Weekend Preview

Weekend Preview
September 12, 2012, 4:06 pm
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This is a big week in the SEC with East and West match-ups that bring clarity early in the season. Arkansas and Alabama play in Fayetteville and many are not giving the Hogs much of a chance. I certainly dont think they are going to win, but check out this theory for the Razorback faithful. There was so much pressure to run the table especially with the interim tag on John L Smith. The pressure is off so relax and go play football. They can still win the West and the SEC and they have won 12 in a row at Fayetteville. Hold on to that and I think it may end up close, but Bama looks like a machine right now. For the Gators and Volunteers its the first relevant game since 2007 with both teams ranked. If your thinking of the old 90s rivalries your right, but the roles are reversed and Tennessee is the high flying attack, while Florida is more of a ball control field position team.Alabama at Arkansas- The Tide have really focused on the passing game early and AJ McCarron has gone 135 passes without an interception. No need to shut it down this week as Arkansas has just one pick in 105 pass attempts against them in two games. Tyler Wilson is the key; he leads the country in yards per pass attempt at 12 yards per pass. If he plays the Hogs have a punchers chance. Alabamas defense will be the difference once again with pressure from the front seven, but its close the Tide wins.
Florida at Tennessee- It sure is nice to head to this game with both teams and their fans feeling pretty good about themselves. Florida leads the SEC in time of possession and that will be very important to keeping the explosive Tennessee offense off the field. The Volunteer offense leads the league in big plays from scrimmage and already has 30 pass plays of 10 yards or more in two games. Questions to be answered in this game are; 1. Can Florida get to Tyler Bray? Last year the Gators had 3 sacks and 2 interceptions of Bray in the victory. 2. Will Tennessee be able to run the ball? The Vols are third in the SEC right now in rushing and will use Cordarrelle Patterson. Last year the Vols ran for -9 yards against the Gators. I think Floridas defense wins out in what should be a great game.Texas at Ole Miss- Who would have thought this would be such a big game? The Rebel offense has been in a rhythm the last six quarters and they are led by Bo Wallace, a dual threat quarterback. Ole Miss has not been 2-0 since 2009 and this would be a signature win for Hugh Freeze. Texas is trying to climb back up to national prominence and boasts a strong defense. The question for Texas has been offense the last two seasons. David Ash has been efficient the first two games not turning the ball over, while Ole Miss has played great on defense against two beatable opponents. The question is whether or not the Rebel defense is up to the task. Home field big game this one will be closer than the experts think. I am tempted to go with the upset, but Texas in a tight one.
Rapid fireArizona State at Missouri- The Tigers better be careful with the Sun Devils. ASU let the clutch out on Illinois last week. Missouri needs to get the running game on track.Louisiana Monroe at Auburn-There is a lot of noise filtering into the system at Auburn. The reality is they have played two games under new schemes against good teams. The war hawks wont have the element of surprise this week as they now have a game under their belt. Frazier must play better and take care of the football.Texas A&M at SMU- The Aggies can settle down and get into the passing game. Look for more big plays from Kevin Sumlins team in week two. The good thing is the defense looks much improved over 2011.Western Kentucky at Kentucky- The Wildcat passing game was lights out last week and look for Joker Phillips to air it out again this week. Western gave up four touchdown passes to Alabama and the Cats will look to do that with Maxwell Smith who had four himself last week.Presbyterian at Vanderbilt-The Commodores need to settle down and get a win. The defense looks good but they quarterback play has been inconsistent. Austyn Carta-Samuels may get a look at quarterback this week, but Vandy needs to get Zac Stacy (84 yards two games) going if they are going to make a bowl game again this season.Mississippi State at Troy-Dan Mullens team needs to continue to grow on defense. They have been very opportunistic leading the SEC with 5 interceptions. Troy is always a dangerous team so the Bulldogs must take care of business.UAB at South Carolina- The Gamecocks might want to start feed Marcus Lattimore just a bit more to get him ready for October. They did not need him last week, but the focus was clearly on the passing game.Idaho at LSU- Its pretty simple for the Tigers-continue to rep the passing game. Too many dropped balls and mostly by the best returning receiver Odell Beckham Jr. FAU at Georgia-The Dogs get some defensive players back and need to get them work before conference foe Vanderbilt next week. Look for Georgia to put this one away early and get the starters some rest.

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