SEC Picks — Week 3

Have a look at what the InsideTennessee staff had to say about the weekend's schedule of Southeastern Conference football games.

InsideTennessee publisher Scott Hall flexed his muscles last week, going 11-1, including having the point differential between Tennessee and Virginia Tech (21) perfect and was just a point off (17) from doing the same with Mississippi State-South Carolina.

Former Tennessee wide receiver Joey Kent also went 11-1 in Week 2 and was perfect in his spread between Mississippi and Wofford (25).

Danny Parker entered the second week of picks with a one-game lead over his co-workers but proceeded to embarrass himself by incorrectly picking Kentucky to snap its 29-game losing streak to Florida. Between that choice and the former Murfreesboro resident incorrectly choosing MTSU to beat an SEC team, Parker gave away the slim lead he had.

With Parker going 10-2, the IT staff has a three-way tie at 19-6 overall. Let’s get to the weekend picks.

Scott Hall (19-6)

Vanderbilt at Georgia Tech

Vandy's offense found a groove last week and it will be interesting to see if they can keep that going. Ga Tech is such a hard one week game prep but Derek Mason is a very good defensive mind. I just don't think he can pull this off. Ga Tech, 24-16.

Alabama at Mississippi

Extremely unlikely any team can pull off three straight wins against Nick Saban especially one with a quarterback that is turnover prone. The Crimson Tide holds nothing back . Alabama, 38-24.

East Carolina at South Carolina

Not a year to schedule this game for South Carolina. It's going to be a very long year for Will Muschamp. East Carolina, 27-17.

New Mexico State at Kentucky

Watching this game might be comparable to having one's wisdom teeth pulled without novocain. Kentucky, 34-13.

Texas A&M at Auburn

I am going to continue to ride the Aggies as they are well on their way to having a very good season. Texas A&M, 31-17.

Mississippi State at LSU

LSU slowly but surely rebounds from the opening game loss to Wisconsin. LSU, 27-17.

Georgia at Missouri

This game looks much more interesting this week than it did before Georgia really struggled against Nichols. Missouri has the defense to keep this game close but do they have the offense? NO, Georgia, 21-13.

North Texas at Florida

A closed scrimmage would generate as much interest for the Gators as they prepare for the showdown with the Vols next week. Florida, 45-9.

Texas State vs. Arkansas

Texas State can score and this is a letdown spot for Arkansas. This game will be closer than most expect. Arkansas, 38-31.

Ohio vs. Tennessee

Ohio is very good on offense and equally as bad on defense. This is exactly the opponent the Vol offensive line needs. Ohio will score enough to keep it close for awhile.. Tennessee, 52-24.

Joey Kent (19-6)

Vanderbilt at Georgia Tech

Vandy, 20-17.

Alabama at Mississippi

Ole Miss, 38-35.

East Carolina at South Carolina

S.C 17-13.

New Mexico State at Kentucky

Kentucky, 27-10.

Texas A&M at Auburn

Texas A&M, 38-21.

Mississippi State at LSU

LSU, 24-13.

Georgia at Missouri

Georgia, 28-7.

North Texas at Florida

Florida, 27-7.

Texas State vs. Arkansas

Arkansas, 38-20.

Ohio vs. Tennessee

Tennessee 42-17.

Danny Parker (19-6)

Vanderbilt at Georgia Tech

Tough one. Starting to believe in the Commodores rebounding to have an average season. On the road against a solid Yellow Jackets bunch though? Can’t go there. Georgia Tech, 17-13.

Alabama at Mississippi

Don’t think this one is going to be the dandy some others will. The Rebels just seem too thin in the secondary to contain the Tide weapons on the edge. Neither team can half run it worth a flip so pass defense will be paramount, which plays into Nick Saban’s hands. Alabama, 27-12.

East Carolina at South Carolina

Got nothin’ on this one because I’m admitting ignorant as to what the Pirates have to offer. Giving the edge to the home team. South Carolina, 30-24.

New Mexico State at Kentucky

The Wildcats can’t fall to 0-3, can they? Left me with egg on my face with the poo they brought to Ben Hill Griffin. Kentucky, 11-8.

Texas A&M at Auburn

Not calling this one a lock but have been impressed with the progression of the War Eagles. They need to run the football way more. Auburn, 20-19.

Mississippi State at LSU

Got nothin’ on this one, too. The Bulldogs are a perplexing bunch. And which Louisiana State team will show up? Guess I’ll tab the home team, again. Louisiana State, 16-14.

Georgia at Missouri

The Tigers won by 40 last week. Drew Lock to Johnathon Johnson looks like an electric tandem. Don’t quite think that will be enough but this one figures to be another dandy in this new series. Georgia, 10-3.

North Texas at Florida

No comment. Florida, 49-3.

Texas State vs. Arkansas

Austin Allen can play, throws a pretty ball like his brother. Drew Morgan is one of the more underrated receivers in the SEC. The San Marcos kids coming off a bye won’t quite be enough, even if the Runnin’ Bacon does play down to their opponents too much. Arkansas, 38-21.

Ohio vs. Tennessee

Cornerback. Middle linebacker. Offensive line. The Volunteers have some things they better figure out before Sept. 24. If they don’t exit this game with some confidence, it could carry over into one of the more important games this century for this program. Expecting three players to approach the century mark in rushing for the Big Orange. Tennessee, 45-17.


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