SEC picks, Week 3

The Vanderbilt Commodores surprised Arkansas 28-24 last weekend, and they also surprised resident Rockytop.com experts Jeffery Stewart and Randy Moore. Both prognosticators projected the homestanding Razorbacks to romp.

That was the only game Stewart and Moore missed, however, as each went 6-1 on his Week 2 SEC picks. Both stand 15-3 for the season.

Obviously too arrogant to quit while they're ahead, here are their Week 3 picks:

Jeffery's picks:

OLE MISS AT VANDERBILT: The Commodores have crossed me up with a couple of road upsets, but I'm still not a believer. Returning to Music City in the unfamiliar role of a favorite the Dores will hit a sour note against the Ole Miss Rebels, who had last week off after a nice road win over Memphis. Ole Miss 23, Vandy 20.

LOUISIANA-MONROE AT GEORGIA: The Bulldogs get a breather after a hard-fought battle against South Carolina last week. Louisana-Monroe gets a lovely parting gift in form of a big check. Georgia 45, Louisiana-Monroe 7.

BALL STATE AT AUBURN: The men from Muncie and the dregs of the MAC invade the SEC to take on an Auburn team that was razor sharp in a win over Mississippi State last week. With Cards like these Ball State should fold early. Auburn 38, Ball State 3.

ALABAMA AT SOUTH CAROLINA: An intriguing contest and an early crossroads encounter between a couple of SEC clubs looking to move up in the conference pecking order. The Gamecocks played exceptional at Georgia, but did the effort take an emotional and physical toll? I'm guessing it did. Alabama 20, South Carolina 17.

KENTUCKY AT INDIANA: What a waste, Kentucky vs. Indiana and not a basketball to bounce or shoot. There may be a few field goals though with the Hoosiers holding a slight edge and home field advantage. Indiana 33, Kentucky 30.

MISSISSIPPI STATE AT TULANE: Two bad teams playing in Shreveport, La. Sounds a lot like the Weed Whacker Bowl. Can Jefferson-Pilot be far away? Mississippi State 17, Tulane 13.

TENNESSEE AT FLORIDA: My heart says Tennessee. My gut says Florida. Maybe I've lost my mind, but I still think the Vols are going to win this one. Tennessee 24, Florida 20.

ARKANSAS AT SOUTHERN CAL: If the Razorbacks lost to Vanderbilt because they were looking ahead to USC, they must be gluttons for punishment. Expect to the Trojans to oblige them with a thorough spanking. USC 40, Arkansas 13.

Randy's picks:

OLE MISS AT VANDERBILT: When was the last time Vandy started 2-0? Star QB Jay Cutler gives the Commodores a fighting chance against the SEC's other have-nots' like Ole Miss. Vandy 20, Rebels 17.

LOUISIANA-MONROE AT GEORGIA: Louisiana-Monroe should change its name to Homecoming Sacrificial Lamb University. I guess that's a bit wordy, though. Georgia 49, Louisiana-Monroe 7.

BALL STATE AT AUBURN: David Letterman ought to do a top-10 list on why his alma mater should avoid SEC teams. Auburn 41, Ball State 7.

ALABAMA AT SOUTH CAROLINA: Two teams with good defenses and sputtering offenses should make for a low-scoring affair. But, who knows? South Carolina 17, Alabama 13.

KENTUCKY AT INDIANA: The Wildcats' season is about to get a little tougher and Rich Brooks' seat is about to get a little hotter. Indiana 31, UK 21.

MISSISSIPPI STATE AT TULANE: J.P. Losman used to be Tulane's quarterback and Trooper Taylor used to be their receivers coach. Both have moved on. Mississippi State 20, Tulane 14.

TENNESSEE AT FLORIDA: Heads I pick Tennessee. Tails I pick Florida. The coin is in the air? heads it is. Tennessee 27, Florida 24.

ARKANSAS AT SOUTHERN CAL: The Razorbacks are looking for redemption after losing at home to Vanderbilt last weekend. They won't find it. Southern Cal 27, Arkansas 14.


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