SEC Rundown Week 8
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Well, we certainly learned a lot this week. The herd of SEC contenders dwindles with each passing week. Who still has a chance? Who still needs to prove themselves? This and more in this week's rundown...
Arkansas at Mississippi: A week after taking the top ranked Gators to the brink, Arkansas came out flat on the road in Oxford and lost 30-17. The Nutt Bowl victory went to the Rebels for the second straight year, and a Razorback team that started to find chemistry must now almost start from scratch as they were outmanned in every facet of the game. Dexter McCluster rushed and received for career highs (123 and 137 yards respectively), Jevan Snead passed for a career high (332 yards), and the Rebels held Bobby Petrino's offense to less than 300 yards. Arkansas looks to stop its two game skid next week against Eastern Michigan and a four game home stretch. Mississippi, meanwhile, will jog across to Auburn and try to continue the Tigers losing streak.
Tennesee at Alabama: One of the bigest upsets of the year almost happened as Tennesse, who was down 12-3 with 4 minutes left in the game, came up just too short (or too low in this case). A seemingly impossible comeback began after Heisman hopeful Mark Ingram lost his first fumble (322 carries), Tennessee scored the game's only touchdown, recovered the onside kick, and got into field goal range. It seemed the signature win was moments away from Kiffin and the Volunteers. With time expiring, Terrance Cody blocked his second field goal attempt of the fourth quarter and secured the Tide's undefeated season...for at least two more weeks. Next up for the Tide is a chance to sael up their second trip to the SEC Championship game in as many years as SEC West #2 LSU comes to town on Nov. 7th. Tennessee looks to a road trip to face a good South Carolina that could be one of the better games next weekend.
Louisiana Monoe at Kentucky: It was a coming out party for Wildcat's wildcat Randall Cobb. The all-everything back accounted for over 200 yards and three touchdowns. That's all they would need as the Cats won handily at home 36-13. The Wildcats look to become bowl eligible over the next two weeks as hey play host to Mississippi State and Eastern Kentucky.
Vaderbilt at South Carolina: A back and forth, close game in Columbia was the setting for the Gamecocks comback win 14-10. Alshon Jeffery cauht a 43 yard pass for the go ahead score in the fourth quarter, and notched his second 100 yard game in three tries. Vady looks to play the role of spoiler over the next couple weeks as they host Georgia Tech and then travel to Florida. South Carolina, meanwhile, would love to continue their success this week and give Spurrier his second victory over the Volunteers.
Auburn at LSU: A tale of two turnarounds in this year's Tiger Bowl. Auburn was a darling at 5-0. LSU, meanwhile, was considered a bit overrated in some circles. After a 31-10 blowout, LSU has answered its critics while Auburn seems to have more questions at this point. This week, Auburn tries to become bowl eligible for the fourth straight game...against a suddenly resurgent Ole Miss squad that blew out a Razorback team that blew out the Tigers. LSU, meanwhile, takes a week off conference play to host Tulane before travelling to Tuscaloosa.
Florida at Mississippi State: This was almost the best game of the week. It had all the makings of great tv. Dan Mullen was Tebow's mentor for the past two years. The last time Florida went into Starkville, it came out with a loss and a fired coach. unforunately this game was marked by Tebow stalling his Heisman campaign by throwing two interceptions that were returned for touchdowns, yet another blown ref call (which cause Dan Mullen to receive a reprimand from the SEC), and the first time that Tebow didn't talk to the press after the game - presumably due to the constant frustration on the offensive side of the ball. The Bulldogs travel to Kentucky before taking a much needed bye week. The Gators gear up for a road trip to Jacksonville to the former "World's Largest Cocktail Party".
Interesting stat of the week - Tebow's 26 yard touchdown run tied him with Herschel Walker for the most rushing TD's in SEC history.
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