LSU gave Alabama a scare last weekend but no one has managed to give the Tide a loss this season. Texas A&M and its vaunted freshman quarterback, Johnny Manziel, will try to change that this Saturday in Tuscaloosa.
Can the young man known as "Johnny Football" end Bama's run toward another national championship? We'll see. The Aggies and Tide meet in one of seven matchups on this week's SEC schedule.
InsideTennessee's Danny Parker, Josh Woodward and Randy Moore went 8-0 each on last week's SEC Picks, while Chris Price went 7-1. Parker continues to lead for the season with a blistering 74-10 record. Below are the staff picks for this week, with year-to-date won/loss records in parenthesis:
DANNY PARKER (74-10)
Texas A&M at Alabama: The running lanes for Johnny Football won't be as wide this weekend. Alabama, 20-13.
Arkansas at South Carolina: If Tyler Wilson gets time, he'll have success. But, I don't think he'll get it. South Carolina, 45-24.
Georgia at Auburn: This one figures to be among the most lopsided in this series. Georgia, 28-6.
Louisiana-Lafayette at Florida: The Gators should get that offense back on track. Florida, 41-0.
Miss. State at LSU: Zach Mettenberger and the Bayou Bengals appear to be improving down the stretch. Bad news for all foes. LSU, 31-13.
Vanderbilt at Ole Miss: Tough call. Both teams seem to be building confidence. Lots of Tennesseans being depended upon. Ole Miss, 34-30.
Missouri at Tennessee: If the Vols can be multi-dimensional on offense, they can outscore the Tigers. That's what it will take. Tennessee, 51-49.
JOSH WOODWARD (70-14)
Texas A&M at Alabama: Well if this one was at A&M I believe it would be close, but since it is in Alabama have to go with the Tide. 34-17
Arkansas at South Carolina: South Carolina looks to build on a good season and a great bowl game, Arkansas is just looking for a new coach. 42-23 Gamecocks
Georgia at Auburn: Auburn has nothing to lose, but Georgia on the other hand does. This one could be close for the first half and then Georgia breaks it open. 38-10 Bulldogs
Louisiana-Lafayette at Florida: 52-10 Gators
Miss. State at LSU: If LSU is flat after the Bama game then this could be close, if not Miss State fans will be calling for Mullen's head. 38-28 Tigers
Vanderbilt at Ole Miss: Well this is a great match up, with Vandy riding high after the Kentucky win. Got to go with Hugh Freeze in this one. 38-24 Ole Miss
Missouri at Tennessee: Nothing tells me that Tennessee will win this game, the defense is the worst in school history and Missouri will dink and dunk the ball all day against the Vols. Tennessee needs to slow down the offense and run the ball to keep the defense off the field, if they do this then Tennessee will win. 45-34 Vols.
RANDY MOORE (70-14)
Texas A&M at Alabama: Johnny Football is fun to watch but he hasn't faced a defense like this one before. Tide, 34-17
Arkansas at South Carolina: John L. Smith matches wits with Steve Spurrier. Gosh, I wonder who'll win that battle? Gamecocks, 31-14
Georgia at Auburn: With the SEC East title within reach, the Dawgs should be ready to play, even going against Gene Chizik's toothless Tigers. Georgia, 38-10
Louisiana-Lafayette at Florida: The Gators got a scare last week against Missouri, so they should be more focused this weekend ... not that it matters much. Florida, 42-7
Miss. State at LSU: The Bulldogs' 7-0 start is a faded memory as they lose for the third time in a row. Tigers, 31-13
Vanderbilt at Ole Miss: Both teams are talent-shy but well coached. I think this could be an entertaining game. Rebels, 34-27
Missouri at Tennessee: Derek Dooley practiced law for a while but I'm guessing he wasn't a defense attorney. Sal Sunseri's stop unit has opposing quarterbacks Sal-ivating. OK, I feel better now. Vols, 45-38
CHRIS PRICE (68-16)
Texas A&M at Alabama: Still not picking against Alabama. Quite frankly I wouldn't be surprised if Johnny Football has to leave the game. Tide 33-17.
Arkansas at South Carolina: Arkansas is terrible. It's simple. USC 31-10.
Georgia at Auburn: Auburn is also terrible. Dawgs 38-10.
Louisiana-Lafayette at Florida: The Gators are playing so much better than when Tennessee should have beat them. UF 48-17.
Miss. State at LSU: Mississippi State has fallen off. They are good, but not good enough to beat the Tigers. LSU 31-17.
Vanderbilt at Ole Miss: Vandy is good, but the Rebels are powerful on offense. Ole Miss 41-23.
Missouri at Tennessee: Missouri is solid on offense and Tennessee is awful on defense. Missouri is solid on defense too. I will take the Tigers 38-35.