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Florida looks to regain superiority over Tennessee in the SEC East Division with a win Saturday in Gainesville, Fla.

Tennessee SEC Country Team picks: Panel split on Vols-Gators clash at The Swamp

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The SEC football season can’t seem to shake out soon enough for fans from Arkansas to Florida, and LSU on up to Lexington.

Week 3 in the league provides an opportunity for separation in the SEC East and SEC West.

Tennessee-Florida is one of the few marquee conference games across the country that’s annually played in September.

The SEC office insists on a scheduling model from 1993 that has allowed the Big Ten to outmaneuver the SEC in the national polls, saving its divisional showdown games for late in the season.

So the Vols and Gators will battle it out with the loser falling out of the top 25, and the winner remaining in control of their divisional destiny.

LSU will have an opportunity to take a step forward as Alabama’s biggest challenger in the West, provided it can take care of business at Mississippi State.

Vanderbilt, meanwhile, has an opportunity to make a statement by beating a top 25 nonconference team at home. Kansas State is a salty crew, so Nashville should be treated to some high-impact football.

This week’s picks from the Tennessee SEC Country Team:

Kentucky at South Carolina (-5.5)

Blake’s pick: South Carolina 35, Kentucky 21

Dustin’s pick: South Carolina 28, Kentucky 21

Josh’s pick: Kentucky 31, South Carolina 28

Mike’s pick: South Carolina 28, Kentucky 21

Purdue at Missouri (-7.5)

Blake’s pick: Missouri 42, Purdue 38

Dustin’s pick: Purdue 28, Missouri 22

Josh’s pick: Missouri 35, Purdue 24

Mike’s pick: Purdue 37, Missouri 34

Louisiana-Lafayette at Texas A&M (-22.5)

Blake’s pick: Texas A&M 24, Louisiana-Lafayette 10

Dustin’s pick: Texas A&M 42, Louisiana-Lafayette 17

Josh’s pick: Texas A&M 30, Louisiana-Lafayette 17

Mike’s pick: Texas A&M 45, Louisiana-Lafayette 21

Colorado State at Alabama (-28.5)

Blake’s pick: Alabama 42, Colorado State 21

Dustin’s pick: Alabama 49, Colorado State 17

Josh’s pick: Alabama 44, Colorado State 24

Mike’s pick: Alabama 37, Colorado State 7

LSU (-7) at Mississippi State

Blake’s pick: LSU 23, Mississippi State 20

Dustin’s pick: LSU 21, Mississippi State 10

Josh’s pick: LSU 40, Mississippi State 27

Mike’s pick: LSU 34, Mississippi State 20

Kansas State (-4) at Vanderbilt

Blake’s pick: Vanderbilt 21, Kansas State 17

Dustin’s pick: Kansas State 28, Vanderbilt 21

Josh’s pick: Kansas State 33, Vanderbilt 27

Mike’s pick: Kansas State 30, Vanderbilt 24

Ole Miss (-3.5) at California

Blake’s pick: Ole Miss 45, California 38

Dustin’s pick: Cal 28, Ole Miss 24

Josh’s pick: Ole Miss 34, Cal 30

Mike’s pick: Cal 27, Ole Miss 24

Samford at Georgia (-33.5)

Blake’s pick: Georgia 35, Samford 7

Dustin’s pick: Georgia 62, Samford 10

Josh’s pick: Georgia 38, Samford 3

Mike’s pick: Georgia 41, Samford 7

Tennessee at Florida (-4.5)

Blake’s pick: Tennessee 21, Florida 10

“Tennessee has struggled to find consistency on the offensive end this season, but it will find its footing quicker than Florida in a sloppy game in Gainesville.”

Dustin’s pick: Tennessee 17, Florida 10

“Every year since 2014 when I started covering the beat, I thought Tennessee had the more talented team in this matchup. I think so again this year. But I’ve been proven wrong before.”

Josh’s pick: Florida 17, Tennessee 16

“This game will likely come down to which team protects the football and makes the fewest mistakes. The Gators have the edge in that battle, thanks to the home crowd.”

Mike’s pick: Florida 24, Tennessee 17

“Teams appear evenly matched in terms of talent and working in new quarterbacks, so Gators are the pick based on intangibles such as home field and having fresher legs.”

Last week’s games, straight up

Blake 7-0

Dustin 7-0

Josh 6-1

Mike 5-2

Last week’s games vs. spread

Blake 4-3

Dustin 4-3

Josh 4-3

Mike 4-3

Season’s games, straight up

Blake 17-0

Dustin 16-1

Josh 15-2

Mike 12-5

Season’s games vs. spread

Blake 10-7

Dustin 10-7

Josh 9-8

Mike 8-9