IT picks the SEC

Only six games are on this weekend's SEC schedule but four of them are head-to-head matchups involving league teams.

Alabama hosts South Carolina, Florida hosts Arkansas, Auburn hosts Kentucky and Vanderbilt hosts Georgia. These games should challenge analysts Randy Moore and James Bryant as they make their weekly picks, along with guest picker Dave Hooker of The Knoxville News-Sentinel.

Randy and James are looking to bounce back after going 4-3 each on last week's predictions. Dave went 5-2, nudging his season's record to 41-8. Randy checks in at 38-11 and James at 37-12.

Here are their picks for this week:

Randy's picks

SOUTH CAROLINA AT ALABAMA: The Gamecocks were looking ahead to Bama last weekend and nearly lost to Kentucky. They'll be focused this week and should give the Tide a very tough game. Bama 20, South Carolina 13

ARKANSAS AT FLORIDA: The Gators haven't faced a quality passing attack all season, so this game could be more interesting than most folks expect. Still ... Florida 34, Arkansas 20

KENTUCKY AT AUBURN: The Big Blue is just good enough to lose competitively against the SEC's upper-echelon teams. Auburn 31, Kentucky 20

GEORGIA AT VANDERBILT: The Commodores lack the offensive firepower to exploit the Dawgs' defensive deficiencies. Georgia 24, Vanderbilt 10

UAB AT OLE MISS: The Rebels whip up on another outmanned out-of-conference foe. Ole Miss 42, UAB 10

MISSISSIPPI STATE AT MIDDLE TENNESSEE: After losing to LSU, Georgia Tech and Houston, Dan Mullen's Bulldogs should get back on the right track. Miss. State 34, Middle Tennessee 17

James' picks


ARKANSAS AT FLORIDA: Florida in a shootout

KENTUCKY AT AUBURN Kentucky in an upset

GEORGIA AT VANDERBILT: Vandy to win one while the Dawgs are down

UAB AT OLE MISS: Ole Miss needs an easy game. This is it.

MISSISSIPPI STATE AT MIDDLE TENNESSEE: I want to pick Middle, but will go with the Bulldogs.

Dave's picks

SOUTH CAROLINA AT ALABAMA: The Gamecocks will make a game of it but Alabama is on a mission. Tide, 24-16

ARKANSAS AT FLORIDA: Arkansas is happy with an SEC win. Florida isn't as easily placated. Gators, 30-20

KENTUCKY AT AUBURN: the Tigers will bounce back against a beat up bunch of Wildcats. Auburn, 24-10

GEORGIA AT VANDERBILT: Bounce back game for the Bulldogs. Georgia, 30-10


The Rebels have their moments, albeit fleeting. They'll roll this week, 34-13

MISSISSIPPI STATE AT MIDDLE TENNESSEE: MSU's offense will be too much, 40-17

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