ITAT Picks The SEC: Week 6

Inside The Auburn Tigers picks the games in the Southeastern Conference for week six.

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, AUgold, is our guest.

Here is the link for this week's picks contest: SEC Prediction Contest

Week 4Overall%
Stephen5-236-7.837
Pick'em Winners*
5-225-6.806
Mark5-233-10.767
Jason5-233-10.767

* - 5xTiger, dukeofga, rabungap61 and OkAUBURNTiger

Florida (3-1, 1-1) at Arkansas (2-2, 0-1), 11:30 a.m. CT, Raycom
Jason's Take: As if things weren't bad enough for Bobby Petrino's club following a beat down at Texas last week, they get the opportunity to face an angry Florida team at home after the Gators lost a heartbreaker at home to Ole Miss. Struggling on defense, allowing 38 points per game, the Razorbacks don't have an answer for Percy Harvin. Florida 38, Arkansas 10

Mark's Take: This is just the eighth meeting between the Gators and Razorbacks. UF has won six of those matchups and number seven will go in the books this Saturday as the Gators pig out on an opponent that doesn't have enough teeth to fight back. Florida 38, Arkansas 10

Stephen's Take: Poor Arkansas. The Gators need someone to take their anger out on and there is nothing the Hogs can do but take the punishment. The Razorbacks have allowed 101 points in the last two weeks and the Gators put up 41 more. Florida 41, Arkansas 17

AUgold's Take: The mighty Gators under Urban Meyer fell for only the second time at The Swamp last week and will be looking for revenge. Tebow has apologized to the Gator nation for the performance against the Rebels last weekend, so expect an inspired game this week. As for the Razorbacks, the only good publicity they have is Kirk Herbstreit doing the Pig Sooie routine for a commercial. Maybe that's not good... Florida 45, Arkansas 17

South Carolina (3-2, 0-2) at Ole Miss (3-2, 1-1), 1 p.m. CT
Jason's Take: Two teams going in opposite directions meet Saturday in Oxford. South Carolina has struggled to score points this season while the Rebels have played well under the direction of new quarterback Jevan Snead. The Gamecocks lead the SEC in total defense though and that could make things interesting come Saturday. Coming off a huge win over Florida makes this one tough for the Rebels. South Carolina 20, Ole Miss 17

Mark's Take: Homefield advantage and better quarterback play should the tip balance to the Rebels in a battle of 3-2 teams. Ole Miss 24, South Carolina 17

Stephen's Take: Both the Rebels and the Roosters need the win on Saturday to keep the momentum going and stay on track for a bowl game. Ole Miss is scoring a lot of points (30.2 ppg) while South Carolina isn't allowing many (12.8 ppg). For South Carolina, the offense just doesn't have enough punch. Ole Miss 20, South Carolina 17

AUgold's Take: The Rebels are sky high from their victory at the Swamp last week, so it will be interesting to see if there will be a lingering hangover effect. Steve Spurrier is still looking for answers on offense, but the defense is solid. This one can go either way. South Carolina 17, Ole Miss 16

Kentucky (4-0, 0-0) at Alabama (5-0, 2-0), 2:30 p.m. CT, CBS
Jason's Take: Following a huge road win at Georgia that has propelled Alabama to a number two national ranking, the Crimson Tide is riding high heading into a showdown with Kentucky. The quietest 4-0 team in the country to this point, the Wildcats have yet to play an SEC opponent. The first loss comes Saturday. Alabama 27, Kentucky 13

Mark's Take: Mark's Take: The Wildcats traditionally struggle against Bama. Look for that trend to continue. Alabama 31, Kentucky 14

Stephen's Take: It's been a long, long time since the Crimson Tide had a victory like they did against Georgia. How will the team respond and handle its success? Also, is Kentucky for real? We'll find out Saturday. Alabama 30, Kentucky 20

AUgold's Take: The Wildcats are playing good football right now and flying under the radar. The Tide is coming off a huge win at Georgia and thinking about National Championship #(pick a number). They better not look too far ahead - this is the SEC. Alabama 23, Kentucky 20, OT

Northern Illinois (2-2, 1-1 MAC) at Tennessee (1-3, 0-2), 6 p.m. CT, PPV
Jason's Take: The Vols are in some turmoil after a 1-3 start with Phil Fulmer and quarterback Jonathan Crompton feeling the heat. It won't matter in this one. Tennessee 30, UNI 14

Mark's Take: The Big Orange gets a break from the SEC battles and should have enough firepower to hold off their visitors from the MAC. Tennessee 27, Northern Illinois 14

Stephen's Take: The grumbling gets louder in the Smokies as Tennessee escapes disaster. Tennessee 21, Northern Illinois 20

AUgold's Take: The Volunteers are having a hard time right now and look like a disorganized team. Good thing they are playing outside the conference this week. Tennessee 31, Northern Illinois 20

Auburn (4-1, 2-1) at Vanderbilt (4-0, 2-1), 5 p.m. CT, ESPN
Jason's Take: Auburn is looking for a breakout game offensively this week. No better time to see Vanderbilt on the schedule if you're a Tiger. The Commodores are 4-0 this season but are last in the league in total offense and total defense. If Auburn can keep from turning the ball over they should take care of business in the biggest game at Vandy in years. Auburn 24, Vanderbilt 10

Mark's Take: Vandy has the home field, an extra week to prepare, an unbeaten team and an opponent that has struggled offensively. However, that's probably not enough. Auburn 21, Vanderbilt 10

Stephen's Take: The Commodores have been winning games with their +2.25 turnover margin per game along with pounding the ball on the ground. They've yet to complete 10 passes in a game or throw for 100 yards. That won't get the job done against the Auburn defense. Meanwhile, the Auburn offense finally shows progress. Auburn 35, Vanderbilt 3

AUgold's Take: The Tigers carry a very respectable record of 4-1 into this game, even with the offensive inconsistency, mainly in part to the stellar defense. The Commodores are undefeated and have Gameday in Nashville this weekend and riding high. Tuberville and the AU players couldn't ask for a better opportunity. The Tigers will play looser without the stress of being at home. Auburn 20, Vanderbilt 10


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