It may sound hard to believe, but SEC teams that don't feature Cam Newton are still planning on playing their scheduled games this weekend, despite the fact that no one will be paying any attention. In fact, a few of those games are downright critical, including Alabama trying to stay alive in the SEC West race with a home win over a Mississippi State program that's made a lot of headlins recently for things that don't have much to do with their preparatiosn for the Tide.
Unfortunately for Alabama, they may have to make do without injured running back Trent Richardson :
Richardson increased his practice participation Tuesday, but the sophomore is not certain to play with knee soreness Saturday when the Crimson Tide hosts Mississippi State.At a glance, you wouldn't think any program in the country could be less affected by a running back injury, since the Tide do have the reigning Heisman Trophy winner to turn to. But the Tide are a stunning sixth in the SEC in rushing in conference games, Richardson is averaging more than half-yard more than Ingram per-carry and leads the team in all-purpose yardage, and Ingram hasn't gone over the 100-yard mark rushing in his past five games. The Tide have used Ingram and Richardson as a one-two punch for the better part of the past two seasons, but now that even the one-two punch isn't any more than adequate, how well will the one-one punch work out?
“Trent did some running today, did some work today. But if he’s not better tomorrow, then I don’t know that he’ll be ready to play in the game,” UA coach Nick Saban said. “We’ll just have to wait and see on that one" ...
“If Trent can’t go, Mark [Ingram] is in good shape and Mark is doing fine, and Mark will do a great job for us in the game."
We're not sure of Ingram's thoughts on the subject. But we ca n tell you how he feels about ... well ...
Ingram, as last year's Heisman Trophy winner, has a vote for this year's award. Newton is the front-runner, despite allegations leveled against him over the past week ... Ingram said, if his vote were due today, Newton would likely get his vote.It's that kind of week.
Allegations or not."I know they're undefeated and Cam Newton is playing better football that most everybody in the country right now."