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WEEK 5: Inside the SEC

A bulk of the conference gets the week off, while two teams that figure in the SEC East race prepare to square off.
 
Time to go Inside the SEC...
 
Towson (2-1) at LSU (4-0)
 
Who exactly is Towson?  Well, they're a member of the Colonial Athletic Association and come into this contest sporting a 2-1 record. TU is currently ranked 12th in this week's Sports Network FCS poll.  LSU is 4-0 for the sixth straight season, and are 30-0 in non-conference, regular season games under Coach Les Miles.
 
 
Arkansas (1-3) at Texas A&M (2-1)
 
Some will claim young teams can't win. Texas A&M believes otherwise and backs that up by posting the number two ranked scoring offense and number four ranked scoring defense this season. That's impressive considering this team was asked to replace so much experience, plus change their offensive and defensive schemes.
 
Arkansas' season has spiraled completely out of control and making a tough road trip against a natural rival is a recipe for more disaster at this point. The last couple of games between these two have been shootouts that the Razorbacks have won, but the odds are match-ups are not in their favor at all this year.
 
It may be a close game, but the Aggies are in a better place right now and being at home - along with their more consistent play - gives them the advantage.
 
Missouri (2-2) at UCF (2-1)
 
Missouri has struggled mightily finishing games this season, and that is a trend that will have to change if they hope to emerge successful from a series of coming SEC games. Mizzou’s biggest issue this year has been keeping opposing defenses off of their quarterback. Their offense is all about timing, and consistent pressure has disrupted their effectiveness as well as caused injury to starter James Franklin.  
 
UCF is a quality opponent, but Missouri has faced tougher this year and walked away with the win. Expect a hard fought game similar to last week's with the Tigers coming out on top. Their offense is good enough to win here and being on a long road trip will help prepare them for coming road trips in the conference.
 
Tennessee (3-1) at Georgia (4-0)
 
The league's top two offenses will be on display here, and this game carries a ton of weight in the SEC East race. The Vols cannot afford another conference loss if they hope to remain a factor in this thing. Georgia needs a coming out party stronger than what they've had against Missouri or Vanderbilt.
 
For Tennessee to get this done, stopping the Bulldogs' fierce pass rush will be top priority. The Volunteers have a serviceable running game, but they go as well the arm of QB Tyler Bray... so keeping him upright is the way to victory.
 
Georgia, on the other hand, has grown to not need QB Aaron Murray to do it all as their' running game has emerged behind freshman phenom Todd Gurley, who leads the league in rushing yards per game and averages over nine yards a carry. That is a huge issue for Tennessee; as they don't do well against the run, giving up nearly five yards a carry.
 
The Vols will put up a fight, but Georgia's pass rush and running game are enough to propel them to a win and one step closer to establishing a serious claim to the throne in the East.
 
South Carolina (4-0) at Kentucky (1-3)
 
South Carolina looks like a team with serious aspirations to return to the top of the SEC East, while Kentucky looks lost. Despite that, the Gamecocks have to show up interested to win this game. Steve Spurrier’s squad has answered the bell all season in the face of adversity, and this week should be no different as they notch another win closer to the big goal of making a trip to Atlanta in December.
 
Meanwhile the Joker Phillips termination countdown continues.
 
 
 
Ole Miss (3-1) at Alabama (4-0)
 
The Tide has played well in the first four games of the season and has totally dominated in each contest. That's not to say the team still doesn't have work to do, but this is one of two teams in the country firing on all cylinders right now.
 
Ole Miss leads the league in rushing and that's a major turnaround for a team that could barely get out of the tunnel right last year. However, the Rebels just don’t have the depth, strength, or speed to hang with a team like Bama right now. Expect Saban’s super human squad to have another opportunity to get the bench plenty of work as they cruise to another victory.

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09/29/2012 10:32AM
WEEK 5: Inside the SEC
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