A midseason review of the SEC

Take a team-by-team look at the SEC.

Originally Published: October 12, 2004
By Chris Low | Special to
A midseason team-by-team look at the SEC.

How much did quarterback Brodie Croyle mean to Alabama? With him, the Crimson Tide (4-2, 2-2) were a lock to be invited to a bowl game in their first year of post-NCAA sanctions. But his knee injury in the second half of the Western Carolina game changed everything. The passing game has been non-existent under Marc Guillon and Spencer Pennington, although the Crimson Tide ended their two-game losing streak last weekend with a 45-17 whipping of Kentucky.

Pennington started against Kentucky after Guillon experienced muscle tightness in his back. Pennington attempted just 11 passes in the game, and Alabama called 27 straight runs at one point. Obviously, the Tide will have to develop some semblance of a passing game to be successful against some of the teams upcoming on their schedule.

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