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Three intra-conference battles highlight the Week 4 SEC football schedule. Alabama hosts Florida, LSU hosts Mississippi State and Vanderbilt hosts South Carolina.

The SEC schedule kicks off Thursday night with Auburn visiting Kansas State.

Kentucky, Ole Miss and Tennessee are enjoying open dates.

The InsideTennessee panel of experts went a combined 31-5 on last week’s SEC Picks. Josh Woodward went 11-1 straight up, missing only on Georgia’s loss at South Carolina. Danny Parker and Randy Moore went 10-2 each. Moore and Woodward went 7-5 against the spread, Parker 6-6.

Here are this week’s IT staff picks, with year-to-date records in parenthesis:

JOSH WOODWARD (33-4, 19-14-1 vs. line)



Auburn (-9.5) at Kansas State: Sure don't get that many Thursday night games like this one, I could see Kansas State winning this game, especially being at home. But in the end I think Auburn can out athlete them. 38-33 Auburn


Florida at Alabama (-15): After almost getting beat by Kentucky will the Gators look better against the Crimson Tide. I doubt it, Alabama will likely roll the Gators all the way back to Gainesville. 42-17 Tide

Northern Illinois at Arkansas (-14.5): This is a perfect let down game for Arkansas, but I think they beat the spread. 31-14

Mississippi State at LSU (-10): I could see this game going either way, I think State has a good football team. I think LSU has more talent, it will likely come down to big plays and I think LSU has more of that ability. 34-28 Tigers

Indiana at Missouri (-17): Missouri is rolling along just winning games, which this will be a win too. 42-21 Tigers

South Carolina (-21.5) at Vanderbilt: This game could get ugly in a hurry for Vanderbilt. I think South Carolina won't take the foot off the gas. 48-3 Gamecocks

Texas A&M (32) at SMU: Can SMu keep it within 32 points, I doubt it. 59-10 Aggies

Troy at Georgia (-39.5) I feel bad for Troy after Georgia got beat last week, they are about to get straight ran over. 66-7 Bulldogs

Oklahoma (-10) at West Virginia: After seeing Oklahoma last week, I think this will be a close game. The Sooners looked tired versus Tennessee and West Virginia is running the offense just as fast or faster than the Vols. In the end I think if Oklahoma gets good QB play they will win. 34-28 Sooners

DANNY PARKER (33-4, 19-14-1 vs. line)



Auburn (-9.5) at Kansas State: Much better gauge of the Big 12 versus the SEC as Auburn is rated the SEC's No. 2 team and the Wildcats are the Big 12's No. 3. Nevertheless, I expect this one to get ugly at some point. Auburn, 45-17.


Florida at Alabama (-15): If you cannot guard Kentucky freshman wide receiver Garrett Johnson, how are you going to cover Amari Cooper? I'll add that the Crimson Tide defense is allowing just 66 rushing yards per game, which means Jeff Driskel's right arm would need to lead the Gators to glory. Alabama, 38-10.

Northern Illinois at Arkansas (-14.5): The Razorbacks are averaging a league-best 362 rushing yards per game, which makes me smile for former Tennessee offensive line coach Sam Pittman. Arkansas, 35-20.

Mississippi State at LSU (-10): One of the top early season in-conference matchups. Anxious to see how this one plays out. Is State really back? Don't think so. LSU, 28-24.

Indiana at Missouri (-17): Ole Mizzou cost me my top spot in the picks contest last week. Dang you Mizzou! Still a team getting better weekly. Missouri, 49-6.

South Carolina (-21.5) at Vanderbilt: Is this the worse Commodores team this century? Where are all the stud signees James Franklin supposedly brought to Nashville? South Carolina, 52-7.

Texas A&M (32) at SMU: Paging Eric Dickerson. Mr. Dickerson you're needed in the backfield. Texas A&M, 47-13.

Troy at Georgia (-39.5): Will the Bulldogs bounce back for Mark Richt? What kind of momentum can they generate with Tennessee set to come to town? Let's see it. Georgia, 38-12.

Oklahoma (-10) at West Virginia: That Sooners defense has to be top 10 in the nation. They impressed me greatly. The Oklahoma offense....not as much...but still above average for sure. Heading to Morgantown though, is that enough of a home field advantage? Not so fast. Oklahoma, 30-27.

RANDY MOORE (32-5, 20-13-1 vs. line)



Auburn (-9.5) at Kansas State: I’ve been saying for years that Gus Malzahn is an offensive genius, so it’s hard for me to pick against the Tigers. Auburn, 38-24


Florida at Alabama (-15): The Gators got some favorable calls in edging Kentucky last Saturday at The Swamp. You don’t get those calls when you visit Nick Saban’s house. Still, I think 15 points is too much. Tide, 27-17

Northern Illinois at Arkansas (-14.5): Watching Jim Chaney call so many run plays, I keep thinking I’ve slipped into a parallel universe … but the Hogs have the O-line and backs to grind it out. Arkansas, 38-20

Mississippi State at LSU (-10): The Bulldogs have been scoring at will but they haven’t faced a John Chavis defense … till now. LSU, 27-14

Indiana at Missouri (-17): The Tigers scored 38, 38 and 38 in Games 1, 2 and 3. Who am I to buck a trend? Mizzou, 38-17

South Carolina (-21.5) at Vanderbilt: I think all of the snide jokes about the Commodores’ dwindling fan support are cruel … and Vandy’s season ticket-holder agrees with me. Gamecocks, 34-7

Texas A&M (32) at SMU: You don’t have to be Johnny Manziel to look like an All-America quarterback in the Aggies attack. Wonder if the Cleveland Browns realized that yet? A&M, 45-21

Troy at Georgia (-39.5): Will the Dawgs be feisty or flat after their tough loss at South Carolina? I’m guessing it’s the latter. Georgia, 41-14

Oklahoma (-10) at West Virginia: Coming off a mild scare from Tennessee, the Sooners take care of business. Oklahoma, 38-24

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