Who's Hot, Who's Not
Published: Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 7:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 10:37 p.m.
Who's hot and who's not in the SEC heading into college football's Week 8
Marcus Murphy: Missouri's sophomore return specialist has had three punt returns for touchdowns and a 98-yard kickoff return for a TD last week against Alabama. The four returns for touchdowns are a single-season school record.
Alabama's defense: Like last season, the Tide are back on top of all major defensive categories — scoring, total, pass, rush, pass efficiency — and are tied for first in turnover margin. Alabama held Mizzou to just 129 total yards last week and only three rushing yards.
Sam Montgomery: LSU's junior defensive end had two sacks and a forced fumble in the Tigers' big win over the Gamecocks. Montgomery led an LSU defense that limited Marcus Lattimore to 35 rushing yards.
Gene Chizik: Auburn's coach has waved the white flag this season with a plan to play younger guys. He has good reason to. His team has lost six straight SEC games going back to last year and seven of its past eight. The Tigers are dead last in the SEC in offense and 12th in total defense.
Tennessee defense: The Vols have given up 129 points in their three SEC games. Defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri, hired away from Alabama in the offseason, has the second-worst defense in the SEC.
S. Carolina run defense: The Gamecocks can't be thrilled about facing the Gators' Mike Gillislee after last week's mauling at the hands of LSU's ground game. The Tigers went for 258 yards with two TDs while averaging five yards a carry.