ITAT Picks The SEC, Week 7

Mark Murphy, Jason Caldwell, Stephen Atkinson and special guest, autigrs, pick an interest slate of SEC games.

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, autigrs, is our guest.

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South Carolina (4-2, 1-2) at Kentucky (4-1, 0-1), 11:30 a.m. CT, Raycom
Jason's Take: This game should be one of the better games of the day as the Gamecocks come in with some confidence following a victory at Ole Miss. Kentucky is also a confident football team after taking Alabama down to the wire in Tuscaloosa. In the end I'll take Steve Spurrier's bunch to find a way to win. South Carolina 24, Kentucky 13
Mark's Take: Two teams with strong defenses meet will try to crunch their divisional opponents for brunch on Saturday. Steve Spurrier may have his offense back on track. South Carolina 17, Kentucky 14
Stephen's Take: This is the week when the football gods begin to intervene with the grand scheme of the SEC. The more talented teams begin to make their move to the top while a harsh reality strikes those lesser in quality. South Carolina 24, Kentucky 14
autigrs' Take: Kentucky went into the Bama game sporting a tough defense and were it not for a few big plays, they shut down the Tide. Look for Kentucky to hold the South Carolina offense in check while Kentucky finds the end zone at least three times. Kentucky 21, South Carolina 10

Vanderbilt (5-0, 3-0) at Mississippi State (1-4, 0-2), 1:30 p.m. CT
Jason's Take: Riding high and confident is not normally a place you want to be if you're Vanderbilt but so far this season the Commodores have played well in that role. With Mackenzi Adams under center Vanderbilt is a more explosive offense but MSU also has a new quarterback. This is a huge set up game for the ‘Dores and the Bulldogs are ready to bite. MSU 17, Vandy 16
Mark's Take: If Mississippi State was a little better offensively the Commodores probably wouldn't get out of town undefeated, but look for the Commodores to escape with win No. 6. Vandy 14, Mississippi State 10
Stephen's Take: The Commodores are at their climax while the Bulldogs are in the basement. How could a struggling 1-4 team possibly beat the 13th ranked team in the country boasting a 5-0 record? Call it karma, call it whatever you want. Mississippi State 28, Vanderbilt 10
autigrs' Take: Who would have thought that Vandy scoring 14 points would have been enough to beat Auburn? And who could have dreamed that Vandy would be 5-0 sitting atop the SEC East? There may not be much scoring in Starkville but I think Vandy moves to 6-0 this week. Vanderbilt 17, Mississippi State 10

Tennessee (2-3, 0-2) at Georgia (4-1, 1-1), 2:30 p.m. CT, CBS
Jason's Take: Perhaps the only offense worse than Auburn's has been this season is Tennessee. The Vols will face an angry Georgia team after its embarrassing home loss to Alabama two weeks ago. This one will be closer than most think but the Bulldogs still win. Georgia 27, Tennessee 17
Mark's Take: UT's disappointing season continues. Georgia 27, Tennessee 6
Stephen's Take: Tennessee is a bad football team. The more football that is played the more it is apparent. Hello 2-4. Georgia 21, Tennessee 13
autigrs' Take: Bama showed that these Dawgs may be nothing more than mere pups when the lights come on. However, Phil and the Volunteers are beyond pathetic and will not stay in this game long. Look for Georgia to try and make a statement as they rebound from their beatdown at the hands of the Tide. Georgia 31, Tennessee 10

LSU (4-0, 2-0) at Florida (4-1, 2-1), 7 p.m. CT, CBS
Jason's Take: The war of words has exploded this week between LSU's Ricky Jean-Francois and the Florida offense after he talked of putting Tim Tebow out of the game. The big question mark is can Jarrett Lee handle playing on the road in the Swamp. He passed his first test at Auburn with flying colors but this time around the Tigers come up short. Florida 27, LSU 23
Mark's Take: LSU has the athletes to handle the heat on Saturday night in The Swamp. LSU 27, Florida 17
Stephen's Take: Florida already suffered its law-of-averages loss of the year to Ole Miss. However, the football gods will show no sympathy as they are still tired of the constant whining out of Gainesville. The bigger, stronger, faster and better-coached athletes will win this game. LSU 28, Florida 21
autigrs' Take: Les Miles has won an awful lot of big games in his short time at LSU. Urban Meyer has been equally as successful at Florida, with both taking home BCS Titles for their teams. Don't look for either one of these guys to win a personality contest, unless they run against Nick Saban, but this should be an interesting ballgame. Look for one of these egomaniacs to make a huge blunder to blow this game. I'll go with the odds finally catching up with Miles. Florida 24, LSU 20

Arkansas (2-3, 0-2) at Auburn (4-2, 2-2), 4 p.m. CT, PPV
Jason's Take: As if the game needed any more drama this week Auburn fired offensive coordinator Tony Franklin. The Tigers couldn't get much worse on offense so it shouldn't make a huge difference in the game for Auburn. For the Razorbacks coach Bobby Petrino will pull out all the stops to get a win in his first game back at Auburn. He'll get close but no cigar. Auburn 23, Arkansas 20
Mark's Take: If this was a normal Razorback team, the Tigers would be in a heap of trouble on Saturday with an offense hitting "on no cylinders" as Tommy Tuberville called it. Despite an Arkansas defense that has struggled, Auburn may still be in a heap of trouble, but look for the home team to prevail. Auburn 21, Arkansas 17
Stephen's Take: Who knows what to expect? Earlier this week I was going to pick Arkansas. The mistake-prone Razorbacks are much better football team (at least offensively) than what the scoreboard has shown. Throw out a major miscue here or there and they could be dangerous. But, who knows? I might as well pick two random scores out of a hat. Auburn 19, Arkansas 15
autigrs' Take: Petrino finally returns to Auburn as head coach, just not on the sideline he wanted five years ago. While the Tigers have struggled to put any type of offense together this season, there is always the possibility that it will happen. Arkansas, on the other hand, does not appear to have what it takes to make anything happen and against the Tigers' defense. I don't expect them to this week. Hey, it has to happen sometime, Auburn 31, Arkansas 10

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