UT fans probably should be pulling for Florida to beat South Carolina Saturday in Columbia, as well. A Gator loss could leave the East in a two-way tie between Tennessee and Georgia, which has the advantage of a head-to-head win over the Vols. Of course, if Carolina beats Florida AND Auburn beats Georgia, Tennessee could take sole possession of first place in the East by beating MSU.
NOTE: In our haste to post last week's SEC picks, we neglected to list the Florida-Vanderbilt game. However, Inside Tennessee analysts Randy Moore and Jeffery Stewart say they were going to pick Florida by a 35-17 margin, which -- by amazing coincidence -- is exactly what the score turned out to be. Smart guys, those two.
Regardless, here's a look at their picks for this weekend's SEC games:
JEFFERY STEWART'S PICKS
LSU AT ALABAMA: Alabama is sitting in an ideal situation after a confidence building victory at Mississippi State last week and a nothing-to-lose contest in Tuscaloosa this week against LSU. The Tigers travel to Ole Miss next week in a game that will decide the SEC West. Did you ever think LSU would have to worry about looking past Alabama to Ole Miss? The Crimson Tide has the weapons to make this interesting, but LSU appears to be too strong defensively for Bama to spring the upset. LSU 23, Alabama 16.
NEW MEXICO STATE AT ARKANSAS: One can only hope New Mexico State is being well paid for coming to Fayetteville. The Razorbacks have had 10 days off to get ready for this one and they play Mississippi State at home next week so there's little chance they won't be ready, which is the only chance the Aggies have. By the way, New Mexico State is 0-10 vs. SEC opponents and 2-8 against the spread against SEC teams. Arkansas 38, New Mexico State 7.
AUBURN AT GEORGIA: Auburn's strength is running the football (No. 2 in the SEC, averaging 186.5 yard per game) and Georgia's strength is stopping the run (No. 2 in the SEC, holding opponents to 86.6 per game). Those figures don't bode well for a one-dimensional Tiger attack that is last in the league in passing. Auburn dropped out of the SEC East Division race last week when a dropped pass in the end zone in the closing minute of play let Mississippi off the hook. Georgia QB David Greene has been struggling this season and is No. 10 in the league in passing efficiency, but the Bulldogs have more at stake and they're playing between the Hedges. Georgia 27, Auburn 17.
FLORIDA AT SOUTH CAROLINA: Gators have got it going on with road wins at LSU, at Arkansas and over Georgia in Jacksonville to go with last week's victory over Vanderbilt in the Swamp. Certainly Florida will not be intimidated by the thought of playing South Carolina in Columbia. Injuries have depleted South Carolina's depth and strained its resources, but the Gamecocks need just one win to be bowl eligible. They close the regular season with a home game against Clemson. The Gators are off next week before their annual showdown with Florida State and, given the stakes, they should be ready to rumble against the Gamecocks. Florida 30, South Carolina 21.
KENTUCKY AT VANDERBILT: The Wildcats have been tough luck losers — to Florida in the final seconds of play and in seven overtimes to Arkansas — but their luck should change against the Commodores who are just losers — 23 straight SEC defeats dating back to 2000. The Wildcats are coming off a bye week while Vanderbilt played at Florida last week and meet arch rival Tennessee on the road next week. It's not the best position from which to score an upset, especially against a team that can score a lot of points. Kentucky 27, Vanderbilt 16.
MISSISSIPPI STATE AT TENNESSEE: The Vols are coming off a big win against Miami which may mean they will be flat for Mississippi State. However the Bulldogs have been flattened in three straight games and aren't likely to get pumped up for the effort it would take to upset Tennessee in Neyland Stadium. Vols are due a breakout game and MIssissippi State is the mostly likely opponent to provide that opportunity. Tennessee 41, MSU 3.
RANDY MOORE'S PICKS
LSU AT ALABAMA: LSU has looked awesome except for stubbing its toe against Florida (19-7) on Oct. 11. Alabama has looked mediocre except for trouncing Mississippi State (38-0) last weekend. This one could be interesting. LSU 31, Alabama 21.
NEW MEXICO STATE AT ARKANSAS: I never know what to expect from Arkansas but I didn't know New Mexico State even had a football program. Arkansas 38, New Mexico State 14.
AUBURN AT GEORGIA: Auburn has won the last five meetings in Athens and Georgia is vulnerable due to some key injuries. Auburn seems to choke in big games, however, whereas Georgia seems to rise to the occasion. Great ... now I've confused myself. Georgia 24, Auburn 20.
FLORIDA AT SOUTH CAROLINA: Florida probably isn't as good as its SEC record (5-2) suggests and Carolina probably isn't as bad as its SEC record (2-5) suggests. I smell an upset but I'm hoping some air freshener will alleviate it. Florida 20, Carolina 17.
KENTUCKY AT VANDERBILT: Vanderbilt hasn't won an SEC game since it beat Kentucky in 2000. The Dores have lost 23 league games in a row since then. This game should make it 24. Kentucky 31, Vandy 21.
MISS. STATE AT TENNESSEE: Tennessee isn't exactly an offensive juggernaut but MSU's defense is the worst in the conference. Can Randy Sanders handle prosperity? Tennessee 34, Miss. State 10.