SEC questions and answers

SEC questions and answers

September 4th, 2013 by Jay Greeson in Sports - College

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SEC Southeastern Conference

It's Tuesday. It's time to address the questions facing SEC football teams. You want answers. You want the truth. Some of you can't handle the truth. (Order based on my SEC power poll.)

1. Alabama (1-0)

Will the offense find its way? Yes, it will. There's too much talent there. And for all the Alabama fans gnashing their teeth and worrying about the offensive line, remember this: A lot of the tough sledding last week was because Virginia Tech and defensive coordinator Bud Foster are pretty good at what they do. And please remember you feel like you struggled and still beat a good program by 25. Ah, expectations.

Saturday: Open

2. LSU (1-0)

Is the offense that good? Yes it is. The Tigers rolled to 448 yards against a TCU defense that returned eight starters from a group that was nationally ranked last year. And that was without major offensive contributions from Odell Beckham or Jeremy Hill, two of the Tigers' best playmakers.

Saturday: vs. UAB, 7 (ESPNU)

3. South Carolina (1-0)

Will Jadeveon Clowney play hard on every snap? Here's saying the motor will be turning at a higher RPM this week. And, since Georgia's offensive line struggled protecting Aaron Murray at Clemson, here's saying Clowney's stats are a little better than three tackles and no sacks this week.

Saturday: at Georgia, 4:30 (ESPN)

4. Georgia (0-1)

Can the Bulldogs still win a national title? Doubtful. Yes, it's just one game -- and UGA's 38-35 loss at Clemson was one great game -- but in a college football season in which it looks as if there could be several unbeaten teams, one loss could do it.

Saturday: vs. South Carolina, 4:30 (ESPN)

5. Florida (1-0)

Should we be worried about these Gators? Not yet, but Saturday is a much stiffer test than the listless walk through the Swamp that was Toledo. Florida's offense better show up, because Duke Johnson and the Hurricanes are pretty stout.

Saturday: at Miami, noon (ESPN)

6. Texas A&M (1-0)

Will Johnny Manziel quit acting like a punk? Nope, this leopard's spots are self-evident. And like him or loathe him, the Johnny Football act is obviously not an act. The real question is when will this come back and hurt the Aggies as a whole, because you know it's going to.

Saturday: vs. Sam Houston State, 7 (Pay-per view)

7. Ole Miss (1-0, 1-0 SEC)

How's that for an instant impact? The Rebels' much-touted 2013 recruiting class made an immediate impression in last Thursday's win over Vanderbilt. Laquan Treadwell had nine catches, Robert Nkemdiche was a beast, tight end Evan Engram caught five passes and Tony Conner had a big interception in their first college game.

Saturday: SE Missouri State, 7 (Pay-per view)

8. Tennessee (1-0)

How does it feel to have the nation's top-ranked scoring defense? Yes, the opponent was Austin Peay, but the surge of energy from Knoxville had to feel good to Johnny Vols Fans everywhere Saturday. The real work starts now, however.

Saturday: vs. Western Kentucky, 12:21 (WDSI)

9. Auburn (1-0)

Were Nick Marshall's inaccuracies first-game nerves or a potential season-long dilemma? Marshall finished 10-of-19 for 99 yards and missed several open receivers deep down the field. Here's saying it was nervousness -- a feeling Auburn fans may share come Saturday night if the passing game does not improve.

Saturday: vs. Arkansas State, 7:30 p.m. (Fox Sports South)

10. Arkansas (1-0)

Are we surprised by Alex Collins' big week one? Absolutely not. Collins, the prized freshman recruit from south Florida, was the bell cow for run-first, run-last, run-always coach Bret Bielema on Saturday, going for 131 yards on 21 carries. Arkansas ran for 292 yards and held the ball for more than 37 minutes in its 34-14 win over Louisiana-LaFayette.

Saturday: vs. Samford, 7 (Pay-per view)

11. Vanderbilt (0-1, 0-1 SEC)

How big a stud is Jordan Matthews? Huge. Dude may be the best skill-position player Vandy ever has had. Seriously.

Saturday: vs. Austin Peay, 7:30 (CSS)

12. Missouri (1-0)

Could the Tigers be a sleeper in the East? Doubtful, but let's see how they fare against a Toledo team that competed with Florida in the Swamp last week.

Saturday: Toledo, 3:30 (ESPNU)

13: Mississippi State (0-1)

Didn't the Bulldogs have a returning QB and a stud RB? Yes, they did, but it was hard to tell in a woeful 21-3 loss against Oklahoma State that was the Bulldogs' worst offensive showing under Dan Mullen since a 31-3 loss to Alabama in 2009.

Saturday: Alcorn State, 3:30 (CSS)

14. Kentucky (0-1)

Is there a worse way to start your head coaching career? Probably, but Mark Stoops' first game with the Wildcats was pretty forgettable, considering UK had to score a cosmetic TD late to make in a 35-26 loss to Western Kentucky. Add to it that there now appears to be some serious QB questions, and, well, at least the pay's good, right, Mark?

Saturday: vs. Miami (Ohio), noon (SportSouth)