SEC Picks — Week 7

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

InsideTennessee managing editor Danny Parker stretched his lead over VFL Joey Kent and maintained his lead to two games over IT's publisher Scott Hall after Week 6. Both Hall and Parker had perfect 5-0 weeks with Kent have a very rough week, going 1-4. Kent looks to rebound this weekend with a number of games that could go either way. Parker has now correctly picked 13 straight games over two weeks.

Scott Hall (46-11)

Miss State at BYU

Interesting game here. Miss State is having a down year and BYU comes in as a seven-point favorite at home. I cannot see the SEC not flexing its muscles here. Miss State, 24-21

Vandy at Georgia

The only thing interesting about Vandy football right now is if Bob Shoop is on the short list to be the head coach in 2017. Georgia, 21-10

Ole Miss vs Arkansas

Ole Miss is coming off of a bye week and Arkansas is coming off playing Alabama. That doesn't favor the home team whom is abysmal defensively. Ole Miss, 41-24

Missouri at Florida

I was all in with Drew Lock until he went to LSU and stunk it up. Florida isn't the place to get back on track. Florida, 21-10

Southern Miss at LSU

Coach O is coaching for a shot at the permanent head coaching job. This one is not close. LSU, 45-10

Alabama at Tennessee  

Twice I have picked against this Volunteer football team this year and heading to the fourth quarter at Texas A&M I told myself not again this year. I would go to war with Team 120. Jalen Hurts plays like a freshman and the undermanned Vols shock the football world. Tennessee, 28-27

Joey Kent (43-14)

Mississippi State at BYU

Brigham Young, 38-21

Vanderbilt at Georgia

Georgia, 21-10

Ole Miss vs Arkansas

Ole Miss, 27-21

Missouri at Florida

Missouri 21-17

Southern Miss at LSU

LSU, 42-17

Alabama at Tennessee

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Danny Parker (48-9)

Mississippi State at BYU (Friday)

The heck kind of matchup is this? Wouldn't have foreseen these two getting together. Anywho. The Cougars have three losses but by a combined seven points. However, two of their wins are by a total of four points. The Bulldogs are one of the SEC's bottom-tier teams this year and it's a long boat ride out to Provo. State seems to go as quarterback Nick Fitzgerald goes, but his play is sporadic. Makes it that much tougher to pick. Brigham Young, 27-20.

Vanderbilt at Georgia

Not expecting this game to be much of a contest as long as Jim Chaney feeds the bear and hands the football off to his talented backs. Georgia, 24-9.

Mississippi vs Arkansas

The Razorbacks outplayed top-ranked Alabama in spurts last week but they seem to be squad struggling to find consistently as they were dominated by the Tide at times as well. Rebels tight end Even Ingram has a field day and key the win. Mississippi, 41-21.

Missouri at Florida

The Gators are well-rested coming off their LSU game cancellation. Between the time off, being at home and the possible return of quarterback Luke del Rio, it'll be too much for the Tigers. Florida, 23-10.

Southern Miss at Louisiana State

Cory Gunkel's Golden Eagles surrended 55 to Texas-San Antonio last week. That cannot be a good sign with the Bayou Bengals ready to fight after seeing their mascot succumb to Cancer earlier this week. Louisiana State, 52-13.

Alabama at Tennessee  

The last time Tennessee beat Alabama, its leading rusher in the game was Arian Foster, it outscored the Crimson Tide by 10 in the fourth quarter and Erik Ainge threw for 302 yards. It was a one-loss Tennessee team led by Phillip Fulmer and Neyland Stadium was packed with 106,695 rowdy football lovers on Oct. 21, 2006. Fulmer improved to 11-3 versus Alabama and it was Mike Shula’s final season on the Tuscaloosa throne.

Nick Saban took over for the 2007 campaign and the Tide limped to a 7-6 mark, but they trounced Tennessee 41-17. Since then, one of the nation’s most historic rivalries has been all Alabama and it carries a nine-game winning streak up to Rocky Top this Saturday.

The Volunteers are too banged up, they've been on an emotional roller coaster, they can't play football with the sun up, Joshua Dobbs can't go four quarters without fumbling, they can't block both of the Tide's defensive ends, they're missing half of their captains, they won't double-team Calvin Ridley and they won't get the football to Alvin Kamara 25-plus times. In spite of it all, this team finds a way.

Perhaps it's the state champions and Vols legacies throughout the roster or maybe they're that close of a group that always wants to win for each other. Whatever it is, it's going to be enough to hang an L on their archrival. It's weird to predict that, not done it in many years it seems. Have a designated drive on call, take pride in any Sunday morning walks of shame and try not to be too disrespectful to your crimson-clad brethren. Tennessee, 41-38.


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