IT picks the SEC


Posted Nov 22, 2013


Want to know who's going to win the key SEC games this weekend? Then check out our staff picks below:

Three InsideTennessee staff members out of four project a Tennessee victory in Saturday night’s home finale against Vanderbilt. Three of four also see Texas A&M winning at LSU.

On an unrelated note, all four think Alabama will pulverize Chattanooga.

Each of the InsideTennessee experts went 5-0 on last week’s SEC predictions except for Riley Blevins, who was looking like a genius on his Georgia-over-Auburn pick until the Tigers hit that miraculous Hail Mary in the final minute.

Danny Parker continues to hold the season lead among the pickers, with Randy Moore one game back, Josh Woodward two back and Blevins preparing to launch a Hail Mary of his own.

Here are this week's picks (with season records in parenthesis):

DANNY PARKER (80-8)

PARKER

Chattanooga at Alabama: Expect both Kenyan Drake and T.J. Yeldon to hit the century mark with relative ease. Alabama, 57-0.

Miss. State vs. Arkansas (Little Rock): Winning road SEC games is rarely easy. Loss here means the Bulldogs left out of bowl picture. Arkansas, 26-24.

Georgia Southern at Florida: Gators need to just give the ball to Kelvin Taylor in a variety of ways and get the expletive out of the way. Florida, 34-6.

Kentucky at Georgia: Bulldogs recover from heartbreaking loss last week. Georgia, 41-14.

Texas A&M at LSU: With two weeks to prepare and a magical wand like Johnny Manziel with which to work, Aggies offense simply too much. Texas A&M, 47-45.

Missouri at Ole Miss: Possibly the toughest of a tough week of games to predict. Several explosive players on both rosters. Cannot wait to see the replay. B.J. Wallace makes just enough players and Tigers kicker fails to come through. Ole Miss, 40-38.

Coastal Carolina at South Carolina: Gamecocks have no issues here. Stat padding day for offensive stars. South Carolina, 49-9.

Vanderbilt at Tennessee: Two weeks ago there's been no way I'd pick the Volunteers. Watching the Commodores against Kentucky last week had me questioning my direction on this pick. If the Vols can keep track of Jordan Matthews and convince Joshua Dobbs to keep the ball on the zone read more often, I like their chances. Michael Palardy plays a major role. Corey Vereen creates a game-changing play. Turnovers key the victory and 30 departing players (A.J. Johnson and Antonio Richardson included) wrap up home finale on the winning end. Tennessee, 24-23.

RANDY MOORE (79-9)

MOORE

Chattanooga at Alabama: Nick Saban literally can “name the score” in this one. Tide, 52-7

Miss. State vs. Arkansas (Little Rock): I generally favor home teams but the Hogs are so bad that I can’t see the crowd being much help. Bulldogs, 27-20

Georgia Southern at Florida: Will this be Will Muschamp’s last victory as the Gators’ head man? Florida, 31-7

Kentucky at Georgia: The Big Blue might have a chance if all of Georgia’s key players were still hurting. They aren’t. Dawgs, 38-17

Texas A&M at LSU: John Chavis always struggles with mobile QBs, and they don’t come any more mobile than Johnny Football. Aggies, 38-34

Missouri at Ole Miss: The Tigers are coming off an open date and can smell that SEC East title. Missouri, 34-31

Coastal Carolina at South Carolina: Even with the Gamecocks looking ahead to Clemson they won’t break a sweat in this game. South Carolina, 34-7

Vanderbilt at Tennessee: Open date + home crowd = Vol victory. Tennessee, 27-21

JOSH WOODWARD (78-10)

WOODWARD

Chattanooga at Alabama: Shouldn't even be happening this late in the season, but it will be a tune up for Auburn. 49-0 Bama

Miss. State vs. Arkansas (Little Rock): This game has the making for an upset, but I think State can pull it out. 35-28 Bulldogs

Georgia Southern at Florida: Boy how the mighty Gators have fallen with all the injuries. I still don't think Georgia Southern can hang. 24-7 Gators

Kentucky at Georgia: Kentucky has a few players suspended but that doesn't matter. 48-10 Bulldogs

Texas A&M at LSU: Very good matchup in the Bayou, I think both teams will score plenty. I'm going with the home team. 43-38 Tigers

Missouri at Ole Miss: I haven't seen a lot of Ole Miss this season, but I like them. I have seen Missouri and really like that defensive front. I'm going with the Tigers. 35-28

Coastal Carolina at South Carolina: The Ole Ball Coach adds another victory to his resume. 38-7 Gamecocks

Vanderbilt at Tennessee: Growing up in Middle Tennessee Vanderbilt was Tennessee's biggest rival in my opinion. Vanderbilt was the last straw too for Derek Dooley getting the ax last season. Tennessee hired General Neyland to beat Vanderbilt, maybe Dave Hart hired Butch Jones to do the same thing and put Vandy back at the bottom of the SEC. I think this will be a close game, but I see the Vols coming back to life with the night crowd and smokey gray uniforms. 35-24 Vols

RILEY BLEVINS (75-13)

BLEVINS

Chattanooga at Alabama: Come on. This isn't even fair. Alabama 48-0.

Miss. State vs. Arkansas (Little Rock): Mississippi State hung around with Texas A&M and (sorta) Alabama. They'll finally finish. Bulldogs 21-10.

Georgia Southern at Florida: Relax, Will Muschamp, there's no way your team loses this weekend. Gators 28-14.

Kentucky at Georgia: Pretty sure Josh Woodward could start at running back for the Bulldogs and they'd still win this one. Georgia 41-17.

Texas A&M at LSU: At Death Valley, yes, but Texas A&M will post too many points for the Tigers. LSU can't keep pace. Aggies 45-34.

Missouri at Ole Miss: Missouri's hot streak comes to an end at Vaught Hemingway Stadium. Ole Miss 34-24.

Coastal Carolina at South Carolina: Pretty safe to say this isn't one of the better match ups of the weekend. Gamecocks 42-13.

Vanderbilt at Tennessee: Tennessee won't be able to contain Jordan Matthews and the Vols' offense won't be able to keep up. Vandy 28-17.



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