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AUBURN, Ala. -- I know Georgia fans are frustrated by their 4-3 record and loss to Vanderbilt Saturday, but they’re taking it to extremes with the attacks on coach Mark Richt and defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.

Malzahn and his players celebrate the big win at Texas A&M/Todd Van Emst photo

This team had to replace eight starter on defense, including seven that were drafted, and has been decimated by injuries, especially on offense.

Georgia went into the Vanderbilt game without its top two running backs and three of its top four receivers. They lost this year’s leading receiver, Chris Conley, to an ankle injury during the game.

This Bulldog team can still be very dangerous when they start getting more of their injured players back, starting with their next game against Florida Nov. 2.....

How about No. 5 Missouri with back-to-back wins over Georgia and Florida. They dominated the Gators 36-17 with backup quarterback Maty Mauk. Missouri has a two-game lead in the SEC East and can take a huge step toward clinching a berth in the SEC Championship game with a win at home against No. 20 South Carolina Saturday.

The Gamecocks are coming off a 23-21 loss at Tennessee and will likely be without starting quarterback Connor Shaw after he sprained his knee against the Vols. Don’t count out South Carolina, however. I think they have one of the SEC’s best defense and offensive line along with a very underrated running back in Mike Davis.....

Speaking of the Palmetto State, what was Clemson coach Dabo Swinney thinking when he said, “We’d probably win five, they’d probably win five,” if Clemson and Florida State played 10 times? This came three days after the Seminoles blasted the Tigers 51-14 in Death Valley. I doubt even the most ardent Clemson fans believe that line of bull from Swinney.....

Big wins by Vanderbilt, Tennessee and Ole Miss this week. The Rebels have also dealt with a lot of injuries this season and were coming off three straight losses. They’ve got a chance to finish the season very strong with four straight home games against Idaho, Arkansas, Troy and Missouri, before the Egg Bowl at Mississippi State Nov. 28.....

No. 1 Alabama crushed Arkansas 52-0. I’m not sure the Tide will be tested until the Iron Bowl Nov. 30. LSU visits Bryant-Denny Nov. 9 but they’ve played poorly on the road with losses at Georgia and Ole Miss. Even a blowout win at Mississippi State was tight until the fourth quarter.....

At 0-4, Arkansas is halfway to an 0-8 finish in the SEC with the best chance of a conference win coming at home against Mississippi State Nov. 23. The Hawgs do have two weeks to get ready for Auburn Nov. 2 but I expect the Tigers, with all the Arkansas connections on Gus Malzahn’s staff, will be pretty fired up for that one.....

Two teams looking for their first SEC win play this Saturday as Kentucky visits Mississippi State. It’ll probably be the second-best game in the SEC this week behind South Carolina-Missouri. Not a great weekend of SEC action.....

I’m not surprised Miami got off with a nine scholarship penalty over three years in the Nevin Shapiro case. They’ve already self-imposed a two-year bowl ban and an investigation that took three years ought to be considered a penalty in itself. The NCAA comes off as slow, incompetent and weak. Tell me something I didn’t already know.....

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