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Before the season, many expected this to be a game that would play a role in deciding the national champion. As it turns out, Arkansas has completely fallen apart this year, and LSU lost to both Florida and Alabama in SEC play. The game doesn’t mean as much nationally, but these teams still hate each other and you can expect both teams to fight very hard for a victory.
Arkansas expected to be in the national title picture this year, but everything went wrong in the offseason and that has continued right through the season. John L. Smith has become one of the least popular men in Arkansas, and the team is now 4-5. South Carolina has fallen on some hard times of late, but they are still 7-2 and ranked eighth in the nation. Steve Spurrier’s team looks to pick up another win this Saturday.
The Mississippi Rebels are well on their way to turning the program around after a dismal 2-10 season last year. Hugh Freeze was a great hire by the program, and he has this team playing much better football already. Georgia picked up a huge win last week over the Florida Gators in Jacksonville. Will the Bulldogs be able to use that game to give them momentum for the rest of the season? Let’s take a look at this SEC matchup.
The Texas A&M Aggies have made the tough move to the SEC, and they are finding quite a bit of success thus far. First-year coach Kevin Sumlin has this team playing a new style of football, and it has led the team to a 6-2 record and a spot in the top 25. Mississippi State is 7-1 on the year, with their only loss coming last week to Alabama. The Bulldogs were dominated by the Crimson Tide, but everyone has been so far this year. This is a key SEC matchup for both teams.
It hasn’t taken the Missouri Tigers long to figure out how difficult it is to win in the SEC. Missouri picked up its first SEC win last week against lowly Kentucky. They’ll have a much tougher task this week as they head into the swamp to take on the Florida Gators. The Gators were beaten by rival Georgia last week, and you can bet they are itching to get back on the field.
The Florida Gators might have had a disappointing 2011, but Will Muschamp’s bunch has been on fire in 2012. The Gators are number two in the latest BCS Rankings. They’ll face a stiff test this week when they take on the Georgia Bulldogs at the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party. Emotions will be high, and there is a lot on the line in this key SEC East contest.
Alabama continued its march to the SEC title game and possible berth in the BCS championship with another blow-out win to remain the top-ranked team in the nation. Florida is right behind the Tide at No.2 after an impressive rout of South Carolina. The Gamecocks fell all the way to No.13 in the latest BCS poll, while LSU remained at No.6 and Georgia climbed back into the top 10 at No.10. The surprising Mississippi State Bulldogs are hanging tough at No.11 and Texas A&M fell to No.20 after losing to LSU.
The following is a look at a couple of the top matchups for Week 9 in the SEC along with betting lines as provided by 5Dimes.
Georgia has steamrolled its way to a 5-0 straight-up (2-3 against the spread) start behind an offense that is ranked eighth in the nation in scoring with an average of 48.2 points a game. The Bulldogs are a perfect 3-0 SU in conference play with dominating victories over Missouri, Vanderbilt, and Tennessee in which they outscored their opponents by a combined 140-67. The total has gone OVER in all five games.
LSU is a perfect 5-0 straight-up (2-3 against the spread) on the year, but fell another spot in the latest AP poll after an uninspired 38-22 victory over a heavily outmatched Towson team that came into this game as 43-point underdogs on the road. The Tigers also failed to cover the week before as 18-point favorites on the road against Auburn in a tight 12-10 victory.
Steve Spurrier and his South Carolina Gamecocks are all the way up to number six in this week’s college football rankings. The Gamecocks looked shaky in the season opener at Vanderbilt, but they have gotten stronger each game and last week’s 31-10 win over Missouri was impressive. Kentucky is just 1-3 so far this year, but they have given South Carolina and some other big SEC schools trouble at home over the past few seasons.