at Wake Forest. My guess is Jevan Snead and the offense will score early and often in this one. Ole Miss 38, Samford 9

Mark's Take: It looks like Bulldogs from Bham are making a commitment to upgrade their football program with Pat Sullivan in charge and improved facilities. The series is tied at 1-1, but has been dormant since the 1930s. Samford is 2-0 this season, but is out of its league this week. Ole Miss 38, Samford 10

Stephen's Take: Houston Nutt has a history of not holding back against I-AA opponents. Ole Miss 45 Samford 14

dukeofga's Take: Ole Miss returns home after a tough loss at Wake Forest. Samford should be just what the Rebels need to get past any hangover. Ole Miss 31 Samford 17

North Texas (0-2) at LSU (1-0), 6 p.m. CDT, PPV
Jason's Take: There won't be a bigger mismatch in the country this week than in Tiger Stadium. North Texas has been beaten 45-6 by Kansas State and 56-26 by Tulsa in two games and has allowed 1,026 yards of total offense. Against Tulsa they allowed 42 points and 330 yards in the first half alone. LSU 50, North Texas 7

Mark's Take: LSU is still trying to figure out who the main man will be at quarterback. Against a North Texas defense known to fold up like a lawn chair, it doesn't matter. Les Miles could line up under center and LSU would still coast to a victory. LSU 58, North Texas Lean Green 10

Stephen's Take: The Tigers could draw a random number out of Les Miles' hat and go out and score that exact number of points against this high school defense. Where will the scoring stop? 42, 49, 56, 63, 70, 77, 84? LSU 59 North Texas 10

dukeofga's Take: No challenge for the defending champs. LSU 56 NT 3

Auburn (2-0) at Mississippi State (1-1), 6 p.m. CDT, ESPN2
Jason's Take: Last season Auburn turned the ball over five times in an 18-13 loss to the Bulldogs in Auburn. It will be Chris Todd's job to make sure history doesn't repeat itself. It won't. Auburn 31, MSU 15

Mark's Take:Auburn makes its conference debut and road debut against a physical opponent it needs to take seriously to avoid the upset. Tommy Tuberville's Tigers aren't likely to be looking ahead to the LSU game after being stunned by the Bulldogs a year ago. Auburn 28, Mississippi State 13

Stephen's Take: Auburn keeps working on getting better while picking up not-so-pretty victories. Next week is when we find out how good these Tigers can be. Auburn 24 Mississippi State 13

dukeofga's Take: Hopefully having gotten over the fumble bug against Southern Miss, the System shines for the first of many times this season. Auburn 49 Mississippi State 10

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