It’s the week we’ve had circled on our schedules since it was released – Bama week. Do we “Want Bama”? Do we “Respect Bama”? We’ve had plenty of monikers in the past when facing the Crimson Tide, but this week for Around the SEC, I’m here to say that we just need to take the field against the Crimson Tide and GATA.
The Dawgs, according to 247’s Talent Composite, possess a talent advantage for the first time against Alabama since the Composite was started in 2014. Needless to say, this does NOT mean the Dawgs are favored in this game – Vegas has the Crimson Tide as a six-point favorite – however, there is path to victory if the Dawgs’ defense can contain the Tide offense and Stetson’s mobility can extend plays.
For now, let’s take a look around the conference at who is making headlines.
Here’s what’s happening around the SEC:
· The first SEC game has been postponed, as Vanderbilt vs. Missouri will move to December 12th due to a COVID-19 outbreak at Vandy. Here’s hoping all infected are ok and that this doesn’t start a trend in the conference.
· Florida coach Dan Mullen is still yearning for a 90,000 fan-attended Ben Hill Griffin Stadium during the COVID-19 pandemic. Can you imagine 90,000 people paying to watch that defense in person?
· After promising to wear black uniforms this weekend against Kentucky, Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt has had to go back on that promise, stating that Nike shot the idea down. Trust us, black uniforms are only a good idea if you’re blasting “Crank Dat Soulja Boi” in the stadium or are facing off against Colt Brennan.
· Alabama coach Nick Saban accused Ole Miss of stealing signs in the Tide’s 63-48 win over the Rebels. He has since gone back on this accusation, saying he simply meant it felt like the Tide was always one play behind.
· Breakout Texas A&M WR Caleb Chapman is done for the year due to a torn ACL he suffered on a TD grab against Florida. We are wishing Caleb a speedy recovery.
· Mississippi State head coach Mike Leach is non-committal about QB K.J. Costello’s status as the team’s starter. This opens the door for Will Rogers to overtake the SEC’s all-time single game passing record holder.
Until next week - wash your hands, wear your masks, and GO DAWGS!!!