IT Picks SEC Slate

There are four intriguing match-ups on this week's SEC schedule ... and, of course, the Arkansas game.

Actually, the Razorbacks' visit to Auburn could provide a little drama since the Tigers are so lame offensively that they may have trouble scoring on the hapless Hogs.

Regardless, the other four games on this weekend's schedule feature plenty of sizzle: No. 4 LSU and No. 11 Florida collide at Gainesville, No. 13 Vanderbilt puts its feel-good story on the line at Mississippi State, up-and-down South Carolina visits a surprisingly competitive Kentucky team and a back-to-the-wall Tennessee team takes on No. 10 Georgia between the hedges.'s Randy Moore went 5-0 on last week's picks and stands 35-6 for the season. Cohort Jeffery Stewart went 3-2 and checks in at 32-9.

Here are their predictions for this week:


ARKANSAS AT AUBURN: This game comes down to one question: Which is more pathetic - the Tigers' offense or the Razorbacks' defense? The Auburn attack has put more people to sleep this fall that Sominex but, for sheer mind-numbing ineptitude, I've got to go with the Hogs. Auburn 20, Arkansas 10.

LSU AT FLORIDA: College football's premier quarterback challenges college football's premier defense, and the winner is ... the viewing public. Ultimately, I think Tebow and the home-field advantage give the Gators just enough oomph to get over the top. Florida 24, LSU 21.

VANDERBILT AT MISSISSIPPI STATE: Everyone is waiting for the clock to strike midnight for the Cinderella Commodores, who have shown an uncanny knack for screwing up every season that begins with promise. This is exactly the kind of game Vandy lost in years past but ... Vanderbilt 20, Mississippi State 17.

SOUTH CAROLINA AT KENTUCKY: South Carolina surprised Ole Miss last weekend in Oxford and Kentucky surprised the college football world by playing No. 2 Alabama awfully tough in Tuscaloosa. Thus, this should be a surprisingly good game. South Carolina 19, Kentucky 14.

TENNESSEE AT GEORGIA: The Vols routinely seem to play their best against the Dawgs, who, conversely, seem to play their worst against the Vols. Even so, this game matches two programs headed in different directions. Georgia 24, Tennessee 13.


ARKANSAS AT AUBURN: As offensive shootouts go this is pop pistols at 50 paces. Last year the Tigers won this game 9-7 in Fayetteville and that's when these teams actually scored points. This year Auburn comes in ranked No. 105 in total offense while Petrino's pigs are wallowing at No. 111. Interesting back story: Tuberville's Tigers have been involved in four straight nail-biters while Arkansas is coming in off back-to-back-to-back beatdowns courtesy of Bama, Texas and Florida. Which coach can get his team to respond better? I taking double T and his more talented Tiger D against the coach who almost took his job back in 2003. Auburn 27, Arkansas 9.

LSU AT FLORIDA: It's hard to stink up The Swamp but the Gators did just that the last time they were in town and downtrodden Ole Miss Rebels knocked them off their top five perch. The LSU invasion presents a tough challenge for Florida but it's also a golden opportunity for redemption. That's a powerful motivator for the Gators. Florida 26, LSU 24.

VANDERBILT AT MISSISSIPPI STATE: Every week I think the Dores can't keep winning and every week they prove me wrong. Well I may be stubborn but as Forest Gump said: stupid is as stupid does — and I'm not going to do it again. Vanderbilt 23, MIssissippi State 19.

SOUTH CAROLINA AT KENTUCKY: Both of these teams showed some toughness on the road in the SEC last week. Before their victory over Ole MIss the Gamecocks had dropped six straight Conference contests. I don't like their chances of winning two straight on the road in the SEC. Kentucky 27, South Carolina 22

TENNESSEE AT GEORGIA: This was the game that turned it around for the Vols last season, plus UT has won on it's last two trips to Athens. But the Bulldogs had a week off and are still stinging from that home loss to Alabama two weeks ago, as well as, losing three of the last four against Tennessee. This would be an uphill fight for the Vols under the best of circumstances and these are far from the best of circumstances. However it wouldn't be surprising to see the Vols make a spirited last stand against a strong foe with excellent balance. Georgia 30, Tennessee 13.

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