SEC Picks, Week 6

InsideTennessee.com analysts Jeffery Stewart and Randy Moore breezed through last week's SEC picks with perfect 7-0 records but the prognosticating gets a little tougher this weekend with three games on tap rated toss-ups.

Three quality match-ups are on tap that could clarify the Eastern and Western Division races quite a bit: Arkansas (3-1) at Auburn (5-0), Tennessee (4-1) at Georgia (5-0) and LSU (4-1) at Florida (5-0).

Five weeks into the season Stewart has a sizzling 43-2 record. Moore is cruising along at 40-5.

Here are this week's picks:

Jeffery's picks:

ARKANSAS AT AUBURN: This is the first truly hostile environment that true freshman quarterback Mitch Mustain has played in, and the best defense he has faced. Off week helps Arkansas, but getting a consistent running game going against the Tigers will be tough and the Hogs can't win without it. Auburn is coming off a Thursday game at South Carolina in which it struggled some. If the Tigers are not looking ahead to Florida, they should roll over the Razorbacks. Auburn 31, Arkansas 13.

VANDERBILT AT OLE MISS: Booking Vanderbilt for homecoming probably seemed like a good idea three years ago, but it doesn't now. The Rebels are on a four-game losing skid while the Commodores are coming off consecutive wins, following close losses to Alabama on the road and Arkansas at home. They also played a very respectable game at Michigan to open the season. Ole Miss hasn't been respectable since David Cutcliffe was running the show, although they played Georgia tough last week. Did that defeat take something out of the Rebels or did it give them a shot of confidence? Either way the offense is still a shambles and Brent Schaffer looks lost. The Dores are coming into this better rested and should be ready to lay it on the line. Vanderbilt 21, Ole Miss 17.

WEST VIRGINIA AT MISSISSIPPI STATE: Playing West Virginia after LSU is like throwing a drowning man (In this case Sylvester Croom) an anchor, but when you can't beat Tulane in Starkville does it really matter? The Mountaineers can name their score if they don't get caught up in the scintillating Starkville night life. West Virginia 45, Mississippi State 17.

LSU AT FLORIDA: There's a lot riding on this one as LSU attempts to knock the Gators off for the third straight time in The Swamp. LaMarcus Russell has the look of an NFL signal caller while Chris Leak is having a solid senior season with an assist from rookie QB Tim Tebow. But this game will be decided in the trenches and I believe Florida's front seven will be able to shut down the run and pressure the passer. Florida 17, LSU 14.

DUKE AT ALABAMA: With Hawaii, Louisiana-Monroe, Duke and Florida International compiling Alabama's cupcake non-conference slate, the schedule maker deserves to be voted Crimson Tide MVP. It's like the old saying goes: "if you can't beat them, don't play them." Bama can beat Duke, although I wouldn't go around bragging about it. Alabama 35, Duke 7.

SOUTH CAROLINA AT KENTUCKY: This has the potential to be an entertaining contest and the outcome should be close. Steve Spurrier has a knack for winning close games. South Carolina 27, Kentucky 24.

TENNESSEE AT GEORGIA: While the Vols are playing better and are more settled at QB than the Bulldogs, we really don't know just how good Tennessee is since this is its first SEC road test. The same can be said for UGA which is getting its biggest test by far in terms of talent. The Bulldogs were taken to the limit by Colorado and Ole Miss the last two weeks. Can Georgia's offense, which is ranked 10th in the SEC, make enough progress in seven days to beat a fast, focused, physical Tennessee defense? It's a good ambush position to be in, but the Vols have played better on the road than at home in recent years and it's a must win if they are to factor into the SEC title picture. Turnovers and the kicking game have been big in this tightly contested series and they will be again Saturday. Tennessee 20, Georgia 18.

Randy's picks:

ARKANSAS AT AUBURN: The SEC's two best rushing teams collide in a game that could give new meaning to the phrase "close to the vest." Auburn 20, Arkansas 10

VANDERBILT AT OLE MISS: The Commodores are averaging 14.5 points per game in conference play. The Rebels are averaging 11.5. Vandy 14, Ole Miss 11

WEST VIRGINIA AT MISSISSIPPI STATE: The Bulldogs have been outscored 97-17 in SEC play thus far, so they should experience deja vu in this game. West Virginia 38, Mississippi State 7

LSU AT FLORIDA: An LSU victory propels Tennessee back into the SEC East title picture. Geaux Tigers. LSU 24, Florida 17

DUKE AT ALABAMA: The Blue Devils are 0-4. Has anyone on Bama's putrid non-conference schedule won a game yet? Alabama 31, Duke 7

SOUTH CAROLINA AT KENTUCKY: The Gamecocks have scored just 32 points in three SEC games thus far. They may match that by halftime of this game. Carolina 49, Kentucky 24

TENNESSEE AT GEORGIA: The Dawgs scored 14 points each of the past two weeks but it was enough to win each time. It won't be this week. Tennessee 24, Georgia 14.


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