IT picks the SEC

Even trained monkeys can pick football games. InsideTennessee gives you picks and entertainment at the same time. Check out this week's effort:

Pardon us for gloating, but InsideTennessee staffers went a combined 45-3 in our Week 1 SEC football picks. Things get a little tougher this week, however, as the Week 1 mismatches give way to some Week 2 intra-league matchups.

Both Josh Woodward and Danny Parker went 12-0 on their Week 1 picks. Chris Price was 11-1 and Randy Moore 10-2.

Here are this week's predictions, with each staffer's year-to-date won/loss record:


Georgia State at Tennessee: Tennessee looked good against NC State, they just have to show up to beat Georgia State. Get the fireworks ready Tennessee rushes for 280 yards and throws for 350 in a blowout. Vols 62-9

Vanderbilt at Northwestern: This should be a good match-up with two brain schools going after each other. Northwestern played really well against Syracuse and pulled out the win. I'm going with the Wildcats. 34-28

East Carolina at South Carolina: South Carolina didn't look so hot against Vandy, but they rebound versus East Carolina. Cocks 38-7

UTEP at Ole Miss: UTEP played really well against Oklahoma and my upset of the week is UTEP beating Ole Miss. Former Vol Nick Lamaison is the starting QB for the Miners and will lead them to the victory. Miners 28-24

Washington at LSU: Former defensive Justin Wilcox gets his third year of playing LSU, Wilcox will probably get his worst beat-down from the Tigers. LSU 49-21

Kent State at Kentucky: I really believe Kentucky could lose this game, I can't pick it, but they could. Joker's seat is hot. Kentucky 20-17

Georgia at Missouri: I believe Georgia has been game planning for this all summer, but I'm not sure if they can defend the spread that Missouri runs. Missouri should score some points. I will take the Bulldogs though on a late field goal. 31-28

Florida at Texas A&M: Florida will play a team with a pulse before heading to Knoxville next weekend. I look for Florida to look better against the Aggies. Gators 24-20

Auburn at Mississippi State: Dan Mullen hasn't done anything against Auburn in his career at Miss State. I got to believe he still doesn't. Auburn 27-24

Louisiana-Monroe at Arkansas (Little Rock): Arkansas shouldn't have any problems this weekend, it's next weekend that bubble gets popped. Hogs 63-20

Western Kentucky at Alabama: Alabama looked liked a National Champion against Michigan, They will look like an NFL team versus Western Kentucky. Crimson Tide 55-7


Western Kentucky at Alabama: Let's play the game..."Pick Your Score!" Alabama, 59-0

Louisiana-Monroe at Arkansas (Little Rock): Tyler Wilson may stay in a bit longer as he builds chemistry with his wideouts. That's bad news for La.-Monroe. Arkansas, 54-12

Auburn at Mississippi State: Swing game among the IT staff picks. Ugh...hmmm... State, 10-9

Florida at Texas A&M: Will Muschamp made the right decision settling on Jeff Driskel but it won't be enough. Texas A&M, 14-10

Georgia at Missouri: Todd Gurley looked more like a former five-star than Keith Marshall in the opener. Will he be enough in Columbia? Another swing game. Georgia, 24-23

Kent State at Kentucky: Joker Phillips seems like a fine gentleman. For his sake, I hope the Wildcats don't lose this one. Kentucky, 20-13

Washington at LSU: Intriguing matchup. A couple former Vol coaches (Peter Sirmon, Justin Wilcox) tred back south. LSU, 38-17

UTEP at Ole Miss: This one won't be nearly as pretty as the view on The Grove that day. Ole Miss, 12-8

East Carolina at South Carolina: Gamecocks continue to ground and pound. South Carolina, 28-6

Vanderbilt at Northwestern: Wildcats gave up 470 passing yards last week. Yikes! Vanderbilt, 35-30

Georgia State at Tennessee: Will Big Orange Country make this one a sellout? Interested to see who's back on the bandwagon. Tennessee, 51-6


Western Kentucky at Alabama: This game is nothing short of laughable. I don't blame them they need a break after last week, but I just hope no one is killed. Tide, 45-3.

Louisiana-Monroe at Arkansas (Little Rock): Just another game that John L. Smith can't manage to screw up with that offense. Hogs, 34-7.

Auburn at Mississippi State: I think this one will be a little closer than most think because the cowbells will be at work. Still taking Auburn, 27-21.

Florida at Texas A&M: With the product that Will Muschamp put out on the field last week I just don't see them being able to get a win on the road against a jacked Texas A&M team opening their SEC schedule for the very first time. Aggies, 31-24.

Georgia at Missouri: I don't buy into the hype that everyone is spewing about Georgia, but I still think they have enough to get past Mizzou in Week 2. Bulldogs, 34-24.

Kent State at Kentucky: This one was hard for me to pick, but I am still going with the SEC. Cats, 17-10.

Washington at LSU: Would like to think that Washington might be able to make this interesting, but I don't think so. Tigers, 38-17.

UTEP at Ole Miss: Once again I am going to have to side with the conference. Rebels, 24-10.

East Carolina at South Carolina: South Carolina doesn't look nearly as good as advertised, but its East Carolina. Cocks, 27-14.

Vanderbilt at Northwestern: Sorry Vanderbilt. Let down after last week. Big Ten team takes it 24-23.

Georgia State at Tennessee: Blood bath. Tennessee, 48-24.


Western Kentucky at Alabama: This could be a competitive game ... if Saban plays his scout squad. Bama, 49-7

Louisiana-Monroe at Arkansas (Little Rock): Louisiana-Monroe actually beat a Nick Saban-coached Alabama team 21-14 at Tuscaloosa in 2007. I only bring that up because I still can't believe it. Hogs, 42-10

Auburn at Mississippi State: The Bulldogs catch the Tigers looking ahead to next week's game with Louisiana Monroe ... just kidding. Mississippi State, 17-13

Florida at Texas A&M: If I couldn't bring myself to pick Louisville over Kentucky there's no way I can bring myself to pick A&M over Florida. Gators, 20-17

Georgia at Missouri: There for a minute I thought I was feeling an upset alert but it was just some gas. Dawgs, 27-17

Kent State at Kentucky: Wonder if any five-star hoops prospects will be visiting the UK campus? If so, they'll draw more interest than this game. Big Blue, 20-10

Washington at LSU: Les Miles takes another step toward the 2012 national title. Tigers, 31-14

UTEP at Ole Miss: Hugh Freeze should cancel the rest of the season after the Rebels move to 2-0. It's all downhill after this. Ole Miss, 24-13

East Carolina at South Carolina: Lattimore left, Lattimore right, Lattimore up the middle. Gamecocks, 24-10

Vanderbilt at Northwestern: Wonder how many blatant pass-interference penalties will go uncalled this week? Commodores, 27-20

Georgia State at Tennessee: Quick now: What's the sum of six touchdowns and two field goals? Vols, 48-7

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