Week 4 Thoughts

Clearly, the game of the week in the SEC this week is the South Carolina – Missouri match-up.  After struggling with Vanderbilt in week one and while dealing with a banged-up Connor Shaw, Carolina has taken care of business through three weeks in workmanlike fashion.  Missouri, meanwhile, stumbled in their conference opener against Georgia, but impressively rebounded to beat Arizona State in a tough out-of-conference game.  This week is another first for the Tigers – an SEC road trip.  Columbia, S.C. can be a tough place to play and it’ll be interesting to see how the Tigers respond.

The Georgia – Vanderbilt game, in Athens this year, isn’t quite “game of the week” in stature, but should be interesting nonetheless.  Last year’s post-game dust-up between Vandy’s James Franklin and Georgia’s Todd Grantham will provide some interesting conversation leading up to the game, but the Dawgs are much stronger and deeper than the Dores.  This game should not be close.

LSU-Auburn is gathering attention like a train wreck.  This rivalry, like several others on Auburn’s schedule, has turned ugly and one-sided – in favor of their opponent.  Like last year, this game isn’t so much about who will win as it is how much.  Though they don’t have much hope of winning, Auburn fans are surely using this game as a measuring stick to see if their team has gotten any better.  In this case, the measuring stick will double as a whipping rod as well.

Another train wreck to watch will be Arkansas – Rutgers.  The Scarlet Knights are scheduled to pay a visit to the Hogs and they can expect the place to be a regular pig pen.  Things are nasty in Fayetteville, plain and simple.  If Tyler Wilson is healthy, Arkansas obviously has a shot, but if they lose – and that’s a real possibility – expect things to get even uglier.

The Alabama – Florida Atlantic game will be interesting for a couple of reasons: 1) can the Tide throw three shutouts in a row? and 2) who all will get to play?  Because this game isn’t subject to conference game roster limits, look for a bunch of Tiders to see the field Saturday.