SEC Picks, Week 5

After breezing through last weekend's assortment of Southeastern Conference mismatches with matching 9-1 records, InsideTennessee analysts Jeffery Stewart and Randy Moore are looking to pad their marks some more this week.

Only two of this week's seven SEC games shape up as being even reasonably interesting — Auburn at South Carolina (Thursday night) and Alabama at Florida (Saturday). Otherwise, the league slate again appears fraught with lackluster pairings, not that Jeffery and Randy are complaining, mind you.

Four weeks into the season Stewart has a sizzling 36-2 record. Moore is cruising along at 33-5.

That said, here are this week's picks:

Randy's picks:

AUBURN AT SOUTH CAROLINA: The ol' ball coach will be looking for revenge after losing 48-7 at Auburn last season. He won't find it. Auburn 27, South Carolina 7

ALABAMA AT FLORIDA: John Parker Wilson can exploit the Gators' suspect secondary, making this a closer game than it probably should be. Florida 24, Bama 17

GEORGIA AT OLE MISS: That smoldering scent coming from Oxford is Ed Orgeron's backside as he squirms on the hot seat. It's about to get hotter. Georgia 31, Ole Miss 7

CENTRAL MICHIGAN AT KENTUCKY: The Wildcats gave Florida trouble last weekend and should chew up the Chippewas. Kentucky 27, Central Michigan 14

MISSISSIPPI STATE AT LSU: Sylvester Croom finally wins a game, and this is the thanks he gets? LSU 35, Mississippi State 7

TEMPLE AT VANDERBILT: This would be a more interesting match-up if it pitted Shirley Temple against Gloria Vanderbilt. Vandy 24, Temple 14

TENNESSEE AT MEMPHIS: The Volunteers lost at Memphis in 1996. Quoth the raven: Nevermore. Tennessee 27, Memphis 10

Jeffery's picks:

AUBURN AT SOUTH CAROLINA: After suffering a humiliating 48-7 setback in 2005, South Carolina will be looking to get even in this one, but that would require something very odd happening — like a ton of Tiger turnovers. Look for Spurrier to shorten the game with a control passing attack. It will keep the score down, but it won't change the end results. Auburn 27, South Carolina 11.

ALABAMA AT FLORIDA: Last year Bama won 31-3 becoming the first team to hold Florida without a touchdown since 1992. That won't happen this year, but don't expect the Gators to roll over the Tide which is coming off a tough OT loss to Arkansas in which a botched extra point was the difference. QB John Parker Wilson was impressive throwing under pressure in his first start last week, and Alabama has the personnel on defense to give Florida problems. Also this begins a tough four-game run for the Gators that includes contests with LSU, Auburn and Georgia. Despite being a large favorite the Gators could be in trouble is they are caught looking ahead. Florida 20, Alabama 17.

GEORGIA AT OLE MISS: Ed Orgeron's stock is going south faster than a Canadian Goose in winter, but not before laying a big goose egg on the scoreboard in Oxford. Georgia 27, Ole Miss 0.

CENTRAL MICHIGAN AT KENTUCKY: The Wildcats live for games like this since they usually get killed in SEC contests. Kentucky is 4-0 vs. Central Michigan and should keep that perfect mark intact in a close decision on Saturday. Kentucky 28, Central Michigan 21.

MISSISSIPPI STATE AT LSU: Since 1992, the Tigers have won 13 out of 14 against MSU with the last five decided by an average score of 40-5. It would take an upset of Biblical proportions for the Bulldogs to win this game in Baton Rouge. And I have it on good authority that, unlike the David V. Goliath showdown, the All Mighty will not intervene. LSU 41, Mississippi State 10.

TEMPLE AT VANDERBILT: After slumming against an OVC Division-II opponent last week, the Commodores catch an impish independent this week before traveling to Oxford to take on the woe begotten Rebels. This has all the makings of a rare three-game winning streak for the Dores. By the way, the last time Temple played Vandy was in 1935 when Glen S. "Pop" Warner was the head coach. Vanderbilt 31, Temple 13.

TENNESSEE AT MEMPHIS: The Vols have had trouble disposing of the Tigers in recent meetings and this could be another difficult contest with Memphis coming off a bye week and Georgia on the horizon. Still UT is a solid squad on the road and the Vols have enough of an edge in talent to hold off the Tigers in what should be an entertaining affair. Tennessee 33, Memphis 24.

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