Saturday Morning Tailgate: SEC Week 4 – TV Times

Thursday, September 18th, 2014 –  SEC Week 4 – TV Times

Auburn at Kansas State – 7:30 p.m. EST – ESPN

Saturday, September 20th, 2014 –  SEC Week 4 – TV Times

Troy State at Georgia - 12:00 pm EST – SEC Network

Southern Methodist at Texas A&M (in Dallas) - 3:30 pm EST – ESPN2

Florida at Alabama – 3:30 p.m. EST – CBS

Missouri at Indiana – 4:00 p.m. EST – SEC Network

Northern Illinois at Arkansas – 7:00 p.m. EST – ESPNU

Mississippi State at LSU -  7:00 p.m. EST – ESPN

South Carolina at Vanderbilt – 7:30 p.m. EST – SEC Network

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SMT: SEC Team Total Yards Per Game Leaders – Week 3

 

School – TYPG – Passing Yards Per Game – Rushing Yards Per Game

  1. Texas A&M – 595.6 total yards – 408.3 passing yards – 187.0 rushing yards
  2. Alabama – 568.3 total yards – 298.0 passing yards – 270.3 rushing yards
  3. Mississippi State – 526.6 total yards – 266.3 passing yards – 260.3 rushing yards
  4. Ole Miss – 519.7 total yards – 364.7 passing yards – 155.0 rushing yards
  5. Arkansas – 503.7 total yards – 141.7 passing yards – 362.0 rushing yards

 

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Saturday Morning Tailgate: 2014 SEC Bowl Projections

College Football Semifinal (Rose Bowl): Alabama vs. Oregon
Orange Bowl: South Carolina vs. Virginia Tech
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl: Texas A&M vs. Southern California
Capital One Bowl: Auburn vs. Ohio State
TaxSlayer Bowl: LSU vs. Michigan
Outback Bowl: Ole Miss vs.  Iowa
Franklin American Music City Bowl: Georgia vs. Pittsburgh
Belk Bowl: Missouri vs. Louisville
AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl: Mississippi State vs. Texas
AutoZone Liberty Bowl: Florida vs. West Virginia
Birmingham Bowl: Tennessee vs. Duke

 

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SMT: The Razorbacks vs. The Red Raiders – SEC vs. Big 12

 

The Arkansas Run Game Will Explode Against the Red Raiders: It will be a contest of the Attractive vs. Repulsive, New Age vs. Old School, Vial vs. Delicate, referring to the respective head coaches and their brand of offensive football. The Razorbacks and their grotesque head coach travel to Lubbock this weekend to face the George Clooney of college football and his Red Raiders, in a contest that should be titled the Beauty versus the Beast. With these remarks SEC fans may be asking which side of the spectrum does this site endorse? Without question, this site only recognizes God’s Conference and advocating it’s propaganda. Still, this site would be negligent if not to mention the ugliness of both the Razorback’s offensive schemes and the man behind their program. Therefore, this 1970′s offense ran by Arkansas’ head coach Bret Bielema will, for one weekend, stop the media blitz of Big 12 heartthrob Kliff Kingsbury and his version of the Air Raid, and run over the Red Raiders defense. The difference in this contest will be the following:

  • Texas Tech is 2-0 this season but has struggled to stop the rushing attacks of Central Arkansas and UTEP. Central Arkansas rushed for 178 yards, while UTEP rolled up 277 on the ground. With these two contest Texas Tech is ranked 107th in the nation in rush defense, as the Red Raiders are giving up 227.5 rushing yards per game.
  • Arkansas is averaging 324.0 rushing yards per game and 9.4 yards per carry.
  • The Razorbacks’ offensive line has around a 50lbs average weight advantage over the Texas Tech’s defensive line (Arkansas OL at 318 lbs vs. Texas Tech DL at 268 lbs).
  • Texas Tech’s opponents are 10 for 10 in red zone scoring, including the Red Raiders have allowed five rushing touchdowns in the red zone through two games.

 

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SMT: The SEC Game of the Week – UGA vs. USC

The Gamecocks’ Woes in the Passing Game: The South Carolina secondary has been especially awful earlier in the 2014 season, as the Gamecocks are giving up 416 passing yards per game, while allowing opposing quarterbacks are completing 71.7% percent of passes. While understanding that both Texas A&M and East Carolina use an Air-Raid offensive scheme, the South Carolina defense simply has not been able to get off the field. Furthermore, Georgia senior quarterback Hutson Mason should have opportunities for a lot of success on Saturday, as it is expected Gamecock’s defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward will try to stack the box against potential Heisman front-runner Todd Gurley. Hutson Mason and the Georgia wide receiver core must make plays in the vertical passing game to ensure a victory .

The Top Heisman Contender of the SEC: University of Georgia running back Todd Gurley recorded 293 all-purpose yards in the season opening win against Clemson. Gurley will be a tough matchup for a Gamecocks’ defense that is allowing 5.0 yards per carry and 150.5 rushing yards per game, against two teams (Texas A&M and East Carolina) with below average run offenses. Putting aside his special teams return threat, stopping Todd Gurley in the rushing game will be South Carolina’s top coaching priority and possibly the biggest difference in this contest.

Gamecocks’ Passing Game Putting Up Solid Numbers: South Carolina quarterback Dylan Thompson is averaging 14.0 yards per completion in two games against Texas A&M and East Carolina. In these contest Thompson has gone 45 for 78 (57% completion) for 632 yards and five touchdowns, above average statistics by SEC quarterback standards. Gamecocks’ wide receivers Nick Jones (averaging 15.7 yards per reception) and Pharoh Cooper (12.9 yards per reception) are slowly becoming the favorite targets of fifth-year senior quarterback Dylan Thompson.

South Carolina Running Backs Needs Carries: Gamecocks’ running back Mike Davis was limited to 15 yards on six attempts in the season opener against Texas A&M. Davis followed up this horrid showing with a solid performance last weekend, as the junior had 101 rushing yard on 18 carries and two scores in the win over East Carolina. Back-up running back Brandon Wilds, who has been promised an increased role by the Gamecocks coaching staff, added 49 yards on 14 carries. If USC is too upset UGA, the Gamecocks must have a balanced rushing game.

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SMT: Southeastern Conference News, Views and Notes

Aggies’ Rushing Attack Improved From Last Season: The Texas A&M offense is rolling early in the 2014 season, averaging 655 total yards per contest. Diving into the numbers, the Aggies are averaging 458 yards passing per game which is second in the country to the Washington State Cougars. Texas A&M, against their identity as a true Air-Raid offense, is also averaging 197 rushing yards per game, which ranks 54th in all of college football. The Aggies are averaging 5.3 yards per carry behind a veteran offensive line anchored by potential All-American left tackle Cedric Ogbuehi, who opted to return for his senior season instead of declaring for the NFL Draft. Junior center Mike Matthews and sophomore right tackle Germain Ifedi, who will both be in contention for a selection on the All-SEC team in 2014, also return from a unit that allowed Texas A&M to average 185.1 yards rushing per game last season. Below is a breakdown of the Texas A&M individual rushing stats through the first two games:

  • Trey Williams – 20 carries for 132 yards, 6.6 yards per carry and two touchdowns
  • Brice Dolezal – 11 carries for 86 yards, 7.8 yards per carry and one touchdown
  • Brandon Williams – 15 carries for 75 yards, 5.0 yards per carry and zero touchdowns
  • Tra Carson – 7 carries for 30 yards, 4.3 yards per carry and three touchdowns
  • James White – 11 carries for 62 yards, 5.6 yards per carry and two touchdowns

 

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Saturday Morning Tailgate: Week 3 – SEC Predictions & Scores

 

Saturday, September 13th, 2014 – SEC Predictions & Scores

  • Central Florida at Missouri - 12:00 p.m. – Tigers 28 – Golden Knights 27
  • Massachusetts at Vanderbilt – 12:00 p.m. – Commodores 24 – Minute Men 21
  • Georgia at South Carolina – 3:30 p.m. – Bulldogs 31 – Gamecocks 28
  • Arkansas at Texas Tech - 3:30 p.m.  – Razorbacks 34 – Red Raiders 31
  • Mississippi State at South Alabama – 4:00 p.m.  - Bulldogs 38 – Jaguars 17
  • Louisiana Lafayette at Ole Miss - 4:00 p.m.  – Rebels 42 – Ragin Cajuns 21
  • Southern Mississippi at Alabama – 6:00 p.m.  – Crimson Tide 56 – Golden Eagles 7
  • Louisiana Monroe at LSU – 7:00 p.m. – Bayou Bengals 45 – Warhawks 14
  • Kentucky at Florida – 7:30 p.m.  – Gators 35 – Wildcats 24
  • Tennessee at Oklahoma – 8:00 p.m.  – Sooners 41 – Volunteers 31
  • Rice at Texas A&M – 9:00 p.m.  – Aggies 55 – Owls 17

 

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SMT: SEC Underclassmen Earning Their Keep

The SEC Underclassmen: The Southeastern Conference is home to the greatest assortment of college football talent in the nation. Below is a breakdown of the elite underclassmen making a name for themselves in God’s Conference:

  • Alabama sophomore running back Derrick Henry has found his role within the Crimson Tide’s deep stable of tailbacks, rushing for 136 yards and a touchdown in two games this season. Alabama’s running back duo of T.J. Yelton and Derrick Henry will continue punish the SEC linebackers and anchor one of the best rushing attack in college football.
  • Arkansas sophomore running back Alex Collins continues to spearhead the Razorbacks’ rushing attack, leading the team with 199 yards and three touchdowns in two games. Collins’ is blessed with one of the largest offensive lines, considering both height and weight, not just in the Southeastern Conference but in the landscape of college football.
  • Florida sophomore wide receiver Demarcus Robinson has been the best early season surprise for the Gators. Robinson has caught six passes for 123 yards and a touchdown in one contest this season and would be even higher if not for the Idaho cancellation.

 

  • Kentucky sophomore Ryan Timmons has become the most dangerous wide receiver weapon in the Commonwealth, leading all Wildcats with 13 catches for 170 yards.
  • Ole Miss sophomore Laquon Treadwell has caught 11 passes for 136 yards and a touchdown, while drawing double coverage against Boise State and Vanderbilt. Moreover, when teamed with tight end Evan Engram, who has pulled in 11 passes for 153 yards, has given the Rebels maybe the most dangerous aerial attack in the SEC.
  • Tennessee’s’ 6 foot, 5 inch wide receiver Marquez North is one of the more complete pass catchers in the nation, as he accumulated eight catches for 106 yards and two touchdowns in two wins this season. North has also become quarterback Justin Worley’s favorite target early this season, which has led to passing success in 2014.
  • Texas A&M wide receiver Ricky Seals-Jones has caught eight passes for 112 yards and two touchdowns in convincing wins over South Carolina and Lamar. Seals-Jones is the prototype wideout that is developing into one of the biggest game changers in the SEC.

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