Regular Season Ends

Three in-state showdowns and a border war highlight the final week of SEC regular-season football play.

The in-state games pit Ole Miss against Mississippi State, Florida against Florida State and Georgia against Georgia Tech. The border brawl features Tennessee and Kentucky. A Friday match-up between Arkansas and LSU rounds out the Week 13 slate.

Rockytop.com's Jeffery Stewart went 5-1 picking SEC outcomes last week, missing only on the UT-Vanderbilt game. Cohort Randy Moore went 4-2, missing on UT-Vandy and South Carolina-Clemson. For the season Moore stands 63-16, Stewart 61-18.

That said, here are this week's predictions:

Randy's picks:

ARKANSAS AT LSU (FRIDAY): Arkansas played Georgia to a three-point loss in Athens and should give LSU a stern test in Baton Rouge. But the Tigers have won eight straight and need a victory to clinch the SEC West title. LSU 27, Arkansas 17.

TENNESSEE AT KENTUCKY: The Wildcats gave up 44 points against South Carolina, 48 against Auburn, 43 against Vanderbilt and 45 against Georgia. Even the Vols can score on the Big Blue. UT 31, Kentucky 24.

OLE MISS AT MISSISSIPPI STATE: The SEC's two worst teams collide in the annual Egg Bowl, one of the silliest ideas ever hatched. Forgive the bad yolk. Ole Miss 17, Mississippi State 14.

FLORIDA STATE AT FLORIDA: Gator QB Chris Leak comes up small in another big game. Florida State 27, Florida 20.

GEORGIA AT GEORGIA TECH: With the home field and the momentum of upsetting Miami, Tech has a lot going for it. But my money's on D.J. Shockley. Georgia 24, Georgia Tech 20.

Jeffery's picks:

ARKANSAS AT LSU (FRIDAY): Arkansas is playing much better with Casey Dick at quarterback and has been a tougher team on the road than at home. LSU is coming off a critical victory at Alabama and could have a letdown. But with the division title on the line and a trip to the SEC Championship at stake, I expect the Tigers to earn their stripes. LSU 29, Arkansas 14.

TENNESSEE AT KENTUCKY: Will the insanity continue? Can Tennessee see another double-digit victory streak snapped like so many dry twigs? If you've been paying attention the last six weeks you, no doubt, know the Vols rarely provide pleasant surprises. If Erik Ainge manages to play a good game this late in the season that would be the biggest surprise of all. Luckily, Rick Clausen is standing by. Tennessee 20, Kentucky 17.

OLE MISS AT MISSISSIPPI STATE: Given the horrible records these two teams have compiled this season, perhaps this annual Magnolia State match up should be called the Rotten Egg Bowl. Ole Miss 16, MSU 10.

FLORIDA STATE AT FLORIDA: This game doesn't carry the national significance it has in recent years, but it's still one of those showdowns that captures the interest of college football fans, especially in the Sunshine State where most of these players faced each other in high school. I look for Chris Leak and Co. to get the better of this intrastate battle. Florida 27, FSU 21.

GEORGIA AT GEORGIA TECH: With victories this season at Auburn and at Miami, the GT could stand for Giant Tamers. Adding another victim from the SEC to their list of conquests doesn't seem farfetched, especially when the opponent is the Yellowjackets' arch rival Georgia and the game is played in Atlanta. The Bulldogs gave up scores too easily to Auburn last week while D.J. Shockley hasn't been as sharp since his return ot the lineup from a knee injury suffered against Arkansas. That's why I'm taking the Jackets in an upset. Georgia Tech 24, Georgia 21.


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