NEPD Staff Writer: CJ Sousa
IT IS UPON US! The big time conference match ups begin this week. The crowds are a little louder, the hits are a little harder, and the games certainly mean that much more. But before that excitement, let’s do a quick recap of week 5.
Eyes on the SEC: Saturday started with Tennessee giving a legitimate scare into 17 point favorite #12 Georgia. I see Georgia having big issues down the road if QB Hutson Mason can’t improve his play. If not for the heroic effort of RB Todd Gurley (Just give him the damn’ Heisman already), this would have been a different story. Gurley ended with a career high 208 yards and scored 2 touchdowns. His power, strength, and speed is unmatched across college football. Tennessee freshmen RB Jalen Hurd will be a name to keep an eye on. He grinded out 119 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries against a good Georgia front 7. A&M came back to beat Arkansas in a wild one at Jerry World in OT. A&M QB Kenny Hill lit it up (386 yards, 4 TD, 1 Int), in a season saving effort to climb out of a 14 point 4th quarter hole. Arkansas RB Alex Collins (who I have as the 3rd best RB in the conference) shined as he ran for 131 yards and a touchdown. And in a wild night cap, Missouri went on the road and beat South Carolina in a revenge game from last season. Mizzou scored 14 unanswered to stay in the SEC east race, beating the Gamecocks 21-20. (more…)