Two other matchups on this weekend's five-game SEC slate appear worth a glance. Unbeaten but untested Kentucky (4-0) visits a fast-rising Alabama Crimson Tide (5-0) and a struggling South Carolina team (3-2) visits an Ole Miss squad (3-2) that is riding high after upsetting Florida last weekend.
InsideTennessee.com analysts Randy Moore and Jeffery Stewart went 5-2 on their picks last week, bumping Randy's season record to 30-6 and Jeffery's to 29-7.
Here are their picks for this week:
KENTUCKY AT ALABAMA: Following last week's big win in Athens the Tide could be flat, but they're more likely to flatten Kentucky, which hasn't played a decent defense all season. Offense. Alabama 35, Kentucky 10.
FLORIDA AT ARKANSAS: After last week's upset in Gainesville to Ole Miss, do you think Urban Meyer will have any problem convincing his team that Arkansas could be dangerous in Fayetteville? i don't think so either. Florida 40, Arkansas 17.
AUBURN AT VANDERBILT: In a man bites dog story the Vanderbilt Commodores will play host to ESPN's Game Day program as a lead in to this SEC contest. Will the Commodores gain inspiration from the opportunity to get optimum exposure? Well perhaps but Auburn has won 13 in a row in this series and they've played plenty of these games before. Auburn 20, Vanderbilt 16.
SOUTH CAROLINA AT OLE MISS: Houston Nutt's Rebels come marching home with a huge victory over No. 5 Florida in , while the Gamecocks are coming off an unimpressive victory over oft beaten UAB. Unfortunately for the home team Ole Miss hasn't played two good games in a row this season. Fortunately for Rebel rooters South Carolina hasn't played one good game all year. Ole Miss 24, South Carolina 20.
NORTHERN ILLINOIS AT TENNESSEE: It's mid crisis time in Tennessee football and the Volunteers can't afford to take baby steps toward progress with Georgia and Alabama looming on the horizon. However at this point any signs of improvement against any kind of opponent would be encouraging and, make no mistake, Northern Illinois is any kind of opponent. Look for signs of improvement for a team that has played with heart and has more talent than it has demonstrated. Tennessee 33, Northern Illinois 10.
KENTUCKY AT ALABAMA: The Sisters of the Poor were already booked this week, so the Wildcats are forced to face a team with a pulse. In fact, Nick Saban's Tide was downright pulsating in last weekend's 41-30 drubbing of Georgia. Bama will be a little flat this week but it won't matter. Alabama 27, Kentucky 13
FLORIDA AT ARKANSAS: Coming off a home loss to Ole Miss, the Gators are mad. Coming off a blowout loss at Texas, the Razorbacks are bad. Following this game, Hog fans will be sad. Florida 49, Arkansas 10
AUBURN AT VANDERBILT: If this game were played in Hollywood, the upstart Commodores would score the winning touchdown on the final play to continue their remarkable Cinderella story. Come to think of it, I like Cinderella stories. Vanderbilt 14, Auburn 13
SOUTH CAROLINA AT OLE MISS: The Rebels can't possibly play as passionately as they did in last weekend's upset of No. 4 Florida. The Gamecocks can't possibly play as poorly as they did in losing their last six SEC games ... can they? South Carolina 16, Ole Miss 14
NORTHERN ILLINOIS AT TENNESSEE: The Huskies are 2-2 but look who they've beaten – Indiana State and Eastern Michigan. Conversely, the Vols are 1-3 but look who they've beaten – UAB. OK ... maybe that's not a good argument. Tennessee 31, Northern Illinois 10