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4 Downs: News/notes from MSU's future opponents

 

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1ST DOWN: Georgia taking on a new QB ... for now 

 

One of the biggest notes from Georgia's win over Appalachian State was that starting quarterback Jacob Eason went down, paving the way for freshman Jake Fromm to throw for 143 yards and a touchdown on 10-for-15 passing. Kirby Smart announced today that Eason's going to be out at least for the Notre Dame game, so the big test of Georgia' non-conference slate is going to be with Fromm at the helm. 

 

This game is unfortunately happening in the same time slot as the MSU-Louisiana Tech game, but for those that have a dual-TV setup or aren't scared of flipping between games in commercial breaks, pay attention to this one. Knee injuries can be finicky, so it's certainly possible that Fromm is the guy when MSU goes to Georgia later this month. 

 

2ND DOWN: Alabama defense dinged up 

 

Nick Saban did a Monday press conference and told reporters two linebackers, Terrell Lewis and Christian Miller, are out for the season and two more, Rashaan Evans and Anfernee Jennings, are also hurt and are on a day-to-day basis. 

 

Miller and Lewis were depth pieces that Alabama was going to call on throughout the year, but I think the two that are coming back at some point, Evans and Jennings, are the more notable names. Since Alabama's next four games -- Fresno State, Colorado State, Vanderbilt and Ole Miss -- shouldn't be a problem, I wouldn't be surprised to see them take this game off and be ready to go for the SEC schedule. 

 

3RD DOWN: Blame to go around in Lexington 

 

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops met with the media today and, as I saw from Joe Mussatto of SEC Country, he wasn't shy about passing around fault for the dud of an offensive performance against Southern Miss Saturday: 3-13 on 3rd down, 254 total yards, barely more than two yards per carry, etc. I said this in the Keeping Up post from yesterday, but I was surprised by Kentucky's struggles. I'm not passing judgment on one game, but I wonder if the loss of Stanley "Boom" Williams is going to be too big for the next guys up to replace. 

 

4TH DOWN: Panic button in Provo? 

 

Here's a quote from BYU coach Kalani Sitake according to Jay Drew: "I know I am coming down hard on the offense, but man, that was the issue...and Ty (offensive coordinator Ty Detmer) knows that." Here are some numbers on how bad the BYU offense has been in its first two games, an unimpressive win over Portland State before a shutout loss to LSU. 

 

- 97th nationally in yards per play 

 

- 81st in yards per carry 

 

- 95th in yards per pass attempt 

 

- 63rd in 3rd-down completion percentage 

 

- T-90th in yards per carry on 3rd-and-short (1-3 yards to go)

 

 

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