IT Analysts Pick Saturday's SEC Slate

It's a light slate in the SEC on Saturday with the marquee match-up featuring Ole Miss at Auburn. Read further for this week's picks from Inside Tennessee analysts Randy Moore and Jeffery Stewart.

Randy Moore's Picks

ALABAMA AT MISS. STATE: Jackie Sherrill attended Alabama and played under Bear Bryant. In fact, he once was considered a possible successor to the Bear. That was way before his MSU Bulldogs became the SEC doormat, of course. Alabama 31, MSU 17.

OLE MISS AT AUBURN: Auburn lacks the air attack to exploit Ole Miss' woeful pass defense, so the Rebels will load up to stop the run. The question is: Can the Tigers stop Eli? Not consistently, but probably often enough to win. Auburn 31, Ole Miss 24.

TENNESSEE AT MIAMI: If you transpose the first two vowels and delete the last one, Miami becomes M-A-I-M. That's what I think the Hurricanes will do to Tennessee. Miami 27, Tennessee 10.


ALABAMA AT MISSISSIPPI STATE: After playing nine straight weeks, capped by a five overtime defeat to Tennessee, Bama finally got a break last week to get its legs back, heal some wounds and refocus for the stretch drive. Mississippi State has the home field advantage and are playing in Jackie Sherrill's swan song against his alma mater. Both teams have had very disappointing campaigns, but Bama has better balance and will be more willing to lay it on the line in an effort to give rookie head coach Mike Shula some traction going into the offseason. Alabama 28, Mississippi State 20.

OLE MISS AT AUBURN: If you said before the season that one of these teams would be undefeated in the SEC when they met in November, few would have believed it would be the Rebels. Both squads have recovered from slow starts and are in prime position to compete for the SEC West title. Ole Miss has the weapons on offense to give Auburn fits, but the Tigers have better talent top to bottom. The key for Auburn is to control the ball and keep Eli Manning and Co. on the sideline. It won't be easy but I'll pick Auburn to parlay the home field advantage into a narrow victory. Auburn 24, Ole Miss 21.

TENNESSEE AT MIAMI: Talent, timing and home field are all in Hurricane's favor while Tennessee is 11th in the league in turnover ratio, none of which portends an upset by the Vols. Under the circumstances, Tennessee's best performance of the season might not be enough to come away from this meeting with a victory. Note: to UT AD Mike Hamilton for future reference: if you can't beat them, avoid them. Miami 34, Tennessee 13.

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