IT picks the SEC

The most intriguing game on this weekend's SEC football slate is Tennessee at Ole Miss. The Vols are playing exceptionally well after a slow start in September. The Rebels, meanwhile, have had more ups and downs than a high-rise elevator.

InsideTennessee.com analysts Randy Moore and James Bryant like the Vols in this one. So does guest picker Dave Hooker of The Knoxville News-Sentinel. Dave went 8-0 on last week's picks and now stands 65-11 for the season. Randy went 7-1 and checks in at 60-16. James also went 7-1 and stands 59-17.

Here are their picks for this week:

Randy's picks

ALABAMA AT MISS. STATE: The Dogs are no pushovers but the Tide won't stumble this close to the SEC Championship Game. Bama 20, Miss. State 10.

TROY AT ARKANSAS: Ryan Mallett is awesome when he gets protection, and he should get plenty of protection in this game. Arkansas 38, Troy 20.

AUBURN AT GEORGIA: These are two up-and-down teams but the Dawgs have been mostly down lately. Auburn 31, Georgia 23.

FLORIDA AT SOUTH CAROLINA: The Gamecocks won't lose 56-6, as they did last fall, but they won't be a whole lot more competitive. Florida 31, Carolina 7.

KENTUCKY AT VANDERBILT: The Commodores haven't scored more than 10 points in an SEC game all season. Guess what? Kentucky 16, Vandy 10.

LOUISIANA TECH AT LSU: The Tigers will be down after their tough loss to Bama last weekend but not THAT down. LSU 34, Tech 7.

TENNESSEE AT OLE MISS: The Rebs were preseason top-10 picks but the Vols are playing more like a nationally ranked team lately. Tennessee 27, Ole Miss 17.

James' picks

ALABAMA AT MISS. STATE: Alabama will have to deal with cowbells the entire day but they'll manage to get by. Alabama 31, MSU 24

TROY AT ARKANSAS: Arkansas will win an easy non-conference game, 45-21

AUBURN AT GEORGIA: The visiting team always seems to have success in this rival matchup. Auburn 31, Georgia 28

FLORIDA AT SOUTH CAROLINA: The ex-Gator coach will welcome his former team but won't be any competition for the No. 1 Gators. Florida, 38-14

KENTUCKY AT VANDERBILT: Kentucky will win it. Rick Brooks gets another SEC win, 38-20

LOUISIANA TECH AT LSU: Louisiana who? LSU wins the battle of the Bayou, 35-10

TENNESSEE AT OLE MISS: Ed Orgeron's homecoming to Oxford will be victorious for Tennessee, 24-21

Dave's picks

ALABAMA AT MISS. STATE: The Crimson Tide can see the light at the end of the tunnel, which ends in Atlanta. Bama, 30-13.

TROY AT ARKANSAS: Arkansas can handle Troy. 42-10

AUBURN AT GEORGIA: Gus Malzahn vs. Willie Martinez. Auburn, 30-20.

FLORIDA AT SOUTH CAROLINA: The Gators are just better than USC, even with Steve Spurrier asserting himself. Florida, 31-13

KENTUCKY AT VANDERBILT: Kentucky wins this battle of terrible SEC East teams. Wildcats, 20-10

LOUISIANA TECH AT LSU: LSU licks its wounds and gets better. 35-13

TENNESSEE AT OLE MISS: Best SEC game of the weekend. Vols, 24-23.


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