IT picks the SEC

Because you can't keep a good man down, InsideTennessee staffers expect to return to form this weekend after struggling mightily with last weekend's SEC picks. Check out this week's prognostications:

The good news: InsideTennessee's staff of experts finished in a four-way tie for first place in last week's SEC Picks.

The bad news: Each of us correctly predicted Alabama's blowout of Arkansas and missed on the other five games.

Even with last week's disaster figured in, our staffers boast some imposing records. Danny Parker holds the season lead at 59-11. Randy Moore and Josh Woodward follow at 58-12. Riley Blevins checks in at 55-15.

Proving that you can't keep a good man down, IT staffers are intent on bouncing back with gusto this week.

Here are this week's picks:




Kentucky at Miss. State: Get your ear plugs ready because there's plenty of reason to celebrate this weekend in Starkville. Mississippi State, 34-20.


Florida Atlantic at Auburn: Should be a stats-padding event similar to the challenging contest that Charleston Southern presented the Eagles/Tigers. Auburn, 57-17.

Idaho at Ole Miss: Quality scheduling for the Rebels after a grueling stretch. Ole Miss, 47-7.

South Carolina at Missouri: OK, OK. I'll hop in the Mizzou bandwagon. Who's grilling the burgers? I'll bring the bottled water. Missouri, 24-14.

Vanderbilt at Texas A&M: James Franklin nearly tore a hamstring in celebration of a well-executed fake field goal last week. Imagine if the 'Dores won in College Station. Texas A&M, 49-45.

Tennessee at Alabama: If the Vols are going to get an epic upset, they'll have to confuse a rebuilt Tide offensive line and find a way to move Bama's interior defense so they can run between the tackles. Alabama, 31-16.




Kentucky at Miss. State: Two of the league's weakest teams collide in Starkville. Even I wouldn't watch this game and I absolutely love SEC football. Bulldogs, 27-17


Florida Atlantic at Auburn: Gus Malzahn might be SEC Coach of the Year if the Tigers keep winning. They certainly should win this one. Auburn, 48-14

Idaho at Ole Miss: The Vandals ranked 118th out of 120 FBS teams in scoring defense and dead last in scoring offense last season. They're no better this fall. Rebels, 56-7

South Carolina at Missouri: Which Gamecock team shows up -- the one that prevailed 52-7 at Arkansas in Week 7 or the one that lost 23-21 at Tennessee in Week 8? Carolina, 31-27

Vanderbilt at Texas A&M: Johnny Football has a field day as the Aggies bounce back from last Saturday's loss to Auburn. A&M, 49-28

Tennessee at Alabama: The Vols are making strides but they're still a lap behind the Crimson Tide. Bama, 31-13




Kentucky at Miss. State: Dan Mullen is a name that has been floated around for different coaching positions the last few years, he probably should have taken one. The Bulldogs aren't very good, but Kentucky is worse. 35-24 Miss. St.


Florida Atlantic at Auburn: The Tigers are coming off a big win and should roll Florida Atlantic. 48-17 Auburn

Idaho at Ole Miss: Ole Miss is going to treat them like I da ho. 52-10 Rebels

South Carolina at Missouri: This is a tough pick because South Carolina is the favorite, but being a road game I can't pick them. Missouri is playing with plenty of swagger. 35-28 Tigers

Vanderbilt at Texas A&M: I think Vandy keeps this close because A&M doesn't have much of a defense. 38-31 Aggies

Tennessee at Alabama: Well this is the big one, what we grow up hearing about from our fathers. Everyone knows what Bama is going to do, The talent on both sides is far from even, but I think that Tennessee is playing with great confidence that will carry them through this game. If Tennessee pulls the upset Butch Jones will reach legendary status in Big Orange Country. I just don't think it happens this weekend, but I do think it is closer. 31-20 Alabama




Kentucky at Miss. State: The Bulldogs take it in a close(er) one. Miss. State, 28-17.


Florida Atlantic at Auburn: I heard Florida Atlantic fans travel very well, but Auburn still manages to pull out a win. Tigers 51-13.

Idaho at Ole Miss: The Rebels romp the Potatoes – or whatever their nickname is. Ole Miss 42-17.

South Carolina at Missouri: The Gamecocks hand Mizzou its first loss. The Tigers have been playing the shells of SEC teams in a Todd Gurley/Keith Marshall-less Georgia and a roughed-up Florida team. Dylan Thompson doesn't miss a beat at quarterback. Mike Davis will do Mike Davis things. Welcome back to reality, Tigers. South Carolina 34-21.

Vanderbilt at Texas A&M: Let's not get carried away now, Vandy Nation. The students may want to say in the library for this one. Aggies 41-20.

Tennessee at Alabama: This game will be close for longer than Bama fans would like, but the Vols just can't take this one down in Tuscaloosa. Justin Worley and the Vols offense can't match the Tide blow for blow. Alabama's offense is bound to make its plays. Alabama 38-17.

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