Three SEC teams just happened to go on the horrible streak of losing all of their games in the month of October. October is the time when the meat of the SEC schedule kicks into high gear, and winning none of those games will land your coach on The Green Mile – the end of the line.
Auburn, Kentucky and Tennessee all passed through October sucking hind teat and struggling to keep their fan bases and head coaches.
Let’s quickly review what a horrible month it was for all three teams.
Auburn (1-7, 0-6)
Oct. 6: Lost to Arkansas 24-7
Oct. 13: Lost to Ole Miss 41-20
Oct. 20: Lost to Vanderbilt 17-13
Oct. 27: Blown out by Texas A&M 63-21
This Week: New Mexico State (1-7)
Kentucky (1-8, 0-6)
Oct. 6: Lost to Mississippi State 27-14
Oct. 13: Blown out by Arkansas 49-7
Oct. 20: Lost to Georgia 29-24
Oct. 27: Blown out by Missouri 33-10
This Week: Vanderbilt (4-4)
Tennessee (3-5, 0-5)
Oct. 6: Bye
Oct. 13: Lost to Mississippi State 41-31
Oct. 20: Blown out by Alabama 44-13
Oct. 27: Lost to South Carolina 38-35
This Week: Troy (4-4)
Which team has the best opportunity to win Saturday?
We can start by saying that Tennessee likely has the toughest game between these three against Troy. The Trojans gained 572 yards against Mississippi State earlier in the year and played them very close, and Tennessee’s defense is the worst in the SEC. This could turn out to be a very close football game, much to the dismay of Tennessee fans…or the delight, depending on how much they want Derek Dooley gone. The good news is that the offense looks to be clicking, because it might take 30 points to beat Troy Saturday.
Auburn gets the easiest draw this week with New Mexico State coming to town. They are 1-7 overall and rank in the 100s in rushing yards (117th), points (100th) and points against (102nd). Their only win came against Sacramento State 49-19 in the first week. If Auburn doesn’t win this game, Gene Chizik will be fired Saturday night. This is as easy as it gets. Which team is hungrier for a victory?