Some heated intra-state rivalries highlight the final weekend of SEC football. Top-10 teams Alabama and Auburn collide in the Iron Bowl, Mississippi State and Ole Miss square off in the Egg Bowl, South Carolina challenges Clemson and Florida takes on Florida State.
All told, nine games are scheduled on a busy Thanksgiving weekend slate that could keep SEC fans glued to their TV sets.
After leading for most of the season, InsideTennessee’s Danny Parker went 3-5 on last week’s SEC picks and slipped to third place. Conversely, Josh Woodward posted a 6-2 mark and soared from third place into a tie for first with Randy Moore, who went 5-3 last Saturday. Riley Blevins holds down the No. 4 spot.
Here are this week's picks (with season records in parenthesis):
JOSH WOODWARD (84-12)
Ole Miss at Miss. State: this year’s egg bowl should be a great one. The Bulldogs and the Rebels match up really well against each other. I'm going with Ole Miss. 38-24
Arkansas at LSU: This should be a blowout. 45-20 Tigers
Florida State at Florida: What a bad year for the Gators. It is about to get ugly Saturday though. 55-10 Florida State
Wake Forest at Vanderbilt: This could be a close game, but nobody will be watching. 33-28 Dores
Alabama at Auburn: The game of the weekend should be a great one to watch. I think Auburn can hang with the Tide, but in the end all Alabama. 35-24 Crimson Tide
Georgia at Georgia Tech: How will Georgia be without Aaron Murray? I'm not sure, but I'm going with the Bulldogs. 24-20 Georgia
Clemson at South Carolina: Should be a fun game. I believe that Clemson has too many offensive weapons. 45-38 Tigers
Texas A&M at Missouri: This is the hardest game for me to pick. I got to go with the Aggies. 48-42
Tennessee at Kentucky: The battle for the bottom of the SEC east. Should be a close game in the first half, but Tennessee should win by running the football. 23-15 Vols
RANDY MOORE (84-12)
Ole Miss at Miss. State: Hugh Freeze is on the rise, Dan Mullen is on the decline, and the Egg Bowl is the dumbest name I’ve ever heard for a football rivalry. Rebels, 27-20
Arkansas at LSU: Poor Jim Chaney. First, he works for Lane Kiffin. Then Derek Dooley. Now Bret Bielema. Talk about a loser magnet … Tigers, 31-7
Florida State at Florida: I’m surprised Will Muschamp is still the Gators’ coach. I’ll be even more surprised if he’s still the coach after what promises to be a frightful beat-down. FSU, 42-14
Wake Forest at Vanderbilt: The Commodores play ugly football and generally force their opponent to play ugly football, as well. Bottom line: This might be the most unwatchable game in college football this weekend. Vandy, 31-21
Alabama at Auburn: Texas A&M hung 42 points on Bama thanks to a mobile QB and an explosive offense. Auburn also has a mobile QB and an explosive offense, so this game could be a classic. Bama 38-34
Georgia at Georgia Tech: Even with quarterback Aaron Murray sidelined, the Dawgs have too much firepower for the Yellow Jackets. Georgia, 31-21
Clemson at South Carolina: Clemson beat Citadel 52-6 last weekend and Carolina beat Coastal Carolina 70-10, so both teams essentially are coming off open dates. The home-field advantage may be the key. Gamecocks, 31-27
Texas A&M at Missouri: Surely Johnny Football can’t play as badly this weekend as he did last weekend against LSU. Aggies, 37-35
Tennessee at Kentucky: The Big Orange is a bad football team but the Big Blue is worse. This could be an even uglier game than Vandy versus Wake Forest. The key: Which team will play the hardest? Tennessee, 24-20
DANNY PARKER (83-13)
Ole Miss at Miss. State: The Rebels offense simply has too many weapons for State. Ole Miss, 34-12.
Arkansas at LSU: Dan Skipper and the Razorbacks offense won't be able to put enough points on the board on the Bayou. LSU, 45-14.
Florida State at Florida: Curious how much garnet and gold piles into Ben Hill Griffin Stadium and how loud the tomahawk chop gets. No SEC chants in Gainesville this week. Florida State, 40-3.
Wake Forest at Vanderbilt: The Commodores' top non-con foe rolls into Nashville but can't see the Demon Deacons having enough skill to get the upset. Vanderbilt, 26-17.
Alabama at Auburn: Would gladly hand over my duties in Lexington to be at this game. However, duty calls. In the end, it's just impossible to pick against the Tide this year. Alabama, 45-24.
Georgia at Georgia Tech: Does the Hutson Mason era start out victorious? I think so. Georgia, 22-17.
Clemson at South Carolina: Yikes! Toughest call of the week. Let me flip a coin on this one. Night game in Columbia and a major crowd are tough to pick against. Doing it anyways. Clemson, 30-27.
Texas A&M at Missouri: The defensive end play for the Tigers should give Johnny Manziel enough fits. James Franklin figures to have a field day against the Aggies defense, too. Missouri, 41-28.
Tennessee at Kentucky: The third annual Samuel Adams Springboard Bowl goes the to Vols. The visitors need only press the running game to get enough points. Tennessee, 17-14.
RILEY BLEVINS (80-16)
Ole Miss at Miss. State: Mississippi State will lay an egg in the Egg Bowl – or whatever they call this game. Rebels 34-17.
Arkansas at LSU: Oh, Arkansas, what a rough year it has been. LSU 48-20.
Florida State at Florida: Famous Jameis will be able to complete a few passes, unlike Georgia Southern. So... this one will be pretty ugly. Florida State 51-21.
Wake Forest at Vanderbilt: Vanderbilt will be riding high heading into bowl season. Commodores 24-17.
Alabama at Auburn: Alabama will wear down Auburn, but it's bound to be the game of the year. Tide 35-28.
Georgia at Georgia Tech: No Aaron Murray will hurt, but the triple option? Really? Dawgs 28-21.
Clemson at South Carolina: Clemson has playmakers in all the right places. Tigers 38-28.
Texas A&M at Missouri: I've picked against Missouri way too many times this season. What's one more? Texas A&M 45-31.
Tennessee at Kentucky: The Vols have too much to play for – despite the no bowl game. They come out fired up and ready to go. I expect a big day from the ground game. Vols 21-13.