It's Showdown Week

Three showdowns scheduled this Saturday could go a long way toward settling the SEC East and West races.

SEC East leader Georgia (5-1) hosts SEC West runner-up Auburn (5-1) in Athens. SEC West leader Alabama (6-0) hosts LSU (4-1) and SEC East runner-up Florida (5-2) visits South Carolina (4-3), which has won four games in a row.

Rockytop.com prognosticators deluxe Randy Moore and Jeffery Stewart remain neck-and-neck heading into the home stretch. Moore went 6-0 last weekend, boosting his record for the year to 55-12. Stewart went 5-1, missing on South Carolina's win at Arkansas, and stands 54-13.

Here are this week's predictions:

Randy's picks:

LSU AT ALABAMA: Both teams are coming off shutouts, Bama beating Mississippi State 17-0, LSU beating Appalachian State 24-0. That suggests this will be a tense, low-scoring affair. Oddly enough, the visitor almost always wins this game. LSU 17, Alabama 13

ARKANSAS AT OLE MISS: The Hogs' Darren McFadden is a terrific running back, and he'll give the Rebels' rushing defense all it can handle. In fact, he'll give it more than it can handle. Arkansas 17, Ole Miss 10

AUBURN AT GEORGIA: The Bulldogs haven't been the same since QB D.J. Shockley was injured. Don't be surprised if they lose their second game in a row. Auburn 20, Georgia 13

FLORIDA AT SOUTH CAROLINA: Steve Spurrier parted on bad terms with Gator athletics director Jeremy Foley, so this game is personal. Things could get nasty. Florida 21, South Carolina 17

KENTUCKY AT VANDERBILT: Coming off an impressive double-OT loss at Florida, Vandy should win handily. The Commodores struggle as a home favorite, though, so this won't be a cakewalk. Vanderbilt 27, Kentucky 21

MEMPHIS AT TENNESSEE: There is no logical reason to expect the Vols to suddenly come alive and play a complete football game. But I have a hunch ... Tennessee 31, Memphis 7

Jeffery's picks:

LSU AT ALABAMA: LSU has won the last two over Alabama and is favored to win this one against the 9-0 Tide. But Bama could looks like this year's team of destiny and with the Brodie Croyle led seniors playing their last home game, I believe the Tide will find a way to win. Alabama 20, LSU 17.

ARKANSAS AT OLE MISS: As bad as Arkansas has been this year (2-6, 0-5) they've played both Georgia and Alabama close on the road and, if not for a terrible official's call last week, would have beaten South Carolina. The Razorbacks aren't good but Darren McFadden is very, very good and that will be bad news for the Rebels. Arkansas 16, Ole Miss 14.

AUBURN AT GEORGIA: Even wearing a knee brace, the sight of D.J. Shockley standing behind center should provide a significat emotional spark for the Bulldogs. And he will give an ailing offensive attack an immediate boost. The Tigers are solid and have rebounded remarkably from the losses of Carnell Williams, Ronnie Brown and Jason Campbell, but the only teams they have beaten on the road this year are Arkansas and Kentucky. On Saturday they'll be between the hedges, which like being between a rock and a hard place. Georgia 27, Auburn 20.

FLORIDA AT SOUTH CAROLINA: This game has a lot of WOW factor with Steve Spurrier facing his alma mater and the team he coached for 12 years. The Gamecocks keep finding a way to win the close ones, but the string of narrows calls will end Saturday against the Gators. Florida 24, South Carolina 16.

KENTUCKY AT VANDERBILT: It's been a few years since this game has taken on any bowl significance. With the Dores post season hopes still alive they should have a big edge in terms of incentive. However they lost a heartbreaker against in OT to Florida last week and may not have the energy to rout Kentucky. By contrast, the Wildcats might get a lift from knowing Rich Brooks will be back next season. Those combination of factors should keep this one close. Vanderbilt 30, Kentucky 24.

MEMPHIS AT TENNESSEE: They say: to a starving man a hot dog looks as good as steak. That means Memphis looks as good as Notre Dame to Tennessee right now. The Vols won't get fat off this one but they will ease their hunger pangs and calm the restless natives of a Big Orange Nation. At least 'til next week when the Dores come a knocking. Tennessee 34, Memphis 14.


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