Monday, October 29, 2012
Week 10 in the SEC
By Edward Aschoff
Here's a quick primer for Week 10 in the SEC:
No. 16 Texas A&M (6-2, 3-2 SEC) at No. 15 Mississippi State (7-1, 3-1 SEC), 12 p.m. ET, ESPN: All that momentum the Bulldogs had heading into last week was stalled by the juggernaut that is Alabama. And Saturday brings another tough challenge for Mississippi State, as Johnny Manziel and his high-flying Aggies journey to Starkville. This could really be a fun one with Mississippi State's defense looking to regroup against a very fun A&M offense.
Missouri (4-4, 1-4 SEC) at No. 7 Florida (7-1, 6-1 SEC), 12 p.m. ET, ESPN2: The Gators' offense was abused by Georgia's defense over the weekend, while Missouri just hasn't gotten its offense off the ground against SEC opponents. Both will be looking to move the ball more efficiently this weekend. Florida isn't out of the East race, but has to win Saturday in order to stay in it. Missouri is coming off of its first SEC win, but will get a very upset Gators team. Will Florida be sulking or motivated against these Tigers?
Vanderbilt (4-4, 2-3 SEC) at Kentucky (1-8, 0-6 SEC), 12 p.m. ET, ESPNU: If Vanderbilt is going to go bowling this season, it has to win this game against a very battered Kentucky team. The Wildcats are littered with youth and injuries, while Vanderbilt is riding a two-game winning streak. The Commodores were extremely balanced in their lopsided win over Massachusetts Saturday and they're hoping that's the offense that shows up in Lexington this weekend.
Troy (4-4) at Tennessee (3-5, 0-5 SEC), 12 p.m. ET, FSN: Another October has gone by without Derek Dooley and his Vols getting a win. It's looking more and more like Rocky Bottom in Knoxville, and the whispers about Dooley's job security have turned into screams. But the Vols are still in the bowl picture. Three wins in November, and Tennessee will be back in postseason play. Troy doesn't exactly smell like a cupcake, so Tennessee can't afford to relax in what is essentially a must-win for the Vols.
Tulsa (7-1) at Arkansas (3-5, 2-3 SEC), 12:21 p.m. ET, SECNetwork: The Razorbacks were playing for the postseason last week and came up short because of a last-second Ole Miss field goal. Arkansas has an extremely tough November to get through and it just doesn't look like this team will go bowling under John L. Smith. Tulsa registers more than 450 yards of offense each game and is scoring nearly 40 points a game. Those aren't good numbers for Arkansas' defense.
New Mexico State (1-7) at Auburn (1-7, 0-6 SEC), 12:30 p.m. ET, CSS: Nothing has gone right for these Tigers this season, but Auburn might have found its quarterback in Jonathan Wallace. He threw two touchdown passes in Saturday's loss to Texas A&M, and Auburn might as well go with him. It's not like things could get much worse. This is a game that Auburn and coach Gene Chizik absolutely have to win. A loss, and the Plains could be totally bare for the Tigers' last two home games.
Ole Miss (5-3, 2-2 SEC) at No. 6 Georgia (7-1, 5-1 SEC), 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS: The Bulldogs are on cloud nine after their win over Florida. Georgia is now in the SEC East driver's seat and will head to the SEC championship game in Atlanta if it wins out in conference play. Now, this is no time for the Dawgs to get comfortable because Ole Miss poses a threat to Georgia's SEC hopes. The Rebels' offense has been very good this year and it'll be interesting to see how much emotion this team has after that draining win over the Gators.
No. 1 Alabama (8-0, 5-0 SEC) at No. 5 LSU(7-1, 3-1 SEC), 8 p.m. ET CBS: It's here. We can finally rest easy because the game of all games is here. We're going to see two outstanding defenses take the field on the Bayou Saturday night. We'll also see if LSU's passing game changed anything up during a much-needed bye week. If not, LSU will have a lot of trouble moving the ball. Alabama is just cruising along right now, and it's hard to see anyone stopping this team.