Two weeks of regular season action left boys and girls, so enjoy it while it lasts.

Typically the week before rivalry week is horrendous, but thanks to the LSU-Florida scheduling debacle, a SEC East race that seems to linger on forever and a young man named Shea Patterson, this week is actually fairly interesting.

Here are the season-long results, and our week 12 picks.


W18/13 (62%)4/13 (31%)9/13 (69%)5/13 (38%)
W27/8 (88%)2/8 (25%)8/8 (100%)4/8 (50%)
W310/10 (100%)7/10 (70%)6/10 (60%)8/10 (80%)
W45/8 (63%)3/8 (38%)6/8 (75%)5/8 (63%)
W57/7 (100%)1/7 (14%)7/7 (100%)3/7 (43%)
W65/5 (100%)3/4 (75%)*2/5 (40%)1/4 (25%)*
W74/6 (66%)3/6 (50%)4/6 (66%)2/6 (33%)
W82/6 (33%)1/6 (17%)4/6 (66%)3/6 (50%)
W94/5 (80%)3/5 (60%)4/5 (80%)1/5 (20%)
W102/6 (33%)1/6 (17%)4/6 (66%)4/6 (66%)
W113/7 (43%)4/7 (57%)3/7 (43%)2/7 (29%)
TOTAL56/81 (69%)32/80 (40%)57/81 (70%)38/80 (48%)

Florida at LSU (-13.5)

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Michael: All signs point to this one being an easy victory for LSU but I’m not seeing it that way. Florida has more on the line in this game and while the Gators’ injury woes have been making headlines, the Tigers are also beat up heading into this one.

Austin Appleby played arguably the best game of his career last weekend and the Gators have weapons on the outside that matchup well with LSU’s gifted secondary. Look for the Gators to stack the box and force Danny Etling to make some throws. The matchup of Florida’s DBs against LSU’s WRs should be fun to watch.

This game has come down to the running edge in each of the last 14 meetings. Both of these schools rate in the Top 3 of the SEC in run defense but with Derrius Guice and Leonard Fournette (in likely his last home game) carrying the ball for LSU, it’s tough to pick against the Tigers in this one.

The animosity between the two schools seems palpable and should make for a great game this weekend.

LSU 23, Florida 20

Kevin: I have a hard time seeing Florida move the ball on LSU’s defense. I realize the Gators looked decent against South Carolina last week, but I think we forgot just how average (and young) the Gamecocks’ roster currently is as a result of Muschamp’s squad winning three in a row entering the showdown in Gainesville. I remember Appleby’s performances earlier in the year, and they were pretty ugly.

The game will be physical, but LSU’s run game will wear down the Gators’ defense by the time we get into the second half.

LSU 24, Florida 10

Missouri at Tennessee (-16)

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Michael: Following the departure of Jalen Hurd, the Tennessee offense seems to have hit a new gear in recent weeks led by sophomore John Kelly and should continue to do so against a very porous Mizzou defense. The problem for the Vols? The defense is declining just as fast as the offense is progressing.

Drew Lock has thrown eight interceptions against four SEC opponents he’s faced not named Kentucky or Vanderbilt this season and any turnovers in this game could kill the Tigers chances of pulling an upset on the road. Mizzou is averaging 31.2 points per game on offense but only 13.3 in four road games while allowing 34.8 points per game on the road.

Expect a high scoring game with stops coming at a premium in Neyland Stadium. Combined, these two are allowing over 441 rushing yards a game heading into this contest. I give the edge to Tennessee thanks to an improved running game that is operating at peak performance right now.

Tennessee 42, Missouri 28

Kevin: Tennessee needs the win, and I think they put it on Missouri. The Vols’ make a statement in how they beat the weaker opponent this week. With this win and Florida’s loss, Tennessee will take the lead in the race for the east (they play Vanderbilt next week).

Tennessee 38, Missouri 18

Arkansas (-2) at Mississippi State

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Michael: Which Arkansas team will show up this week? That’s been hard to tell week in and week out this season. Making this game even tougher to predict is the fact the Razorbacks have only won one away game this season (at TCU in early September).

Mississippi State got exposed last weekend in Tuscaloosa as a one-man offensive team but the Hogs don’t have the personnel to keep Nick Fitzgerald in check quite like the Tide. Arkansas DC Robb Smith needs his unit to show up in a big way this week or he could be looking for a new job this time next month.

MSU has the worst passing defense in the league and Arkansas has one of the worst run defenses in the league. One interesting note heading into this game, Bret Bielema has yet to defeat Dan Mullen in three attempts.

Arkansas 38, Mississippi State 24

Kevin: Mississippi State is going to bounce back against the Hogs this week after mailing it in against Alabama. Nick Fitzgerald puts up a lot of yards against any team not named Alabama, and I don’t think that will change against Arkansas this week. I’m going with the upset. Oh, expect a lot of points this week, too.

Mississippi State 28, Arkansas 27

Ole Miss (-10) at Vanderbilt

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Michael: This game seems like a big mismatch on paper but I expect Derek Mason to have something interesting schemed up for Shea Patterson and the Ole Miss offense. Granted, Patterson looked amazing in the fourth quarter against A&M but the freshman looked average during the first three quarters of the game.

Kyle Shurmur looked to have turned the corner before last week’s bad performance against Missouri. I like the sophomore to get back on track this weekend at home. If Vanderbilt can run the ball effectively, Ole Miss has the worst run defense in the SEC and ranks No. 114 in the nation, and limit the Rebels possessions, the Commodores could land Mason his most impressive win of his three-year career in Nashville.

Vanderbilt 23, Ole Miss 20

Kevin: I’m all in on this game because I’m already obsessed with Shea Football of Ole Miss. I expect him to do his thing all day against the Vandy defense. I love this kid already.

Ole Miss 27, Vanderbilt 13

ULL at Georgia (-23)

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Michael: After holding Auburn to only 7 points, the Georgia defense is obviously playing well right now. However, the Auburn offense was really banged up in that game and this UGA team has often played down to the level of competition this season.

If the Bulldogs have completely moved on from the early season issues on the offense line, this game could get ugly but until they prove it, I predict a drop in production this week after the huge rivalry win.

Georgia 28, ULL 14

Kevin: The largest margin of victory for the Bulldogs this season was 14 points against South Carolina, so it’s difficult to take Georgia to win by 23. If they do, it’ll be a really nice sign that this team is trending in the right direction after getting the big win against Auburn last week.

Georgia 31, ULL 17

UTSA at Texas A&M (-27.5)

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Michael: If there’s one thing you can count a Kevin Sumlin team on doing, besides falling apart in SEC by November, it’s blasting an inferior opponent when given the opportunity. Despite Trevor Knight no longer being around to run the offense, this week will be no different.

Texas A&M 42, UTSA 10

Kevin: I agree with Michael. Sumlin and the Aggies know how to crush inferior opponents. Aggies win big.

Texas A&M 49, UTSA 14