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Internal affairs in the SEC

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

We take our weekly "Internal Affairs" look at the SEC. And by the way, judging by the performances from Florida and Georgia last week, I guess the Big 12 Conference isn't the only one capable of putting up big offensive numbers. The Gators and Bulldogs combined for 115 points and 889 yards of total offense in their blowout wins:

Less is more: LSU quarterback Jarrett Lee hasn't been as bad as some of the criticism the last week would suggest. It's just that four of his bad throws have turned into touchdowns for the other team. The Tigers aren't going to kick him to the curb, but they are going to give him less responsibility and will condense the playbook the rest of the season. The idea is to put less on his shoulders and give him fewer things to think about. Lee has been sharing snaps this season with Andrew Hatch, but Hatch is nursing an injury to his left leg. LSU coach Les Miles said true freshman Jordan Jefferson has continued to get increased snaps in practice and could play Saturday against Tulane.

Throwing to Demps: It's a given that freshman Jeffery Demps has changed the way defenses are playing Florida. You've got to account for his speed on every play. He's a touchdown waiting to happen. The newest wrinkle with Demps is using him more out of the backfield as a receiver. He catches the ball well and is a nightmarish matchup for any linebacker or safety trying to cover him. The other thing that having Demps in the backfield does is that it allows the Gators to keep Percy Harvin at receiver or in the slot, and they can move him to the backfield when they want to and not necessarily because they have to.

Catching Clark: Get ready for a heavier dose of true freshman Arceto Clark at Mississippi State. Last week in the win over Middle Tennessee, Mississippi State coach Sylvester Croom decided to take the redshirt off of Clark, and he only ran one time for 2 yards. Look for that role to greatly expand this week. He's a receiver the Bulldogs can do some different things with and will also likely get some chances returning kicks. Clark was recruited as a cornerback, but Croom talked him into moving to offense this summer. He has the kind of speed the Bulldogs have been lacking on the offensive side of the ball.

Pressing the Vols: Nobody has respected Tennessee's passing game this season, which is why the Vols have routinely seen eight men in the box. Look for South Carolina to load the box even more this Saturday. The Gamecocks have a lot of faith in their cornerbacks to cover in man coverage and will take their chances in going after Tennessee quarterback Nick Stephens, who's hit a few big-gainers to Denarius Moore, but hasn't consistently been able to make teams pay by completing passes down the field. He'll get every chance against the Gamecocks, who will dare the Vols to beat them deep.

Bosley back at center: It looks like senior Jason Bosley is back at his original position of center to stay. With Auburn going back to more of its power sets, the Tigers want one of their most physical blockers in the middle of things. Bosley and Ryan Pugh, who is now back at right tackle, had switched positions earlier in the season. When the Tigers moved Bosley initially, he was playing with an injured shoulder and having trouble snapping the ball, which was of particular concern when they were operating almost exclusively out of the shotgun. Auburn is looking for anything to jump-start an offense ranked 109th in total offense and 102nd in scoring offense.