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Topics for Discussion // 10.24.09

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What was that? Alabama survives thanks to the sizable hand of Mt. Cody, Florida defeats Mississippi State in a game that wasn't truly over until late in the fourth quarter and South Carolina had to come back to win against Vanderbilt. LSU was the only ranked team in the league that looked good (at least according to the final score) after being one of the most suspect of the ranked teams all year long. So where does the SEC stand after one of the strangest Saturdays in a while?

Does the weekend take away anything from the inevitable Alabama-Florida showdown in the Championship Game? Neither of these teams looked incredibly impressive Saturday, and they each need the other to be a marquee team in early December. Maybe it's too early to worry about that.

What's wrong with Tim Tebow? Is anything wrong at all? He doesn't seem to have the extra star power that he brought into the season and had a bad night passing (12-of-22, 127 yards, 2 INTs) to go with another fair effort on the ground (22 rushes, 88 yards, 1 TD). If it weren't for his much advertised "leadership," he wouldn't even be in the Heisman race anymore. But let's not forget that he does still lead a team that was undefeated the last time I checked.

What say you about Tennessee? In their next game back from shellacking Georgia and after a bye week, the Vols didn't exactly look stellar against Alabama. A bowl game is still likelier than not, but I'm having trouble seeing how this season ends with Tennessee having more than six or seven wins.

Is Ole Miss back among the better teams? The Rebels piled up 553 yards against Arkansas and limited the high-octane Bobby Petrino offense to 299 total yards. Jevan Snead was 22-of-33 for 332 yards and 2 TDs. Of course, he also threw two picks to go along with a fumble by Cordera Eason. But even with all that, Ole Miss won by nearly two touchdowns.