The Volunteers probably should have won this game in Athens. But neither team played particularly well overall. The best player on the field for the Vols was quarterback Justin Worley, and his time off the field due to injury may have been a big reason they lost. His injury status is a little open, but he made some really sharp throws into some really tight spaces. He was 23-35 for 264 yards and three touchdowns and utilized the slot receiver a lot in this game, which has been a detriment to the Florida defense. They also have big and talented receivers on the outside and a freshman running back playing well. Weakness is the offensive line. Georgia ran crazy on the Tennessee defense, finishing with 289 rushing yards, but also struggled in the passing game with quarterback Hutson Mason going 16-25 for 157 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions. .
Stock Report:Tennessee has been on a steady climb this year, improving as a young team should every week. The lines of scrimmage on both sides are an issue but… STOCK SLIGHTLY UP despite the loss.
Oct. 11 LSU @ Florida in Gainesville, FL (time TBA)
LSU has settled on a quarterback and it is true freshman Brandon Harris. Harris was 11-14 for 178 yards and three touchdowns in the blowout win. Freshman running back Leonard Fournette had his first 100-yard game and ran for 122 yards and two touchdowns. The Tigers always have running backs and he could be a special one. The defense bounced back after a rough outing against Mississippi State giving up just 274 total yards against NMSU. LSU did give up 172 rushing yards, but one of those rushes was a 79 yard rumble really inflating that stat.
Stock Report:LSU took a big hit nationally last week when Mississippi State thrashed them for three quarters plus. This week they bounce back and look a little better as they settle in with one signal caller.STOCK UP.
Oct 18. Missouri @ Florida in Gainesville, FL (time TBA)
This was just a game of ugliness and who could get out of their own way from looking the ugliest. Missouri does seem to have a pretty good running game, but could manage only 148 yards when they needed to lean on that running game. Quarterback Maty Mauk struggled, going 12-32 for 132 yards, a little over 4 yards per attempt. That is a total of 288 yards of offense. They were 2-16 on third down efficiency and that little bit offense going 3-3 on 4th down conversions. They held the Gamecock offense in check most of the night allowing just 338 yards, with Mike Davos being the workhorse running for 104 yards on 22 carries.
Stock Report: Where has the high flying offense of Missouri gone? They are 12th in the league in total offense and 10th in the league in scoring offense. They aren’t much better on defense at 9th in the league overall in total defense. This was a win, but looked ugly winning it.STOCK SLIGHTLY DOWN.
Nov. 1 Georgia vs. Florida in Jacksonville, FL (3:30 P.M. on CBS)
The weak link in the Georgia defense is the secondary, but Worley really fit it in some tight spots to make some plays. Still, it took 44 attempts to hit for 284 yards. The Bulldogs didn’t have much of an answer for Vols running back Jalen Hurd either. On offense, it is the Todd Gurley show and not much of anything else. Mason wasn’t good going 16-25 for 147 yards, a touchdown and two INT’s.
Stock Report:Georgia looked beatable and probably should have been on their home turf. They are pretty one-dimensional on offense with a trio of receivers hurt, which makes for a shaky Mason. STOCK DOWN.
Nov. 8 Vanderbilt vs. Florida in Nashville, TN (time TBA)
139 yards of total offense and the lone touchdown was an interception return for the score. The Vanderbilt offense is very bad. The defense forced three turnovers which kept the game reasonably close, but Kentucky managed 394 yards of offense which included a balanced 201 yards rushing and 183 yards passing.
Stock Report:This may be the worst SEC team in a long time. It has been like that all season. So… STOCK EVEN.
Nov. 15 South Carolina @ Florida in Gainesville, FL (time TBA)
The preseason divisional favorites have looked anything like the part, but then again the whole Eastern Division of the SEC seems to be playing down so much this year they still can’t be counted out. After Saturday’s lackluster performance at home, Steve Spurrier finds his offense resting at 11th in the SEC in Total Offense and Scoring Offense. The defense is worse standing at 13th in total defense and last in scoring defense.
Stock Report:This team has to have Spurrier more exasperated than any he has ever coached. You keep thinking they will pop out of it and they did a little against Georgia, but here we are again… STOCK DOWN.
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