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The first big game of the 2014 SEC season is scheduled Saturday in Columbia, with Steve Spurrier’s South Carolina Gamecocks hosting Mark Richt’s Georgia Bulldogs. The winner will grab the early lead in the SEC East race.

The three members of InsideTennessee’s football panel went a combined 37-2 on last week’s SEC Picks, including a perfect 36-0 on league games. Josh Woodward and Randy Moore missed on the national game – USC’s win at Stanford – but Danny Parker called the upset and posted a perfect 13-0 mark. Parker and Moore went 6-4 against the betting line last weekend, Woodward 4-6.

Here are this week’s IT staff picks:

DANNY PARKER (23-2, 13-8-1 vs. line)

PARKER

Southern Miss at Alabama (-47.5): Coach Nick Saban has a history of not running up the score on foes. So, can't see the Tide running it up on them. Alabama, 42-0.

Arkansas at Texas Tech (-2): Two very different offensive philosophies. The Razorbacks need this one to show that they're back. Cliff Kingsbury's offense may have too much for Jim Chaney's...but not so fast. Arkansas, 40-35.

Kentucky at Florida (-17.5): From what I've seen, it's a much-improved Wildcats squad. Jury is out on the Gators offense because I'm not putting much behind the beatdown of Eastern Michigan. Florida, 28-10.

Georgia (-5.5) at South Carolina: Expecting to see the best Gamecocks effort of the season but will it matter? With the Bulldogs' ground game I'm thinking no. Georgia, 34-24.

Louisiana Monroe at LSU (-30.5): The Tigers running game is a thing of beauty and that's with Leonard Fournette coming off the bench. LSU, 42-9.

Louisiana Lafayette at Ole Miss (-27.5): Hard to figure out this group of Rebels but a young and talented offensive line should allow it to continue hanging Ws on the board. Ole Miss, 34-10.

Miss. State (-14.5) at South Alabama: Surprised at the spread considering the hype around Starkville. Mississippi State, 37-6.

Central Florida at Missouri (-10): Seems like Mizzou gets better every week. Nice matchup though. Surprised by this spread as well. UCF has a nice squad even without Blake Bortles. With two weeks to prepare for this trip and it being a day game, that is just enough for me to predict the upset. UCF, 30-27.

Rice at Texas A&M (-31.5): If it were me, I'd put all kinds of cash on the Aggies. But, I need money for bread, jelly and peanut butter. Texas A&M, 52-10.

UMass at Vanderbilt (-17): First-year coach Derek Mason survives a potential 0-3 start to his career in Nashville, saving him from catching more crap from both of Vandy's fans. Vanderbilt, 5-0.

West Virginia at Maryland (-3.5): The Mountaineers looked solid against Bammer. The Terps have the historical uniforms going for them. Tough call. West Virginia, 41-35.

Tennessee at Oklahoma (-20.5): If I thought the Volunteers could run for 130-plus, I'd be up for predicting an upset. Just don't see their offensive line pushing the Sooners' giant front around like that. Anxious to see the matchup as it may be quite telling for the rest of the way. Oklahoma, 34-23.

RANDY MOORE (22-3, 13-8-1 vs. line)

MOORE

Southern Miss at Alabama (-47.5): The Golden Eagles lost by 49 to Mississippi State but I think the Tide will be looking ahead to Game 4 against Florida. Bama, 49-10

Arkansas at Texas Tech (-2): What can I say? I’m an SEC homer. Razorbacks, 34-31

Kentucky at Florida (-17.5): Two teams looking to rebound from bad 2013 seasons. One succeeds. Gators, 38-17

Georgia (-5.5) at South Carolina: The Dawgs are better than expected. The Gamecocks are worse than expected. Even the home-field advantage won’t be enough. Georgia, 31-21

Louisiana Monroe at LSU (-30.5): I’m glad I don’t have to watch this one. Tigers, 41-7

Louisiana Lafayette at Ole Miss (-27.5): I’m glad I don’t have to watch this one, either. Rebels, 45-14

Miss. State (-14.5) at South Alabama: The Bulldogs looked great in Game 1 versus Southern Miss, not so good versus UAB in Game 2. Which teams shows up this week? Miss. State, 38-20

Central Florida at Missouri (-10): A high-scoring offense and a home-field advantage give the Tigers the nod. Missouri, 34-21

Rice at Texas A&M (-31.5): I look for the Aggies to turn the visitors into Rice-A-Roni. A&M, 49-7

UMass at Vanderbilt (-17): Derek Mason better win this one because Charleston Southern (Oct. 11) and Old Dominion (Nov. 1) appear to be the only other winnable games on the schedule. Commodores, 27-13

W.Virginia at Maryland (-3.5): The Terps won big last year in Morgantown, so ... Maryland, 27-17

Tennessee at Oklahoma (-20.5): The first quarter is crucial. If the Vols can hang for 15 minutes I think they’ll keep this game reasonably close. If not, it could get ugly in Norman. Sooners, 34-17

JOSH WOODWARD (22-3, 12-9-1 vs. line)

WOODWARD

Southern Miss at Alabama (-47.5): The only question is which Alabama QB will play more. 56-10 Tide

Arkansas at Texas Tech (-2): This could be a great game this weekend, Arkansas can really run the football. The have a great stable of backs and huge offensive line. If their defense can stop the high powered Red Raiders offense they will win this game. 34-31 Arkansas

Kentucky at Florida (-17.5): This game has been hyped up all week, I just don't see it being that close. I think that Kentucky may hang close, but Florida will control with its defense. 31-13

Georgia (-5.5) at South Carolina: Georgia should be able to pound the football right at South Carolina, I'm not sure if the Gamecocks can score too many points. 28-14 Bulldogs

Louisiana Monroe at LSU (-30.5): This line seems too close, I think LSU blows them out. 56-10 Tigers

Louisiana Lafayette at Ole Miss (-27.5): Shouldn't be much of a contest. 42-10 Rebels

Miss. State (-14.5) at South Alabama: Miss. St seems to be a mystery team, one week great, the other not so much. I think they win here though. 34-17 Bulldogs

Central Florida at Missouri (-10): I haven't been that impressed with Missouri, but they get the win. 33-28 Tigers

Rice at Texas A&M (-31.5): Not much of a game here; move along people. 63-20 Aggies

UMass at Vanderbilt (-17): Likely the only game Vanderbilt will be favored the rest of the season and I think they pick up the win. 24-21 Vandy

W.Virginia at Maryland (-3.5): I think West Virginia will run up and down the field on Maryland. 38-28 Mountaineers

Tennessee at Oklahoma (-20.5): Offensive line and Special teams biggest keys for Tennessee. If they can block that huge Oklahoma front and give Worley time to throw the football to North and Howard they can be successful. They have to limit return yards on punts and kick-offs, even if they have to kick it out of bounds. If they give up a touchdown on special teams it will be a blow out. This will give us a gauge of how good this young talent Butch has recruited is, it will also gauge if Oklahoma it a legit playoff contender. I believe the Vols can keep it respectable. 42-30 Sooners


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