Kentucky @ Missouri
Somebody had to come away with their first SEC win: congrats Missouri, you won’t come in dead last in the East. A sloppy game with three turnovers, Missouri was able to out athlete Kentucky (which isn’t hard). Even with the win, it doesn’t change how awful Missouri is.
Tennessee @ South Carolina
Derek Dooley can’t catch a break. Clearly playing for his job, he needed a marquee win to help his case and was within three points of it. Unfortunately, three points do not equal a win, and Tennessee fell to South Carolina. Connor Shaw had a strong outing after struggling in his last two games. The signal caller was able to score four touchdowns on the day. Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray was publicly questioned by Derek Dooley and responded like a man on a mission, with four touchdowns through the air. Even though the Gamecocks were able to pull out the win, they suffered a terrible loss when running back Marcus Lattimore went down during the game. Lattimore was struck in the knee and carted off the field. This was the second time in two years that Lattimore has had a knee injury (each to a different knee). It was a very emotional sight as the Carolina players came on the field, and, in one of the best acts of
respect and class, the Tennessee bench soon followed. The full scope of the injury is still unknown, but Steve Spurrier has indicated that Lattimore is done for the year. Thoughts and prayers go out to Marcus
for a full recovery.
Ole Miss @ Arkansas
There were a lot of happy thoughts for Hog fans. They seemed to have found their stride and broke away from the horrible first half of the season with two straight wins. A bowl game would go a long way to salvaging the season. Just so happens, those two wins came over the worst teams in the league and Ole Miss showed just how improved they are. The Rebels secured their second SEC win of the season with a field goal as time expired. The Hogs came out strong and held the lead through most of the first half, but it was a back and forth battle after that. It will be interesting to see if Ole Miss can keep riding this momentum and if this was just a bump in the road for Arkansas’ progress.
Texas A&M @ Auburn
Auburn is an embarrassment. In their home stadium, in front of a sparse crowd, the Tigers from the Plains got crushed by Texas A&M, 63-21. Johnny Football had a nice bounce back game with 350 yards and five total touchdowns. Auburn was completely hapless in this game, so much so that the Aggies pulled their starters early in the third quarter. Auburn was so bad, Kyle Field actually made fun of them. When the opposing team gives a mock applause because you finally forced a punt, your season is officially shot.
Mississippi State @ Alabama
Coming into the game, Mississippi State was the best team Alabama would face at this point in the season. Alabama destroyed the Bulldogs, 38-7. This was the best competition the Tide had faced all year, and they made it look easy. Again, Alabama executed with machine like precision in all facets of the game, but none more so than rushing defense. The Tide defense was able to hold Mississippi State to 47 rushing yards, effectively making the Bulldogs a one dimensional team. As impressive as State quarterback Tyler Russell has been, he was largely ineffective, throwing an interception the only time State threaten to score in meaningful playing time. If Mississippi State is the toughest test for Alabama, the Tide looks impossible to stop.
UMass @ Vanderbilt
Vanderbilt did what they should have against a Div. 1-AA, excuse me, Football Championship Subdivision. Flexed their muscles and got an easy win. The Commodores bowl hopes are still alive for another week.
Florida @ Georgia
Florida was number two in the BCS and the favorite to win the East. People really said they were the second best team in the SEC. It all came crashing down on Saturday. Florida was defeated by Georgia, 17-9. Florida’s biggest advantage through the year has been sound defense and ball security. Saturday, the Gators turned the ball over six times, which led to their downfall. Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel was called on to do more in this game and proved that he may not be ready for primetime with two picks. Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray did not fare much better, throwing three interceptions himself. At the end of the day, it was Georgia’s much maligned defense that rose to the challenge and held the Gators running game to 81 yards. Georgia is now in the driver’s seat to Atlanta and the SEC Championship, with only Ole Miss and Arkansas in their way.
We wrap up the week in review with our play of the day. This one honors Jarvis Jones, linebacker for Georgia. Jones is considered by many to be the #1 pick in the draft next year, and he showed why this week. With Florida on the doorstep of punching in the potential game tying score, Jordan Reed took flight. However, Jones came in, punched the ball out, and secured the upset for his Bulldogs. Check it out.
It’s not too often that a defensive player is at the top of the draft board, but Jones may very well be worth it. He has the perfect combination of size and speed that it takes to be an NFL linebacker.
What did you think of Georgia’s upset over Florida? Do they have a shot at beating Alabama? And what did you make of their big win over Mississippi State? Let us know in the comments!