A Few Week 5 Thoughts

Week five brings an off week for the Tide, but there are a few other games of note today.

Tennessee travels to Georgia in a game that, on paper, doesn’t appear to be close.  The Vols are weak along the line of scrimmage and I doubt they’ll be able to contain Todd Gurley; no one else really has.  The Vols aren’t into moral victories, I’m sure, but they’ll be looking for more progress, a few baby steps forward in Butch Jones’ second year.

Missouri travels to South Carolina in a key SEC East battle.  The Tigers stubbed their toe against Indiana last week, so look for them to play better against the Gamecocks. If they Tigers win, they take a big step forward in the East race.  They’ll own a key tie-breaker against the ‘Cocks, plus, they’ll stay ahead in the loss column.  A win for Carolina means another key tie-breaker in the bag, much like they have against Georgia.

Kentucky hosts Vanderbilt this week as these two teams race for the bottom of the league.  Wins are tough to come by for these two programs, so the winner needs to savor the moment.

Arkansas will meet Texas A&M at the Jerry Dome in the best game of the day for the SEC.  The Aggies have been very impressive this year, but really haven’t played anyone since their week one beat down of South Carolina.  The Hogs are a beefed-up smash-mouth team on the way up.  My guess is they aren’t far enough along in the rebuilding process to knock out the Aggies.  But if the Hog defense can get a few stops and let their offense grind on the A&M defense, you never know.