5 SEC things to watch the rest of November
This weekend’s slate of games changed the landscape of the SEC. Alabama looks like the favorite to win the West Division. Florida clinched the East, but the Gators looked vulnerable in their game against Vanderbilt.
It seems like each week is more unpredictable than the one before it.
Let’s take look at 5 SEC things to watch for the rest of November:
1. The emergence of Alabama: We have known all season long how dangerous the Crimson Tide could be, but were waiting to see it all come together. That happened Saturday as Alabama pummeled LSU. Derrick Henry looked like a strong contender for the Heisman, and Kirby Smart’s defense was sharp and disciplined. Alabama will be challenged by Mississippi State next week, but a second straight Playoff appearance looks probable.
2. How good is Florida? Florida showed an ability to win a close game. But the game with Vanderbilt should not have been close. The Gators still have hope for the Playoff, but they need wins in their last three games (South Carolina, Florida Atlantic and Florida State) and a victory in the SEC championship game.
3. Is Arkansas on the rise? Everyone saw the ridiculous lateral play that gave Arkansas an upset over Ole Miss. But what do we really know about the Razorbacks? It’s obvious that Brandon Allen is playing great, with 21 touchdowns and just four interceptions this season. According to 247Sports, Arkansas has the No. 11 recruiting class in the country right now. The Razorbacks have a chance for another major upset at LSU next weekend. A victory there would provide compelling evidence that Arkansas is on the rise.
4. Will Fournette bounce back? Heading into Saturday’s game, Leonard Fournette seemed invincible. He game into the matchup with more than 150 yards in eight straight games. Alabama dominated the line of scrimmage and held him to just 31 yards on 19 carries. Fournette needs some big performances to regain lost ground in the Heisman race.
5. Does LSU make the playoff? Alabama seems like a lock for the CFB Playoff if it wins out. If the Crimson Tide receives a spot will LSU join them? There’s a chance, but LSU must win its remaining games in impressive fashion to sway the committee.