IT Picks SEC

After posting 7-0 marks on their Week 10 SEC picks, analysts Jeffery Stewart and Randy Moore got a dose of humility last weekend. Stewart went 3-3, while Moore stumbled home 2-4.

Neither foresaw Mississippi State beating Alabama, Georgia beating Auburn or Tennessee beating Arkansas. Moore also got a wild hair and picked South Carolina to upset Florida. So much for wild hairs ...

Even after last week's pitiful picking, Stewart carries a season's record of 65-17 and Moore follows at 61-21.

Proving themselves brave – if not brilliant – the dynamic duo is forging ahead with another round of peerless projections this week. Here they are:


LOUISIANA-MONROE AT ALABAMA: Talk about being in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong name, the Warhawks catch a Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa off consecutive defeats to LSU and Mississippi State. Alabama won last year's meeting between these teams 41-7 and are 16-0 vs. Sun Belt teams. LMU is 2-29-1 against the SEC. Alabama 37, Louisiana-Monroe 10.

MISSISSIPPI STATE VS. ARKANSAS (at Little Rock): Despite Mississippi State's upset of Alabama last week and Arkansas' disappointing defeat at Tennessee, or more accurately because of those results, the Razorbacks have an emotional edge in this game played at Little Rock. Houston Nutt is 9-0 against the Bulldogs and the Hogs have won 11 straight in this series. Both teams are trying to improve their bowl status. Nutt is feeling the heat from the restless rabble and his team should rally around their embattled leader. The likelihood this is Darren McFadden's last home game adds to the intrigue. Arkansas 27, Mississippi State 14.

FLORIDA ATLANTIC VS. FLORIDA: With their SEC slate complete, the Gators get a break before next week's annual Sunshine State showdown with the Seminoles. Florida Atlantic (Was there any chance it would be confused with Florida Pacific?) won't offer much resistance, but the Owls will give at least give a hoot. Florida 49, Florida Atlantic 10.

KENTUCKY AT GEORGIA: The Bulldogs appear to have found their bite and the Wildcats look to have lost their scratch during a tough stretch of SEC contests. The Wildcats broke a nine-game losing streak against Georgia last year with a 24-20 victory in Lexington. However Kentucky is just 3-12 in back-to-back conference road games. The Bulldogs enjoy a commanding 49-11 lead in the series and should reach the half-a-hundred mark Saturday. Georgia 34, Kentucky 24.

LSU AT OLE MISS: The Rebels took LSU to overtime last year in Baton Rouge before losing 23-20, and they tend to play the Tigers close. (LSU has won four of the last five against Mississippi by a field goal or less.) This one won't be that tight, but it could well be competitive. LSU 27, Ole Miss 14.

VANDERBILT AT TENNESSEE: With apologies to Mama Cass, this is one of those sandwich games ranked teams have been known to choke on. However it's something of a tweener for the Commodores too, coming between Kentucky and Wake Forest. Those were games Vandy had to figure it could win, especially with a rare bowl bid on the line, but a tough loss to the Wildcats makes this a must win contest unless the Dores figure they will beat the Demon Deacons and get a post season invite with a 6-6 record. On the other hand, Tennessee is playing for a shot at the SEC title, and is playing its best football of the season. The Vols can also wrap up their first perfect home record since 1999 in the process. With that much on the table the Vols will take small bites and slowly chew up Vanderbilt without choking. Tennessee 34, Vanderbilt 17.


LOUISIANA-MONROE AT ALABAMA: The Tide's Nick Saban is making $4 million to go 6-4 and Notre Dame's Charlie Weis is making $3.2 million to go 1-9. Obviously, I picked the wrong profession. Being the coach pays a whole lot better than merely second-guessing the coach. Alabama 42, ULM 14

MISSISSIPPI STATE VS. ARKANSAS (at Little Rock): Bulldog boss Sylvester Croom is soaring like a rocket while Hog head Houston Nutt is sinking like a stone. Will the Razorbacks quit on their coach? Darren McFadden won't, and he should be the difference. Arkansas 27, Mississippi State 20

FLORIDA ATLANTIC VS. FLORIDA: Tim Tebow accounted for seven touchdowns last weekend against South Carolina. He could account for 10 against this bunch. Florida 63, Florida Atlantic 7

KENTUCKY AT GEORGIA: The Big Blue can still tie for the SEC East title by beating the Dawgs this weekend and beating Tennessee next weekend. Stranger things have happened ... especially this season. Still, master motivator Mark Richt spurred his players to victory last week by suiting them up in black jerseys, and I hear he'll have them wearing tutus this weekend. Georgia 38, Kentucky 34

LSU AT OLE MISS: The Tigers' Cajun players have an advantage in that they'll understand what Rebel head man Ed Orgeron is saying on the sidelines. Too bad the Ole Miss players don't have that same capability. LSU 34, Ole Miss 7

VANDERBILT AT TENNESSEE: Commodore coach Bobby Johnson resembles comedian Steve Martin, who starred in "The Jerk." Vol coach Phillip Fulmer resembles Presidential hopeful Fred Thompson, who starred in "Law and Order." I like the movie and the TV show but I like Fulmer's home-field advantage most of all. Tennessee 31, Vanderbilt 20

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