SEC picks, Week 6

Four league matchups are on this weekend's SEC football schedule, topped by a Neyland Stadium showdown involving two top-10 teams, Georgia and Tennessee.

Steve Spurrier attempts to get his first SEC win as South Carolina's head coach when the Gamecocks host Kentucky. Mississippi State visits The Swamp and Vanderbilt tries to regroup following its loss to Middle Tennessee State against visiting LSU.

Arkansas and Ole Miss look to get well against non-conference weaklings Louisiana-Monroe and The Citadel, respectively, while Alabama and Auburn are idle.

Rockytop.com experts Jeffery Stewart and Randy Moore finally broke their season-long deadlock last weekend. Stewart went 4-1 on his SEC picks, correctly forecasting every outcome except MTSU's upset of Vanderbilt. He now stands 31-8. Moore went 3-2, misfiring on the MTSU-Vandy game and Alabama's upset of Florida. He stands 30-9.

Here are their picks for this weekend:

Randy's picks:

LOUISIANA-MONROE AT ARKANSAS: The Razorbacks will be playing in Little Rock rather than Fayetteville but that won't matter. They'll be looking ahead to next weekend's visit from Auburn but that won't matter, either. Arkansas 37, Louisiana-Monroe 14.

MISSISSIPPI STATE AT FLORIDA: Poor Sylvester Croom. One week after being hammered 37-7 by an angry LSU squad fresh from a bitter loss to Tennessee he has to face an angry Florida squad fresh from a lopsided loss to Alabama. Here comes another beat-down. Florida 35, Mississippi State 7.

GEORGIA AT TENNESSEE: Tennessee has the home-field advantage but, quite frankly, the Bulldogs play better in Neyland Stadium than the Vols do. UGA won on its last two visits and the Dawgs are rested following an open date. Georgia 20, Tennessee 17

KENTUCKY AT SOUTH CAROLINA: Carolina's loss to Auburn last Saturday marked the first time in Steve Spurrier's career he dropped three SEC games in a row What a perfect time to have hapless Kentucky coming to town, huh? South Carolina 27, Kentucky 17

CITADEL AT OLE MISS: The Rebels aren't a very good football team but you don't have to be in order to beat The Citadel. Ole Miss 31, Citadel 14

LSU AT VANDERBILT: After a 4-0 start, the Commodores returned to Earth last weekend. This weekend they return to form — by losing big. LSU 31, Vandy 17

Jeffery's picks:

LOUISIANA-MONROE AT ARKANSAS: After an off week to recover from consecutive road defeats at USC and Alabama, the Razorbacks catch a breather against Louisiana Monroe in Little Rock, where Arkansas, under Houston Nutt, has had great success. Expect the Hogs to take out some of their frustrations against the Indians and score a convincing win. Arkansas 38, Louisiana-Monroe 17.

MISSISSIPPI STATE AT FLORIDA: Talk about being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Mississippi State goes to Gainesville to play a Gator team it upset last season, one week after Florida suffered an embarrassing defeat at Alabama. Somebody has to pay and it won't be the Gators. Florida 42, Mississippi State 13.

GEORGIA AT TENNESSEE: The more I study this game the more convinced I am Tennessee will win. This is the first real test for Bulldog QB D.J. Shockley, who must contend with an attacking, outstanding Big Orange defense and a huge, loud home crowd. Expect the Vols to give Shockley a lot of looks in an effort to force checks at the line with the play clock counting down. John Chavis' troops could also attempt to force Shockley to his left where he isn't as effective as a passer. The Dawgs will have a tough time running the football which means they will also face difficulty passing it. The Vols may play it conservatively and let the defense win it. Tennesee 23, Georgia 17.

KENTUCKY AT SOUTH CAROLINA: Where's Hal Mumme when you need him? For that matter, where's Hal Mumme period? This SEC contest could be wildly entertaining with the Egyptian Magician matching wits with the wily ol' ball coach. Instead it will be like watching a couple of slugs mud wrestling for a box of raisins. South Carolina 28, Kentucky 10.

THE CITADEL AT OLE MISS: After a steady diet of defeats, Ole Miss coach Ed Orgeron should build a fence around Oxford to keep The Citadel from leaving. Which brings up a question: why do they call it "The" Citadel? It's not like we're going to confuse it with some other college that can't play football. While we're not on the subject, why didn't Orgeron hold out for the job at Oregon? Ole Miss 34, Citadel 7.

LSU AT VANDERBILT: It's back to terra firma for the Commodores after last week's upset at home to Middle Tennessee. After this game against LSU, they find themselves under terra firma along with their dreams of a bowl game. LSU 33, Vandy 16.


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