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will georgia run the ball against the gators?

by tony barnhart | thursday, october 25, 2007, 06:26 am

the atlanta journal-constitution

five burning questions as we head into the weekend:

1. will georgia run the ball against the gators? after watching kentucky s andre woodson throw for 415 yards against florida, it s going to be tempting for georgia to turn matt stafford loose against that young secondary of the gators. but the two teams that beat florida (auburn, lsu) did it by running the football to set up the play action pass. kentucky threw it 50 times but after the game coach rich brooks was lamenting the fact that he could not run it more. both auburn and lsu wore down the florida defense in the fourth quarter with the run. this should be knowshon moreno s game.

2. can virginia tech pressure matt ryan? tonight we find out if boston college is the real deal when the no. 2 eagles go to virginia tech. ryan, the bc quarterback, is in the top three on most heisman ballots but has yet to face a defense like bud foster s group. virginia tech will try to get pressure on him with the front four and if that doesn t work, the hokies will start using some of their blitz packages. if ryan has time, he will pick most defenses apart. virginia tech, by the way, is 13-2 in thursday night games.

3. how did florida state beat alabama? the seminoles (1-3 acc) have won exactly one conference game this season. that came against n.c. state (0-3). florida state (4-3) beat alabama 21-14 on sept. 29 but as a team seems to have gotten worse in october. alabama has won three straight since then and is on top of the sec west with lsu. in a season full of strange things, this is one really befuddles me.

4. what will be the mood saturday night in knoxville? the volunteer nation is pretty disgusted after watching their volunteers get hammered last saturday at alabama. many of them think it s time to really shake things up in the football program. so how do they react when steve spurrier, the man they love to hate, comes to neyland stadium on saturday night? do they get fired up like they did for georgia? or do they sit on their hands and wait for the team to do something? it s going to be interesting.

5. will kentucky be ready to play? the wildcats (6-2) have been pretty geeked up the past two weeks to play no. 1 (at the time) lsu and florida. no team in college football could be more drained. but kentucky has the talent to finish10-2 and go to a great bowl if the wildcats can stay focused. their final four games with mississippi state, vanderbilt, georgia, and tennessee are all winnable. how will they play when mississippi state (4-4) comes to commonwealth stadium on saturday?

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