SEC's top five

dshirley@macon.comSeptember 30, 2013 

1. Finally, end the silliness: Aaron Murray has been criticized throughout his career for his play in big games, and that heated up again with the team's season-opening loss to Clemson. But he has won two huge games in the first month of the season and has played well in both. He was sharp against LSU, throwing for 298 yards and four touchdowns in the 44-41 win. The game-winning drive and touchdown were as good as you'll see from a college quarterback. especially after watching his defense give away the lead.

2. He's pretty good, too: Zach Mettenberger obviously wasn't overwhelmed by the emotions of playing against his former program. The LSU quarterback was dynamic against the Bulldogs' defense with 372 yards and three touchdowns and no interceptions. He did everything he could to win the game. He was calm and cool in the key moments of the game, and that will prove key for the Tigers the rest of the way. 

3. Struggling defenses: SEC defenses aren't supposed to get lit up the way the Georgia and LSU units were Saturday as the Bulldogs rolled up 494 yards and the Tigers had 449. LSU was 10-of-15 on third down, while Georgia had 196 yards rushing and averaged 5.4 yards per carry. Both teams will have to improve on that side of the ball if they want to be great.

4. Upset alert?: Alabama was supposed to be in trouble against Mississippi, right? Well, no. The Crimson Tide dismantled the Rebels, holding Mississippi to 205 yards of total offense, while rolling up 434 yards, including 254 on the ground. So much for Alabama being vulnerable.

5: Plenty of depth at QB: Connor Shaw has been dynamic throughout his career with the South Carolina Gamecocks, but he also has been a little injury prone. But the Gamecocks don't have to worry about that with backup Dylan Thompson ready to step in, and he showed that again Saturday. Shaw went down, and Thompson came in to lead a comeback win over Central Florida.

 

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