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Tennessee-Georgia highlights an underwhelming Week 5 schedule

The Volunteers are still looking for head coach Derek Dooley's signature win.

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With Auburn on its bye, we were looking forward to a full day of watching other quality SEC games. So much for that idea. The Week 5 slate is a little less than inspiring, so we'll just have to hope for some random acts of HAM.


TENNESSEE (3-1) AT No. 5 GEORGIA (4-0), 2:30 p.m.

TV: CBS | Play-by-play: Verne Lundquist, Analysis: Gary Danielson, Sideline: Tracy Wolfson | Line: Georgia -14

For two and a half quarters, Tennessee looked like it was ready to put its name back on the map with a marquee home win over Florida. Then, the Volunteers managed to be outscored 24-0 over the last 18:37 of the game. Georgia looked shaky at times over its first three games, but the Bulldogs absolutely creamed Vanderbilt last week, 48-3.

Georgia should have a big advantage in this game. The matchup is at Sanford Stadium in Athens, the Dawgs have an SEC-leading offense -- 47.5 points per game -- and the Vols are giving up 31.5 points over their last two games. That two-touchdown line could look like an understatement by the end of the afternoon.


MISSOURI (2-2) at CENTRAL FLORIDA (2-1), 11 a.m.

TV: SportSouth | Play-by-play: Ron Thulin, Analysis: Shaun King, Sideline: Desmond Purnell | Line: UCF -2.5

Come on, Missouri, don't you know that SEC teams don't play away games against schools like Central Florida? Well, Mississippi State played at Troy a couple of weeks ago, but we'll just ignore them. The Tigers have lost both of their conference games by 21 points and actually find themselves in the underdog role against UCF. James Franklin has struggled this season, and the Knights' offense has averaged 35 points per game. If this turns into a shootout, the Tigers could be in trouble.

ARKANSAS (1-3) at TEXAS A&M (2-1), 11:21 a.m.

TV: SEC Network | Play-by-play: Dave Neal, Analysis: Andre Ware, Sideline: Cara Capuano | Line: A&M -14

Poor, poor Arkansas. This was supposed to be the year that the Razorbacks finally competed for an SEC title. Instead, Bobby Petrino got a little greedy with Fayetteville's local "talent," Jeff Long made the bonehead hire of the decade in John L. Smith, and the Razorbacks' season has completely gone off the rails. The jury is still out on A&M but the Aggies should have no problem driving up and down the field against Arky. The Hog defense is allowing 438 yards and 38 points per game. Even Ted Roof thinks those numbers pathetic.

No. 6 SOUTH CAROLINA (4-0) at KENTUCKY (1-3), 6 p.m.

TV: ESPN2 | Play-by-play: Mark Jones, Analysis: Brock Huard, Sideline: Jessica Mendoza | Line: SC -21

Two years ago, a highly-touted South Carolina team went into Lexington and fell victim to a underrated Kentucky. Fortunately for the Gamecocks, this year's edition of Kentucky doesn't feature Mike Hartline, Randall Cobb or Chris Matthews. Carolina hasn't looked great this year, and Marcus Lattimore doesn't seem to be 100 percent. Still, Kentucky is awful, and if the Wildcats beat the 21-point spread, it will be an upset.

TOWSON (2-1) at No. 3 LSU (4-0), 6 p.m.

TV: ESPNU | Play-by-play: Clay Matvick, Analysis: Matt Stinchcomb, Sideline: Allison Williams | Line: off

We're sure Towson is a great school filled with fine people. And we'd guess that the football players are upstanding members of society. But this game will be as bad as LSU wants. The Bayou Bengals will likely work on correcting issues from the Auburn game and hone the gameplan for the trip to No. 11 Florida.

OLE MISS (3-1) at No. 1 ALABAMA (4-0), 8:15 p.m.

TV: ESPN | Play-by-play: Joe Tessitore, Analysis: Matt Millen, Sideline: Shannon Spake | Line: Alabama -30

You know a team is good when it goes into a conference game against a 3-1 opponent as a 30-point favorite. The Rebel offense is actually solid, averaging 37 points and 488 yards per game. But the Tide defense is putting up otherworldly numbers right now: 5.3 ppg, 185 ypg. Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace may be able to throw on the Alabama secondary a bit, but eventually, the 'Bama 'D' will shut the Rebels down. Ole Miss' defense is atrocious, and Alabama's running game will be able to go crazy. With the game being in Tuscaloosa, the Tide should have this one wrapped up by halftime.