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For the Record: The Late SEC Games

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As usual when we start to run short on time in the evenings, we still like to get our official predictions on the record so you can mock them if necessary

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Vanderbilt Commodores vs. Tennessee Volunteers, 7 pm ET, ESPN2
The favorite in this game is Tennessee, and the only real reason is the home-field advantage. The spread is 2.5 (at least in our Yahoo! Pick'em game), which basically translates to a 0.5-point Vanderbilt win on a neutral field. Personally, I think the spread would likely be in Vanderbilt's favor if it weren't for the names on the front of the jerseys, so to speak. To me, Vanderbilt is just a better team than Tennessee. And while Tennessee has more to play for in a technical sense -- the Vols won't go to a bowl here if they lose --  Vanderbilt has just as much to play for when it comes to program pride. The Commodores escape with a narrow win. Vanderbilt 26, Tennessee 20

Missouri Tigers vs. Mississippi Rebels, 7:45 p.m. ET, ESPN
If you go back to mid-October, there was really no reason to think this would be a big game for Missouri's SEC East hopes. The Rebels were 3-3 and on a three-game losing streak. Then came the LSU win, and Ole Miss started to look a little bit more intimidating. And while the game against Texas A&M might still be the biggest obstacle on the road to Atlanta for Mizzou, this is a dangerous game. James Franklin is coming back from injury, the Rebels have the home-field advantage, and Hugh Freeze's offense looks to be clicking as well as ever. But there's no reason to think that this won't be a close game late, and I don't trust Freeze  in critical late-game situations. Missouri 24, Ole Miss 21