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LSU is hoping to rebound tonight as No. 3 South Carolina arrives at Tiger Stadium. Spirits are blue in Baton Rouge after last week’s 14-6 loss at Florida and the continued troubles experienced by the LSU offense. Les Miles has lost back-to-back games just once in his eight years in Louisiana.
Texas A&M visits Shreveport to face the high-flying Sonny Dykes/Tony Franklin offense of Louisiana Tech. This is the game that was postponed from opening weekend because of a hurricane threat. Louisiana Tech is ranked No. 23, its first ranking since 1999. Tech has won 12 straight regular-season games, the lontest current active streak in the nation.
Auburn names Clint Moseley starting quarterback for today’s game against Ole Miss. The Tigers made the change after that dreadful offensive performance last week against Arkansas. And two years after a national title, Gene Chizik is feeling plenty of heat.
Alabama takes its power rushing attack to Missouri to face the Tigers. Actually, Bama wants to get its power rushing attack cranked up today. Nick Saban has not been happy with the way the nation’s No. 1-ranked team has run the football.
Interesting dynamic to the Tide-Mizzou game is that Saban and Missouri coach Gary Pinkel were teammates at Kent State. In fact, Pinkel credits Saban with getting him the interview for the head coaching job at Toledo. Pinkel used Toledo as a springboard to get to Missouri.
Mississippi State will be looking for legitimacy tonight when Tennessee comes calling. The Bulldogs are unbeaten at 5-0, but their opponents are just a combined 8-20. The Vols could use a road win for Derek Dooley, who underwent hip surgery this week and is expected to coach from the press box.
Florida figures to keep pounding the football tonight at Vanderbilt. These aren’t the Steve Spurrier high-flying Gators or the Urban Meyer spread-attack Gators. These are the Brent Peace/Will Muschamp ground-and-pound Gators that have relied on a good ground game and great defense.