SEC Picks, Week 13

After fattening their records against the likes of Western Carolina, Middle Tennessee, Northwestern State, Arkansas State and Florida International in recent weeks, SEC teams face reasonably credible foes in the final weekend of regular-season play.

Three intra-league matchups are on tap — LSU vs. Arkansas, Mississippi State at Ole Miss and Kentucky at Tennessee. Meanwhile, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina venture outside the league to face heated in-state rivals.

InsideTennessee.com analysts Randy Moore and Jeffery Stewart posted 7-0 marks on last week's SEC picks. Stewart now stands 71-12 for the season, Moore 69-14. Apparently, they're smarter than they look.

That said, here are this week's picks:

Randy's picks:

LSU VS. ARKANSAS (Friday at Little Rock): I think Arkansas is the best team in the SEC. I also think LSU tends to choke in big games. Sometimes, though, a team will win simply on talent alone. This will be one of those times. LSU 27, Arkansas 20

FLORIDA AT FLORIDA STATE: The Gators may be the most overrated team in America, needing considerable luck to beat Tennessee, Georgia, Vanderbilt and South Carolina by a combined total of 15 points. Still, they're too good to lose to FSU. Florida 27, FSU 17

GEORGIA TECH AT GEORGIA: How can a Bulldog team that loses to Kentucky and Vanderbilt hammer Auburn by 22 points? I don't know the answer but I can't get past the losses to Kentucky and Vanderbilt. Georgia Tech 24, Georgia 20

MISSISSIPPI STATE AT OLE MISS: Instead of The Egg Bowl, why not call this match-up The Battle Of The P-ants? Talk about Thanksgiving turkeys ... Mississippi State 21, Ole Miss 20

SOUTH CAROLINA AT CLEMSON: Coming off a 52-7 blowout of Middle Tennessee, the Gamecocks should be well rested for this bitter battle. Carolina 27, Clemson 24

KENTUCKY AT TENNESSEE: Louisiana-Monroe hung 40 points on UK last weekend. If the Vols score less than 50, they should be made to watch the Ole Miss-Mississippi State game in its entirety ... TWICE. Tennessee 52, Kentucky 28

Jeffery's picks

LSU VS. ARKANSAS (Friday at Little Rock): Tennessee knows these teams a little too well after playing them on consecutive weeks and absorbing back-to-back defeats. LSU has the look of a classic underachiever while UA fits the overachiever role rather nicely. I like the Hogs chances in Little Rock, but wonder if they might be a little too one-dimensional on offense. LSU has the DBs to play Arkansas' wideouts in press coverage and the Tigers D-line is tough against the run. By the way, Houston Nutt is 19-1 as a head coach in Little Rock. His only defeat was to LSU. With a perfect mark in the SEC, a 10-game winning streak on the line and a date against Florida in Atlanta on tap there may be too much pressure on the Hogs. LSU 24, Arkansas 21.

FLORIDA AT FLORIDA STATE: The Gators have been anything but impressive in recent weeks, but FSU has failed to impress all season. Urban Myers gets his team ready for the big games and the Gators are still in the national title hunt. The Noles lost to Wake Forest 30-0 just two weeks ago and only scored 7 against Florida in last season's contest. Florida 31, Florida State 20.

GEORGIA TECH AT GEORGIA: The Ramblin Wreck would love to end the Bulldogs five-game winning streak in this rivalry, and there's no better place to do that than ‘between the hedges.' The Dawgs are coming into this one after a big upset over Auburn on the road followed by their only open week of the season. Will UGA revert back to the form that saw them lose to both Vanderbilt and Kentucky? I think not. Georgia 20, Georgia Tech 17.

MISSISSIPPI STATE AT OLE MISS: That rotten egg smell was purposely added to this rivalry to warn football fans of a bad game between two lousy teams. However both squads have played better in recent weeks and the Egg Bowl is usually competitive. There's not much to choose between here except for the home field advantage. Ole Miss 24, Mississippi State 19.

SOUTH CAROLINA AT CLEMSON: The Gamecocks have been a solid road team this year and they should keep this intrastate contest very close. However winning is another matter. The Tigers are coming off a bye week which means they've had a lot of time for film study — a key when facing the Ol' Ball Coach. Clemson 30, South Carolina 27.

KENTUCKY AT TENNESSEE: The Wildcats haven't beaten Tennessee since 1984 and are entering this game with good cover, as the Vols might be a little overconfident. The problem is Kentucky doesn't have much of a defense which means Erik Ainge will have a huge day. Tennessee 42, Kentucky 27.


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