ITAT Picks The SEC: Week 8

Inside The Auburn Tigers picks the SEC games from week eight of the season.

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, eagle70, is our guest.

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Week 7Overall%
Stephen3-242-11.792
Jason4-141-12.774
Pick'em Winners*
2-331-10.756
Mark1-437-16.698

* - 5xTiger, dukeofga, rabungap61, OkAUBURNTiger, AUgold and autigrs

Vanderbilt (5-1, 3-1) at Georgia (5-1, 2-1), 11:30 a.m. CDT, Lincoln Financial
Jason's Take: The Commodores came back to earth last week with a loss at Mississippi State. They will get some help with Mackenzi Adams as the starting quarterback but Georgia is too strong for them to come away with a win. Georgia 31, Vanderbilt 17
Mark's Take: The end of Vandy's excellent adventure to the land of Top 25 teams is in sight. Georgia 28, Vanderbilt 10
Stephen's Take: The Commodores have come back to earth and have no gimmies left on the schedule as they search for that sixth win to become bowl eligible. For the Bulldogs, this is their final home SEC game of the season. This week will be easy, but next week is when the going gets tough. Georgia 32, Vanderbilt 14
eagle70's Take: Georgia coming in off a workman-like performance against Tennessee looks to have things going in the right direction again. Vandy coming back to earth with a road loss vs. Mississippi State. Vandy will not slip up on the Dawgs this week. Georgia 31, Vandy 6

Ole Miss (3-3, 1-2) at Alabama (6-0, 3-0), 2:30 p.m. CDT, CBS
Jason's Take: Ole Miss has already pulled off one monumental upset this season by winning at Florida. Can the Rebels make it two? They have a chance but Jevan Snead must play flawless football and get some help from a potentially stingy defensive front. Even with that it still may not be enough. Alabama 24, Ole Miss 10
Mark's Take: If Ole Miss quarterback Jevan Snead gets the hot hand this one could get interesting, but look for Alabama to be too much for the Rebels. Alabama 27, Ole Miss 17
Stephen's Take: The Ole Miss defense hasn't been able to slow down much of anybody this year. It'll take the offense being almost flawless to pull off the upset, but don't look for that to happen. Alabama 27, Ole Miss 14
eagle70's Take: Coach Houston Nutt brings his Rebels into Tuscaloosa with both teams rested coming off bye weeks. The Rebels will have revenge on their minds after last year's game in Oxford. Nutt's boys have already proved they can go on the road and win against a top 10 team. Not this time as Alabama always plays well against the Rebels at home. Alabama 24, Ole Miss 13

Arkansas runner Michael Smith is having a huge senior season.

Arkansas (3-3, 1-2) at Kentucky (4-2, 0-2), 6 p.m. CDT, ESPNU
Jason's Take: The Razorbacks are playing much better now after getting a victory at Auburn behind the running of Michael Smith. Kentucky is without its best offensive player in Dickie Lyons. Arkansas makes it two in a row. Arkansas 24, Kentucky 22
Mark's Take: Kentucky's defense and the homefield advantage will be the edge for the Wildcats in a close one. Kentucky 24, Arkansas 20
Stephen's Take: The Razorbacks were never as bad as they were playing and the Wildcats were never as good as their 4-0 start. Arkansas is a dangerous team when it doesn't turn the ball over. Arkansas 34, Kentucky 28
eagle70's Take: The Wildcats, coming off a tough home loss vs. the Gamecocks, are still smarting from last week's game. I think it takes the Wildcats till the second half to get going. But, Arkansas scores a late touchdown to break Kentucky's heart. Arkansas 29, Kentucky 26

Mississippi State (2-4, 1-2) at Tennessee (2-4, 0-3), 6 p.m. CDT, PPV
Jason's Take: This is the game for Phillip Fulmer. Lose to Mississippi State at home to go 0-4 in the league and that may spell the end for him in Knoxville. While I don't think that will happen, this one will be closer than the big orange would like thanks to an improving MSU team. Tennessee 20, Mississippi State 16
Mark's Take: Two good defensive teams will square off on the banks of the Tennessee River. It's been a rocky season on Rocky Top, but the home team has a chance to prevail. Tennessee 17, Mississippi State 13
Stephen's Take: If this one plays out like I expect then it'll be a top nominee for Most Boring SEC Game of the Year. Tennessee 14, Mississippi State 10
eagle70's Take: The Vols' defense sets the tone in this old fashion SEC slugfest. The Tennessee defense keeps putting the offense in good shape and the Vols finally put it together in front of the home crowd. Tennessee 30, Mississippi State 14

LSU (4-1, 2-1) at South Carolina (5-2, 2-2), 7 p.m. CDT, ESPN
Jason's Take: After taking a beating on the road last week at Florida, LSU takes to the road again to face a South Carolina team that is showing signs of life behind quarterback Stephen Garcia. LSU wins this one but it won't be easy. LSU 24, South Carolina 13
Mark's Take: Look for LSU to bounce back this week from a humbling setback in the Swamp against the Gamecocks and Steve Spurrier, a displaced Gator himself. LSU 24, South Carolina 17
Stephen's Take: The Tigers haven't lost a whole lot of ball games under Les Miles and you never know how they'll rebound after giving up 51 points to Florida. South Carolina has turned a terrible start into a possibly promising season. The Gamecocks could be looking at 10 wins if they can pull this one out. Can it happen? Yes. Will it? I'm betting LSU pulls it out late. LSU 28, South Carolina 24
eagle70's Take: The Ole Ball Coach's former team exposed the LSU defense last week in The Swamp. But something tells me the Tigers D-line starts playing like everyone thought it would all season. In what could be one of the best games of the year in the SEC, I'll take LSU 21, South Carolina 20....ESPN instant classic.


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