SEC: Mississippi State a bigger game for Alabama

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LSU game was big, but matchup with Mississippi State is bigger, says Cecil Hurt of the Tuscaloosa News. Alabama travels to Starkville on Saturday for a meeting with the Bulldogs.

Alabama stands in the way of a clean sweep, writes Hugh Kellenberger of the Clarion-Ledger. “And while my timing was a bit presumptuous, both Mississippi State and Ole Miss have helped me out since by going ahead and beating Auburn. That, combined with the Rebels’ September win against Alabama, has the state of Mississippi up 3-0 on our neighbors to the east. We’ve won the battle, so to speak, and when Alabama comes to Mississippi State on Saturday (2:30 p.m., CBS) the Bulldogs have a shot at making it a clean sweep. The last time that happened? Uh … never.”

Arkansas’ Alex Collins has a high ceiling, writes Eric Bolin of the Arkansas News. “Alex Collins is, at least, the third best running back in the Southeastern Conference. It is not a farfetched claim. Almost no one thinks differently. The Arkansas junior running back has the third most rushing yards of any player in the league. And because of an injury to Georgia’s Nick Chubb, Collins is the next most likely, behind LSU’s Leonard Fournette and Alabama’s Derrick Henry, to garner postseason superlatives.”

Tennessee is trying to improve in second half, writes Dustin Dopirak of the Knoxville News-Sentinel. “Tennessee led (South Carolina) 17-3 at the half, but scored just 10 points the rest of the game. The Vols totaled 177 yards of offense in the first quarter and 259 in the first half, but only 149 in the second half. They compiled six first downs in the second half after registering 13 before the break and rushed for 17 yards in the second half after going for 136 in the first.”

Florida’s offense is still searching for answers, writes Robbie Andreu of the Gainesville Sun. “For all those in Gator Nation who squirmed and sweated and had to fight off anxiety attacks through Florida’s narrow escape over Vanderbilt on Saturday, rest assured, Jim McElwain was right there with you.”

Jeremy Johnson should get the start for Georgia vs. Auburn, says Duane Rankin of the Montgomery Advertiser. “Johnson hit his first nine passes that included a touchdown in going 13-of-17 for 132 yards with no turnovers in leading Auburn (5-4, 2-4 SEC) to an upset win at Texas A&M. Malzahn is uncertain who will start Saturday against Georgia (6-3, 4-3) as redshirt freshman Sean White is still dealing with a knee injury, but he has a motivated and hungry quarterback in Johnson ready to build off the momentum of beating the then No. 25-ranked Aggies in College Station.”

The “Prayer at Jordan-Hare” still lingers, writes Jason Butt of the Columbus Ledger-Enqurier. “They still can’t believe it. Two years have passed since “The Prayer at Jordan-Hare” happened. But those who participated in it still aren’t over what occurred.”

LSU knows anything is still possible, writes Marcus Rodrigue of The Advocate. “We’re not out of it,” Jalen Mills said he told the team. “We’re going to keep fighting until the season’s over. We’re going to decide our own fate. Nobody is going to decide it for us.”

Saturday’s SEC football games

  • 12:00 – Georgia at Auburn (CBS)
  • 12:00 – Florida at South Carolina (ESPN)
  • 12:00 – North Texas at Tennessee (SEC)
  • 3:30 – Alabama at Miss State (CBS)
  • 4:00 – Kentucky at Vanderbilt (SEC)
  • 7:00 – Western Carolina at Texas A&M (ESPNU)
  • 7:15 – Arkansas at LSU (ESPN)
  • 7:30 – BYU at Missouri (SEC)

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