SEC Picks — Week 13

See what InsideTennessee's staff thinks about the final weekend's Southeastern Conference contests.

InsideTennessee managing editor Danny Parker has a commanding lead heading into the last weekend of the regular season. Scott Hall is now five games off the pace. VFL Joey Kent is a distant third even after having a stellar Week 12, going 9-1 while being the only staffer to pick Vanderbilt to take down Mississippi.

Hall was just one point away from perfectly predicting Kentucky’s 49-13 win over Austin Peay. Parker was a single digit off from accurately calling Auburn’s 55-0 victory over Alabama A&M.

Scott Hall (75-26)

LSU at Texas A&M

Finally I think it is safe to say that the LSU football team and staff has no real motivation to play this football game. The lame duck coach doesn't get it done this week. A&M, 27-24

Kentucky at Louisville

Kentucky hangs around for longer than most people think here. Louisville, 48-33

Auburn at Alabama

I told a Crimson Tide friend of mine this week that this game means absolutely nothing for Alabama and their overall goals of winning a National Title and the look on his face was priceless. I was right though but it does not matter. Alabama, 31-17

Arkansas at Missouri

Arkansas finishes off and up and down season on a high and while Missouri fans will be glad to see the season come to an end. Arkansas, 31-24

South Carolina at Clemson

I just can't see the Gamecocks keeping this one close. Clemson, 38-13

Georgia Tech at Georgia

Georgia has not turned that corner yet and will not be the winners of three in a row. The Yellow Jackets are just too hard to prepare for this time of year. Georgia Tech, 31-17

Mississippi State at Mississippi

I keep going back and forth on this one. It has been a long year for both teams but Ole Miss needs this game more to get bowl eligible.  Ole Miss, 31-21

Florida at Florida State

Florida keeps the hopes of an improbable trip to the CFB Playoffs alive. Two more wins and the Gators are in. Florida, 21-20

Tennessee at Vanderbilt

This game isn't going to be shootout we have seen the past two weeks with the Vols for two reasons. Vandy does a defense that is significantly better than Kentucky and Missouri and their offense is poor. Vandy will get their yards on the ground but the Vols defense will force a number of field goal. Five to be exact and add one touchdown to that. Tennessee, 30-22

Joey Kent (66-35)

LSU at Texas A&M

A&M, 34-21

Kentucky at Louisville

Louisville, 56-13

Auburn at Alabama

Alabama, 42-14

Arkansas at Missouri

Arkansas, 42-13

South Carolina at Clemson

Clemson, 42-10

Georgia Tech at Georgia

Georgia, 21-17

Mississippi State at Mississippi

Mississippi, 33-28

Florida at Florida State

FSU, 35-17

Tennessee at Vanderbilt

Tennessee, 38-17

Danny Parker (80-21)

LSU at Texas A&M

The Tigers shot themselves in the foot continuously in being upset at home last week versus Florida to gift the Gators a spot in Atlanta. Have to think Ed Orgeron’s group rebounds in College Station as the typical Aggie second-half debacle repeats. Louisiana State, 24-14.

Kentucky at Louisville

Lamar Jackson will want to bounce back in a major way if he wants to get back on top of the Heisman Trophy race after playing terrible football in a nationally televised loss to Houston. Don’t be surprised if the Wildcats work some ball control and get their ground game going to keep it within reason. Louisville, 49-38.

Auburn at Alabama

Wouldn’t mind being at Bryant-Denny to hear the pads pop in this one. To those teams vying for a spot in the College Football Playoff, if the Tigers can’t run the football on the Tide, then chances are no one will. That’s the matchup within the war that I’d love to see: ‘Bama defense versus Barn offense. The Tiger defensive line may be one of the most underrated units around, and it may give Jalen Hurts fits, and the freshman is not the most accurate passer in the SEC. Whoa nelly! Alabama, 28-22.

Arkansas at Missouri

The Tigers do not play defense on a high level. The Razorbacks have had their ups and downs, but I don’t see the East getting its second win over the West in Columbia. Arkansas, 41-17.

South Carolina at Clemson

Not sure many would have thought the Gamecocks would get to bowl eligibility given how they played in September, but here they are and this one is another matchup that should help a youthful team mature by facing a talented foe. Won’t be enough for the present, though. Clemson, 38-20.

Georgia Tech at Georgia

The Bulldogs seem to have a touch of momentum going and don’t have to have this one to get into the postseason like I thought they might a few weeks ago. Expecting it to be a dandy of a contest. Georgia, 24-23.

Mississippi State at Mississippi

We still can’t quite get the Egg Bowl’s talent level up to where this is a showdown of top 10 teams, but we can dream can’t we? Not sure what to make of the Rebels since they lost to a Vanderbilt team that’d just lost to Missouri. The key here is to not waste my morning away attempting to accurately call this one. Mississippi State, 45-31.

Florida at Florida State

If the Seminoles don’t run into each other and cause themselves to fumble the ball over to the Gators the way Louisiana State did last week, they should be fine. Florida State, 27-17.

Tennessee at Vanderbilt

Feel free to turn the record over but the Vols defense isn’t stopping anyone the rest of the way, including the Commodores and Ralph Webb. Butch Jones seems hesitant to think outside the box to come up with ways to at least clog the middle with extra bodies in order to keep foes from running for 400-plus. Don’t get that but until the lesson is learned, they’re going to get torched and the offense will have to be insanely explosive, which it has been. The difference this week for an orange-clad team averaging 55-plus the last three games is that Derek Mason’s bunch plays defense and has playmakers on that side. All of the above makes this one exponentially more intriguing than it was this summer. Tennessee, 26-24.


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