It was a very uneventful weekend in the SEC. Most of the league had uneventful games, with predictable finishes. LSU, South Carolina, Georgia, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt all crushed their out of conference foes of the week. Ole Miss got walloped by Texas in Oxford and Mississippi State survived a surprising scare against Troy (at Troy no less). The remaining slate in the SEC provided a little more excitement for the weekend.
My upset of the week came through. Western Kentucky was an afterthought following the shut out by Alabama and Kentucky having a pulse on offense. Athlete for athlete, Kentucky had the advantage on Western Kentucky, but the Hilltoppers are a well-coached team and that showed on Saturday. Western Kentucky hung around all game and took Kentucky to OT, where they won on a two point conversion. I think this lost has sealed the fate of Kentucky coach Joker Phillips. Kentucky will struggle to get to a bowl game and that has become the stable for the program. When the Wildcats go looking for a new coach, they should stop at opposite sideline and find their next coach in Willie Taggart of WKU.
The University of Louisiana-Monroe had just upset Arkansas the previous week and they arrived on the plains of Auburn with another upset on their mind. Auburn managed to survive an overtime thriller with the Warhawks, winning 31-28. The Warhawks missed a field goal in overtime and Auburn was able to steal the win, but the game really came down to the end of the first half. Tied 14-14, Auburn quarterback Kiehl Frazier tossed a Hail Mary that saw receiver Sammie Coates come down with it. Without that score, the Warhawks probably manage their second straight SEC win. Even with the W, Auburn is in a bad spot. The Tigers are not a very good team on either side of the ball and they welcome in the LSU Tigers this weekend. Gene Chizik needs this win to keep his seat from getting a little warm.
Speaking of hot seats; welcome back Derek Dooley. I hope Coach Dooley enjoyed his stay off the heat seat, but the Vols loss to Florida has put him right back on it. Tennessee led Florida by two scores late in the third quarter. The Gators then went on to score 17 unanswered points. Tennessee had only one scoring drive in the second half along with no first downs in the fourth quarter. Florida made second half adjustments and Tennessee was not able to get anything going. Now, Florida is a legitimate contender for the SEC East. Tennessee, on the other hand, does not have any room for error, especially if Dooleywants to stay in Knoxville.
Things are bad in Arkansas. Actually, bad does not really do the situation justice. Horrendous, embarrassing, disappointing, maybe all of the above. Ever since Bobby Petrino was fired for his various indiscretions, it was only a matter of time until the wheels fell off in Arkansas. No one expected the University of Louisiana-Monroe to first expose Arkansas, but that is exactly what they did. After that humiliating loss, Arkansas needed to regroup and get a confidence building win. What they got was Alabama. That game was over before it began, but the Tide made it official, throttling the Hogs 52-0. As bad as the beating on the field was, it was the actions off the field that told the story. Coach John L. Smith gave a baffling halftime interview, but worse yet, Tyler Wilson called out his teammates for quitting. It is only going to get worse for the Hogs. This was a team that had championship aspirations, but will be lucky to make the Music City Bowl. It will be interesting to see how the Hogs respond next week.
What did you think of the weekend for the SEC? Can anyone contend with the two powerhouse programs: LSU and Alabama? Let us know in the comments!