Internal affairs in the SEC

October, 1, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

Week 6 in the SEC awaits, and everybody figured at this point that Kentucky and Vanderbilt would be two of the four unbeatens in the league, right? For that matter, did anyone outside the state of Alabama have the Crimson Tide 5-0 five games into the season? The unpredictability in this league never gets old. Let's take a look inside in our weekly "Internal Affairs" feature:

Old-school Tebow: With Emmanuel Moody not expected to play with a high ankle sprain, it could be the old-school Tim Tebow that you see this Saturday against Arkansas. The Gators simply don't have any true running backs to hand the ball off to now, which means Tebow may have to rev up the jets in the running game. Through four games, he's rushed for 125 yards and two touchdowns on 49 carries. That's an average of 2.6 yards per carry. Look for the Gators to turn him loose a little more the rest of the way.

Who's the quarterback?: You don't have to listen real hard to tell that Auburn offensive coordinator Tony Franklin isn't about to give up on Chris Todd as the Tigers' starting quarterback. Franklin was also quick to divulge that the reason they started Kodi Burns in the second half against Tennessee was because Tommy Tuberville wanted to. The reality is that Auburn doesn't have a quarterback right now, at least one the entire team can look to with confidence and know he's the leader. Todd will start against Vanderbilt. The better question: Who will be at the helm if the game's on the line in the fourth quarter?

Stephens ready for duty: As the Vols try to figure out who to start at quarterback this weekend against Northern Illinois, backup Nick Stephens made it clear that he's ready. Stephens wasn't allowed to compete for the starting job in the preseason, and that didn't sit well with him. It's been such a struggle for Jonathan Crompton that the Tennessee coaches would have been in danger of losing the team had they not tried something new. If Stephens plays well, then look for more and more of him once the Vols jump back into SEC play.

Vanderbilt's coming: That's "coming" as in coming after the Auburn quarterbacks. The Commodores are tied for second in the SEC with 11 sacks. They also are tied for the lead nationally with 10 interceptions. They've made it a point to be aggressive all season, and with the way the Vanderbilt secondary is playing, why not? Bobby Johnson and his staff have enough faith in D.J. Moore, Reshard Langford, Ryan Hamilton and crew to take some chances up front.

Lee the man: LSU has found its quarterback. Redshirt freshman Jarrett Lee has taken the job and run with it the last couple of weeks. Andrew Hatch, who opened the season as the starter, was injured last week. Hatch may still play some, but Lee is the guy the LSU coaches see as their No. 1 trigger man heading into the teeth of the schedule. The Tigers are off this week, but then play Florida and South Carolina on the road in back-to-back weeks before coming back home to face Georgia.

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