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Monday, October 21, 2013
SEC lunchtime links
By Sam Khan Jr.
What a wild weekend in the SEC. After a handful of upsets and other compelling developments across the league, there's plenty to chew on. Here's a sampling:
Many wondered what would come of Missouri's offense without star quarterback James Franklin. With Maty Mauk calling the shots now,
it appears the Tigers offense isn't going to change
, and that's a good thing.
Earlier this season, Alabama gave up 42 points to Texas A&M. The Crimson Tide's other six opponents have scored a combined 26,
giving Alabama the nation's No 1 scoring defense
Given a pressure-packed situation on the road against a top-10 team, Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall
showed poise and playmaking ability
that has the Tigers sitting pretty.
LSU's loss to Ole Miss showed that
the Tigers have some issues on both sides of the football
Texas A&M's defense, particularly against the run, has been a weakness this season. On Saturday,
Auburn exposed it, leading to a defeat
South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw
is "doubtful" to play against No. 5 Missouri this week because of a knee sprain
, according to Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier.
Coming off a 52-0 defeat at the hands of No. 1 Alabama,
Arkansas' offense continues to struggle
Georgia coach Mark Richt
hopes that the beaten-up Bulldogs see some players return soon
, including running back Todd Gurley and receiver Michael Bennett, both of whom Richt says "have a pretty good shot" of returning on Nov. 2 against Florida.
Now out of the top 25 after its loss to Missouri,
Florida has its work cut out for it moving forward
and is still searching for answers.
Ole Miss got some tough news on Sunday when it was announced that
freshman tight end Evan Engram will miss the remainder of the season
with a high ankle sprain.
After an upset win over South Carolina,
the hire of Tennessee's Butch Jones is looking better by the day
, thanks to his leadership.
Kentucky is still
in search of the right mix for its offensive line
Vanderbilt's defense has
made some changes schematically, and those made a big difference
in the Commodores' upset of Georgia.