SEC picks


Posted Oct 14, 2011


The SEC East race could start to take shape this weekend, with the division's top three teams all facing road tests.

Defending East champ South Carolina (3-1) visits Mississippi State, Georgia (3-1) drops in on Vanderbilt and Florida (2-2) travels to Auburn.

InsideTennessee's staff went a combined 19-5 on last week's SEC picks. Danny Parker, Chris Price and Randy Moore went 5-1 each, while Josh Woodward checked in at 4-2. Price continues to lead for the season at 42-9.

Here are their projections for this week's games, plus their year-to-date records:

CHRIS PRICE (42-9)

S. Carolina at Miss. State: It will be interesting to see what the Gamecocks bring to the table without Stephen Garcia, but I don't think it will matter much this week. Gamecocks, 38-13.

Alabama at Ole Miss: The Tide are unstoppable. They may not be ranked No. 1, but I definitely think they are the best team in the country. They get the win and have a full head of steam for the Vols next week. Tide, 30-10.

Florida at Auburn: If Florida had John Brantley I would give them this one, but Auburn is very scrappy and always seems to find a way to win. I will take the Tigers at home. Auburn, 31-28.

Georgia at Vanderbilt: The Bulldogs are in control of the East and I don't see them ruining it against Vandy. Dogs, 45-13.

LSU at Tennessee: You would like to think the Vols can play with this team, but they simply can't. Derek Dooley has lost his All-SEC safety, receiver and quarterback in a matter of several weeks. It is just not Tennessee's year. Tigers, 42-17.

DANNY PARKER (41-10)

Alabama at Ole Miss: This one should get ugly early and give the Crimson Tide more momentum heading toward Tennessee week. Alabama, 45-9

Florida at Auburn: Jeff Demps, Chris Rainey and a solid Gator 'D' should be enough. Florida, 30-21

Georgia at Vanderbilt: Don't see Aaron Rodgers' little brother being able to save the day. Georgia, 24-10

S.Carolina at Miss. State: Marcus Lattimore and the Gamecock ground game carries the visitors to victory. S. Carolina, 17-14

LSU at Tennessee: Top-ranked team in the land shows it deserves to be No. 1 for the first BCS rankings. LSU, 31-8

RANDY MOORE (40-11)

Alabama at Ole Miss: The Tide could play its second team and still win this game. But it won't. Bama, 34-10

Florida at Auburn: Arkansas exposed the Tigers last weekend, and Florida saw the tapes. Gators, 31-21

Georgia at Vanderbilt: The 4-2 Dawgs have gotten their act together after an 0-2 start. Mark Richt's seat is cooling a bit. Georgia, 27-7

S. Carolina at Miss. State: The Gamecocks aren't as good as they looked last weekend against Kentucky. The Bulldogs aren't as bad as they've looked all year. Upset special: Miss. State, 20-17

LSU at Tennessee: Stranger things have happened than the Vols beating the Tigers ... but not lately. LSU, 27-10

JOSH WOODWARD (39-12)

Alabama at Ole Miss: 48-10, Bama pounds Ole Miss. Heck, a JV game would be better to watch than this game.

Florida at Auburn: 28-24, Gators in a close one. This is a great matchup to me.

Georgia at Vanderbilt: 35-10, Bulldogs riding high in the SEC East

S. Carolina at Miss. State: 24-17, Gamecocks with the win. It will be hand off left and hand off right to Lattimore.

LSU at Tennessee: 28-20, LSU. Hard to see Tennessee beating this LSU team without all its horses.


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