Slim Pickin's

This might be a good weekend to take the wife shopping. Or take the kids fishing. Or repair that leaky roof on your utility building. That's because this weekend's SEC football schedule is a light one in terms of both quantity AND quality.

With South Carolina and Tennessee idle, only six games are on tap. Just one of these — Florida at Auburn — features a competitive match-up involving two quality programs. The other five contests project to be about as exciting as ... well, repairing that leaky roof on your utility building.

InsideTennessee.com's resident experts stubbed their toes last weekend. Jeffery Stewart went 5-2 and Randy Moore went 4-3. For the season, though, Stewart is cruising along at 48-4, while Moore is following at a 44-8 clip.

That said, here are this week's picks:

Randy's picks:

OLE MISS AT ALABAMA: Each program boasts a home-field squeaker over Vanderbilt. Their athletic directors must be so proud. Alabama 20, Ole Miss 10

SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE AT ARKANSAS: Arkansas beat Auburn last weekend, and I'm guessing Southeast Missouri State is not as good as Auburn. Arkansas 38, SE Missouri State 7

FLORIDA AT AUBURN: Surely the Tigers can't play as badly three weeks in a row as they did last weekend against Arkansas and the weekend before against South Carolina. Auburn 24, Florida 20

VANDERBILT AT GEORGIA: The Dawgs will be looking to vent their frustration after last Saturday's 51-33 loss to Tennessee. It's time for some Vandy vent-ilation. Georgia 31, Vanderbilt 10

KENTUCKY AT LSU: The Tigers already have lost two SEC games, which is a little surprising. So has Kentucky, which isn't. LSU 42, Kentucky 21

JACKSONVILLE STATE AT MISSISSIPPI STATE: I dearly love SEC football, but even I wouldn't watch this game. Mississippi State 24, Jacksonville State 7

Jeffery's picks:

OLE MISS AT ALABAMA: Coming off victories last week over Vanderbilt and Duke should have the Rebels and Crimson Tide feeling smarter — if not better. It doesn't take an Einstein to see that Bama, which has won 12 of the last 14 games in this series, is the smarter choice, especially in Tuscaloosa. Alabama 24, Ole Miss 10.

SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE AT ARKANSAS: The Razorbacks pulled off an enormous upset of Auburn that put them in position to win the SEC West. There will be no surprises in Fayetteville this week. Arkansas 42, Southeast Missouri State 13.

FLORIDA AT AUBURN: On the surface this one seems too easy. Florida is coming off a big win over LSU. Auburn is coming off a huge loss to Arkansas. The Tigers are eager to redeem themselves and are playing at home, where they have won five straight against top ten teams. Conversely, the Gators have some breathing room in the SEC East and don't have to win this game to capture the division. All the indicators point to Auburn, but there's more to this picture. Arkansas exposed holes in Auburn's run defense and revealed an offense that lacks pop. Kenny Irons is not healthy and Brandon Cox can't carry the load with his passing arm. Florida 27, Auburn 20.

VANDERBILT AT GEORGIA: The Bulldogs might be licking their wounds after the mauling they took last week. They should also be ready to inflict a few new wounds on the Dores. Vandy's defense is strong enough to prevent a rout, but the offense isn't strong enough to produce a win. Georgia 24, Vandy 9.

KENTUCKY AT LSU: The Wildcats are improved over last year but they are out of their weight class in this cat fight. Tigers figure to take out some of their frustrations from losses to Auburn and Florida. Expect LaMarcus "Rifle" Russell to play the role of executioner. LSU 38, Kentucky 13.

JACKSONVILLE STATE AT MISSISSIPPI STATE: This is what you call slumming in Starksville, as the Bulldogs go outside the Division I boundaries in search of a homecoming win. They'll get one but it won't stop the dog pound from nipping at Sylvester Croom's backside. Mississippi State 33, Jacksonville State 6.


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