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Steve Geller


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Some big games in the SEC

Week seven of the college football season is upon us, and four unbeaten teams in the Southeastern Conference are in action.  Two are at home, and two play on the road.  The only university off in the conference this week is Georgia.
Time to go inside the SEC...
 
South Carolina (6-0) at LSU (5-1)
 
 
Auburn (1-4) at Ole Miss (3-3)
 
Auburn is a team on the verge of completely falling apart. While there have been fleeting moments of improvement on defense, at no time has this team stopped an opponent from scoring in a crucial situation. Conversely, the Tigers offense has rarely answered the bell either and is not even effective enough to be one dimensional.

Ole Miss, on the other hand, has been impressive under first year head coach Hugh Freeze. While they have a long way to go, they play with speed and with a plan.  Those are two things Auburn clearly doesn’t have. The Rebels defense is nothing to write home about, and it may be close for a bit, but Ole Miss has the speed to pull away in the second half and drop Gene Chizik’s Tigers.
 
Alabama (5-0) at Missouri (3-3)
 
Missouri’s nightmares about this game could make for a good sleep study in fear, and there is plenty to fear. Alabama has trounced every team so far and still has not played a complete football game.  That is something Nick Saban is sure to have reminded them of for the last two weeks as they prepared for this road trip.
 
Missouri’s inability to protect the pocket and establish timing with the offense are big concerns for the Tigers as Bama’s defensive front thrives on bringing pressure from multiple spots and disrupting basically everything. The Crimson Tide has sustained some injuries, but Bama’s depth is phenomenal. Missouri’s only hope is...ummm, nope can’t come up with a thing. This could get ugly before it is over.
 
Florida (5-0) at Vanderbilt (2-3)
 
Vanderbilt has to feel better after scoring a win against Missouri, but that feeling will not last long as Florida rolls into town fresh off knocking out LSU. The Commodres are the kind of scrappy team that gives coaches fits because they just keep coming.  The Gators, though, are just too physical up front along the lines of scrimmage for Vandy to handle, and that’s the difference in the game.
 
Kentucky (1-5) at Arkansas (2-4)
The Razorbacks may be a mess, but they aren’t nearly the mess the Wildcats are. Kentucky does NOTHING well, and there is nadda in terms of match-ups that favor the Big Blue. Arkansas continues the showcase for new coaching personnel and will notch another conference win, albeit against another one of the SEC’s worst teams. Hey, you gotta take them as you can get them, right?
 
Texas A&M (4-1) at Louisiana Tech (5-0)
Ah yes, the infamous Hurricane Isaac game. Don’t look now, but this match-up is suddenly between two ranked teams. Louisiana Tech is undefeated and plays a brand of offensive football that can frustrate even the best defenses. Texas A&M, though, is starting to come into its own under first-year coach Kevin Sumlin, and the late comeback win over Ole Miss ought to give the Aggies some confidence heading into this game. The biggest question in this match-up is how in the world Texas A&M ever agreed to go on the road to play in Ruston.
 
Tennessee (3-2) at Mississippi State (5-0)
Tennessee’s off week couldn’t have come at a better time after dropping two conference games and essentially ending the Volunteers' hopes for an SEC East title run. Mississippi State is riding high, playing consistent football and continuing to improve. The Bulldogs defense is good against the pass, having picked off nine passes this year, while only surrendering three passing touchdowns. That spells trouble for the Vols, who have yet to establish the run and need the arm of Tyler Bray if they hope to win. Tennessee’s defense can be had, and that, along with the previous note about the Bulldogs defense gives Mississippi State the edge.
 
Ah yes, the infamous Hurricane Isaac game. Don’t look now, but this match-up is suddenly between two ranked teams. Louisiana Tech is undefeated and plays a brand of offensive football that can frustrate even the best defenses. Texas A&M, though, is starting to come into its own under first-year coach Kevin Sumlin, and the late comeback win over Ole Miss ought to give the Aggies some confidence heading into this game. The biggest question in this match-up is how in the world Texas A&M ever agreed to go on the road to play in Ruston.
 
Tennessee (3-2) at Mississippi State (5-0)
Tennessee’s off week couldn’t have come at a better time after dropping two conference games and essentially ending the Volunteers' hopes for an SEC East title run. Mississippi State is riding high, playing consistent football and continuing to improve. The Bulldogs defense is good against the pass, having picked off nine passes this year, while only surrendering three passing touchdowns. That spells trouble for the Vols, who have yet to establish the run and need the arm of Tyler Bray if they hope to win. Tennessee’s defense can be had, and that, along with the previous note about the Bulldogs defense gives Mississippi State the edge.
 


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10/13/2012 12:25AM
Some big games in the SEC
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10/13/2012 7:44AM
Texas A%m is not playing in Ruston
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