SEC Picks — Week 12

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 took a commanding lead coming out of Week 11. Scott Hall is four games off the pace and VFL Joey Kent fell into a distant third. Hall and Kent look to make up ground in this weeks' picks but are running out of much needed time.

Scott Hall (68-23)

Florida at LSU

Vols win, Vols win, Vols win, Vols win. I mean Florida loses but it won't be an easy one for the Tigers. Florida plays inspired football with the SEC East on the line. It is a defensive struggle. LSU, 17-13

Austin Peay at Kentucky

Kentucky finally gets bowl eligible and Cats fans immediately start praying that the bowl game doesn't have a scheduling conflict with a hoops game. Kentucky, 48-13

Alabama A&M at Auburn

I saw Alabama A&M play MTSU on opening day and the BlueRaiders won 55-0. I figure Auburn is about 20 points better than MTSU. Auburn, 75-0

Chattanooga at Alabama

David Blackburn collects a sizable check while his Mocs receive a sizable rear end whipping. Alabama, 54-3

Arkansas at Mississippi State

Arkansas seemingly is the better team and should win easily. However, when looking at the experts in the desert they have Miss State as the favorite and generally they know something that I don't. Miss State, 31-24

Western Carolina at South Carolina 

Carolina wins! South that is. South Carolina 38-10

ULL at Georgia

It is so hard to get excited about a game like this is November. I have seen the tailgate scene in Athens and if I was attending this game that is exactly where I would stay after kickoff. Georgia, 45-17

Ole Miss at Vanderbilt

This game is actually intriguing to me with Ole Miss making the decision to play Shea Patterson at quarterback. He looked like a star last week. I think it continues this week. Ole Miss, 31-21

UTSA at Texas A&M 

Another yawner out of conference game. . Texas A&M, 47-14

Missouri at Tennessee

The Vols name their score. The visitors make enough plays to stick around for awhile but the Vols are just too much. Tennessee, 45-21

Joey Kent (57-34)

Florida at LSU

LSU, 37-27

Arkansas at Mississippi State

Arkansas, 27-21

Austin Peay at Kentucky

Kentucky, 49-10

Alabama A&M at Auburn

Auburn, 56-7

Chattanooga at Alabama

Alabama, 53-3

Western Carolina at South Carolina

South Carolina 27-21

ULL at Georgia

Georgia, 35-10

Mississippi at Vanderbilt

Vandy, 17-10

UTSA at Texas A&M

Texas A&M, 42-17

Missouri at Tennessee

Tennessee, 38-21

Danny Parker (72-19)

Arkansas at Mississippi State

Two try-hard teams that are extremely hard to figure out. That makes picking this one that much more complex. I'll give the edge to the Hogs because they've been slightly more consistent. Arkansas, 38-28.

Florida at LSU

The Tigers are the only FBS team to keep opponents to 21 points or less in every game. Pair that defense with this one being in Baton Rouge and the Gators seemingly struggling on offense and it shouldn't take more than 2-3 touchdowns for them to roll. Louisiana State, 24-9.

Austin Peay at Kentucky

Both teams have explosive offenses but both have below-average defenses. Money goes to the "over" on this one — even though I have no idea what that number is. Wildcats get bowl eligible for the first time under Mark Stoops. Kentucky, 52-21.

Alabama A&M at Auburn

Bye week before the Tigers get their shot to take down the No. 1 team in the land. Auburn, 56-0.

Chattanooga at Alabama

Bye week before the Red Elephant Club gets to flex its muscles on the in-state rival. Quite a bit invested in the next two weeks. Alabama, 49-0.

Western Carolina at South Carolina 

Stat-padding day for the Gamecocks. Not much else to say here. 45-3.

ULL at Georgia

The Bulldogs haven't beaten an opponent by more than two scores this season. If they're locked in a tight one against Lafayette, there may be more moans and groans about the first-year coaching staff in Athens. Georgia, 38-27.

Mississippi at Vanderbilt

How fun was Shea Patterson to watch last week? Combine that ability with the most talented group of freshmen receivers in the nation and the Rebels are sure to enjoy success for years to come unless there's a mass exodus. Anxious to see if Derek Mason's defense can confuse the freshman gunslinger. Mississippi, 30-14.

UTSA at Texas A&M 

Is this "Blowout Week" or what? Texas A&M, 63-20.

Missouri at Tennessee

Weeks and weeks of being spoiled by beautiful weather meant we had to pay for it all at some point. Saturday on The Hill figures to be cold, damp and dreary. That could mean running the football will become that much more of a priority. At first glance you'd think that favors the Vols, but they're so depleted at defensive tackle, that may not be the case. Running 265-pound ends out at tackle and expecting them to hold up to double teams from 600 pounds of SEC blockers isn't a winning formula. Also, Nigel Warrior is the premier playmaking safety on this roster, and he's played sparingly. That means backs breaking into the open field may not get caught by Vols safeties. Point being, scoring won't be terribly tough for teams to do from here-on for Tennessee foes. As Butch Jones said, his team isn't going to dominate the "stat battle." What they'll have to do is outscore Mizzou in order to get their first home win ever over the Tigers. Expecting Alvin Kamara and John Kelly to pick up the slack of a lackluster passing performance and grind out a win in the home finale. Tennessee, 42-35.


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