SEC Picks, Week 4

This is a weak week for SEC football. Other than a Western Division matchup between Alabama (3-0) and homestanding Arkansas (2-1), this weekend's schedule is filled with unattractive matchups - most of them involving non-conference cream puffs.

InsideTennessee analyst Jeffery Stewart continues his red-hot picking, going 7-1 last week and boosting his year-to-date record to a sizzling 27-1. Cohort Randy Moore went 6-2 last week and stands 24-4 thus far.

That said, here are this week's picks:

Jeffery's picks

COLORADO AT GEORGIA: The Buffs have been about as bad as a former NCAA national champion (1991) can be, and the Bulldogs haven't allowed a point this season. Throw in the fact this one is being played between the hedges and things don't figure to get any better for Colorado. Georgia 38, Colorado 0.

BUFFALO AT AUBURN: Not that the Tigers needed a lot of help, but the schedule maker was kind to bracket the LSU game between contests against woeful Mississippi State and Buffalo. Nowadays it seems they will let any school compete in Division I. Auburn 45, Buffalo 3.

ALABAMA AT ARKANSAS: These teams narrowly squeezed out wins against Vanderbilt on consecutive weeks. The difference was that Alabama was at home against the Dores while the Hogs played in Nashville. This game is in Fayetteville and Bama hasn't fared well in road openers the last eight years (3-5 since 1998). The Tide is also breaking in a new quarterback in John Parker Wilson while Mitch Mustain gets his third start for the Hogs. Arkansas 20, Alabama 17.

WAKE FOREST AT OLE MISS: That revolting stench emitting from Oxford is not the local rendering plant, but rather Ed Orgeron's inept offense. Do you think Rebels fans would like to have David Cutcliffe back? How about Eli Manning? How about Archie Manning and a head coach to be named later? Wake Forest 27, Ole Miss 21.

MISSISSIPPI STATE AT UAB: I made the mistake of picking Mississippi State to beat Maine two years ago. I made the mistake of picking the Mississippi State to beat Tulane last week. I won't make the mistake of picking Mississippi State to beat UAB no matter how bad the Blazers might be. UAB 30, Mississippi State 24.

TENNESSEE STATE AT VANDERBILT: Hard luck losers of their last two contests after a game effort at Michigan in the opener, the Commodores should get into the win column against TSU in what could be billed as the Battle of Nashville. Vanderbilt 31, Tennessee State 13.

FLORIDA ATLANTIC AT SOUTH CAROLINA: Year two in Columbia hasn't been quite as enjoyable for the Ol' Ball Coach as year one, but this one should bring a smile to his face and keep his visor in place. South Carolina 42, Florida Atlantic 14.

TULANE AT LSU: Any chance the Green Wave had of sneaking up on LSU went out the window with Tulane's victory over Mississippi State in Starkville and the Tigers heartbreaking defeat at Auburn. Revenge is a dish best served cold, but frustration goes down well with a heavy dose of cajun seasonings. LSU 44, Tulane 6.

KENTUCKY AT FLORIDA: Last year in Lexington the Gators raced to a 49-7 lead at the half before calling off the dogs and coasting to a 49-28 victory. With a one-point victory at Tennessee under their belt and a stretch that that features consecutive games against Alabama, LSU, Auburn and Georgia coming up, don't expect Florida to expend too much energy or emotion in this one but the Gators should still win with ease. Florida 38, Kentucky 17.

MARSHALL AT TENNESSEE: There's a new Marshall in town this weekend than the one that came calling on UT in 2003. Mark Synder has stepped in for the highly successful Bob Pruitt as head coach and the Thundering Herd is coming off a 4-7 mark as opposed to the 10-2 record they posted the season before their last visit to Knoxville. The Vols have played three emotionally draining games to start the 2006 campaign and it's doubtful they can produce a peak performance on Saturday. However the gauntlet has been thrown down to the offensive line and every effort will be made to establish a consistent running game. That should be enough to carry the day for the Vols and, with Memphis on tap, they shouldn't be looking ahead. There are still questions about Tennessee's overall talent but there's no question it is superior to Marshall's. Tennessee 33, Marshall 14.

Randy's picks:

COLORADO AT GEORGIA: There's a reason the Buffaloes are 0-3. There's a reason the Bulldogs are 3-0. Georgia 31, Colorado 7

BUFFALO AT AUBURN: If the foe were the Buffalo Bills, Auburn might have to break a sweat. This one could get real ugly real quick. Auburn 49, Buffalo 7

ALABAMA AT ARKANSAS: Alabama is 3-0 but untested. Arkansas is better than it has shown. I like the Hogs at home. Arkansas 20, Alabama 14

WAKE FOREST AT OLE MISS: The Demon Deacons are 3-0 but this is a must-win game for beleaguered Rebel coach Ed Orgeron. Ole Miss 20, Wake Forest 17

MISSISSIPPI STATE AT UAB: UAB lost 34-0 to Georgia last weekend. Mississippi State lost 34-0 to Auburn a week earlier. These are two real heavyweights, huh? Mississippi State 24, UAB 21

TENNESSEE STATE AT VANDERBILT: Nashville bragging rights are at stake in this epic battle. Zzzzzzzzzzzz. Vandy 27, TSU 14

FLORIDA ATLANTIC AT SOUTH CAROLINA: The Gamecocks should manhandle this weekend's foe. Of course, they should've manhandled Wofford last weekend. South Carolina 31, UFA 14

TULANE AT LSU: The Tigers will be easier on Tulane than Katrina was ... but not by much. LSU 41, Tulane 7

KENTUCKY AT FLORIDA: The Wildcats are 2-1 but the 1 was a 59-28 loss at Louisville. This could seem like deja vu. Florida 48, Kentucky 21

MARSHALL AT TENNESSEE: The Thundering Herd's option will give UT a little trouble but not THAT much. The Vols will be flat but not THAT flat. Tennessee 34, Marshall 10


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