Around the SEC East- Week 5

The goings on of the rest of the SEC are somewhat difficult to truly follow. Because of the number of times that Juco and I have seen uninformed fans make sweeping judgments of opposing teams based solely on their quarterback and halfback, we decided to start a segment where, though we will talk about halfbacks and quarterbacks, we'll also talk about the other players on teams that are succeeding or failing.

FLORIDA: 4-0 (2-0 SEC)

All eyes on Tebow.  The biggest story that has been on the news since September 26th is whether or not he'll play against LSU.  Long time back-up John Brantley has been preparing for action.  He's been pretty good thus far as he filled in well after Tebow went down with injury.  According to Meyer, Tebow will be a gametime decision.  They were off last week, so there are no new players to bring up in cup coverage (or cup'erage if you will).  They will face the Bayou Bengals in Death Valley at 7 p.m.  The game will be aired on CBS.

GEORGIA: 3-2 (2-1 SEC)

LSU?  Really? Georgia, quit blaming the excessive celebration penalty for your loss and man up.  UGA really fell in my personal power rankings after last week.  LSU's D held the Dawg offense to almost nothing until the end of the game.  One bright spot for the Georgia D was LB Rennie Curran who had a career high 16 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, and a half-sack.  A.J. Green did his usual thing with 99 yards and a td.  How good is this Georgia team?  We'll find out more as they travel to Tennessee this weekend.  Game airs at 11:21 a.m. CDT on the SEC network.  

KENTUCKY: 2-2 (0-2 SEC)

Ken-sucky just cannot compete with the big boys.  If they do look like they are keeping their heads above the water, they'll find a way to tie bricks to their feet.  In the final minutes of the 2nd quarter against Alabama last week, they went from trailing 7-6 to trailing 21-6 at the half.  The bright spots?  Umm... Umm... PK Lones Seiber who had two 49-yard field goals.  Cobb only gained 21 rushing yards, but Derrick Locke gained 75 yards on 20 carries to lead the Cats.  They travel to Columbia to take on the 'Cocks of SC.  The game will be on FS South at 11:30 a.m. CDT.  

SOUTH CAROLINA: 4-1 (1-1 SEC)

SC had a little bit of a hangover the game last week against South Carolina State.  They ended up winning 38-14, but it was a bit close with a 10-0 score at the half.  One of the offensive leaders was WR Moe Brown with 6 catches for 100 yards and 2 td's.  RB Jarvis Giles, the freshman, rushed for 74 yards on 11 carries.  SC probably deserves more respect for beating us on that Thursday night, and they are looking to earn it heading into Saturday's game with Kentucky.  As noted above, FS South at 11:30 a.m. CDT.

TENNESSEE: 2-3 (0-2 SEC)

Oh, boy.  It seems like so long ago when everyone was giving Lane Kiffin brownie points for his performance in the Swamp.  Now, it seems like Girl Scouts could do a better job on offense as they lost 26-22 to Auburn.  One of those touchdowns came as the time expired, but it was an overall atrocious performance.    Monte Kiffin's defense allowed 459 yards.  Ouch.  It seems like nothing is right in TN.  The future may be bright as RB Montario Hardesty rushed for 90 yards on 21 carries for 1 td.  Kiffin gets a chance for a big win with Georgia coming to town.  Who knows what this 11:21 a.m. CDT game on SEC Network has in store.

VANDERBILT: 2-3 (0-3 SEC)

The good news:  RB Warren Norman had a great performance against us gaining 241 all-purpose yards, including 86 rushing, 143 on kick returns, and 12 receiving yards.  The bad news: Vandy still lost.  Despite picking off Snead 3 times to gain good field position, the offense only got into the end-zone once.  The once dependable Vandy pass defense surrendered 237 yards and 3 td's through the air.  Rest is in store for the weary as the annual game against Army comes this week.  They'll travel to West Point and play at CBS College Sports at 11 a.m. CDT.   

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