South Carolina (6-1) is coming off a loss at LSU that dropped the Gamecocks from No. 3 to No. 9 in the Associated Press rankings. Florida (6-0) has a No. 3 AP ranking, a No. 2 BCS ranking, plenty of momentum and an imposing home-field advantage.
Can "the ol' ball coach" shoot down the program he built into a powerhouse? Maybe. Maybe not. Either way, it will be fun watching him try.
The South Carolina-Florida game shapes up as the marquee matchup on this week's SEC slate, although LSU at Texas A&M promises to be an interesting confrontation, as well.
InsideTennessee's Danny Parker went 6-0 on last week's SEC Picks and improved his staff-leading season's record to 55-8. Chris Price went 5-1, Josh Woodward and Randy Moore were 4-2 each. Below are their picks for this week, with year-to-date won/loss records in parenthesis:
DANNY PARKER (55-8)
South Carolina at Florida: Who wants to go to Atlanta? Big-time game with BCS implications. Among the toughest picks of the season. Country's No. 12 defense versus No. 13. The 'Cocks are dang good, but it's just too hard to pick against the Gators in The Swamp right now. Florida, 20-18.
LSU at Texas A&M: This is a tougher one than people realize. The Aggies at home with Johnny Manziel making plays is tough to pick against. But, that John Chavis defense is ultra athletic and mean. LSU, 23-17.
Middle Tennessee at Miss. State: Shockingly, I think this one could go either way as well. It'd be easy for State to look past the Blue Raiders. State, 27-24.
CHRIS PRICE (51-12)
Auburn at Vanderbilt: This is actually a tough one. Auby is in the tank and Vanderbilt will know they have a chance to pull the upset. I will go with Vandy because they are at home and Auburn is that bad. Commodores 34-20.
South Carolina at Florida: Because this one is at Florida and they are rolling I am going to go with the Gators. UF 38-28.
Georgia at Kentucky: Well, what can I say, it's Kentucky… Need I say more? Bulldogs 48-6.
LSU at Texas A&M: This is the premier game in the league this week. A&M is on fire offensively and LSU is a great defensive football team. Because it is in College Station I am going with A&M. Aggies 33-21.
Middle Tennessee at Miss. State: Mississippi State is coming off a big win. I think they let down a bit, but not enough to lose to MTSU. Bulldogs 34-17.
Alabama at Tennessee: It's Alabama and as I have said all year, I will not even think about an Alabama pick until Atlanta or maybe even the BCS Title game. They are more talented in almost every area. Tide 42-24.
JOSH WOODWARD (50-13)
Auburn at Vanderbilt: I got to go with the home team on this one....35-17 Vandy
South Carolina at Florida: This is a great match up, but the Gamecocks are still hurting from LSU. 28-20 Gators
Georgia at Kentucky: Shouldn't be much of a game. 48-10 Bulldogs
LSU at Texas A&M: Another good match up this weekend. Going with the Tigers. 38-28 LSU
Middle Tennessee at Miss. State: Hopefully the Bulldogs aren't sleeping on the Blue Raiders. 31-24 Miss. St.
Alabama at Tennessee: Well the 3rd Saturday is always special and this one is know different. Take away the rankings and it will be a battle, but the Crimson Tide just have to much talent. 42-24 Alabama.
RANDY MOORE (50-13)
Auburn at Vanderbilt: The "other" team from Tennessee versus the "other" team from Alabama. Commodores, 20-17
South Carolina at Florida: The Gamecocks have the better talent but the Gators' home-field advantage at The Swamp is the difference. Florida, 24-20
Georgia at Kentucky: They'll be fighting like Cats and Dogs at Commonwealth Stadium but only one side has any teeth. Georgia, 34-13
LSU at Texas A&M: The Tigers are banged up after facing Florida and South Carolina on back-to-back weekends. This could be a struggle. LSU, 20-14
Middle Tennessee at Miss. State: The Bulldogs will be flat after their emotional defeat of Tennessee but the cowbells will pull them through in the fourth quarter. Miss. State, 31-17
Alabama at Tennessee: What can you say about the Vol defense that hasn't already been said a hundred times? Tide, 37-20