By Kory Kinslow
Week 4 turned out to show us some more things about the SEC. We saw three games that featured SEC on SEC and several games versus lesser opponents and one good win against an out of conference team. We started off the week with Auburn defeating Kansas St. This was a big win for the Tigers and should lift them past the doubters. They are a top 5 team and showed it. We saw what we thought we would in most of the rest of the out of conference schedule, Georgia handed it to Troy, A&M easily defeated SMU and Arkansas beat Northern Illinois. I do think that the Arkansas win was big for the Razorbacks. I don't think they were expected to handle this team like they did. They may be setting themselves up to upset a team or two in the ultra competitive SEC West.
One big upset was Indiana beating Missouri. Missouri just didn't play defense the way we have come accustomed to. They are going to have to play better in conference. Florida was pitted against Alabama and Alabama came through in a big way. The passing game for Bama was awesome. I think they have an improved offense this season and seem to get better with each game. South Carolina beat Vandy by two touchdowns.
I think we may have thought the defense for the Gamecocks would have played better, but it is what it is. They won the game. The big surprise of the week was the big upset of Mississippi State over LSU. I thought going in that the amount of talent on the offensive side of the ball for LSU would take over while their usually stifling defense would play very well. It seems that neither of those things really happened, plus Mississippi State is probably a lot better than many of us thought they were.
going to Georgia. Georgia is ranked 12 and should hold up, but
Tennessee is much improved. I expect a close game with Georgia pulling
Vanderbilt will visit Kentucky. Kentucky looks better, but Vandy didn't look horrible last week either. This is not a typical SEC battle, but if I were forced to pick, I go with Kentucky.
The surprising Arkansas Razorbacks will play the 6 ranked Texas A&M Aggies. I think that this game will be closer than expected. Arkansas' ability to hold onto the ball for long periods of time will keep A&M off the field as much, but most likely they will score quickly. I think the Aggies win by ten.
Auburn plays host to Louisiana Tech and will win in a laugher.
Missouri travels to South Carolina and after being embarassed against Indiana, they simply won't get the job done. I think USC wins by 14.
Ole Miss plays host to Memphis. Ole Miss is a good team with a good quarterback and should win this one easily.
Our last game for this week is New Mexico State traveling to an angry LSU team. I see the Bengal Tigers coming out of this one with a blow-out. They should win by at least 3 touchdowns. I think they play this one with a chip on their shoulder and the "Mad Hatter" drives them into putting a non-conference beat-down on NMSU.
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