IT Picks SEC Slate

After feasting on the usual assortment of pre-conference cupcakes in Weeks 1, 2 and 3, SEC teams begin devouring one another this weekend.

Eight conference teams will go head to head in four attractive match-ups this Saturday. Three more teams will be playing outside the league – Georgia visiting Arizona State, Mississippi State visiting Georgia Tech and South Carolina hosting Wofford. Kentucky has the weekend off.

InsideTennessee analysts Jeffery Stewart and Randy Moore continued their proficient prognosticating last weekend. Moore went 7-1 on his SEC picks and now stands 24-5 for the season. Stewart posted a perfect 8-0 mark, improving his record to 23-6.

Here are their picks for Week 4:

Jeffery's picks

ALABAMA AT ARKANSAS: Bobby Petrino and Nick Saban may be kindred souls even if they're not fast friends. Both gave up great college careers for the allure of NFL riches. Then before the first year was over they both discovered their true passion was for the college game. Of course school record contracts soothed their pride and cushioned their transition. Saban has had a couple of years to work on the problem and has made the most of it. Alabama 31, Arkansas 17.

LSU AT AUBURN: This game is almost always intregal in determining the pecking order in the SEC West. The home team has won the last eight meetings in this stellar series by an average of nine points. Given Auburn's lack of offensive punch, I'll buck the trend in this cat fight and go with the visitor. Tuberville has Miles to go before he can sleep. LSU 21, Auburn 17.

GEORGIA AT ARIZONA STATE: An odd spot for this game to fall on the schedule between South Carolina and Alabama which is distracting enough but then you throw in a 4,000-mile round trip into a alien and hostile environment this becomes a particularly treacherous trip for a team harboring national title aspirations. Dennis Erickson was 7-1 at home in his first season as Sun Devil head coach. Mark Richt has had consistent success on the road. Good teams win close games. Georgia 27, Arizona State 24

VANDERBILT AT OLE MISS: Hey didn't you used to be Vandy a.k.a. SEC doormat, team most unlikely to succeed, team most likely to be a homecoming opponent? Well the Dores are 3-0 and have a chance to go 4-0 and 2-0 in the SEC with a win over Ole Miss. The Rebels are coming off a heartbreaking defeat at Wake Forest. This is the type of bounce back game Houston Nutt won while at Arkansas. Mississippi 23, Vanderbilt 20.

MISSISSIPPI STATE AT GEORGIA TECH: The Bulldogs have won some big road games the last two seasons and desperately need an upset in Atlanta. But State's offense only scores about once a month and the Yellowjackets are solid at home. Georgia Tech 20, MIssissippi State 13.

WOFFORD AT SOUTH CAROLINA: There are breathers and then there are snoozers. This one falls into the latter. Shame on the Gamecocks for scheduling a game that has all the appeal of a buzzard devouring road kill. South Carolina 38, Wofford 6.

FLORIDA AT TENNESSEE: The Vols are coming into this crucial contest with a little cover created by UCLA's 59-0 drubbing at the hands of BYU. Last week's bye gave Florida more time to prepare for a new offense but it is also the type of early break that disrupt consistency. If the Vols can take advantage for an early lead they have a chance to carry the game into the late stages with the crowd behind them. However the improvement UT would need to make over the first two games appears to steep to overcome. Florida 29, Tennessee 20.

Randy's picks:

ALABAMA AT ARKANSAS: Good fortune allowed Arkansas to squeak past Western Illinois and Louisiana-Monroe in Games 1 and 2, then avoid a certain butt-kicking at Texas when Hurricane Ike forced postponement of Game 3. An examination of Bobby Petrino's cellphone records shows he has made hundreds of calls to Lady Luck. What is it with those Arkansas coaches? Alabama 24, Arkansas 14

LSU AT AUBURN: Tommy Tuberville's team beat Mississippi State last weekend, despite managing just three points. Oddly enough, I hear three also is the number of stop lights within the Auburn city limits. That sounds like an omen to me. Auburn 16, LSU 13

GEORGIA AT ARIZONA STATE: I'm not sure the Dawgs are among the three best teams in the SEC ... but I'm pretty sure they're better than anyone in the Pac 10 not named USC. Georgia 27, Arizona State 17

VANDERBILT AT OLE MISS: Two of the surprise teams in the SEC collide in Oxford. I predict the game will be surprisingly entertaining and I wouldn't be surprised if the Commodores find a way to win. Vandy 27, Ole Miss 24

MISSISSIPPI STATE AT GEORGIA TECH: Two teams with ground-hugging offenses collide in Atlanta. The first team to pass loses ... which I'm guessing will be the Bulldogs. Georgia Tech 17, Mississippi State 10

WOFFORD AT SOUTH CAROLINA: Steve Spurrier has lost seven of his last eight games, so even beating the likes of Wofford is looking good to him right now. South Carolina 38, Wofford 7

FLORIDA AT TENNESSEE: If the Vols commit to pounding the rock, they have a chance to keep this one low-scoring and close. If not, they're going to be the poundee. Florida 24, Tennessee 16


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