IT picks the SEC


Posted Sep 21, 2012


InsideTennessee's crack staff of football analysts gives you some of the best predictions you'll find anywhere. Check out our latest effort:

As Week 4 of SEC football arrives, several intriguing questions loom: Is Arkansas as bad as it looked against Alabama? Is Florida as good as it looked against Tennessee? Is Mississippi State headed for a 5-0 start?

John L. Smith's Razorbacks look to bounce back against Rutgers and Will Muschamp's Gators look to continue rolling against Kentucky. Meanwhile, Dan Mullen's 3-0 Bulldogs host South Alabama.

InsideTennessee's staff was solid on last week's SEC Picks. Josh Woodward, Danny Parker and Randy Moore went 10-2 each. Chris Price went 9-3 by virtue of picking Arizona State to beat Missouri.

Here are this week's predictions, with each staffer's year-to-date won/loss record in parenthesis:

JOSH WOODWARD (30-5)

Florida Atlantic at Alabama: Sorry Florida Atlantic this could get ugly. 45-3 Tide

Rutgers at Arkansas: This is a tough pick for me, I think Rutgers has a good chance, but I got to go with the SEC. 31-27 Hogs

LSU at Auburn: Well Auburn has looked really bad and LSU will make them look even worse. 49-10 Bayou Bengals

Kentucky at Florida: This could be on of the worst Kentucky teams we have seen in years. 45-3 Gators

Vanderbilt at Georgia: Vanderbilt was supposed to be the best thing since sliced bread, well they are still Vanderbilt. 28-3 Georgia

Ole Miss at Tulane: At the beginning of the year I would have picked Tulane, I really thought Ole Miss was that bad, but they have found a QB in Tennessee native Bo Wallace and he is a one-man show. 42-23 Rebels or Black Bears.

South Alabama at Mississippi State: The cow bells will be ringing loudly. 39-10 Miss St.

Missouri at South Carolina: To me this is the game of the week in the SEC, I like South Carolina, but I'm going with the upset. 34-31 Missouri

South Carolina State at Texas A&M: Shouldn't even be close. 48-7 A&M

Akron at Tennessee: If Tennessee comes to play it shouldn't be close, they can take some aggression out on the Zips. Georgia is looming on the horizon, so it might be closer than most fans would like. 34-17 Vols

DANNY PARKER (30-5)

Florida Atlantic at Alabama: The machine keeps churning out victories. Add another. Alabama, 55-0.

Rutgers at Arkansas: Hard to imagine the Razorbacks getting the train back on the tracks quickly. Start another coaching search. Rutgers, 23-20.

LSU at Auburn: The worry on The Plains is bound to skyrocket after the Bayou Bengals embarrass the home standing Tigers. LSU, 44-7.

Kentucky at Florida: The Gators enjoy their first completely one-sided result of the season. Florida, 45-9.

Vanderbilt at Georgia: The Bulldogs use the 'Dores as a tune-up for the next week. Georgia, 38-10.

Ole Miss at Tulane: The Rebels rebound but not in fine fashion. Mississippi, 18-10.

South Alabama at Mississippi State: Another weak foe for the Starkville kids. That'll change soon. Mississippi State, 48-6.

Missouri at South Carolina: Another reality check for Mizzu. The Gamecock defensive ends have a big day. S. Carolina, 24-10.

South Carolina State at Texas A&M: The new-look Aggie offense continues to mesh. Texas A&M, 57-0.

Akron at Tennessee: The Zips have some quality players but just not enough for the upset. Tennessee, 28-14.

RANDY MOORE (29-6)

Florida Atlantic at Alabama: This will be a close game ... for about six minutes. Bama, 51-0

Rutgers at Arkansas: The Hogs lost by 52 to Alabama last week, so you have to wonder where their morale is. Arkansas, 31-24

LSU at Auburn: If Cam Newton were still playing for Auburn, I might like Gene Chizik's chances a lot better. LSU, 34-14

Kentucky at Florida: Joker Phillips couldn't beat Western Kentucky at home. Do you really think he can beat Florida on the road? I don't, either. Gators, 34-7

Vanderbilt at Georgia: The Commodores and their ship are starting to sink. Dawgs, 35-10

Ole Miss at Tulane: The Rebels move to 3-1 in non-conference action before losing all eight of their SEC games. Ole Miss, 27-20

South Alabama at Mississippi State: After winning this game, the Bulldogs have an open date and a road game at Kentucky. That means Dan Mullen's crew should be 5-0 when Tennessee visits Starkville on Oct. 13. Dogs, 41-7

Missouri at South Carolina: Both campuses are located in cities called Columbia but one has Marcus Lattimore and the other doesn't. Gamecocks, 27-20

South Carolina State at Texas A&M: I'll never get used to having the Aggies included in the SEC Picks. A&M, 38-14

Akron at Tennessee: The Zips' passing attack will burn the Vols several times but not enough to win. Vols, 48-21

CHRIS PRICE (28-7)

Florida Atlantic at Alabama: Luckily this game won't create nearly the atmosphere for Derrick Henry that Tennessee had against Florida. Tide, big, again. 45-3.

Rutgers at Arkansas: This game should be interesting given that John L. Smith has gone off the radar. Because I am so far behind already I am going to gamble and say Rutgers. 24-20.

LSU at Auburn: Like Alabama, I won't pick anyone to beat the Tigers until they play Alabama then I might have to think about one of their picks. LSU 33-17.

Kentucky at Florida: Kentucky is terrible. Enough said. Gators 34-7.

Vanderbilt at Georgia: Vanderbilt isn't good either. Georgia 33-10.

Ole Miss at Tulane: Tulane isn't off to a good start and I don't think they will get on track this week. Rebels 24-9.

South Alabama at Mississippi State: The cowbells will be busy this Saturday. Bulldogs 27-10.

Missouri at South Carolina: This should be a fun one, but I just don't think Missouri will be about to go to Spurrier's house and get a win. Gamecocks 34-24.

South Carolina State at Texas A&M: Texas A&M gets a breather. Aggies 30-10.

Akron at Tennessee: Akron is going to throw the football a lot and with Tennessee's corners they are bound to hit a few, but the Vols are too much. Tennessee 45-17.


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