Can this Saturday’s SEC schedule possibly match the drama of last Saturday? That’s a good Burning Question. Here are five more:
1) Can Mississippi State get sky high for the second week in a row? Mississippi State (5-0, 2-0 SEC) posted one of the biggest home wins in school history last week in beating Texas A&M 48-31. They had exactly 24 hours to enjoy it. Now comes Auburn (5-0, 2-0), the defending conference champs, and the Tigers look to be hitting their stride after a embarrassingly easy 41-7 thumping of LSU. With QB Dak Prescott and a good defense, the Bulldogs (5-0, 2-0) have the talent to win. But can the players and the fans get back up emotionally?
2) Can Bo Wallace of Ole Miss play another mistake-free game? If so, then the Rebels (5-0, 2-0) can win at Texas A&M (5-1, 2-1). Wallace was brilliant in the fourth quarter when he was bringing Ole Miss back to beat Alabama 23-17. He also ran the ball 11 times, which gives Texas A&M’s defense, which got manhandled by Mississippi State last week, something to think about. The Ole Miss defense got Alabama QB Blake Sims a little off his stride. Can it do the same to the Aggies’ Kenny Hill?
3) With Gurley out, is Georgia going to turn receiver Malcolm Mitchell loose at Missouri? It’s been a long time since Mitchell has been on the field at full speed. With Todd Gurley suspended indefinitely due to an NCAA investigation, there is an opportunity here for Mitchell and for QB Hutson Mason. Missouri had its entire defensive game plan set up to slow down Gurley, to the point where the Tigers were tackling live in practice during the off week. Can Georgia find a way to win without the best back in America?
4) With Florida’s quarterback issues, why don’t the Gators just run the ball against LSU? Freshman Treon Harris came off the bench to give Florida a spark in last week’s 10-9 win at Tennessee. Now Harris is the subject of a sexual assault investigation and has been indefinitely suspended. That means Jeff Driskel, whose confidence has to be waning, is back on the field. How about this? LSU has played three teams with a pulse this season (Wisconsin, Mississippi State, Auburn). Those three teams have combined to run for 868 yards (289.3 average). Seems pretty simple to me.
5) Can Alabama protect the football at Arkansas? When you lose there are usually a number of things going wrong. Well, here is a big one for Alabama (4-1, 1-1 SEC). In five games, Alabama has forced only five turnovers but has given away the ball nine times. That minus-4 turnover ratio is next to last in the SEC behind Vanderbilt (minus-6). Alabama has lost six fumbles, second only to Mississippi State’s seven. Arkansas (3-2, 0-2) took Texas A&M to the limit two weeks ago and had last week off to prepare.