NOTE: This is an intentional second posting of the SEC blog but without the game of the week topper. The individual team comments and my picks are the same, however, so I’m going to leave it posted rather than deleting it. I apologize for the duplication.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

All times Central

Idaho at Missouri,  Saturday 11 a.m. CT, SEC Network

Tennessee at Alabama, Saturday 2:30 p.m. CT, CBS

Kentucky at Mississippi State, Saturday 3 p.m. CT,  SEC Network

LSU at Mississippi, Saturday 6:15 p.m. CT,  ESPN

Auburn at Arkansas, Saturday 6:30 p.m. CT, SEC Network

FAB FIVE

1       Alabama (7-0, 4-0): Last Week: W, Arkansas, 41-9. The Impact –  Damien Harris scored on 75 yard run on first play and Tide opened up 24-0 halftime lead to make short work of Razorbacks.

2       Georgia (7-0, 4-0): Last Week: W, Missouri,  53-28. The Impact – Kirby Smart has used lessons learned at Alabama to make No. 3 Bulldogs a national power again. Bulldogs are second only to Alabama in total offense (454.3 ypg), scoring offense (37.57 ppg),  rushing offense (282.86) and scoring defense (12.6 ppg).

3. LSU (5-2, 2-1): Last Week: W, Auburn, 27-23. The Impact – Don’t look now, but Ed Orgeron’s players have learned how to win close games, beating Florida and Auburn by combined five points.

4. Auburn (5-2, 3-1): Last Week: L, at LSU, 27-23. The Impact – After Tigers surrendered last 20 points to LSU, including two field goals in final 2:36, Gus Malzahn is again feeling heat. LSU also scored TD in final 32 seconds of half.

5/ Texas A&M (5-2, 3-1): Last Week: W, at Florida, 19-17. The Impact – Daniel LaCamera made four field goals (46. 43. 25. 32), three in final 12 minutes of game as Aggies bounced back from loss to Crimson Tide.

THE PACK

  1. Kentucky (5-1, 2-1): Last Week: Idle. The Impact –. Wildcats have exceeded expectations with five wins by midseason, and have won 12 of last 16 regular season games under Mark Stoops.
  2. South Carolina (5-2, 3-2): Last Week: W, Tennessee, 15-9. The Impact – Gamecocks secure another win with late goal line stand and Will Muschamp improves to 6-0 vs. Tennessee. South Carolina also has won twice while being held to 17 or fewer points. Kicker Parker White made three FGs after making just 4 of 11 entering game.
  3. Mississippi State (4-2, 1-2): Last Week: W, BYU, 35-10. The Impact – Dan Mullen’s Bulldogs picked up fourth win with Nick Fitzgerald accounting for four touchdowns – two passing, two rushing. He had two more passes intercepted in end zone.
  4. Florida (3-3, 3-2): Last Week: L, Texas A&M, 19-17. The Impact – Injury ravaged Gators, who have lost last two games by combined three points, have two weeks to get ready for “World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party” with Georgia.
  5. Mississippi (3-3, 1-2): Last Week: W, Vanderbilt, 57-35. The Impact – Shea Patterson threw for 351 yards and four TDs and Rebels scored 57 points as they ended three-game losing streak and picked up SEC win.
  6. Arkansas (2-4, 0-3): Last Week: L, at Alabama, 41-9. The Impact – The good news? Bret Bielema’s Razorbacks gave up fewer points than they did against South Carolina (48), but they’ve still allowed 131 points in three conference games.

THE UNPROVEN

  1. Tennessee (3-3, 0-3): Last Week: L, at South Carolina, 15-9. The Impact – After gaining 100 yards rushing on 14 attempts against Gamecocks, Vols mustered only 20 more yards on 25 more carries.
  2. Vanderbilt (3-4, 0-4): Last Week: L, at Mississippi, 57-35. The Impact – After 3-0 start, Commodores have lost four straight SEC games by combined 199-73. Derek Mason’s staff has a week to make changes before again trying to get a win in conference..
  3. Missouri (1-5, 0-4): Last Week: L, at Georgia, 53-28. The Impact – Tied with Georgia, Tigers surrendered 26 straight points and have given up 210 points in five-game skid.

Beard’s Picks

(Predicted winners in Bold Caps)

Idaho at MISSOURI

Tennessee at ALABAMA

Kentucky at MISSIPPI STATE

LSU at Mississippi

AUBURN at Arkansas

 LAST WEEK: 5-2

OVERALL: 45-12

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