ITAT Picks The SEC: Week 11

Mark Murphy, Jason Caldwell and Stephen Atkinson are joined by this past week's contest winner in week 11 of SEC predictions.

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, corynd, is our guest.

Here is the link for this week's picks contest: Click here.

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Pick'em Winners*

* - 5xTiger, dukeofga, rabungap61, OkAUBURNTiger, AUgold, autigrs, eagle70, Antibammer, rlshm

Georgia (7-2, 4-2) at Kentucky (6-3, 2-3), 11:30 a.m. CT, Raycom
Jason's Take: This one could be interesting with the Bulldogs coming off a blowout loss to Florida in Jacksonville. While Kentucky has played well at times, Georgia just has too many weapons for them to pull off the upset. Georgia 27, Kentucky 16
Mark's Take: The Wildcats have homefield advantage, but the Bulldogs have the playmakers. It's time for the Wildcat fans to turn their attention to hoops. Georgia 35, Kentucky 14
Stephen's Take: Georgia better take this one seriously... Georgia 24, Kentucky 17
corynd's Take: The Bulldogs are feeling down after a pounding from Florida. It will not matter, Georgia is much more talented than Kentucky. Georgia 27, Kentucky 13

Arkansas (4-5, 1-4) at South Carolina (6-3, 3-3), Noon CT, PPV
Jason's Take: Arkansas is playing much better football with Casey Dick much of the reason why. South Carolina is the league's top defensive team. I'll usually take defense anytime but the Gamecocks don't have enough offense to win this one. Arkansas 23, South Carolina 20
Mark's Take: The better defense rules the roost in Columbia for this SEC East vs. SEC West encounter. South Carolina 27, Arkansas 20
Stephen's Take: Both teams were woeful early in the year but playing much better now. South Carolina has already turned the corner and Arkansas is getting there. The Gamecocks win a close one. South Carolina 24, Arkansas 17
corynd's Take: Both teams are playing better as of late. This is a tough call. I will go with the home team. South Carolina 24 Arkansas 20

Wyoming (3-6, 1-5 Mountain West) at Tennessee (3-6, 1-5), Noon CT, PPV
Jason's Take: Wyoming comes to Tennessee at a bad time. With the Volunteers searching for something to play for they got just the thing with the firing of Phil Fulmer. They'll play their best game of the season against a bad Cowboy team. Tennessee 30, Wyoming 13
Mark's Take: Wyoming at Tennessee--The Volunteers are an unhappy bunch of players after learning that Coach Phil Fulmer is on his way out. Assuming they want to win this game, they should be able to handle the Cowboys. Tennessee 24, Wyoming 14
Stephen's Take: Sure, the Cowboys posted a 35-7 victory over San Diego State last week. However, they were outscored 207-30 in a five-game stretch before that. The Vols' coaches and players could use a game like this. Tennessee 38, Wyoming 7
corynd's Take: The Vols are bad, but not bad enough to lose to Wyoming. Tennessee 30, Wyoming 6

Alabama (9-0, 5-0) at LSU (6-2, 3-2), 2:30 p.m. CT, CBS
Jason's Take: Alabama has had more success than any team in history winning games at Tiger Stadium against LSU. Throw in the fact that the game is being played during the day and you have the recipe for a win by the visiting team. Entering the 2008 season, since 1960 LSU had won 77.4 percent (206-59-3) of its games at home. That number was just 46.7 (20-23-3) during the day. That's enough for me. Alabama 24, LSU 16
Mark's Take: The Bayou Bengals could make this interesting if their quarterback play is solid, but there is no doubt that Bama is the team on a roll going into this game. Alabama 24, LSU 17
Stephen's Take: Sure the LSU defensive line is really good, but the back seven have had difficulties making tackles in space this season. The Crimson Tide should be able to score enough points to win. The LSU offense has had its moments this year and could keep up on the scoreboard, but in the end the edge goes to the team with the senior quarterback. Alabama 31, LSU 27
corynd's Take: Nicky doesn't want to be the center of attention for this week's big game. Sorry Nick, but you will be, and you will give LSU enough motivation to ruin the premature MNC celebration. LSU 24, UAT 23

Florida (7-1, 5-1) at Vanderbilt (5-3, 3-2), 7 p.m. CT, ESPN2
Jason's Take: This one is over early and decisively. Florida is too fast and physical for Vanderbilt and will show once again on Saturday why the Gators should be a team to watch down the stretch. Florida 45, Vandy 13
Mark's Take: The Gators are hotter than a downtown Gainesville asphalt parking lot on the 4th of July. Florida 38, Vandy 10
Stephen's Take: Vanderbilt, on a three-game skid, is back where it's accustomed to. Florida is playing as well, possibly better, than anyone in the country. The Gators put on a show in Nashville. Florida 52, Vanderbilt 10.
corynd's Take: This could be a tough game for the Gators after coming off an emotional win. Vandy will play Florida tough for a while, but the Gators pull away in the second half. Florida 31, Vandy 17

UT-Martin (7-2, 5-1 Ohio Valley) at Auburn (4-5, 2-4), 1:30 p.m. CT
Jason's Take: UT-Martin is one of the top offensive teams in college football, FCS football that is. That makes a big difference this week as they won't have the horses to push the Tigers very much. Still Auburn's offense doesn't explode, but does show more life. Auburn 31, UT-Martin 17
Mark's Take: The Tigers should make the old grads happy on Homecoming with a victory over the Skyhawks despite a struggling offense and a defense that has been seriously hampered by major injury issues. Auburn 31, UT-Martin 14
Stephen's Take: With very few healthy bodies on the defensive side of the ball and an offense that struggles with execution, the Tigers can't afford to take it easy against anybody. Countless young players will be counted on defensively, but this could be the week the Auburn running game has some success. Auburn 28, UT-Martin 21
corynd's Take: Auburn needs a win in a bad way. It seems everyone on the defensive side of the ball is injured. I still believe Auburn's talent level will be superior and win the game. Auburn 27, UT-Martin 13

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