SEC's top five

dshirley@macon.comSeptember 23, 2013 

1. Special teams are key: Georgia has had at least one special teams blunder in all three of its games, and there were two Saturday against North Texas: a kickoff return for a touchdown allowed and a blocked punt for a touchdown. Coaches talk all the time about the importance of special teams, and it might sound cliche, but it's certainly true. Georgia needs to get these things cleaned up.

2. Not paper Tigers: LSU is off to a 4-0 start and has a couple of impressive wins over TCU and Auburn. The Tigers are next up for Georgia in a top-10 showdown, the Bulldogs' third this season and second at Sanford Stadium.

3. New starter at QB: The Florida Gators will have to turn to Tyler Murphy at quarterback after Jeff Driskel was lost for the season with an injured ankle. Murphy was solid in the Gators' win over Tennessee, and Florida will need similar performances from their new signal-caller moving forward. 

4. Awful Vols: Saturday's Florida-Tennessee game was ugly, and the struggles were on both sides offensively. But Tennessee's offense was atrocious. The Vols had just 220 yards of total offense -- 154 passing (completing 14-of-34 passes) and 66 rushing (averaging 2.9 yards per carry).

5: Bama's rolling?: Alabama is 3-0, but except for a shootout win over Texas A&M, the Alabama offense has not been impressive. That continued Saturday against Colorado State on Saturday, and the Crimson Tide will need to be better offensively moving forward.


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