SEC Preview: This week in the SEC

Florida and LSU as well as Georgia and Tennessee highlight this week's games in the SEC. LSU and Florida might be doing a dress rehearsal for the SEC title game later in the season.

Florida at LSU
Florida showed that it has a stranglehold of the SEC by thrashing Mississippi State last week. Florida racked up over 600 yards of total offense against the Bulldogs, a school record for a SEC contest.

This week Florida takes its highflying offense on the road to Baton Rouge. In 1997 the Tigers shocked the Gators and the country by knocking off the then number one Gators 28-21.

This season Florida seems to be even more powerful than ever before. Florida is averaging 50 points a game. And the scary part of that is that we are deep into the season at this point; Florida has not been scoring all of those points against directional schools. Florida has the top ranked passing and total offense in the country. And the defense is not that shabby for Florida either. They rank in the top six in the country in total, scoring and rushing defense.

LSU is not as statistically as impressive as Florida is, however, these Tigers are the best in the West and if anyone from that side of the conference has hope of beating Florida, it would be the Tigers.

Steve Spurrier is 10-1 against LSU in his time as head coach for Florida. Spurrier also lead the Gators to three wins while he was quarterback for Florida.

The numbers point to Florida all the way in this one, and I would be surprised to see something else. One thing bothers me to a certain extent about Florida in this game; they are playing at LSU. In my opinion, this could help LSU more than most would expect. But I still expect Florida to win by about 10 points. They are the best team in the conference and it appears more and more each week that they and Miami will be playing at the Rose Bowl this season.

Kentucky at South Carolina
This is where South Carolina usually screws up. They take their eye off of the ball after big wins. They get a lot of momentum started in a season and then they lose to a team that they are supposed to beat, or lose a game that they have won. I would go through all of them, but for the sake of our readers I will simply point out that the 1984 South Carolina team that beat Notre Dame, Florida State, Georgia, and Clemson lost to Navy if I am not mistaken was winless going into the Carolina game) in the same season.

Kentucky presents a different styled offense this season. The Cats are averaging nearly the same running totals as passing, which is bizarre. Kentucky tries to control the clock more now then they did in the past and it has made for improved play.

But in this game Kentucky is overmatched. South Carolina gets them at home and this time the Cocks won't lose focus. Carolina wins by a touchdown.

UTEP at Alabama
How could Bama let last week's game against the Cocks slip out of their hands? This game should be of no concern for Bama, but only because they might look past the Miners towards the remainder of their schedule. Bama did not win any out of conference games last season and they have won none to date this year. That ends this weekend; Tide by 20.
Weber State at Arkansas
Why is this game on the schedule? When are we all going to cut out I-AA opponents? I will write only this about this game: Arkansas had better get a win now; cause it gets now easier after this. Hogs win.
Ole Miss at Arkansas State
Why is Ole Miss playing at Arkansas State? Is Ole Miss so politically weak that they cant get Arkansas State to come to Oxford every time that they play? This is really pathetic. Rebels are road warriors and win by 17. If they struggle, there is nothing more than a long season ahead.
Mississippi State at Auburn
Sure Mississippi State have won four straight against Auburn, but the way that State is playing right now is in a word: uninspired. State allowed Florida to pound them through the whole game last Saturday and the Bulldogs did not even score a point. It might be time to see what you can do differently on offense if you are State. The Bulldogs rank 100th in the nation in points per game with an average of 14.7.

Auburn does not look that great right now either. Two weeks ago they lost to Syracuse on the road and last week the Tigers struggled big time against Vandy. But Auburn can make all of that go away with a win this weekend. A win would push the Tigers to 3-0 in the conference and they would finish no worse than 4th in the West.

Auburn's defense is pretty good, and State's is not. With that in mind I'll take Auburn, but not because I want to, because I have to pick someone in this game. The Tigers win by 10 in the Jungle.

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