IT 'experts' pick the SEC games

Our fearless forecasters stumbled a bit last week, going a combined 3-5 on the Southeastern Conference picks. But, hey, who in their right mind thought Ole Miss could win in Gainesville a week after giving up 441 passing yards to Texas Tech?

That said, here are this weekend's picks. Enjoy them ... but don't bet the house.


KENTUCKY AT S. CAROLINA: I still think Kentucky is one of the most dangerous teams in the SEC. Until the Cats win a game they aren't supposed to, however, they'll never get over the hump. Carolina 27, Kentucky 20.

AUBURN AT ARKANSAS: Two great rushing offenses plus two terrific defenses plus two top-notch coaches equals three hours of great entertainment. Oh, well, math was never my strong suit. Arkansas 20, Auburn 17.

NAVY AT VANDERBILT: I'm picking this game as a public service to the dozens of Commodore fans out there because I'm not sure anyone else in America gives a flip. Vandy 35, Navy 21.

ARKANSAS STATE AT OLE MISS: The Rebels can't afford to be flat after winning at Florida. They aren't good enough to beat anyone with a lackluster performance. Ole Miss 34, Ark. State 21.

MEMPHIS AT MISS. STATE: The Bulldogs are so bad they lost to Houston and Tulane. Of course, those were road games; this one's in Starkville. Miss. State 31, Memphis 27.

SOUTHERN MISS AT ALABAMA: Southern isn't up to its usual standards. Alabama isn't either, but the Tide still has too much talent to lose this game on Homecoming weekend. Bama 34, Southern Miss 17.

FLORIDA AT LSU: If the Gators can't beat Ole Miss in Gainesville, how the heck are they going to beat LSU in Baton Rouge? I don't have the answer. Ron Zook might but I doubt it. LSU 31, FLorida 21.

GEORGIA AT TENNESSEE: The Dawgs have won three in a row from the Vols and appear to have the better team this fall. Frankly, I'm basing this pick more on a hunch than logic. Tennessee 27, Georgia 23.


KENTUCKY AT S. CAROLINA: Fresh off an off week South Carolina catches Kentucky in Columbia. Both teams have shown signs of improving but you've got to like the Gamecocks in this situation. South Carolina 24, Kentucky 17

AUBURN AT ARKANSAS: Auburn has had problems with Arkansas even when Arkansas wasn't a top 10 team. Expect the Tigers to give the Razorbacks run defense a thorough test, but it's hard to beat Houston Nutt in Fayetteville. Arkansas has had two weeks to prepare and Auburn is coming off a rugged contest with the Vols. Arkansas 24-21.

NAVY AT VANDERBILT: This one has a nautical theme what with Navy taking on the Commodores and both teams being up the proverbial creek without a paddle. Vandy has been pretty good in non-conference contests against weak teams and should prevail at home. Vanderbilt 34, Navy 27.

ARKANSAS STATE AT OLE MISS: Wouldn't it be funny if the Rebels lost to Arkansas State at home a week after defeating Florida in Gainesville? Well, it wouldn't be funny to David Cutcliffe. Besides Arkansas State is funny enough on it own. Any team that loses to Tulsa 56-7 doesn't have a chance to beat an SEC team. Ole Miss 37, Arkansas State 9.

MEMPHIS AT MISS. STATE: Mississippi State got off the snide last week against Vanderbilt and is favored to beat Memphis. The Tigers have already knocked off Ole Miss this season and have a chance to go two for Mississippi. It will be close but I'll take the Dogs. Mississippi State 21, Memphis 17.

SOUTHERN MISS AT ALABAMA: Alabama has to be motivated after losing to Georgia last week but do they have a healthy QB? Homecoming should provide enough incentive for the Tide to prevail against a Southern Miss team that has fallen on hard times. Alabama 31, Southern Miss 14.

FLORIDA AT LSU: If the Gators thought that Ole Miss had a tough defense they will have another frame of reference this week. The Tigers are tough at home and the Gators don't appear to be too tough anywhere. Is this the same team that had a 31-13 lead over Miami in the season opener? Chris Leak might wish he wasn't the starter after this one gets started. LSU 35, Florida 16.

GEORGIA AT TENNESSEE: All my logic tells me the Vols won't win this game. Georgia is better rested and has had UT's number the past three seasons. Tennessee has shown no signs of being able to stop the run and hasn't been consistent establishing one. That's a deadly combination to deal with. However the Vols haven't put together a complete game this season and seem to be on the verge on coming into their own. It will take breaks but the Vols are due there too. Tennessee 23, Georgia 21.

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