Saturday, November 13, 2010

SEC Storylines For Saturday November 13

1. You have to start with Cam Newton and Auburn taking on Georgia. Everyone has heard the stories about Newton's recruitment, but with Saturday's game how does that affect the Heisman front runner and his team?

The Tigers can go one of two ways: band together and take the "us against the world" mentality or let the distractions get the best of them and not focus on beating a Georgia team who is better than their 5-5 record suggests?

You would not think it by the opponent's record, but this is the biggest test Gene Chizik has faced yet on the Plains.

2. Speaking of Chizik, if he wins Saturday he will have gone 19-5 thus far at Auburn. That is a complete reversal of his head coaching record at Iowa State.

3. Speaking of teams in need of a reversal, Georgia has a great chance to salvage their season by beating Auburn for a fifth straight time. A win Saturday and UGA is bowl eligible for the 14th straight season and will have two weeks to prepare for Georgia Tech, a team they have beaten 8 out of the last 9 times.

4. South Carolina's football history is on the line in the Swamp Saturday With a win the Gamecocks will play for an SEC Championship for the first time ever. But after last week's uninspiring performance against Arkansas, in which Steve Spurrier's team looked very disinterested, can they just turn the switch on this week?

They face a Florida team that has turned the switch on their season. I like the Gators in this one and not because of the Chicken Curse.

5. With all the attention on Newton, Alabama's loss to LSU has been forgotten. Their opponent, Miss State has been dealing with the death of Nick Bell and being the source of the Newton allegations since they last played two weeks ago.

I am very interested to see how motivated Alabama is to play this game with their goals of the season on life support. In 2007 and 2008 Alabama collapsed after a big loss that effectively ended their season (2007 vs La-Monroe, 2008 - vs Utah).

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