SEC Picks, Week 3

Week 3 of Southeastern Conference football action brings some intriguing questions: Will Auburn be able to slow down LSU? Will Tennessee manage to upstage Florida? Will Jeffery Stewart ever miss a prediction?

Stewart went 11-0 on his Week 1 SEC picks and 9-0 in Week 2, giving him a 20-0 start this fall. Fellow InsideTennessee.com analyst Randy Moore has been almost as accurate, going 10-1 and 8-1 for an 18-2 record.

The picking gets a little tougher this weekend. This is "Showdown Saturday" in the SEC with two great match-ups on hand. The Auburn-LSU winner likely will go on to claim the Western Division title. The Tennessee-Florida winner gets the inside track to the Eastern Division crown.

That said, here are the eight games on this week's schedule:

Randy's picks:

LOUISIANA-MONROE AT ALABAMA: I don't blame Native Americans for being upset that Louisiana-Monroe calls itself the Indians. This team should officially change its nickname to the Sacrificial Lambs. Alabama 35, Louisiana-Monroe 7

ARKANSAS AT VANDERBILT: The Commodores won 28-24 last year in Fayetteville but I believe Darren McFadden and the Razorbacks will return the favor this year in Nashville. Turnabout's fair play, and all that. Arkansas 17, Vanderbilt 13

LSU AT AUBURN: John Vaughn missed five field goals in last year's game, enabling LSU to win 20-17 in overtime. A Hollywood ending sees him get redemption with a game-winning kick this time. Auburn 24, LSU 21.

UAB AT GEORGIA: The Blazers played Oklahoma tough last week and could give frosh QB Matthew Stafford and the Bulldogs a sterner test than most people expect. Georgia 24, UAB 14

OLE MISS AT KENTUCKY: If these aren't the SEC's two worst teams, they're doing absolutely wonderful impersonations. Kentucky 24, Ole Miss 20

TULANE AT MISSISSIPPI STATE: Sylvester Croom's Bulldogs haven't scored a point in their first two games. Look for them to erupt this weekend. MSU 13, Tulane 3

WOFFORD AT SOUTH CAROLINA: Steve Spurrier was shut out last week, so you know he's going to vent his frustration this week. South Carolina 49, Wofford 7

FLORIDA AT TENNESSEE: Poetic justice: Gator quarterback Chris Leak goes 0-2 in Knoxville. Tennessee 27, Florida 20

Jeffery's picks: There aren't as many games this week but there's couple of headliners — LSU vs. Auburn, Florida vs. Tennessee — that will have major impact on the SEC race and national championship implications. There are several that are too close to call, but that won't keep us from calling them.

LOUISIANA-MONROE AT ALABAMA: The Crimson Tide hasn't scared anybody to this point with the exception of Bama fans that watched them survive Vanderbilt in Tuscaloosa last week. This one won't make any hearts race, but it might have a few thousand reaching for the No Doze. Alabama 31, Louisiana-Monroe 7.

ARKANSAS AT VANDERBILT: The Commodores are a lot better in games they aren't supposed to stand a chance than they are in games they should compete. Example: They lost to Kentucky last year in Nashville, 48-43, a week before upsetting Tennessee in Knoxville 28-24. They should be able to handle a struggling Arkansas team led by a true freshman quarterback at home. According to my inverted logic that's why they'll lose. Arkansas 24, Vanderbilt 16.

LSU AT AUBURN: This is a tough one to figure, but Auburn is the home team and the home team has won the last six in this series. Also, Tommy Tuberville has prepared his squads well for big games in recent years, while Les Miles has yet to prove himself. Kenny Irons had 218 yards rushing last year in Baton Rouge and will be tough to stop this year. Auburn 21, LSU 17.

UAB AT GEORGIA: When these teams met in 2003 the Blazers put the squeeze on the Dawgs between the hedges before UGA pulled out a 16-13 victory. This one won't be that close but it will probably be closer than oddsmakers figure. Georgia 27, UAB 16.

OLE MISS AT KENTUCKY: The Wildcats have lost 18 straight SEC openers and were defeated by Ole Miss last season, 13-7, despite four missed Rebel field goals. This one should see more points scored and the Kats break into the conference win column to open a season for the first time since 1987. Kentucky 21, Ole Miss 17.

TULANE AT MISSISSIPPI STATE: As bad as the Bulldogs are, and make no mistake they're terrible, Tulane is the cure for what ails them — little talent and no defense. Actually these schools have a lot in common as they both used to be members of the SEC. Mississippi State 17, Tulane 10.

WOFFORD AT SOUTH CAROLINA: When Steve Spurrier was at Florida he used to run up the score on South Carolina. Now that he's at South Carolina he'll run the score up on Wofford. Unless, of course, the Gamecocks are looking ahead to Florida Atlantic. South Carolina 38, Wofford 16.

FLORIDA AT TENNESSEE: The Vols may have an emotional edge in this game, but the hard earned victory over Air Force could have lingering effects. Certainly the loss of Justin Harrell and Inky Johnson will make it tougher to stop the Gators' balanced offense which features a lot of option. Florida's defense is also better equipped to put pressure on the passer and UT's rushing game may not be up to snuff. Florida 27, Tennessee 24.


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