Topics for Discussion: Divisional Front-Runners and Vanderbilt's and Missouri's Expectations

Kevin C. Cox

A few things to chew on after the weekend that was in the SEC, from which teams are best positioned to play in Atlanta to what we can expect from Tyler Murphy

Does anybody want this thing? The two divisional front-runners coming into Saturday were Alabama in the SEC West and Georgia in the SEC East. Both ended up with pretty solid margins of victory against their overwhelmed mid-major foes, but both also struggled with those teams in the early going and sometimes in the late going. Georgia and North Texas were tied at 21 until more than halfway through the third quarter; Alabama was never really in danger of losing to Colorado State, but seemed to be letting the Rams back into the game in the third quarter before tacking on two more scores in the fourth. So are you worried about either of those teams after this week's performance? Do you think either of them has been replaced as the best teams in their respective divisions?

Who you got? Speaking of Georgia and perhaps LSU, the two of them will meet this Saturday in Athens. Who do you think wins, and what other SEC games are you going to be keeping an eye on?

What can we reasonably expect from Tyler Murphy? This was actually tweeted in the aftermath of Jeff Driskel's injury and the game that followed:

There is no reason to think that Murphy can't be a quality starting quarterback in the SEC. There is also no reason to start comparing him to Tim Tebow. But what do you think we'll see out of Murphy, who is now the starter for Florida for the remainder of the season? And can Florida still compete with Driskel out for the year?

Is Vanderbilt back to being Vanderbilt again? The Commodores also didn't light up the scoreboard, particularly not early, against UMass in their trip to New England. Is that just another example of the potential upset bug that seemed to be going around Saturday? Or does it in fact signal that there might be some problems in the Vanderbilt program beyond the obvious distraction right now? Is Vanderbilt still going to be able to make its third consecutive bowl?

You buying Missouri yet? The other other Tigers are 3-0 after a win at Indiana, having beaten an admittedly mid- to lower-tier B1G opponent on the road in convincing fashion. Missouri gained 623 yards against the Hoosiers and won 45-28. Missouri notched 33 first downs. Dorial Green-Beckham is starting to play up to his recruiting hype, hauling in eight catches in this game for 105 yards and a touchdown. But Missouri doesn't start its SEC season until October, so how do you think they'll do once they get there?

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