Monday, October 31, 2011
This week in the SEC
By Chris Low
A look at this week’s SEC lineup:
Vanderbilt (4-4, 1-4) at Florida (4-4, 2-4), 12:15 p.m. ET, SEC Network: Vanderbilt has taken Georgia and Arkansas to the wire in each of its past two SEC games. Senior quarterback John Brantley is back for Florida, but the Gators have to play better and smarter around him.
New Mexico State (3-5) at No. 18 Georgia (6-2), 12:30 p.m. ET, CSS: Riding a six-game winning streak and riding high after its win against Florida, Georgia jumps out of conference for a game it should win easily. It’s the first of three straight home games for the Bulldogs.
Ole Miss (2-6, 0-5) at Kentucky (3-5, 0-4), 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPNU: One of these teams is going to come out of this game with its first SEC win. The Rebels have lost 11 straight conference games dating to last season, and the Wildcats have lost five in a row.
Middle Tennessee (2-5) at Tennessee (3-5), 7 p.m. ET, Fox Sports Net: The Vols started true freshman quarterback Justin Worley last week against South Carolina, and the results weren’t pretty. The Vols were held without a touchdown for a second straight game, although it was hardly all Worley’s fault. They enter Saturday’s game having lost four in a row.
UT Martin (5-3) at Mississippi State (4-4), 7:30 p.m. ET, CSS: The Bulldogs were able to grind out their first SEC win last week at Kentucky, but there’s still a lot of work to do if they’re going to finish with a winning season. After UT Martin’s visit, Alabama comes to Starkville and then it’s on to Little Rock the next week to face Arkansas before the regular-season finale against Ole Miss in Starkville.
No. 9 South Carolina (7-1, 5-1) at No. 7 Arkansas (7-1, 3-1), 7:15 p.m. ET, 7 p.m.: The Gamecocks keep winning with defense, and the Hogs keep winning despite slumbering through the first half. The winner of this game has a chance to go on and have a special season. For South Carolina, it’s a chance to move one win away from clinching the East. For Arkansas, the Hogs need to win to stay alive in the West race, not to mention BCS bowl contention.
No. 1 LSU (8-0, 5-0) at No. 2 Alabama (8-0, 5-0):, 8 p.m. ET, CBS: Well, it’s here -- the SEC’s version of the Super Bowl. The best two teams in college football get together in primetime at Bryant-Denny Stadium in what should be a classic between two terrific defenses and a pair of offenses that are both physical and love to run the ball. The past four meetings between these schools have gone down to the final few possessions.