IT picks the SEC

There are several interesting matchups on this week's SEC football schedule, which should make for some interesting picks by our resident experts.

The marquee match-up on this week's slate, of course, is the LSU-Georgia game in Athens.

Both teams are nationally ranked but coming off razor-thin wins. Georgia (3-1 overall, 2-0 SEC) kicked the game-winning field goal on the final play of a 20-17 defeat of Arizona State, and LSU (4-0, 2-0) stopped Mississippi State twice at the 1-foot line in the final minute to preserve a 30-26 thriller.

Randy Moore went 7-1 on last week's picks, while InsideTennessee.com cohort James Bryant went 6-2. Guest picker Dave Hooker of The Knoxville News-Sentinel and GoVolsXtra.com also went 7-1. For the season Randy stands 30-5, Dave 29-6 and James 28-7.

Here are their picks for this weekend:

Randy's picks

ARKANSAS AT TEXAS A&M: The Hogs rank No. 4 nationally at 348.67 passing yards per game. The Aggies rank No. 6 at 330.3. This is going to be a fun game to watch. Arkansas 41, A&M 38

ALABAMA AT KENTUCKY: I just have a hunch the Tide is due for a letdown. Bama 27, Kentucky 13

LSU AT GEORGIA: Les Miles has to run out of four-leaf clovers sometime. Georgia 26, LSU 20.

GEORGIA TECH AT MISSISSIPPI STATE: The Bulldogs rank No. 112 nationally in passing (among 120 programs) and the Yellow Jackets rank No. 116, so the first team to complete a pass should win. Mississippi State 24, Tech 21

SOUTH CAROLINA STATE AT SOUTH CAROLINA: Maybe the halftime show will be interesting. South Carolina 42, S.C. State 14

OLE MISS AT VANDERBILT: Remember: The Commodores beat the Rebels last fall in Oxford, so this won't be a picnic. Ole Miss 24, Vandy 17

AUBURN AT TENNESSEE: If the Vols are going to win a game all month, this might be their best chance. Tennessee 26, Auburn 24

James' picks

ARKANSAS AT TEXAS A&M: This is an interesting matchup, I think Arkansas will win 31-17

ALABAMA AT KENTUCKY: Rich Brooks couldn't pull off the win last week, he won't be able to do this week either. 35-21 Alabama

LSU AT GEORGIA: Georgia will pull this one out 28-24

GEORGIA TECH AT MISSISSIPPI STATE: Georgia Tech 45-21

SOUTH CAROLINA STATE AT SOUTH CAROLINA: SC will win 56-14

OLE MISS AT VANDERBILT: Ole Miss hasn't always had the best of luck at Vandy. Rebels will struggle but will win 31-28.

AUBURN AT TENNESSEE: Tennessee can't get into an offensive shootout with Auburn, especially with the ammo we have at QB. 21-17 Tennessee.

Dave's picks:

ARKANSAS AT TEXAS A&M: Arkansas will battle back after getting hammered last week. Hogs, 35-13

ALABAMA AT KENTUCKY: Alabama continues its march to Atlanta. Tide, 40-10

LSU AT GEORGIA: LSU wins a battle of underachievers. Tigers, 21-20

GEORGIA TECH AT MISSISSIPPI STATE: Mississippi State will still be stung after dropping their chance to beat LSU. Tech, 23-17

SOUTH CAROLINA STATE AT SOUTH CAROLINA: South Carolina rolls. 49-9

OLE MISS AT VANDERBILT: Jevan Snead and his hair get back on track. Rebels, 38-10

AUBURN AT TENNESSEE: the Vols just have too much wrong with their passing attack. Tigers, 30-20


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