Monday, September 24, 2012
Week 5 in the SEC
By Edward Aschoff
Here's a quick primer for Week 5 in the SEC:
Missouri (2-2) at UCF (2-1), 12:00 p.m. ET, FSN: The Tigers have to be hurting after getting run over by South Carolina last week. Both lines were worn down and that explosive offense never got off the ground. James Franklin was pulled late for Corbin Berkstresser and you have to wonder if offensive changes are coming. Mizzou's offense will be tested this weekend, as UCF ranks 48th in total defense.
Arkansas (1-3) at Texas A&M (2-1), 12:21 p.m. ET, SEC Network: The Razorbacks' defense can't stop anyone, while the Aggies have been putting up points and yards at will in the last two weeks. Now, the talent Arkansas has is much better than what Texas A&M has seen since losing to Florida, but the Hogs are 101st in total defense (458.8 yards per game) and 110th in scoring defense (36.3). The Aggies are adjusting well to coach Kevin Sumlin and offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury's offense, while Arkansas looks lost under interim coach John L. Smith.
Tennessee (3-1) at No. 5 Georgia (4-0), 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS: This is an important league game for both teams. Tennessee is looking to show some mettle and make up ground in the East, while Georgia is looking to stay at the top of the division. Georgia and Tennessee are one and two, respectively, in offense in the SEC, so this one could be headed the way of an old fashioned shootout. Mark Richt has been quiet on whether Alec Ogletree and Bacarri Rambo will be back from suspension, but their return should make Georgia's defense even better.
No. 6 South Carolina (4-0) at Kentucky (1-3), 7 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN2: The Gamecocks look much more confident on offense, and quarterback Connor Shaw looked just fine during his huge day against Missouri. His shoulder didn't seem to give him any problems at all, and he shouldn't have much of a problem against a Kentucky team that was never really in it against Florida over the weekend. Kentucky hopes to get quarterback Maxwell Smith (shoulder) back, which is key because this team had no passing game against the Gators without him.
Towson (2-1) at No. 3 LSU (4-0), 7 p.m. ET, ESPNU: LSU's offense was just plain offensive at times against Auburn, but the Bayou Bengals squeezed out a win, and that's all that matters at this point. Quarterback Zach Mettenberger has to play with more focus and poise, or the mistakes he and his teammates made will be exploited more against better teams. This weekend provides an opportunity for the Tigers to clean things up against a very overmatched Towson team.
Ole Miss (3-1) at No. 1 Alabama (4-0), 9:15 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN2: We know the Rebels can score and rack up yards, but this weekend could be quite the humbling experience for that offense. Alabama's defense has had no real break in it all year and is allowing just 185 yards per game. Alabama is clearly the best team in the country right now and has just rolled right over its opponents. The Rebels might need that "Good job. Good effort" Miami Heat fan to come along for an emotional boost after this one.