IT picks the SEC

After a four-year absence, Tennessee returns to college football relevance this Saturday. The No. 23 Vols host No. 18 Florida in a game that should have a major bearing on the SEC East race.

Elsewhere around the league, Arkansas tries to bounce back from its devastating loss to Louisiana-Monroe with a home game against mighty Alabama. Ole Miss hosts a quality Texas team and Missouri hosts a capable Arizona State squad. Auburn and Vanderbilt hope to get off the schneid after 0-2 starts.

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After posting a last-place finish on InsideTennessee's Week 1 SEC picks, Randy Moore notched a first-place finish in Week 2 by going 9-2. Josh Woodward, Danny Parker and Chris Price posted 8-3 records last weekend.

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


Alabama at Arkansas: This would have been a hard pick 8 days ago, but after the Arkansas debacle I can't see this as even a close game anymore. 39-3 Tide

Louisiana-Monroe at Auburn: Well Louisiana- Monroe just knocked off one SEC team, but I don't see them doing two weeks in a row. Auburn gets in the win column. 35-14

Florida Atlantic at Georgia: Georgia looked much better last week against Missouri, they are a little thin in the offensive line, but Florida Atlantic shouldn't be a problem. 41-17 Georgia

Western Kentucky at Kentucky: This Bluegrass battle might be closer than we think. Western Kentucky isn't a bad team. I have to stick with the SEC. 24-14 Wildcats

Idaho at LSU: Well after the Tigers dismantled Washington, they will sleep through Idaho. This one is over before it starts. 59-7 LSU

Texas at Ole Miss: Would be a good week to own a house in Oxford where houses are being rented north of $15,000 for the weekend by Texas fans. Ole Miss is riding high with a 2 game winning streak, but it ends with Texas. 42-20 Longhorns.

Mississippi State at Troy: I'm picking Miss State. Wonder if they will send me some money for this pick. Anyway back to the game. Troy is not allowing cowbells and I don't blame them. State should handle this one. 35-17 Miss St.

Arizona State at Missouri: Missouri got a welcome to the SEC by Georgia last week, they looked to run out of steam late. They get to bring it to a PAC 12 opponent this weekend. 34-17 Tigers

UAB at South Carolina: This one shouldn't be close with the Gamecocks rolling the Blazers. 35-7 Gamecocks

Texas A&M at SMU: It is still hard getting used to picking A&M and Missouri in the SEC, but I got to go with A&M in this one. 45-20 Aggies

Presbyterian at Vanderbilt: Stubhub has tickets to this game for as little as a $1.50, James Franklin looks to be losing some of his swag, but Vandy gets the win. 35-10 Dores

Florida at Tennessee: Well it's been awhile since the Vols have had talent to match up with the Gators, but Derek Dooley has done a good job of building this roster. Tennessee creates some mismatches on offense that are hard to overcome. Florida looks to be going through a transition like Tennessee was for the past 2 years. Home field will make a difference in this game. 35-24 Vols


Alabama at Arkansas: Tyler Wilson. No Tyler Wilson. No matter. Alabama, 43-12.

Louisiana-Monroe at Auburn: Too much pride on The Plains to go to 0-3. Auburn, 27-14.

Florida Atlantic at Georgia: Great opportunity for Bulldog fans to see some freshmen play. Georgia, 38-10

Western Kentucky at Kentucky: Coach Joker Phillips and his men improve to 2-1. Kentucky, 20-6.

Idaho at LSU: The Tigers will be tested soon enough. Just not this week. LSU, 52-0.

Texas at Ole Miss: Don't expect to hear "SEC, SEC" chants in Oxford during the fourth quarter of this one. Texas, 22-10.

Mississippi State at Troy: Lots of distractions in Starkville presently but not enough to cause an upset in Troy. State, 30-13.

Arizona State at Missouri: The Tigers looked solid for about three quarters last week. Should see a rebound. Missouri, 35-22.

UAB at South Carolina: Too many horses for the Blazers. South Carolina, 37-9.

Texas A&M at SMU: The Mustangs aren't what they were in the early 80s but won't be a pushover. Texas A&M 20-12.

Presbyterian at Vanderbilt: Anchor Down, Nashville. The Music City gets painted black and gold as the 'Dores roll. Vanderbilt 37-6.

Florida at Tennessee: My father is 65 years old, but if I picked the Gators he'd have me in a headlock before I added the period at the end of this sentence. Tennessee, 21-17.


Alabama at Arkansas: Well this game wasn't going to be interesting prior to Arkansas getting beat by Louisiana-Monroe and it remains that way. CBS made the wrong choice, but it paid off for Tennessee. Alabama 38-10.

Louisiana-Monroe at Auburn: They had a great win last week, but Auburn will be very aware of what happened to the Hogs. Tigers 31-10.

Florida Atlantic at Georgia: Georgia is coming off a good win over the Mizzou Tigers and Florida Atlantic just won't have enough in the tank. Dawgs 35-17.

Western Kentucky at Kentucky: Kentucky is bad, but not that bad. Cats 27-17.

Idaho at LSU: Another snoozer for the Tigers. LSU 48-9.

Texas at Ole Miss: Ole Miss is the only team with better offense than the Vols in the SEC, but it won't be enough to get past Texas. Longhorns 24-10.

Mississippi State at Troy: Mississippi State gained some serious confidence from the Auburn will and I think it carries over in Week 3. State 31-13.

Arizona State at Missouri: I think Missouri has a little bit of a hangover from the loss to Georgia. I am going to go with the Sun Devils. Arizona State 35-33.

UAB at South Carolina: This should be an easy one for the Gamecocks. USC 42-10.

Texas A&M at SMU: Texas A&M is set up for a big let down after their close loss to the Gators, but I just can't quite bring myself to pick SMU. Aggies 27-24.

Presbyterian at Vanderbilt: Congrats Mr. Franklin, you get a win. #AnchorDown. Vandy 31-10.

Florida at Tennessee: This game worried me with Maggitt and Lathers questionable, but it looks as though both will go. That is enough for me. Vols 38-27.


Alabama at Arkansas: Don't you bet CBS is cussing Bobby Petrino and his motorcycle? Bama, 34-7

Louisiana-Monroe at Auburn: The Warhawks go for the early lead in the SEC West but come up short. Auburn, 37-20

Florida Atlantic at Georgia: Sorry, but my mind keeps flashing to Florida Atlantic versus Georgia Pacific. Not sure what that means. Dawgs, 41-14

Western Kentucky at Kentucky: Louisville already beat the Cats, so this game is for second place in the commonwealth. Big Blue, 27-14

Idaho at LSU: They grow potatoes in Idaho. They grow football players in Louisiana. Tigers, 49-7

Texas at Ole Miss: Poor Hugh Freeze. In addition to inheriting a bad roster, he inherited an overly ambitious schedule. Horns, 31-10

Mississippi State at Troy: SEC teams rarely play teams of Troy's caliber on the road. Dan Mullen is about to find out why. State, 20-14

Arizona State at Missouri: James Franklin, the quarterback, gets back on track. Tigers, 38-31

UAB at South Carolina: It won't matter who the Gamecocks' QB is in this game. Carolina, 34-13

Texas A&M at SMU: The Aggies discover that winning is a lot easier when facing non-SEC opponents. A&M, 31-21

Presbyterian at Vanderbilt: James Franklin, the coach, gets back on track. Commodores, 34-10

Florida at Tennessee: Vol players and fans release seven years of pent-up frustration on Wild Will and his Swamp Swine. Big Orange, 28-13

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