SEC Picks, Week 2

InsideTennessee.com analysts Jeffery Stewart and Randy Moore combined to go 21-1 in their Week 1 SEC football predictions. Stewart was 11-0 and hit the LSU-Louisiana Lafayette score (45-3) on the nose. Moore was 10-1, missing only on Tennessee's upset of No. 9 California.

Rather than quit while they're ahead, both insisted on making more SEC picks this weekend. That said, here they are:

Jeffery's picks: Perfect against an easy slate is the way BYU used to do it. That formula worked for me last week and it doesn't look much tougher this week with a couple of exceptions. Of course, if it was not for upsets who would bother to watch? Or pick for that matter?

VANDERBILT AT ALABAMA: Who do you have to know to open the season with Hawaii, Vanderbilt and Louisiana-Monroe, all at home? There are some college coaches, who don't require seat warmers in their vehicles, that would love to know. Vandy showed some fight against Michigan while Bama hardly overwhelmed the Rainbow Warriors — none of which will matter this week. Of course, the Crimson Tide have an advantage since they are fully aware you can't lose to the Dores and still have a good season. Alabama 27, Vanderbilt 6.

UTAH STATE AT ARKANSAS: What a difference a week and a single letter of the alphabet can make, as the Hogs catch USU seven days after a 50-14 rout at the hands of USC. True freshman Mitch Mustain draws his first start at quarterback in place of Robert Johnson, who was not only demoted but moved to wide receiver. That prompts the question: Shouldn't Houston Nutt move Felix Jones, who lost three fumbles against the Trojans, to the secondary? Oh well, the Razorbacks could probably put Felix the Cat at QB and it wouldn't matter against the woeful Aggies. Arkansas 41, Utah State 17.

AUBURN AT MISSISSIPPI STATE: It's not true that MSU head coach Sylvester Croom has traded his Starkville home in for a top-of-the-line Wennebago, but it might not be a bad idea. Offensive coordinator Woody McCorvey could probably put him on a good deal. The Bulldogs will score this week but it won't be easy, and it won't be close. Auburn 33, Mississippi State 13.

CENTRAL FLORIDA AT FLORIDA: After opening with a warmup the Gators get a tune-up this week before the buildup to next week's SEC showdown in Knoxville. The only time these teams met was in 1999 when Florida beat the Golden Knights 58-27. Sounds like history will repeat itself. Florida 58, Central Florida 27.

GEORGIA AT SOUTH CAROLINA: Coming off a shutout of Mississippi State, the Gamecocks are looking to get off to a 2-0 start against Georgia in Columbia. These Bulldogs have a lot more bite than those starving strays in Starkville, where South Carolina's offense looked very stoppable. The man in the visor is probably wiser, but Mark is more Richt in talent. Georgia 24, South Carolina 21.

TEXAS STATE AT KENTUCKY: Apparently North Texas State had a prior beating scheduled for this week so Kentucky got Texas State to fill in as designated victim. The Bobcats from San Marcos should go down as smooth as a mint julep on a July afternoon. Kentucky 41, Texas State 10.

ARIZONA AT LSU: The last time these teams met was in 2003 when the Tigers throttled the Wildcats 59-13 in the desert. Arizona is a lot better now with Mike Stoops in his third year on the job while LSU is not as good as it was in that national championship season under Nick Saban. The game will be closer, but the end results will be the same. LSU 30, Arizona 17.

OLE MISS AT MISSOURI: After last week's struggles against Memphis, Brent Schaeffer won't make Rebel fans forget Archie or Eli Manning anytime soon, but he might make them remember tight end Robert Lane used to be a five-star signal caller, too. Missouri 23, Ole Miss 17.

AIR FORCE AT TENNESSEE: Playing a service academy at home between contests against California and Florida is what you call a classic sandwich game. The Vols might be a little flat, buy they won't fall flat on their faces. Tennessee 34, Air Force 16.

Randy's picks:

VANDERBILT AT ALABAMA: Fortunately for Vandy, Alabama isn't as good as the Michigan team the ‘Dores faced last week. Unfortunately for Vandy, it is still as bad as it was last week. Alabama 24, Vanderbilt 10.

UTAH STATE AT ARKANSAS: Razorback coach Houston Nutt is going with freshman QB Mitch Mustain this weekend in hopes of shifting the focus off last weekend's 50-14 loss to Southern Cal. Smart idea. Arkansas 31, Utah State 14.

AUBURN AT MISSISSIPPI STATE: The Bulldogs couldn't score a point in 60 minutes against South Carolina last Saturday. They might not score in 60 hours against the Tigers. Auburn 24, MSU 0.

CENTRAL FLORIDA AT FLORIDA: The Gators could be looking ahead to next weekend's SEC East showdown with Tennessee, not that it will matter all that much. Florida 31, Central Florida 14.

GEORGIA AT SOUTH CAROLINA: Two teams with shaky quarterback situations collide in front of a rabid crowd in Columbia. I'm going with the ol' ball coach and the home fans. South Carolina 20, Georgia 16.

TEXAS STATE AT KENTUCKY: The Big Blue was wise to schedule Texas State, instead of Texas. The scoreboard at Commonwealth Stadium only has room for double digits next to OPPONENT. Kentucky 31, Texas State 21.

ARIZONA AT LSU: Another big game for LaMarcus Russell. Another SEC feast against a Pac 10 beast. LSU 31, Arizona 21.

OLE MISS AT MISSOURI: I predict Rebel quarterback Brent Schaeffer will account for three touchdowns — two for the Rebels and one for the Tigers. Missouri 27, Ole Miss 21.

AIR FORCE AT TENNESSEE: Based on the way the Vols played in their opener, the Atlanta Falcons might be a better opponent than the Air Force Falcons. Tennessee 42, Air Force 10.


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