SEC Picks

There are seven games on this weekend's SEC schedule, and five of them project to be fiercely competitive matchups.

Alabama and Florida put 4-0 records on the line in Gainesville, defending West champ Auburn challenges defending East champ South Carolina in Columbia, Mississippi State and Georgia meet in Athens, ranked foes collide when Arkansas plays Texas A&M in Arlington and Ole Miss faces Fresno State on the Left Coast. The only pairings on this week's slate that appear to lack intrigue find LSU hosting Kentucky and Tennessee hosting Buffalo.

The InsideTennessee staff achieved a first last weekend. Each of the four experts went 7-0 in producing a combined record of 28-0.

Chris Price improved to 33-5 and maintains a two-game lead over Josh Woodward and Danny Parker, each checking in at 31-7. Randy Moore now stands 30-8 for the year.

Here are their projections for this week's games, plus their year-to-date records:


Alabama at Florida: This is definitely one of the premier match ups of the weekend. I am excited to catch a few minutes of it, but I still think that the Tide are going to get it done. They are just so talented and I still believe with Justin Hunter the Vols could have topped Florida. Just not that impressed with the Gators. Alabama, 31-17.  

Arkansas vs. Texas A&M (Arlington, Texas): This is an interesting ball game right here. It will be fun to see what the future member of the SEC can do against Arkansas, but I am taking A&M. I think they have the defense and the offense to play with the Hogs and I am not convinced of Arkansas' defense. Aggies, 38-34.

Auburn at South Carolina: Auburn has shown its true colors without Heisman trophy winner Cam Newton. If this game were at Auburn I am about 95 percent sure that I would pick the Tigers, but with South Carolina at home I am taking Spurrier and the Gamecocks. South Carolina, 27-10.

Mississippi State at Georgia: Mississippi State is scrappy, but I just don't think they can do it on the road at Georgia. The Dogs have their backs against the wall and you don't want to corner a frightened dog. Georgia, 33-14.

Kentucky at LSU: Really? LSU, 87-10. And 80 of those points are likely to be scored by the defense.

Ole Miss at Fresno State: Ole Miss is terrible. I am taking Fresno State, 28-10.

Buffalo at Tennessee: The Vols will completely overpower the Bulls. Tennessee, 52-14.


Alabama at Florida: 35-21, Crimson Tide get it done in the swamp

Arkansas vs. Texas A&M (Arlington, Texas): 28-27, Aggies beat up on Petrino

Auburn at South Carolina: 24-21, Gamecocks with a close one

Mississippi State at Georgia: 28-24, Bulldogs. Which Bulldogs you ask? Georgia in a close one.

Kentucky at LSU: 45-3 LSU keeps on rolling

Ole Miss at Fresno State: 35-28, Fresno State gets revenge on the Black Bears

Buffalo at Tennessee: 28-10, Vols. Georgia is looming on the mind of the young Vols


Alabama at Florida: Possibly the most underrated game of the early portion of the college season. Both DCs should put the weight of the game on the opposing QBs. Alabama, 19-9

Arkansas vs. Texas A&M (Arlington, Texas): It'll be interesting to see if there are SEC chants from both sides. Texas A&M, 37-28

Auburn at South Carolina: This is a recurring theme out of me, but I expect for Spurrier to ride Marcus Lattimore till he bolts for the NFL. S. Carolina, 45-38

Mississippi State at Georgia: One of the tougher games to pick of the month. Yikes! Both teams and programs confuse me. Let's flip a coin. Georgia, 22-21

Kentucky at LSU: As long as the Bayou Bengals don't look past the 'Cats, this one should be a comfortable beating. LSU, 34-7

Ole Miss at Fresno State: If Houston Nutt loses this one...uh, let's just say it won't be a fun trip back to Oxford. Ole Miss, 13-10

Buffalo at Tennessee: Look for some new weapons on both sides of the football to be unleashed. Tennessee, 52-12


Alabama at Florida: The Gators are better than I expected but the Tide is every bit as good as I expected ... as in terrific. Bama, 27-20

Arkansas vs. Texas A&M (Arlington, Texas): The Hogs bounce back after getting trounced in Tuscaloosa. Arkansas, 34-27

Auburn at South Carolina: Two really hard-to-figure teams but the game's in Columbia, so ... Gamecocks, 31-24

Mississippi State at Georgia: Both teams have been playing well below their potential. Georgia has the home field and Aaron Murray, though. UGA, 20-17

Kentucky at LSU: Are you kidding me? LSU, 49-7

Ole Miss at Fresno State: I thought this might be a good game, then I remembered that Ole Miss lost by 23 at Vanderbilt. Fresno, 27-13

Buffalo at Tennessee: The Vols will be looking ahead to Georgia but not enough to keep this one too close. Tennessee, 30-7

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