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3 Days of Hype

We here at the Dweller are not oblivious to what is going on this weekend.  That’s right, it’s Kentucky vs. Ole Miss Week!  Ok, ok. . . . it’s Tennessee-Martin at Mississippi State Week!?  Fine, I’ll get serious. . . the only game that anyone cares about this weekend and a game with more hype than many in recent memory (outside of possibly the Florida/Alabama SEC Championships of ’08 and ’09), is this weekends #1 vs. #2 matchup in Tuscaloosa.  In anticipation of the matchup, we’re going to give you what we’re calling 3 Days of Hype.

LSU and Alabama come into this weekend being two of the most dominant SEC teams that I can remember in my lifetime.  Fans of other teams can get mad at that statement all they want but it’s the truth.  Alabama, for example, has won every matchup this season by at least 16 points, while LSU has won all of their matchups by no less than 13 points.  LSU beat defending National Champion Auburn 45-10 two weeks ago while Alabama beat the current #7 team in the nation Arkansas by 24 points.

Tyrann Mathieu and the LSU secondary will look to swing momentum

While some will argue that the league is in a down year (and they are right, to a point), there is no denying the dominance that both of these teams have shown through the season’s first eight games.  Both teams feature defenses with multiple players who will start in the NFL next year and offenses that are efficient and meticulous.  While LSU may have the edge at wide receiver, Alabama has the edge at runningback and while LSU may have the most talented secondary in the country, Alabama puts possibly the nation’s most talented linebacker group on the field each week.

One of the game's big questions is whether LSU can slow down Heisman contender Trent Richardson

People can try all they want to break down this matchup (and we will also over the next couple of days) but the fact of the matter is that no one really knows which way this game is going to go.  If Trent Richardson ran for 2 touchdowns and the Tide won by 10 points, no one would really be all that surprised.  If Tyrann Mathieu and the LSU secondary returned two pick-sixes and won by 10 points, no one would be surprised, either.  What I can say for certain, though, is that this game has the makings of one of the most epic games the SEC has ever seen, so get your mind right.

Week 6 Recap

This weekend did little to add any clarity to the SEC title chase, at least not in the West.  LSU and Alabama still appear to be headed on a collision course to one of the better regular season games in the conference within recent memory.

Alabama looked bored by Vanderbilt for the first half and only mustered 14 measly points while allowing a few big plays before bowing up in the redzone and getting lucky with a couple of Vanderbilt missed field goals.  The Tide continues

Alabama knocked yet another QB out

to absolutely dominate on the defensive side of the ball, to the point that I told my wife this weekend that I’m not sure it’s possible to have that many good athletes on one defense without cheating.   Here’s hoping I’m wrong.  They managed to knock out a third quarterback in two weeks and Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray decided to go ahead and get hurt this week to avoid the inevitable.

The Honeybadger don't care

LSU and Tyrann “the honeybadger” Mathieu were opportunistic again but owe the Tide a little thank you card for knocking Florida’s first two quarterbacks out.  The Tigers would have dominated this game even if John Brantley had played but it certainly didn’t hurt that he didn’t play.  Trey Burton was asked following the game who had the better defense, Alabama or LSU, and he said that it was Alabama’s.  LSU fans can be mad about this but the guy did just play both teams in consecutive weeks, so there’s probably some legitimacy to his comments.

In other news, Arkansas let Auburn score 14 first quarter points and then shut them down for the rest of the game and came away with a dominating

Kiehl Frazier is probably the guy going forward at Auburn

performance.  Auburn has found ways to win consistently but their youth finally caught up with them in this one.  Kiehl Frazier will more than likely be a quality player in the future but if he becomes the starter right now, Auburn fans can most likely expect some growing pains over the next couple of months.

Georgia and Tennessee played a mediocre game that could well decide the SEC East and it’s only fitting that the game was nothing spectacular.  Georgia won and in the process returned themselves into the discussion of teams that could win the East but South Carolina, behind Connor Shaw, blew past Kentucky and re-asserted themselves as the favorite.  Kentucky is nothing special, obviously, but I’d be surprised to see Shaw replaced by Stephen Garcia in the near future.  Who knows, though, Steve Spurrier apparently has a weakness for Garcia’s impeccable hair and beard.