IT picks the SEC


Posted Dec 26, 2013


InsideTennessee brings you the best of everything, including bowl predictions. Check out our staff's thoughts on the games involving SEC teams:

After a sizzling performance during the regular season, InsideTennessee’s resident football experts have gazed into their crystal balls and come up with more spot-on predictions for the bowl season.

Randy Moore eked out the IT regular-season title with a 90-15 record. Josh Woodward and Danny Parker tied for second at 89-16. Riley Blevins made some rookie mistakes early in the season and finished fourth at 85-20.

Here are the bowl picks (with regular-season records in parenthesis):

RANDY MOORE (90-15)

MOORE

MUSIC CITY (Dec. 30) Ole Miss vs. Georgia Tech: Having two weeks to prepare for the triple-option will help the Rebels. Ole Miss, 31-24

LIBERTY (Dec. 31) Rice vs. Mississippi State: The Owls went 10-3 against a pansy schedule. The Bulldogs should have a decided home-field advantage in Memphis. Dogs, 34-24

CHICK FIL-A (Dec. 31) Duke vs. Texas A&M: I admire David Cutcliffe but I think Johnny Football will run wild in his final college game. Aggies, 52-35

GATOR (Jan. 1) Nebraska vs. Georgia: In the battle of backup QBs, I think Georgia’s No. 2 guy is better than Nebraska’s No. 3 guy. Dawgs, 38-31

CAPITAL ONE (Jan. 1) Wisconsin vs. South Carolina: Badger fans aren’t buying tickets, so the Head Ball Coach should have a happy homecoming in the Sunshine State. Gamecocks, 27-17

OUTBACK (Jan. 1) Iowa vs. LSU: Kirk Ferentz is the most overpaid coach in college football. Les Miles might be the most underrated. I like the Tigers. LSU, 31-21

SUGAR (Jan. 2) Oklahoma vs. Alabama: Unless the officials put one second back on the clock in the fourth quarter, I’m going with Saban. Tide, 34-24

COTTON (Jan. 3) Oklahoma State vs. Missouri: I’ve underrated the Tigers all season. Why change now? Cowboys, 34-31

COMPASS (Jan. 4) Vanderbilt vs. Houston: The Cougars lost three of their last four games, so I can’t imagine they’re excited about playing Vandy in Birmingham. Commodores, 24-20

BCS CHAMPIONSHIP (Jan. 6) FSU vs. Auburn: I’ve been saying for years that Gus Malzahn is an offensive genius. This is the year he proves it. Tigers, 41-38

JOSH WOODWARD (89-16)

WOODWARD

MUSIC CITY (Dec. 30) Ole Miss vs. Georgia Tech: Georgia Tech should give the Ole Miss defense fits with the option. I can see this being a close game. 35-31 Ole Miss

LIBERTY (Dec. 31) Rice vs. Mississippi State: I don't think Rice can handle State, especially since this will be basically a home game for Miss. St. 42-17 Bulldogs

CHICK FIL-A (Dec. 31) Duke vs. Texas A&M: Duke has a great season and will be excited to play in this bowl game. I'm not sure how excited A&M is to playing in this game. I'm going with the Blue Devils.31-28 Duke

GATOR (Jan. 1) Nebraska vs. Georgia: Georgia has more talent and shouldn't have much of a problem with Nebraska. 33-21 Georgia

CAPITAL ONE (Jan. 1) Wisconsin vs. South Carolina: The Gamecocks look to beat up on the Badgers and this is exactly what I see happening. 38-24 South Carolina

OUTBACK (Jan. 1) Iowa vs. LSU: LSU is without their QB, so it could be closer. I'm still going with the Tigers. 28-17 LSU

SUGAR (Jan. 2) Oklahoma vs. Alabama: Battle of two powerhouses, the Tide look to keep their winning bowl ways and Oklahoma looks to get that much needed win over an SEC team. I see this one being all Alabama. 45-31 tide

COTTON (Jan. 3) Oklahoma State vs. Missouri: I haven't really respected Missouri all year, well now I am. The Tigers should be able to handle the Cowboys. 35-24 Tigers

COMPASS (Jan. 4) Vanderbilt vs. Houston: Vanderbilt shouldn't have much a problem with Houston. 28-14 Vandy

BCS CHAMPIONSHIP (Jan. 6) FSU vs. Auburn: Auburn has had a miracle season, but FSU is very talented. The Tigers need to control the ball and play better defense. I just think FSU is to talented though. 42-36 Seminoles

DANNY PARKER (89-16)

PARKER

MUSIC CITY (Dec. 30) Ole Miss vs. Georgia Tech: The Ramblin' Wreck found some life toward the end of the year but I'll go with the young talent from Oxford in this one. Ole Miss, 26-20.

LIBERTY (Dec. 31) Rice vs. Mississippi State: The Bulldogs proved me wrong and got into the bowl season. Tip of the hat. Hard to see a team pull off that feat from the SEC West and lose to Rice. Mississippi State, 31-17.

CHICK FIL-A (Dec. 31) Duke vs. Texas A&M: Could this be coach David Cutcliffe's last game with the Blue Devils? The coaching carousel figures to get crazy after Texas makes its mind up and the ripple effects so many. Imagine Cut will attempt to play keep-away from Johnny Manziel. Texas A&M, 42-27.

GATOR (Jan. 1) Nebraska vs. Georgia: As long as Todd Gurley is healthy, this one should be a Bulldogs victory. Redshirt junior quarterback Hutson Mason showed savvy in the season finale, so they should be fine there with no Aaron Murray. Georgia, 45-30.

CAPITAL ONE (Jan. 1) Wisconsin vs. South Carolina: Tough call. At the end of it, I'll go with the team with the more athletic defense, although the Badgers are stout on that side of the ball as well. South Carolina, 14-10.

OUTBACK (Jan. 1) Iowa vs. LSU: More complicated pick than expected. Not sure how the Tigers will look without Zach Mettenberger running the show. Figure they'll line up and pound it at the Hawkeyes. LSU, 17-13.

SUGAR (Jan. 2) Oklahoma vs. Alabama: It's a relief that the at-large team facing the Tide at least has some tradition to it rather than dumping a MAC champion in to face the defending national champs. No matter. A.J. McCarron isn't going to let this team lose two in a row. Alabama, 49-12.

COTTON (Jan. 3) Oklahoma State vs. Missouri: Predict this one to be a true classic. Outstanding matchup and worth the price of admission. No idea which way to go. Oklahoma State, 40-35.

COMPASS (Jan. 4) Vanderbilt vs. Houston: Could this be James Franklin's last game for the Nashville-based private school? I'm saying he's back in 2014. Also have to think his team pulls this one out. Vanderbilt, 27-20.

BCS CHAMPIONSHIP (Jan. 6) FSU vs. Auburn: For one of the few times in the last several years, the SEC has a legit contender for the crystal ball. In fact, the Seminoles figure to represent the most talented team to face the SEC champion since...Alabama. Florida State, 34-29.

RILEY BLEVINS (85-20)

BLEVINS

MUSIC CITY (Dec. 30) Ole Miss vs. Georgia Tech: The SEC just wins bowl games. It’s just the way it is. You may want to save yourself some time. You may be able to guess how the rest of my picks go. Ole Miss 28-24.

LIBERTY (Dec. 31) Rice vs. Mississippi State: Rice had a hot season, but… S-E-C. Miss State 34-17.

CHICK FIL-A (Dec. 31) Duke vs. Texas A&M: Poor, poor David Cutcliffe. This finish may look worse than Duke-Florida State. Aggies 54-20.

GATOR (Jan. 1) Nebraska vs. Georgia: Injuries make this one interesting, but only for about a half. Bulldogs 34-21.

CAPITAL ONE (Jan. 1) Wisconsin vs. South Carolina: Sorry Big Ten, maybe next season? Gamecocks 24-17.

OUTBACK (Jan. 1) Iowa vs. LSU: See above. LSU 42-31.

SUGAR (Jan. 2) Oklahoma vs. Alabama: Oh boy. Alabama 42-21.

COTTON (Jan. 3) Oklahoma State vs. Missouri: I’ve picked against Mizzou literally every game this season. Never again. Tigers 38-24.

COMPASS (Jan. 4) Vanderbilt vs. Houston: The commodores get it done. Vandy 34-28.

BCS CHAMPIONSHIP (Jan. 6) FSU vs. Auburn: This will be the best championship game since Auburn-Oregon, and the Tigers will come out on top once more. Auburn 48-42.



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