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Tennessee is taking a different attitude to Alabama, reports Dustin Dopirak of the Knoxville News-Sentinel. “The last time Tennessee went to Tuscaloosa, it simply was hoping to survive, offensive tackle Kyler Kerbyson said. It was 2013 and Butch Jones was in his first season with a Vols’ team that finished 5-7 with just two conference wins and missed a bowl game for the third straight season. Alabama was the No. 1 team in the nation and had outscored its previous five opponents by a combined score of 201-16.”
Texas A&M hopes to get back on track at Ole Miss, reports Brent Zwerneman of the Houston Chronicle. “Kyle Allen – The sophomore will try and rebound from his worst outing, after Alabama returned three interceptions for touchdowns in the Crimson Tide’s 41-23 victory a week ago. Mississippi QB Chad Kelly: The nephew of former Houston Gamblers (and Buffalo Bills) great Jim Kelly leads the SEC in passing yards, total offense and touchdown passes.”
Third downs giving Ole Miss trouble, reports Parrish Alford of the NE Mississippi Daily Journal. Just as Texas A&M is hoping to bounce back from its loss to Alabama, Mississippi is hoping to bounce back from its loss at Memphis last Saturday.
LSU will need a pass rush against Western Kentucky, says Glenn Guilbeau of the Shreveport Times. “Known for a quick release, Brandon Doughty is second in the nation in passing efficiency with a 186.4 rating on 197-of-266 passing with 24 touchdowns and only four interceptions. His 2,709 yards passing is also second in the nation, and he is third nationally with 387 passing yards a game. He has been sacked once in the Hilltoppers’ last three games.”
Missouri shifting its offensive line, reports David Morrison of the Columbia Daily Tribune. After scoring just six points last week at Georgia, the Tigers are expected to make some changes along the offensive front for Saturday’s game with Vanderbilt.
Despite lackluster records stakes are high for Arkansas and Auburn, reports Mike Niziolek of the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. “Auburn is throwing its support behind first-year quarterback Sean White with an offense that looks different than it did a year ago under Nick Marshall, and is running a new defensive scheme under Will Muschamp. Bielema has made changes to the Razorbacks’ offense integrating no-huddle tempo to their pro-style offense, and the defense continues to evolve under coordinator Robb Smith.”
Texas A&M could help Ole Miss’ run game, reports the Clarion-Ledger. Ole Miss rushed for just 40 yards on 24 attempts in the loss to Memphis last Saturday. In their last SEC game, the Rebels gained just 69 yards rushing in loss at Florida.