Week 8 in the SEC

October, 17, 2011
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Here's a quick primer as we enter Week 8 in the SEC:

Jacksonville State (5-1) at Kentucky (2-4, 0-3), 12:00 ET, ESPNU: The Wildcats were on their bye last week, so hopefully some major offensive adjustments were made. This team hasn't gotten anything going when it has had the ball. Now it will have to go the rest of the season without true freshman running back Josh Clemons, who was one of the few bright spots on offense. But don't expect the Wildcats to even come close to overlooking Jacksonville State. We all know what happened last year when these Gamecocks visited Oxford, Miss. Kentucky can't afford to drop this game.

No. 9 Arkansas (5-1, 1-1) at Ole Miss (2-4, 0-3), 12:21 ET, SEC Network: Arkansas had an extra week to prepare for an Ole Miss team that was clobbered at home by the juggernaut that is Alabama. The Rebels looked helpless against the Tide and now must host the best passing offense in the SEC. The Hogs should be healthier now and are looking to make a strong push in the second-half. Arkansas is still looking to get its running game really going and this is the perfect week for that, as Ole Miss is giving up a league-worst 226 rushing yards a game.

No. 20 Auburn (5-2, 3-1) at No. 1 LSU (7-0, 4-0), 3:30 ET, CBS:
This game has a history of coming down to the wire and we've seen Auburn flourish in close games this season. While Auburn has liked to keep games tight, LSU has dismantled each opponent, scoring almost 27 more points a game than their adversaries. We still aren't sure what to make of Auburn's defense. One week it's abused by Arkansas' passing game, the next it shuts down Florida. Granted, Florida has struggled mightily of late on offense, but which Auburn defense will show up in this one? We know what to expect from LSU and it's defense could be facing its third new starting quarterback in a row if Auburn's Clint Moseley gets the call.

Army (2-4) at Vanderbilt (3-3, 1-3), 7:00 ET, ESPNU: Things got heated at the end of Vanderbilt's loss to Georgia last week and coach James Franklin wanted to make it clear that his team won't be pushed around anymore. You have to believe the Commordores are a little juiced up after that interesting midfield exchange. Quarterback Jordan Rodgers got the offense moving last week and made some nice plays rushing against the Bulldogs. Now, we'll see if he finally enters the game as the starter. A win for the Commodores would put them two wins away from becoming bowl eligible, something they haven't done since the 2008 season.

Tennessee (3-3, 0-3) at No. 2 Alabama (7-0, 4-0), 7:15 ET, ESPN/ESPN 2: Fresh off what looked more like a scrimmage in Oxford, Alabama comes home to play its Easter Division rival. This is a heated rivalry, but it's been relatively one-sided lately, with Alabama winning the past four by outscoring Tennessee 123-46. The Tide is clicking on all cylinders, while injuries have hurt Tennessee on offense and the Vols have yet to win a conference game this season. We will really see if the Vols have any sort of resiliency in the second half of the season, but back-to-back games against LSU and Alabama have got to be rough on this team's psyche.

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