Two ranked teams collide in the top game on this weekend's SEC schedule as No. 10 LSU hosts No. 17 Florida. The Tigers are 2-1 in league play and the Gators 3-0, so the winner of this showdown takes a step toward making the SEC Championship Game.
All told, seven games are on this week's SEC slate, with South Carolina at Arkansas and Texas A&M at Ole Miss also offering some intrigue.
Riley Blevins, who occupies last place in the SEC Picks competition, launched his comeback last weekend by picking Auburn's upset of Ole Miss en route to a 6-1 record. Everyone else went 5-2. Randy Moore and Danny Parker continue to share the season lead at 52-5. Josh Woodward is next at 51-6, with Blevins (48-9) coming up fast on the outside.
Here are this week's picks:
RANDY MOORE (52-5)
Alabama at Kentucky: I think the Wildcats will play the Tide really tough ... for about five minutes. Bama, 41-10
South Carolina at Arkansas: Both teams tend to be up and down but I think the Gamecocks will be up this weekend. Carolina, 31-21
Western Carolina at Auburn: The Catamounts allowed 40.8 points per game in going 1-10 last season. That sounds about right. Auburn, 41-10
Florida at LSU: Tiger QB Zach Mettenberger and Gator counterpart Tyler Murphy are playing surprisingly well. I think Florida's defense will be the difference. Gators, 31-27
Missouri at Georgia: The Dawgs got a big scare last Saturday in Knoxville. They'll be on upset alert this Saturday, which means the visitors have next-to no chance. Georgia, 41-27
Texas A&M at Ole Miss: The Rebels' Hugh Freeze was hailed as a genius when his team started 3-0. He'll be dubbed an idiot after suffering a third loss in a row. Aggies, 38-28
Bowling Green at Miss. State: The Falcons are 5-1 and averaging 32 points per game. Can someone explain why Dave Clawson's offense works everywhere he's been except Tennessee? Maybe it works against everybody but SEC teams. Bulldogs, 35-21
DANNY PARKER (52-5)
Alabama at Kentucky: The Wildcats showed some spirit in South Carolina but the Tide rolls in Lexington. Alabama, 38-13.
South Carolina at Arkansas: Interesting matchup. Alex Collins netted 54 rushing yards versus the Gators last week. The freshman is likely to do better this week but will it be enough? South Carolina, 34-30.
Western Carolina at Auburn: The Tigers look like a well-coached football team that's improving every week. Bad news for Todd Raleigh's old school. Auburn, 58-3.
Florida at LSU: This one's worth finding a television screen for this weekend. Whoa! The Tigers' Sunday-bound wideouts versus the Gators' Sunday-bound defensive backs. LSU, 24-20.
Missouri at Georgia: Tempted to predict an upset but with it being at Sanford, can't do it. Georgia, 37-27.
Texas A&M at Ole Miss: The downward spiral that is Rebels football continues. Hate it for coach Hugh Freeze and Bo Wallace as I'm a fan of both. Too much offense coming from College Station. Texas A&M, 49-42.
Bowling Green at Miss. State: Dave Clawson always treated me with respect. Go get 'em, coach! Mississippi State, 44-14.
JOSH WOODWARD (51-6)
Alabama at Kentucky: Wow what a game here, will be more Bama fans than Kentucky. 48-10 Tide
South Carolina at Arkansas: Arkansas is a tough place to play and
South Carolina has had plenty of distractions with all the Clowney
stuff. I still think the Gamecocks have more talent. 35-21 South
Western Carolina at Auburn: Shouldn't be much of a game unless Auburn
is sleeping. 38-10 Tigers
Florida at LSU: Florida likely has the best defense in the country,
but I still see LSU scoring some points. 35-20 Tigers
Missouri at Georgia: This could be a good game with all the Georgia
injuries, I'm going with the home team though. 45-33 Bulldogs
Texas A&M at Ole Miss: Offense is the name of this game, especially
for Texas A&M. 46-41 Aggies
Bowling Green at Miss. State: If Dan Mullen loses this game he is
fired, I don't see them losing. 42-17 Bulldogs
RILEY BLEVINS (48-9)
Alabama at Kentucky: Kentucky played South Carolina very tough. So I expect them to play Alabama tough, too. Alabama 45, Kentucky 3.
South Carolina at Arkansas: Jadeveon Clowney may as well take another Saturday off. He won’t be needed to win this one. Gamecocks 31-14.
Western Carolina at Auburn: Auburn is lucky this one is being played at Jordan-Hare, otherwise it would be a close one. Auburn 48-10.
Florida at LSU: Zach Mettenberger and Les Miles > Tyler Murphy and Will Muschamp. LSU 28-17.
Missouri at Georgia: Georgia got a wake up call in Neyland last Saturday. They’re going to come out swinging. Georgia 28-14.
Texas A&M at Ole Miss: Ole Miss goes on a two game skid. There’s no stopping Johnny Football this weekend. Aggies 41-28.
Bowling Green at Miss. State: This game still wouldn’t be interesting even it was being played a Bristol Motor Speedway. Miss. State 34-17.