Missouri @ Florida
Florida needed some come from behind magic to survive a scare from Missouri. The Gators pulled out the win 14-7, and as has been the recipe for Florida all year, the Gators won this game on defense, intercepting Missouri quarterback James Franklin four times. The Gators were able to capitalize on the short field twice for scores. Outside of those drives there was not much success on offense. It seemed as if Florida was not as inspired now that they no longer control their chances of making it to the SEC Championship game. The Gators are still alive for now, but they need Auburn to beat Georgia this weekend to make it to Atlanta.
Texas A&M @ Mississippi State
Just two weeks ago, Mississippi State was running the “We Believe” campaign, hoping to continue their undefeated season. Now, they have suffered two back to back blowouts, reaffirming that, no matter what happens, they are still Mississippi State. In the Bulldogs’ defense, they just happened to run into the buzz saw that is Texas A&M and Johnny Football. The Aggies stomped State to the tune of 39-13. The game was over by half time when A&M took a 24-0 lead into the locker room. Again, Manziel was spectacular, accounting for 440 total yards and two rushing touchdowns. State has to regroup from a pair of bad losses as they head into Baton Rouge this weekend, while A&M will go against the stout defense of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
Vanderbilt @ Kentucky
Vanderbilt shutout Kentucky, 40-0. The last time Vandy shutout anyone was in 1968. The team: the Kentucky Wildcats. There really isn’t much to say beyond that about this game.
Troy @ Tennessee
Another week, another struggle for Tennessee, who needed all the luck they could get. The floundering Vols had to eek out a win against Troy at home. Tennessee trailed the Trojans from Alabama in the fourth quarter. It was not until Marlin Lane scored a late touchdown that the Vols were able to put the game away and win 55-48. Tyler Bray threw for five touchdowns in this game and it still wasn’t enough, thanks to the Vols hideous defense. Luckily the Vols have the worst three teams in the East coming up (Mizzou, Vandy, and Kentucky) so they should make a bowl run, but Troy was supposed to be an easy
Tulsa @ Arkansas
Arkansas found themselves in another battle with a mid-major team, but received a different outcome this time. Arkansas defeated Tulsa 19-15. The Golden Hurricane led the game 15-12 in the fourth quarter before the go ahead score. Dennis Johnson did the heavy lifting for Arkansas, rushing for 102 yards and two touchdowns.
New Mexico State @ Auburn
Not much needs to be said about this game. Auburn did what they were supposed to do, they blew out a horrible team. Congrats to the Tigers from the Plain for looking like a good team, beating New Mexico State 42-7. Next week it is back to reality as they play the Georgia Bulldogs. Don’t expect an offensive explosion from Auburn next week.
Ole Miss @ Georgia
There was a mild scare early in Athens as the Ole Miss Rebels tried to extend their hot streak in the SEC. They succeeded at first, jumping out to an early ten point lead over the Bulldogs. Aaron Murray cut that lead down to the three in with the first of his four touchdown passes. His second came with three seconds left in the first half to go up 14-10 on the Rebels. That pass essentially put the knife in Ole Miss. It was all Georgia from that point as they cruised to 37-10. The Bulldogs only need to beat Auburn to secure a trip to Atlanta for the SEC Championship.
Alabama @ LSU
The third match-up of these teams in a year did not disappoint. Alabama came into this game as an unstoppable machine that had completely dominated every opponent they came against. LSU had struggled through the season, already losing once and were completely inept on offense. The Tigers did not have a chance at night in front of their home crowd. The first half seemed to play out that way, with LSU getting an early field goal, but trailing the Tide at halftime 14-3. Then the second half arrived and the Tigers absolutely dominated the Tide. By the end of the fourth quarter, LSU had two touchdowns, 139 yards rushing, 296 yards passing, and no turnovers, almost doubling what the vaunted Tide defense was giving up on the year. Unfortunately for LSU, some questionable play calls and defensive breakdown on the last drive did not allow them to seal victory. AJ McCarron became a legend as he led Alabama on the winning drive that kept their championship dreams alive. It was a heartbreaking loss for the Tigers, but it was the best game between the best programs.
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