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SEC upset watch: Week 9

10/27/2011

It's time to take a look at a few games that could send the favored team to the locker room upset.

No. 10 Arkansas at Vanderbilt: Arkansas squeaked by Ole Miss last week, but coach Bobby Petrino has made it clear that his players will be more focused this week against the Commodores. The Razorbacks will need to be, as they face a talented secondary. Vanderbilt has forced 15 interceptions this season and coach James Franklin said his players are excited about the chance to take on Arkansas' high-flying passing game. Vanderbilt seems to have found its quarterback in Jordan Rodgers, and with his ability to run and pass, he could pose problems for Arkansas. That new-found energy running through Vanderbilt's program is alive and well, and the Commodores won't be intimidated by the Hogs.

No. 13 South Carolina at Tennessee: The Vols are looking for anything positive to take place in conference play. Tennessee is throwing out true freshman Justin Worley at quarterback against South Carolina's tough defense. That doesn't bode well for the frosh, but he could have a little revenge on his mind after South Carolina failed to recruit Worley, who played his high school ball in the state. The Gamecocks are also beginning life without running back Marcus Lattimore. The offense basically ran through him before he went down, so now it's time for coach Steve Spurrier to let quarterback Connor Shaw let it fly more. Tennessee can hang with the Gamecocks, and if Worley can get it going, this one could get pretty interesting in Knoxville.

Ole Miss at No. 23 Auburn: The Rebels played arguably their most complete game of the season last week against Arkansas, but failed to come up with the victory. Now, can the Rebels take that momentum onto the Plains and end their 10-game conference losing streak? Auburn is a different team at home, but will the offensive problems the Tigers had last week at LSU bleed over to this weekend? We saw Ole Miss move the ball well against the Hogs, and Auburn's defense hasn't been consistent from week to week all season. Maybe this is the week the Rebels can put an entire game together.