Week 10 of the SEC is just around the corner and for those who need to relax after Halloween, here is a stress reliever. This Saturday, November 2, we have some very interesting matchups that we can discuss. Here’s my take on each:
1) Mississippi State (4-3) at #14 South Carolina (6-2)
South Carolina QB Connor Shaw has missed some time with South Carolina due to a shoulder & knee injury, but he’s still been a fierce Hercules for the Gamecocks. However, he returned the next week against Kentucky and completed 17 of 20 passes for 262 yards and one touchdown. Additionally, Shaw sparked an incredible comeback against Missouri last week, but is still in question because of a virus.
As for Mississippi State, QB Dak Prescott believes that the Gamecocks’ defense, in particular DE Jadeveon Clowney, poses the greatest threat. The Bulldogs are coming off a fresh 28-22 win over Kentucky last week. Hopefully, Prescott will be able to repeat the same coordination with receiver Jameon Lewis as he did in Kentucky.
2) Georgia (4-3) vs. Florida (4-3)
This is the game that I am most looking forward to. Out of all teams in the SEC East, Georgia QB Aaron Murray is the only starting quarterback not to miss any starts due to injuries. However, while Murray may be clean, Georgia has suffered a wide array of injuries from wide receiver to running backs and defensive backs.
Additionally, Florida QB Jeff Driskel was injured due to a broken ankle when playing against Tennessee. Overall, I think that Tyler Murphy has done a good job as a backup in Driskel’s absence. Aside from Driskel, however, the Gators have faced a large number of season-ending injuries. Overall, this will be a close game, but I root for neither as I am simply no fan of either team.
3) #8 Auburn (7-1) at Arkansas (3-5)
Auburn has done surprisingly well this season for a number of reasons. QB Nick Marshall and TB Cameron Artis-Payne are just two symbols of the Tigers’ powerhouse. Tre Mason has also played a significant role in helping Auburn climb up the SEC ladder. With the great football program they are running this season, I expect Auburn to sweep Arkansas this Saturday.
On the other hand, Arkansas is just…well, Arkansas. The Razorbacks have lost five straight games and got crushed by both South Carolina and Alabama in the last two. Arkansas Coach Ben Bielema has had a pretty rough year and that road is only going to get rougher for him this Saturday.
4) Tennessee (4-4) at #10 Missouri (7-1)
Before I get into the nitty gritty, hands down that Missouri wins. For one, Missouri is, by far, the healthiest team in the SEC East. Indeed, the Missouri Tigers are not only sitting in the East’s driving seat, but they are navigating as well. Although the team has suffered injuries, such as QB James Franklin and corner EJ Gaines, the team is still in good shape. Backup QB Maty Mauk has been able to maintain consistency with Missouri.
For the Volunteers, however, it is a completely different story. Yesterday, QB Justin Worley was reported out with a ligament damage in his throwing hand thumb. Now that Worley is gone, freshman QB Josh Dobbs will have to start out this week against the Tigers. While both teams have QB issues, most likely Missouri will top out.