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College Football Around the SEC: Week 11

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Can Bama slow LSU's rushing attack?
Can Bama slow LSU's rushing attack?
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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 (7-2, SEC 4-2, P5 0-0, MM 0-0, CC 3-0)

Presbyterian at Ole Miss 11:00 AM CT / 12:00 PM ET - SEC Network

Ole Miss still leads the nation in scoring defense allowing 13.2 points per game. Alabama is second at 14.0, followed by Wisconsin (14.1) and LSU (15.9).

LSU Tigers (7-2, SEC 3-2, P5 1-0, MM 0-0, CC 3-0)

Alabama at LSU 7:00 PM CT / 8:00 PM ET - CBS

LSU has locked up defensive coordinator John Chavis through 2015. The 58-year old will make $1.3 million in both 2014 and 2015 which will be his seventh season in Baton Rouge. This makes him the second highest paid college coordinator behind Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris (REALLY?) who makes $1,309,650.

Auburn Tigers (7-1, SEC 4-1, P5 1-0, MM 0-0, CC 2-0)

Texas A&M at Auburn 2:30 PM CT / 3:30 PM ET - CBS

Is it possible for the nation's #3 team to fly under the radar? Auburn sure is looking that way. I would posit that if you asked college football fans outside of the region to name Tigers players, they might just struggle to come up with more than one. Well here is one: with all the excellent running backs in the SEC, it is Cameron Artis-Payne who leads the conference with 969 yards.

Tennessee Volunteers (4-5, SEC 1-4, P5 0-1, MM 2-0, CC 1-0)

Tennessee has a momentum killing bye.

I know Vols fans are enamored with their coach but they have to be questioning Butch Jones original plan to redshirt sophomore QB Joshua Dobbs in favor of senior Justin Worley. Only an injury to Worley put Dobbs on the field in 2014 and Dobbs is clearly the better quarterback.

There will be no quarterback controversy now that it has been announced that Worley's Tennessee career is over. He will undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder.

South Carolina Gamecocks (4-5, SEC 2-5, P5 0-0, MM 1-0, CC 1-0)

South Carolina has a bye to think about what they have done.

The Gamecocks defense has now given up double-digit, fourth-quarter leads to Missouri, Kentucky, and Tennessee. All three feats have resulted in losses. SC finishes the year against Florida, South Alabama, and Clemson.

Texas A&M Aggies (6-3, SEC 2-3, P5 0-0, MM 0-0, CC 4-0)

Texas A&M at Auburn 2:30 PM CT / 3:30 PM ET - CBS

Things just keep going from bad to worse for the Aggies as they lose starting offensive right tackle Germain Ifedi to a sprained MCL. He is likely out for the rest of the regular season. Additionally, TAMU's best defender cornerback Deshazor Everett has a ruptured ligament in his elbow and is "iffy" for Auburn. It wouldn't surprise me if Sumlin bails after the season while he is still a somewhat hot commodity.

Mississippi State Bulldogs (8-0, SEC 5-0, P5 0-0, MM 0-0, CC 3-0)

Tennessee-Martin at Mississippi State 3:00 PM CT / 4:00 PM ET - SEC Network

Here is a little tidbit for Alabama fans to store in the back of their minds and bring out in 9 days: The Bulldogs are 117th in the nation in punt returns with an average return of 4.11 yards. Alabama punter JK Scott is fourth in the nation with an average of 46.59 yards per boot.

Missouri Tigers (7-2, SEC 4-1, P5 0-1, MM 0-0, CC 3-0)

Missouri has a bye.

After Mizzou loss Kony Ealy and Michael Sam, it was thought there would be a great deficit in the Tigers pass rush. Enter Shane Ray. The junior defensive lineman has already recorded 12.0 sacks on the season through 9 games. He has 39 solo tackles, including 16 TFLs, 4 QB pressures, and 2 forced fumbles.

Florida Gators (4-3, SEC 3-3, P5 0-0, MM 0-0, CC 1-0)

Florida at Vanderbilt 6:30 PM CT / 7:30 PM ET - SEC Network

The Gators look like a new team behind freshman QB Treon Harris. Sometimes all a team needs is a change to light a spark. But how long will it last? Harris has not done anything more spectacular than hand the ball off in his limited playing time this season. In four games, he is 15 of 24 for 290 yards passing with three TDs and an interception. Less than stellar, huh? Take away the 2-for-2 148 yards and two TDs he threw against sacrificial lamb Eastern Michigan and it is even less impressive (13-22, 142-1-1). For now, he owns the huddle and the locker room but that is not sustainable in the SEC.

Georgia Bulldogs (6-2, SEC 4-2, P5 1-0, MM 0-0, CC 1-0)

Georgia at Kentucky 11:00 AM CT / 12:00 PM ET - ESPNESPN

According to the Associated Press, Georgia AD Greg McGarity was presented with video showing the Bulldogs Todd Gurley accepting compensation for signing his signature on memorabilia. Within 48 hours, the school had received a confession from Gurley and interviewed a witness who was seen in the video. McGarity is in the wrong business.

Arkansas Razorbacks (4-5, SEC 0-5, P5 1-0, MM 1-0, CC 2-0)

Arkansas has a bye.

The Razorbacks have outscored their opponents 107-35 in the first quarter. They have also outscored their foes in the second and third quarters but they are in a five point deficit in the final frame and 0-7 in their one overtime period.

Score by Quarters 1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT Total
Arkansas 107 104 58 54 0 323
Opponents 35 80 41 59 7 222
Vanderbilt Commodores (3-6, SEC 0-5, P5 0-0, MM 0-0, CC 3-1)

Florida at Vanderbilt 6:30 PM CT / 7:30 PM ET - SEC Network

News Flash: The Commodores are terrible.

Kentucky Wildcats (5-4, SEC 2-4, P5 0-0, MM 0-0, CC 3-0)

Georgia at Kentucky 11:00 AM CT / 12:00 PM ET - ESPNESPN

Head coach Mark Stoops' contract has been amended to extend through the 2019 season for a total of $21.45 million. That is what seven wins and two SEC wins (7–14, 2–12) in 1.75 seasons is worth at UK.

Alabama Crimson Tide (7-1, SEC 4-1, P5 1-0, MM 0-0, CC 2-0)

Alabama at LSU 7:00 PM CT / 8:00 PM ET - CBS

The Crimson Tide is second in the nation behind Penn State in rushing yards allowed per game by one yard with 78.1. In the SEC, Alabama leads Florida (121.0), Mississippi State (123.6), and Auburn (124.3).