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Tennessee claims it’s not consumed by its losing streak to Florida. Yeah, right. The Vols have lost 10 straight to the mighty Gators and surely Butch Jones’ club thinks this is the year to reverse field. Then, of course, Kentucky thought the same thing last week. Meanwhile, Florida’s twitter account poked some fun at Tennessee’s Neyland Stadium.
Despite Will Grier playing the entire game in Florida’s 14-9 win over UK last Saturday, Gators’ coach Jim McElwain says he may return to his two-quarterback system at Tennessee on Saturday. Treon Harris alternated with Grier in Florida’s first two games, but sat the bench in Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday. McElwain indicated there is a good chance Harris will see action in Knoxville.
The critics are brandishing their pitchforks at Alabama. The crazy callers to Paul Finebaum’s show on ESPN ripped the Tide after their loss to visiting Ole Miss on Saturday night. Apparently, Alabama is no longer a dynasty. Just one question. Didn’t Alabama lose a regular-season game to Ole Miss last year and still made the College Football Playoff?
Looks like Alabama will go back to Jacob Coker as its starting quarterback Saturday against UL-Monroe. Coker completed just 21 of 44 passes for 201 yard with three touchdowns and two interceptions in last Saturday’s loss.
Ole Miss did get some bad news out of Saturday’s huge win. Safety Tony Conner tore his right meniscus and will undergo surgery. Conner will miss at least four weeks.
Meanwhile, over at Auburn, the Tigers will try to plug the holes in their porous run defense. LSU gained a ridiculous 411 yards against Will Muschamp’s defense last Saturday. Leonard Fournette catapulted to the top of the Heisman leader board thanks to his 228 yards on 19 carries. And how much is Muschamp getting paid by the way?
Mississippi State visits Auburn this week and the Bulldogs have a pretty fair pass/run quarterback in Dak Prescott. MSU and Auburn are both 0-1 in SEC play, so both teams will be playing with their backs against the wall.
Fresh off its drubbing of Auburn, LSU has to prepare for an early kickoff on the East Coast this Saturday. The Tigers play at Syracuse in a noon start in New York. That’s 11 a.m. central time. It’s the earliest kickoff for an LSU game since 2012.
Georgia’s offensive line were the unsung heroes in Greyson Lamber’s record-setting performance last Saturday. The Bulldogs O-line had been labeled as misfits, which is fine by them. Georgia also ranks 12th nationally in rushing offense. Mark Richt’s team gets a breather this week, playing host to Southern.
Bret Bielema returned fire at Kliff Kinsbury after Kingsbury’s comments about how much satisfaction Texas Tech took in beating Bielema and Arkansas last Saturday. Kingsbury claimed Bielema made disparaging remarks about the Air Raid offense at a Texas high school football coaching clinic last summer. “We haven’t won in two weeks. It’s an opportunity to jump on and have some fun with it. If that’s an a— kicking, I’d love to see what last year was,” said Bielema, whose Razorbacks beat the Red Raiders in 2014.
Texas A&M gets ready for Arkansas this Saturday. A&M is off to a 3-0 start while Arkansas is still trying to find its identity on offense. The Razorbacks are just 79th nationally in rushing offense, which is Bielema’s bread-and-butter.