SEC picks, Week 4

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By Rockytop.com staff
Posted Sep 23, 2005


There’s parity in SEC football and parity in our SEC football picks, as well. Rockytop.com analysts Randy Moore and Jeffery Stewart remain deadlocked for the third consecutive week.

Each went 9-2 in Week 1, 6-1 in Week 2 and 6-2 in Week 3. They have differed on six picks to date, with Stewart being correct on three and Moore being correct on three. As a result, each stands 21-5 for the season.

Will the deadlock be broken this weekend? Only time will tell. Here are this week’s fearless forecasts:

Randy’s picks:

ARKANSAS AT ALABAMA: Each team played a USC on the road last weekend. The Tide won 37-14 at South Carolina, while the Hogs lost 70-17 at Southern Cal. Even overconfident, Bama should win handily. Alabama 27, Arkansas 14

WESTERN KENTUCKY AT AUBURN: The Tigers have outscored their last two opponents 91-3. That pace will be hard to maintain. Auburn 35, Western Kentucky 7

FLORIDA AT KENTUCKY: The Wildcats appear to be the SEC’s worst team. The Gators might be the league’s best team. That sort of negates the home field advantage, doesn’t it? Florida 31, UK 10.

WYOMING AT OLE MISS: Rebel coach Ed Orgeron had better win this one because his next test is Oct. 1 against Tennessee in Knoxville. Ole Miss 20, Wyoming 13

RICHMOND AT VANDERBILT: It would be just like the Commodores to start 3-0, then break their fans’ hearts by losing to a team like the lowly Spiders. But I believe in fairy tales. Vandy 27, Richmond 17 TENNESSEE AT LSU: For the Vols, this is nothing more than a game. For the Tigers, it’s nothing less than a mission. LSU 24, Tennessee 17

TROY AT SOUTH CAROLINA: Steve Spurrier’s Gamecocks have been up and down. This is their week to be up. South Carolina 31, Troy 10

GEORGIA AT MISSISSIPPI STATE: This is a battle of Bulldogs but one pack has considerably more bite. Georgia 31, Miss. State 14

Jeffery’s picks:

ARKANSAS AT ALABAMA: After Arkansas’ pasting in L.A. last week against No. 1 USC, the Hogs won’t be intimidated by Alabama’s talent, neither will they have the confidence needed to pull an upset. The Crimson Tide has lost two in a row to Arkansas and are looking for a little pay back against the Razorbacks. Alabama 31, Arkansas 16.

WESTERN KENTUCKY AT AUBURN: After home games against Mississippi State, Ball State and now Western Kentucky, the Tigers may be getting a little sick of cupcakes, but that won’t keep them from devouring the Hill Toppers without so much as a hiccup. Auburn 42, Western Kentucky 10.

FLORIDA AT KENTUCKY: Coming off a big win over Tennessee the Gators, who have won 18 straight over Kentucky, may overlook the Wildcats as Chris Leak returns to the scene of his first collegiate start. It won’t matter. Florida 38, Kentucky 9.

WYOMING AT OLE MISS: This has the potential to be the closest and most entertaining game on the SEC slate. The Rebels’ second-half rally against Vanderbilt fell short last week, but an early start in front of the home folks should give Mississippi the edge. Ole Miss 24, Wyoming 21.

RICHMOND AT VANDERBILT: After playing the freakin' Deacons, the blind Hogs and the Rebels without a cause, the Commodores catch the Itsy Bitsy Spiders this week in Nashville. Who made this schedule — Mother Goose? I’ve picked against Vandy the last three weeks and lost each time. I might be stubborn but I’m not stupid beyond redemption. Vanderbilt 33, Richmond 13.

TENNESSEE AT LSU: Switched from Saturday night to Monday in Baton Rouge because of hurricane Rita, weather could still be a factor in this SEC contest. That might favor the Vols who has an APB out for their offense. I don’t expect them to find it in Louisiana, and you can’t win if you don’t score. LSU 17, Tennessee 13.

TROY AT SOUTH CAROLINA: It won’t take ten years, a thousand ships, the great Achilles or a massive wooden horse to defeat this Troy — just an ol’ ball coach and a beat up visor. South Carolina 34, Troy 14.

GEORGIA AT MISSISSIPPI STATE: Last season Mississippi State was a 24-point underdog when it pulled a stunning upset of Florida in Starkville. That can’t be much comfort to UGA which enters as a 16-point pick. I think I smell an upset. Then again, it may just be the tuna fish I had for lunch. Georgia 27, Mississippi State 17.


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