IT picks the SEC

InsideTennessee's crack staff of football experts forges ahead with another group of spot-on SEC predictions. (Just don't bet the house.)

Only six games are on this week's SEC schedule but five of them project to be competitive.

Ranked teams collide when Auburn visits Texas A&M and Florida visits Missouri. Injury-riddled Georgia travels to Vanderbilt, LSU visits reeling Ole Miss and South Carolina invades Tennessee.

The only mismatch on this Saturday's slate finds Arkansas (coming off a 52-7 home loss to South Carolina) visiting top-ranked Alabama.

Randy Moore went 5-2 on last week's SEC Picks due to incorrectly predicting a Florida win at LSU. All of the other InsideTennessee staffers went 6-1. Danny Parker now holds the season lead at 58-6. Moore and Josh Woodward follow at 57-7, with Riley Blevins (54-10) next.

Here are this week's picks:



Arkansas at Alabama: The Crimson Tide gets a tune-up before the rival Vols come to Tuscaloosa. This one won't be pretty. Alabama, 38-6.

Auburn at Texas A&M: If you want a look at the continued evolution of SEC offenses, watch this one. Texas A&M 56, Auburn 42.

Florida at Missouri: The Tigers will put a redshirt freshman QB on the field for his first real game action versus the nation's best defense. Where have I seen this before? Florida, 12-3.

Georgia at Vanderbilt: Are the Bulldogs reeling so bad that they'll be scared in another trip to the Volunteer State? Maybe but too much of a gap at quarterback here. Georgia, 24-17.

LSU at Ole Miss: The makings of a fantastic game but Cam Cameron's work with the LSU offense is the tiebreaker yet again. LSU, 24-8.

South Carolina at Tennessee: Jadeveon Clowney. Mike Davis. Shaq Roland. All talented guys built for Sunday. However, until the Vols prove they're willing to spy a guy like Connor Shaw, they're going to lose every game to a dual-threat QB with weapons. South Carolina, 37-23.



Arkansas at Alabama: The Hogs lost 52-7 on their home field to South Carolina last Saturday, so their chances of winning at Alabama are just this side of infinitesimal ... even with the Tide likely to be a little flat. Bama 41-7

Auburn at Texas A&M: Johnny Football enhances his chances of claiming another Heisman Trophy with a big-numbers day. Aggies, 44-35

Florida at Missouri: The Battle of Backup QBs goes to the Gators, who have the better backup and the better defense. Florida, 17-10

Georgia at Vanderbilt: The Dawgs have been decimated by injury but Aaron Murray will have a field day against the Commodores. Georgia, 34-27

LSU at Ole Miss: Hugh Freeze loses a fourth game in a row following a 3-0 start. Where did he leave those smart pills? Tigers, 31-21

South Carolina at Tennessee: A well-rested, confident Vol squad should give the Gamecocks some trouble. I just don't see Tennessee containing Mike Davis and Connor Shaw. Cocks, 31-24



Arkansas at Alabama: Well after the Arkansas debacle against South Carolina I just don't see this being a game. 48-7 Tide

Auburn at Texas A&M: Texas A&M has struggled on defense and almost got beat by Ole Miss, but this game is at home and I believe it will be a good game, with the Aggies grabbing the win. 42-34 Texas A&M

Florida at Missouri: If the Missouri QB wasn't hurt I would have picked them, but he is out and they aren't winning this game. 24-14 Florida

Georgia at Vanderbilt: Georgia is beat up, but not that beat up. Vanderbilt got blown out by Missouri at home. Missouri just beat Georgia in Athens, so I'm going with the Bulldogs. 31-17

LSU at Ole Miss: Ole Miss had Texas A&M on the ropes at home, I can see them do the same thing with the Tigers, but LSU has lots more talent. 38-28 Tigers

South Carolina at Tennessee: This game has the makings of an upset, but I just don't see Tennessee being able to score enough points on offense. They need help again from special teams and defense. The gamecocks go as Connor Shaw goes and he has been outstanding this year. The Vols need to disrupt him to have a chance. I think it is close, but too big a task for the current roster. 31-24 South Carolina.



Arkansas at Alabama: Sources tell me Alabama is very good. Alabama 42-10.

Auburn at Texas A&M: This will be a close one... for a little. Johnny Football will do his thing. Auburn won't be able to keep up. Aggies 48-21.

Florida at Missouri: Best defense in the nation will feast on a new quarterback. This won't be a contest. Florida 21-7.

Georgia at Vanderbilt: I'm down big time in the staff picks. I was close to picking the upset but just couldn't bring myself to do it. Dawgs 28-17.

LSU at Ole Miss: Les is best. Tigers 48-23.

South Carolina at Tennessee: This is possibly one of the worst match ups for Tennessee all year: dual-threat quarterback, the SEC's best running back and shutdown cornerbacks. South Carolina 38-17.

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