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SEC Picks — Week 8

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 continues to lead these picks. He has a solid three-game lead over publisher Scott Hall and a commanding six-game advantage over VFL Joey Kent.  It was a rough week last week where all three missed their picks of Tennessee, Georgia and Ole Miss with all three losing. This week the trio looks to get back on track during the bye week for the Volunteers.

Scott Hall (48-15)

Massachusetts at South Carolina

Has Umass joined the SEC? It sure seems that way as this will be their third SEC opponent. They have played Florida and Miss State fairly close and it won't shock me if they win this one. South Carolina, 24-21

Texas A&M at Alabama

The spot in the schedule really favors Texas A&M and traditionally the Crimson Tide has struggled with A&M. This game is without a doubt going to be a fourth quarter contest. I am going with the home team but it is an easy cover for the visiting team regarding the Vegas line of 17. Alabama, 38-35

MTSU at Missouri

The Blue Raiders are the better team. If they can overcome a very emotional loss last weekend they will win this game. I need to pick an upset to catch Danny Parker and this one looks like the best option. MTSU, 31-28

Arkansas at Auburn

This is going to be a very good game between two good football teams. I think Auburn has really turned the corner and their defense is much better than the Hogs. Auburn, 31-21

Tennessee State at Vandy

A Nashville team is going to win. Yea Nashville!  Vandy, 38-10

Miss State at Kentucky

A bowl birth might be on the line here. Kentucky is the better team. Kentucky, 27-20

Mississippi at LSU

This is going to be a fun game. I really need to flip a coin here. I can't go away from the home team in a coin flip game especially when it is Baton Rouge at night. LSU, 31-28

Joey Kent (45-18)

UMASS at South Carolina

South Carolina, 27-13.

Texas A&M at Alabama

Texas A&M, 35-31.

MTSU at Missouri

Missouri, 21-10.

Arkansas at Auburn

Arkansas 24-17.

TSU at Vandy

Vanderbilt 21-3.

Miss State at Kentucky

Mississippi State, 27-16.

Ole Miss at LSU

LSU, 42-35.

Danny Parker (51-12)

Massachusetts at South Carolina

Tune-up game for the Gamecocks I'd have to think, although the Minutemen looked like a solid bunch in Gainesville earlier this year. South Carolina, 20-9.

Texas A&M at Alabama

The Alabama offense is getting more praise that it deserves and the Alabama defense isn't getting enough. Incredible ability and depth on the defensive side for the Tide, and I just don't know that Trevor Knight will have enough time to throw or lanes to run. Alabama, 38-14.

MTSU at Missouri

If this season has proven anything, it's that I have no idea what to expect out of Mizzou. Back in September this looked like it'd be a cupcake game, but it could be better than some expect. Missouri, 28-10.

Arkansas at Auburn

One of the games on this weekend's slate that I wouldn't mind attending. Terrific matchup and both deserving of being in the top 25. Going to assume the talent gap is a bit too far into the Tigers' end. Auburn, 34-30.

Tennessee State at Vandy

With a trio of top 25 teams left on the schedule and needing a trio of wins to get bowl eligible, the Commodores absolutely cannot afford a slip-up if they want to get to at least 6-6. The Tigers enter with a 5-1 mark but Vandy's playing solid football. Vanderbilt, 27-13.

Mississippi State at Kentucky

Has anybody seen my lucky quarter? Throw both of these two into a bucket of Mizzou and label it, "Ain't Got A Clue." I will say that I put my faith in the Big Blue earlier this year against Florida and it didn't come close to getting my back. Then again, the Bulldogs lost at home to the South Alabama Jaguars. Gheesh! Mississippi State, 14-13.

Mississippi at LSU

Another tremendous matchup and a far, far better gauge of what level of football Ed Orgeron has the Bayou Bengals playing. Should be one of the more exciting games around the country. If the Tigers pull it off, Orgeron gets one step closer to being considered as a decent candidate to replace Les Miles. Oh, and he gets to get back at the powers that be in Oxford that fired him years ago. Louisiana State, 37-31.

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