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Around the SEC: College Football Week 6

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Them Young'ns down on da Bayou.
Them Young'ns down on da Bayou.
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Win-Loss Record key:
  • SEC - conference record
  • P5 - non-SEC record against Power 5
  • MM - record against Mid Majors/Non-Power 5 but projected bowl participant
  • CC - record against cupcakes
Ole Miss Rebels (4-0, SEC 1-0, P5 0-0, MM 0-0, CC 3-0)

Alabama at Ole Miss 2:30 PM CT / 3:30 PM ET CBS

Wide receiver Laquon Treadwell gets all the headlines but a big reason behind the success of the Rebels 13th ranked passing attack might just be the emergence of Cody Core. On the season, the junior has 17 receptions for 277 yards and 4 touchdowns. This after catching only 4 last season and one as a freshman. His coming out party was against Boise when he caught 4 balls for 110 yards and two scores including a 10-yard slant that he turned into a 76-yard TD. The former 2-star Auburn, AL native was not recruited by his hometown team or the Crimson Tide. He chose Ole Miss over Kentucky and Troy.

LSU Tigers (4-1, SEC 0-1, P5 1-0, MM 0-0, CC 3-0)

LSU at Auburn 6:00 PM CT / 7:00 PM ET ESPNESPN

By now, it's old news that Les Miles has finally given up on sophomore quarterback Anthony Jennings in favor of true freshman Brandon Harris. Additionally, senior running back Kenny Hilliard has seen his carries slowly diminish in favor of another newbie, Leonard Fournette. Hilliard had 18 carries for 110 yards in the opening game win over Wisconsin yet his numbers have dropped since then while Fournette's have risen. For good measure, LSU starts another true frosh at WR in Malachi Dupre.

Kenny Hilliard
OPP RESULT ATT YDS AVG TD REC YDS AVG TD
Wisconsin W 28-24 18 110 6.1 1 2 22 11 0
Sam Houston State W 56-0 11 55 5.0 1 0 0 0 0
Louisiana-Monroe W 31-0 12 50 4.2 1 1 3 3 0
Mississippi State L 34-29 9 30 3.3 1 0 0 0 0
New Mexico State W 63-7 7 53 7.6 0 1 33 33 0

Leonard Fournette








OPP RESULT ATT YDS AVG TD REC YDS AVG TD
Wisconsin W 28-24 8 18 2.3 0 0 0 0 0
Sam Houston State W 56-0 13 92 7.1 1 2 32 16 0
Louisiana-Monroe W 31-0 10 52 5.2 1 1 20 20 0
Mississippi State L 34-29 7 38 5.4 0 1 1 1 0
New Mexico State W 63-7 18 122 6.8 2 0 0 0 0
Auburn Tigers (4-0, SEC 1-0, P5 1-0, MM 0-0, CC 2-0)

LSU at Auburn 6:00 PM CT / 7:00 PM ET ESPNESPN

The Auburn offense has proved prolific in the red zone converting all 18 trips inside their opponents' 20 yard line. They have 9 rushing touchdowns, 5 passing touchdowns, and 4 field goals.

Tennessee Volunteers (2-2, SEC 0-1, P5 0-1, MM 2-0, CC 0-0)

Florida at Tennessee 11:00 AM CT / 12:00 PM ET SEC Network

The Volunteers have a big deficit across the offensive line after losing all five starters from the 2013 team. The news got worse after starting left tackle Jacob Gilliam suffered season-ending ACL injury in the opener vs. Utah State. UT is now starting three freshmen to go with two juniors with no starts to their credit before this season. As a unit, they have given up 12 sacks for -90 yards in 4 games. These stats rank them among the bottom 25 of the 125 FBS football teams in pass protection.

South Carolina Gamecocks (3-2, SEC 2-2, P5 0-0, MM 1-0, CC 0-0)

South Carolina at Kentucky 6:30 PM CT / 7:30 PM ET SEC Network

The betting line on this game opened with the Gamecocks as a 10-point favorite. As of Wednesday evening, the line had dropped to -5 and as low as -4 at The Wynn Las Vegas. That is quite a drop in just three days implying that odds makers and bettors are losing faith in South Carolina. SC has covered only one spread this year, that being the upset of UGA.

Texas A&M Aggies (5-0, SEC 2-0, P5 0-0, MM 0-0, CC 3-0)
Mississippi State Bulldogs (4-0, SEC 1-0, P5 0-0, MM 0-0, CC 3-0)

Texas A&M at Mississippi State 11:00 AM CT / 12:00 PM ET ESPNESPN

The Bulldogs have been a brick wall inside their own red zone allowing only 9 opponent visits and of those, only 4 scores. The Bullies have allowed 2 rushing scores, 2 field goals and no passing TDs inside the 20 - the best in the nation. Conversely, the Texas A&M offense has the most red zone scores with 25 out of 27. The two misses were an errant field goal and a mercy kneel down against South Carolina. Something's gotta give.

Missouri Tigers (4-1, SEC 1-0, P5 0-1, MM 0-0, CC 3-0)

Missouri has a bye week to prepare for Georgia.

The general consensus regarding this season's Mizzou defensive line is that they would struggle after losing Kony Ealy and Michael Sam. However, Shane Ray and Markus Golden have been lighting it up. Defensive tackle Ray has eight sacks on the season (BTW Alabama as a team has 7) including two against South Carolina last Saturday. He also had four tackles for loss and a forced fumble in the game. Defensive end Golden has four sacks of his own. As a team, Mizzou has 18 sacks, good for seventh in the nation and tops in the SEC.

Vanderbilt Commodores (1-4, SEC 0-3, P5 0-0, MM 0-0, CC 1-1)

Vanderbilt at Georgia 3:00 PM CT / 4:00 PM ET SEC Network

The Commodores' only score against Kentucky came on a pick-six by defensive back Darrius Sims. The score made him the team's leading scorer with 18 points. He also returned two kickoffs for scores against South Carolina. The Vandy offense has produced only five touchdowns while the defense has four. Special teams account for the two aforementioned kickoff returns.

Kentucky Wildcats (3-1, SEC 1-1, P5 0-0, MM 0-0, CC 2-0)

South Carolina at Kentucky 6:30 PM CT / 7:30 PM ET SEC Network

Coach Mark Stoops comes from a defensive-minded background that includes stints as defensive coordinator at Arizona and Florida State. So, you knew was only a matter of time before he built a stout defense at Kentucky. After 4 games, the 'Cats rank in the top 25 nationally in total defense, scoring defense, pass defense, interceptions, yards per play allowed, and fewest opposing plays of 10, 20, 30 and 40-plus yards. UK ranks second in the country in plays of 30-plus surrendered with just three. The defense has only given up three first half points.

Alabama Crimson Tide (4-0, SEC 1-0, P5 1-0, MM 0-0, CC 2-0)

Alabama at Ole Miss 2:30 PM CT / 3:30 PM ET CBS

The Crimson Tide are 47-9-2 against the Rebels with their last lost to Ole Miss coming in 2003 in Mike Shula's first year as coach. That Bama team went (shudder) 4-9 with losses to Northern Illinois and Hawaii. Now let's never speak of it again.

ROLL TIDE!