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SEC Game of the Week
Alabama 25 ... Hawaii 17
Alabama survived a late scare as Hawaii's comeback attempt was halted by a Lionel Mitchell interception in the end zone with no time left on the clock. After a rough first half, Hawaii and QB Colt Brennan got red-hot throwing two touchdown passes including a 31-yard strike to Ryan Grice-Mullen to put the pressure on the Tide. Alabama had a nightmare of a time running the ball, but QB John Parker Wilson had a great first game throwing a touchdown pass to Keith Brown. Leigh Tiffin kicked three field goals for the Tide.
SEC Player of the Week
Tennessee WR Robert Meachem caught five passes for 182 yards and two touchdowns in the 35-18 win over Cal.
Alabama … Give the Alabama defense credit for withstanding the storm that is the Hawaii passing game, but this game has to scare Tide fans. The offense never got the running game going while the defense struggled to come up with a big play in the second half until the game-sealing interception on the final play. On the plus side, QB John Parker Wilson was solid showing a good deep arm. This was a team that needed a week to shake off the rust, so it'll be interesting to see how sharp it is against Vanderbilt next week.
Arkansas … Arkansas has to immediately put this loss to USC out of sight and out of mind. USC is still one of the three best teams in the nation, if not number one overall. As long as the turnovers stop and if there can be more consistency at quarterback, there shouldn't be any problems over the next two weeks against Utah State and at Vanderbilt. However, things can quickly be torn apart if the quarterback situation isn't settled. Robert Johnson was mediocre against the speedy Trojan D, and although Mitch Mustain went against the backups, he showed enough to suggest that the offense might sink or swim with him.
Auburn … You know you're good when you beat up a decent team like Washington State on a day when not everything is quite clicking right. The 40-14 final score could've easily have been 60-14 if the offense could've converted on a few third downs in the first half. The defense did a great job of getting to Wazzu QB Alex Brink early and effectively taking him out of the game. Against Mississippi State next week, any pressure on the quarterback will result in major mistakes. On the flip side, the Auburn line has to a better job in pass protection after allowing four sacks.
Florida … Florida ended up coasting to the win over Southern Miss, but there were some disturbing signs in the blowout. The running game continues to be ineffective and non-existent after an awful 2005, the offensive line still isn't productive, and the defense gave up too many yards to a mediocre offense. Yeah, the interior was without starting tackles Marcus Thomas and Steven Harris, but there should've been more pressure and at least one sack. The UCF game next week had better tune everything up or else there will be big issues against Tennessee.
Georgia … Considering this was an easy blowout win over Western Kentucky, the offense wasn't lights out with the line far from consistent. Joe Tereshinski was fine, but he wasn't anything special. With Matthew Stafford and Joe Cox playing well, the quarterback controversy is far from settled going into the showdown at South Carolina and Tereshinski will certainly be looking over his shoulder if he struggles early on.
Kentucky … Kentucky got several big plays against Louisville, but it just wasn't consistent enough on offense to keep the Cardinal offense off the field. Louisville has the type of offense that can blow up anyone, so UK has to put this game out of mind and get things working against Texas State. If the Cats can beat Ole Miss in two weeks, all will quickly be forgotten. To do that, UK has to average more than 1.2 yards per carry.
LSU … The lack of a running game in the first half against UL Lafayette was a bit disturbing, but things started to kick in after Alley Broussard started to do his thing. JaMarcus Russell looked in midseason form as he and the quarterbacks averaged a whopping 13 yards per pass attempt. Things get progressively harder playing Arizona next week before the showdown at Auburn, but this was a good scrimmage to get several backups some meaningful work.
Ole Miss … Was that really a living, breathing offense with a (gasp!) running game? Ole Miss fans have to be giddy after sitting through last year's inept attack. The mobility of Brent Schaeffer and the workhorse talents of BenJarvus Green-Ellis make Ole Miss a wild card in the SEC race. No, this isn't a title team, but it showed against Memphis that things have changed and it'll be more competitive against the bigger boys. Now the defense has to start playing a big better after allowing 374 yards of total Tiger offense.
Miss State … It's only one game against a very good South Carolina defense, but the MSU offense didn't show any improvement over last year's disaster with the biggest problems coming on the offensive line. With starting quarterback Michael Henig breaking his collarbone, it's up to Tray Rutland to try to get something going next week at Auburn. It might not be a step back for the attack with Rutland not appearing to be ready for prime time, but it might mean a big step forward in the team's overall development. There's nothing wrong with the defense; it took a trick play for the Gamecocks to get into the end zone.
South Carolina … The win over Mississippi State was better than it might appear on paper. The Bulldog defense was fantastic carrying an inept offense, but the South Carolina attack was just functional enough to get the job done. QB Blake Mitchell getting knocked out for a little while was a blessing in disguise since it allowed freshman Chris Smelley to see some meaningful work. To beat Georgia next week, the line has to provide more of a push for the running game.
Tennessee … All questions about whether or not David Cutcliffe could help make Eirk Ainge a consistent, big play quarterback have been answered. The Vol receiving corps showed off its talent against Cal with Robert Meachem and Jayson Swain coming up with jaw-dropping touchdowns, and the defense stoned the Cal running game cold. Cal is a fast, talented team, and Tennessee looked like it was going twice as fast. This was a fantastic win that should give the program its mojo back, but it has to build on this with the Florida showdown coming in two weeks.
Vanderbilt … The team never gave up against Michigan and kept battling, but it never made enough big plays and didn't come through with anything on offense in the second half. Chris Nickson certainly wasn't Jay Cutler in his first game as a starter, but he did show off a little bit of mobility and was the only rushing threat the team had. To stay with Alabama next week, the offensive line has to play better and has to give the backs more room to move.
|Thursday, August 31|
|8:00 PM||South Carolina 15 ... at Mississippi St
CFN Prediction: MSU 17-16 USC -6.5
|Saturday, September 2|
|12:00 PM||Michigan 27 ... Vanderbilt 7|
CFN Prediction: Mich. 38-14 UM -22.5
|12:30 PM||Georgia 48 ... Western Kentucky
CFN Prediction: UGA 44-10
|5:30 PM||Tennessee 35 ... California
CFN Prediction: Cal 27-24 Tenn -2
|6:00 PM||Florida 34 ... Southern Miss 7
CFN Prediction: UF 34-10 UF -20
|7:00 PM||Alabama 25 ... Hawaii 17
CFN Prediction: Bama 31-18 Bama -17
|7:45 PM||Auburn 40 ... Washington State 14
CFN Prediction: Auburn 34-20 Aub -15.5
|8:00 PM||LSU 45 ... UL Lafayette 3
CFN Prediction: LSU 52-10 LSU -30.5
|8:45 PM||USC 50 ... at Arkansas
CFN Prediction: USC 27-13 USC -8.5
|Sunday, September 3|
|4:30 PM||Ole Miss 28 ... Memphis 25 |
CFN Prediction: Ole Miss 23-17 Ole Miss -3
|8:00 PM||Louisville 59 ... Kentucky 28
CFN Prediction: UL 35-17 UL -22.5
Games of the Week
Sept. 3 - Auburn 25 ... Hawaii 17
Past SEC Players of the Week
Sept. 3 - Tennessee WR Robert Meachem