College Football Weekend Preview - (Week 7)

College Football Weekend Preview - (Week 7)
October 10, 2012, 7:12 pm
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Zach Mettenberger looks to bounce back against South Carolina in Death Valley.South Carolina and LSU will play in a top ten match up inside the league for the 2ndconsecutive week. The Gamecocks could not have looked better in their win over Georgia last week. That game was at home and they must now go to a place where they have won just once in history. The Tigers have been backed into a corner and if history is any indication they will show up in a fowl mood Saturday night. This has the makings of a tight low scoring slugfest. Can the Gamecocks prove they are for real and essentially eliminate the defending SEC champion on their home field? Will theMad Hattershow up with some of his old tricks and keep the Tigers in the title hunt? Its just another week in the SEC and its only going to get better in October.South Carolina at LSU- The Tigers have won 21 in a row at home the nations longest streak. Theyenter a stretch of games that will define their season with the next four opponents owning a combined record of 20-1. They are banged up on the offensive line and lost Alexander for the season at linebacker. I believe they need some wrinkles in the offense whether its the wildcat or the zone read. They are not good enough to keep Mettenberger who is a stationary target upright. Is this the week Russell Shephard takes a bigger role as a wildcat quarterback or jet sweep guy?South Carolina is 6-0 for the first time since 1988. Jadevon Clowney leads a defensive line that absolutely whipped Georgia a week ago. Clowney has played just 19 games in college and has 14.5 sacks and a whopping 23.5 tackles for loss. The Gamecock defense looked for real last week and gives up just 10.5ppg. Marcus Lattimore could throw his name into the Heisman hat with another big game. Spurrier has learned how to win on the road having won 8 of his last 9 with South Carolina.Key Stat: Les Miles is 11-4 versus ranked teams. The last night win over a top five team at home for LSU was against Steve Spurrier and Florida back in 1997. The Gamecocks are 33-4 under Steve Spurrier when rushing for 150 yards or more. They are 19-16 on the road under Spurrier.Alabama at Missouri-The Crimson Tide come off a bye week with one eye on Atlanta. Missouri is struggling to finditsway in the league and most of its problems have come on the offensive side of the ball. This will be a tough week to fix the offense as James Franklin will be out with an injury and Alabama brings in the nations best defense. The Crimson Tide are one of three teams that have not thrown an interception on the season. They are also one of only three teams that are perfect in the red zone scoring on all 22 trips. Jeremy Shelley who seemed to be a bit shaky last season has been perfect on all his field goals and extra points.Missouri will turn to Corbin Berkstresser, who did win his only start of the season against a good Arizona State team. The Tigers need balance to have a shot to pull the upset. They threw it more than 40 times again last week and lost. In the last five games in which they have attempted 40 or morethrow,they are just 1-4. Defense has played well enough to win and held Vanderbilt to just 295 yard.
Dee Milliner is having a Thorpe Award season so far.Key Stats: In 2010 Missouri beat the number one team in the BCS poll, Oklahoma 36-27. However they are 0-10 all time versus AP number one teams. Dee Milliner has had a great season and leads the country in passes defended at 2.75 per game. Alabama has led or been tied at the half in 25 consecutive games.Tennessee at Mississippi State: This is such a big game for the future of Derek Dooley. If he could find a way to win this game, it would quiet some of the noise in the system. I really believe this effect his team in crunch time situations. They justcantseem to make plays when the game is on the line, just look at the Georgia game. The Volunteers bring in a terrific passing attack led by Tyler Bray. They lead the SEC at 329 yards per game. The improvement on offense starts with the running game. Rajon Neal is averaging 92 yards per game and the Vols have played well enough on offense to win all their games. Its the defense that is the problem and tackling on that side of the ball. Tennessee needs to play a clean game coming off a bye week with no turnovers and good solid tackling on defense.Mississippi State has won seven games in a row andprobably should be ranked higher. Their defense has been a big surprise this season and they are second in the country in turnover margin.JonathanBanks and Darius Slay will be matched up on Justin Hunter and Cordarelle Patterson all day. That is the match up to watch and may decide the outcome. The Bulldogs have won 20 out of 21 under Dan Mullen when they win the turnover margin. Ladarius Perkins had over 100 yards last week and his rushing (99.8 yards per game) have given State balance on offense.Key Stats: Tennessee has not beaten a ranked opponent since 2009. Dan Mullen is 7-3 versus the SEC East. The Bulldogs are 4thin the nation in passing efficiency defense.Sonny Dykes has Louisana Tech ranked and dangerous.
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Texas A&M atLouisianaTech-This is a dangerous game for the Aggies as both teams are ranked this week. Tech has not thrown an interception on the season and is putting up huge numbers on offense. Manziel was able to overcome a sub par three quarters in Oxford to lead the Kevin Sumlins team to a win last week. Damontre Moore will be the key factor in this game. They must pressure the Bulldogs into turnovers.Florida at Vanderbilt- The Gators cannot overlook the Commodores, who nearly beat them in the Swamp last season. Vanderbilt has some hope with the schedule easing up after this game and if they can pull the upset it could be a real good season. Jordan Rogers will need to make quick decision against the Gator defense that has not allowed a 4thquarter point this year. Florida leads the SEC in third down defense at 25.Auburn at Ole Miss- The Rebels let one get away last week buthasa great chance to end the SEC losing streak at 15. Bo Wallace has been effective in his first year running Hugh Freezes offense, but he must cut down on the eight interceptions. The Rebels have run more plays than any other team in the league and this has helped keep a young defense on the sideline. Gene Chizik is looking over the offense this week, and I am not sure hes going to like what he sees. The Tigers need to spread it out and run more if they are going to salvage this season.Kentucky at Arkansas-The Razorbacks come off a dominating defensive performance at Auburn looking to string consecutive wins together in the league. The 40 yards they allowed the Tigers on the ground is the lowest total in the SEC this season for a league game. Dennis Johnson was key a week ago, giving the Hogs balance by rushing 17 times for 76 yards and two touchdowns. It allowed the offensive line to do a better job protecting Tyler Wilson. Kentucky is so young and they have had so many injuries thatitsgetting real tough in Lexington. 26 freshman and sophomores are in the two deep and 55 are on the roster of 80 for the Wildcats. Kentucky is 9-2 under Joker Phillips when they win the turnover margin. They must play a near perfect game to win.

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