College Football Weekend Preview - (Week 4)

College Football Weekend Preview - (Week 4)
September 19, 2012, 2:41 pm
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Week four of the SEC schedule is not littered with many quality matchups; however outside the league we may begin to learn some things about a few teams. In the Pac 12 Oregon faces Arizona in a game surely to light up the scoreboard. Surprising UCLA with Jim Mora Jr. as coach faces Oregon State who knocked off Wisconsin. The Big 12 has a quality showdown between Kansas State and Oklahoma. Bill Snyder mentored Bob Stoops a long time ago and has rebuilt the Wildcat program once again. Notre Dame will take on Michigan and Denard Robinson while Clemson and FSU do battle in Tallahassee on Saturday night. These are quality games that will continue to help shape the landscape of the 2012 season.For the SEC we have Missouri at South Carolina, LSU at Auburn and Vanderbilt at Georgia. Three teams are significantly favored while three teams are looking for some respect. These are always dangerous matchups; however two of the favorites are at home and the other (LSU) faces the second worst defense in the SEC as of right now. We know that Oct 6th and Nov 3rd will be here soon enough so lets dive into this weeks games.
Missouri at South Carolina - Both teams have questions about the health of their starting quarterbacks. Both teams have seen the backups fill in nicely so far this season. Missouri has a tough first year schedule and we will find out if they learned anything from the Georgia game. James Franklins toughness should not be questioned, but his durability should. He is not built like Cam Newton or Tim Tebow and in this league you better be a big quarterback if youre going to run, ask Connor Shaw. Gary Pinkel beat Spurrier in 2005 and I am sure the Ball Coach has not forgotten that. The Gamecocks are looking for their 8th straight win. Key numbers-Missouri has forced 10 turnovers in three games. South Carolina is holding opponents to 9.7 points per game. I think Marcus Lattimore shoulders more of the load this week and carries 20 plus times for a Gamecock victory.
LSU at Auburn - LSU hits the road for the first time this season and with new quarterback Zach Mettenberger, his first taste of a hostile environment. The problem is the environment cant play defense. Auburn can get teams off the field like they want to and the offense is not sustaining any drives to help the defense. Onterio McCalebb and Tre Mason are the best things going for the Tigers right now. The Tigers need this game to be a shootout as they have won 75 in a row when they score 30 or more points. Mettenberger is completing 73 of his passes and the run game is averaging 269 yards per game tops in the SEC. Kiehl Frazier must put together a complete game and maybe one of his life. In the second halves of games this season he has not thrown a touchdown or even completed a big pass of over 25 yards. Key numbers-The home team has won 11 out of 12 in this series with LSU winning in Jordan Hare back in 2008. Auburn is 104th in the country in third down conversion offense. LSU is 15th in the country in third down defense. LSU rolls to victory on the plains.
Vanderbilt at Georgia - On paper this looks like a mismatch, but Vanderbilt has given Georgia fits over the years. As a matter of fact the Commodores have had a chance to win the last six conference games they have played including a 33-28 loss to Georgia last season. The Bulldog defense has yet to put a four quarter game together, but in the second half this season they have allowed opposing offenses just 16points. Jarvis Jones will play this week and he 16.5 sacks in his last 16 games. For Vandy it looks like Austin Carta-Samuels at quarterback and more of a run game with Zac Stacy. For Vandy to pull off its first win over a ranked opponent since 2008 they will need some help from Georgia. Key numbers-Georgia is minus 1 in the turnover margin while Vanderbilt has committed just three in three games. Aaron Murray is 2nd in the SEC in yards per pass attempt and the Dogs will win this game in the second half.
Speed ReadAlabama - AJ McCarron has gone 151 passes without an interception and he is getting the most out of his attempts. He leads the league at 10.8 yards per pass attempt which is second nationally.Florida - The Gators have had nine runs over 20 yards this season in three games. Last year they had 18 runs over 20 yards in 13 games. They are starting to find some explosive plays in Brent Peases offense.Mississippi State - The Bulldogs are tied for first in the nation with 12 turnovers forced. Under Dan Mullen the Bulldogs are 19-1 when they win the turnover margin.Ole Miss - Donte Moncrief, wide receiver leads the SEC with 106.7 yards per game. The Rebels are second in the SEC with 245 yards rushing per game.Arkansas - Tyler Wilson should play this week, but will his team respond? The Hogs face unbeaten Rutgers and have won 14 non-conference games in a row at home.Tennessee - The Volunteers are second in the SEC in passing at 321 yards per game. They have never lost to a MAC school and are 4-0 all time. Terry Bowden returns to the SEC sidelines as coach of the Akron Zips.Texas A&M - The Aggies defense has been impressive so far this season holding June Jones of SMU without a touchdown and sacking Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel 8 times. The Aggies are 4th in the country with 12 sacks and have only played two games.Kentucky - The Wildcats have lost 25 in a row to the Gators, but they do have the element of surprise on their side after losing to Western Kentucky. They lead the SEC in passing behind Maxwell Smith at 322 yards per game.

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