SEC Capsules: Sept. 29

MISSOURI (2-2) AT CENTRAL FLORIDA (2-1)

Time: Noon.

TV: FSTN.

Skinny: The Tigers travel to the Southeast again, but, to their relief, not for an SEC opponent. Missouri's James Franklin needs a good game to quell a growing quarterback controversy. Central Florida's only loss was at Ohio State.

Key players: Missouri's Dorial Green-Beckham was the nation's top recruit, but the 6-6 receiver has had a modest start, with six catches for 48 yards and four rushes for 20 yards. UCF hopes to get starting tailback Latavius Murray (shoulder) back for the first time since the opener.

Line: UCF by 3.

ARKANSAS (1-3, 0-1 SEC) AT TEXAS A&M (2-1, 0-1)

Time: 12:21 p.m.

TV: WVLT.

Skinny: The beleaguered Razorbacks haul the SEC's worst defense (458.8 yards per game) to College Station, where freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel has been running wild.

Key players: Forget Joe Adams. The Aggies' Dustin Harris set a school and SEC single-game record last week with eight punt returns for 246 yards against South Carolina State. On the season, Harris averages an SEC-best 20.4 yards per attempt.

Line: Texas A&M by 13 1/2.

SOUTH CAROLINA (4-0, 2-0 SEC) AT KENTUCKY (1-3, 0-1)

Time: 7 p.m.

TV: ESPN2.

Skinny: Last time South Carolina came to Lexington, the 10th-ranked Gamecocks were upset 31-28. Since then, Carolina and Kentucky have headed in opposite directions.

Key players: After the Gamecocks pounded UK 54-3 last year in Columbia, Steve Spurrier noted Kentucky had a good punter. Ryan Tydlacka is gone, but freshman Landon Foster is averaging 43.3 yards.

Line: Carolina by 21.

TOWSON (2-1) AT LSU (4-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

TV: ESPNU.

Skinny: Towson's nickname is the Tigers. At least there's that in common. Towson goes from playing St. Francis (N.Y). to Saturday night in Death Valley.

Key players: Coach Les Miles praised QB Zach Mettenberger's play last week even though his two fumbles helped Auburn hang close. Mettenberger has to get more comfortable if the LSU offense is going to match the defense's contributions in a national championship chase.

Line: None.

OLE MISS (3-1, 0-0 SEC) AT ALABAMA (4-0, 1-0)

Time: 9:15 p.m.

TV: ESPN.

Skinny: The Rebels are the last team in the SEC to get around to playing a conference game. Ole Miss leads the SEC in rushing at 259.8 yards a game. That will change after tonight, when the Rebels run into Alabama's defense that allows 62.2 rushing yards a game.

Key players: Alabama QB A.J. McCarron is more than just a game manager. He leads the SEC in passing efficiency with a 188.6 rating, with 10 TD passes and zero interceptions in 81 attempts. He hasn't thrown a pick in his past 176 attempts.

Line: Alabama by 31.

Mike Strange

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Comments » 2

VolGrad writes:

Mizzou, A&M, SC, LSU, and Bama.

Go Vols! Beat the dawgs!!!

voloffaith writes:

in response to VolGrad:

Mizzou, A&M, SC, LSU, and Bama.

Go Vols! Beat the dawgs!!!

You know you probably will make good ole PH ticked cos he might think you're squeezing his turf......prognosticator magnificant!

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