IT picks the SEC

Steve Spurrier returns to his roots when South Carolina visits Florida in this Saturday's SEC headliner. Otherwise, this weekend's SEC slate has about as much appeal as Roseanne Barr ... in a bikini ... singing the National Anthem ... then spitting.

Troopers that they are, however, analysts Jeffery Stewart and Randy Moore are determined to provide expert analysis and peerless predictions on the games. Each went 5-1 on last weekend's picks, having failed (like the rest of the civilized world) to anticipate Tennessee's Homecoming loss to Wyoming. Randy's record now stands 53-12, Jeffery's 51-14.

Here are their picks for this weekend:


MISSISSIPPI STATE AT ALABAMA: Hard to believe Mississippi State has won two straight in this series including last season's victory in Starkville. That's enough to assure the Crimson Tide won't overlook the Bulldogs but they may overwhelm them. Alabama 30, Mississippi State 7

GEORGIA AT AUBURN: Georgia is still hoping to get into a BCS bowl game with two losses while Auburn is hoping to win this one to become bowl eligible. Neither team will reach their objective but the Bulldogs will keep hope alive by beating the Tigers in what might be Tommy Tuberville's last home game as Auburn's head coach. Georgia 27, Auburn 16

SOUTH CAROLINA AT FLORIDA: There was a time when Steve Spurrier was the biggest personality in Florida football, but Tim Tebow has surpassed his achievements as a player and Urban Meyer has won one national championship and has another in sight. The Gamecocks would like to restore their coach's prestige in The Swamp, but lack an offense that can match Florida's routine output As good as the Gators offense is their defense is coming on strong and giving the offense plenty of opportunities. Florida 31, South Carolina 17

VANDERBILT AT KENTUCKY: The Commodores feel good story has become a four-game losing streak as Vandy is still looking for that sixth win to qualify for a bowl game. Meanwhile Kentucky is already qualified and has won four in a row in this series. That adds up to a home victory for the Wildcats. Kentucky 24, Vanderbilt 21

LOUISIANA-MONROE AT OLE MISS: The Rebels had a much needed bye last week and get a breather before closing with LSU and archrival Mississippi State. Ole Miss should win this one in a breeze. Ole Miss 38, Louisiana-Monroe 16

TROY AT LSU: LSU gets a break in the schedule after losing two of its last three games to top-five opponents. The Tigers get an out-of-conference respite today against Troy. They may not be inspired to win in a rout but they will win comfortably. LSU 34, Troy 21


MISSISSIPPI STATE AT ALABAMA: Sylvester Croom went to Alabama for books and tuition. Nick Saban went to Alabama for $4 million per year. Clearly, Nick drives a harder bargain than Sylvester ... and he coaches a much better team. Alabama 31, Mississippi State 13

GEORGIA AT AUBURN: Kentucky hung 38 points on Georgia last weekend thanks to a mobile quarterback (Randall Cobb) who kept the Dawgs chasing their tails. Auburn has a mobile quarterback (Kodi Burns) who could keep the Dawgs chasing their tails this weekend, too. Still ... Georgia 23, Auburn 20

SOUTH CAROLINA AT FLORIDA: The Gators drilled Vandy 42-14, drilled Georgia 49-10 and drilled LSU 51-21. The Gamecocks lost to all three of those teams. Need I say more? Florida 34, South Carolina 14

VANDERBILT AT KENTUCKY: The Commodores lost four games in a row last season after moving within one victory of being bowl eligible. It appears that history is about repeat. Kentucky 27, Vanderbilt 24

LOUISIANA-MONROE AT OLE MISS: Nick Saban was so upset after Alabama lost to Louisiana-Monroe last season that he compared it to the 9/11 terrorist attack. If Houston Nutt loses to ULM, maybe he can compare it to having his cell-phone records made public. Ole Miss 31, Louisiana-Monroe 14

TROY AT LSU: The Tigers could be a little flat after their emotional overtime loss to Alabama last weekend but they won't be flat enough to lose this weekend. LSU 31, Troy 14

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