Mississippi State @ LSU
LSU was able to shake off a bitter defeat and continue Mississippi State’s downward spiral as the Tigers beat the Bulldogs 37-17. The game was not as lopsided as the score indicates. The Tigers came out a little sluggish and let State get on the board first, but soon overcame the deficit. Zach Mettenberger continued his progress from the Alabama game, going for 273 yards and two touchdowns. Mississippi State was not able to get their ground game going, but had a lot of success through the air, going for 304 yards on the LSU secondary. Even with those numbers, LSU was never in any danger and slammed the door shut with a 100 yard interception return late in the fourth quarter.
Arkansas @ South Carolina
South Carolina was able to keep Arkansas’ bowl hopes at bay for another week, winning 38-20. Only up 14-10 in the waning moments of the game, Steve Spurrier took a chance and had it pay off. On fourth down, with 1:30 remaining in the half, the Gamecocks went for it and Connor Shaw found Bruce Ellington in the end zone to go up 21-10. The Gamecocks would go on to get a pick six that took all of the sails out of Arkansas. Arkansas now has to win its remaining two games against Mississippi State and LSU to become bowl eligible.
Missouri @ Tennessee
Derek Dooley is done at Tennessee. We all knew it before, but losing to Missouri in overtime pretty much seals the deal. Mizzou came back from two touchdowns to force overtime. The last touchdown came on a clutch fourth down pass from Quarterback James Franklin hitting Dorial Green-Beckham with forty-seven seconds left. Six combined touchdowns and a field goal later, the Tigers from the North squeaked by the Vols. Mizzou now has more SEC wins this year than Tennessee has in the last two.
UL-L @ Florida
Florida is 9-1 and ranked sixth in the nation. It took a blocked punt for a touchdown to finish off the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. UL-L put up twenty points on the Gators. To put this in perspective, in the twenty-two games UL-L has played LSU, they have scored a grand total of 25 points. These Gators are due for a mighty fall soon.
Georgia @ Auburn
The formality of Georgia making it to Atlanta was complete when the Bulldogs trashed the hapless Auburn Tigers. This game was over before it even started. Auburn has packed it in for the season. Coaching for his job, Chizik still cannot motivate this team to do anything. Next up is a pissed off Crimson Tide team.
Vanderbilt @ Ole Miss
Vanderbilt showed an incredible will to win on Saturday to beat Ole Miss 27-26. The Commodores were down 26-6 in the third quarter, but were able to rally. Vandy took the lead with 52 seconds left in the game. Vandy is now bowl eligible for the second straight year, a unique achievement for the Commodores. For Ole Miss, the Rebels must win one of their remaining games against LSU or Mississippi State.
Texas A&M @ Alabama
The immovable object, the crimson juggernaut: the invincible Crimson Tide lost. Johnny Football and the Texas A&M Aggies went into Tuscaloosa, Alabama and came away with the W. Not only did the Aggies win, they dominated Alabama. The same Alabama that people said could beat the worst NFL team could not stop a red-shirt freshman quarterback from doing whatever he wanted. A&M exploited the holes in the Crimson Tide secondary that were revealed last week, but more importantly, the Tide could not contain Johnny Manziel. Dynamic mobile quarterbacks and an up-tempo offense continue to be an Achilles’ heel for the Tide (no wonder Saban wants to rethink the rules on no huddle offense). The Aggies win also has bigger implications for the SEC as there is a very real possibility that the SEC may not have a representative in the BCS championship game. The streak may come to an end because the mighty Alabama is not the unstoppable force many thought.
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