SEC Bloggers Week Eleven Review
Week Eleven under the gun
Each Monday, CFN's SEC Bloggers put the previous weekend under the microscope, looking for the Lucky 7
BG is Billy Gomila, BH is Brian Harbach, GH is Gabe Harris , RM is Russ Mitchell, and BS is Barrett Sallee.
1. OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Marcus Lattimore; RB, South Carolina
BG: Marcus Lattimore; RB, South Carolina – He saved his biggest game for the Gamecocks' biggest stage, and led South Carolina to its first SEC title birth.
BH: Marcus Lattimore; RB, South Carolina – Great running backs get yards after contact and always fall forwards… Lattimore is a great running back.
GH: Marcus Lattimore & Cam Newton; RB/QB, South Carolina/Auburn – With trips to Atlanta on the line, the two players who have set the tone for their respective teams all year came up large.
RM: Marcus Lattimore; RB, South Carolina – The wheels on the bus go round and round... Round and round… Round and round… (Remember boys & girls, 16 is the magic number for Marcus – 16 or more carries and SC is undefeated in SEC play. Got only 14 against Auburn way back in Sept.)
BS: Marcus Lattimore; RB, South Carolina – In the biggest game South Carolina has had since joining the SEC, the true freshman running back came up huge.
2. DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
BG: Patrick Peterson; CB, LSU – One pass was thrown his way all day Saturday, and the second it left the ULM quarterback's hand, my reaction was "that…was a bad decision." One throw, one interception and an 85-yard return. That's value.
BH: Devin Taylor; DE, South Carolina – Taylor dominated the Florida offensive line all game: 2 tackles for loss, 2 passes blocked at the line of scrimmage and a sack.
GH: Robert Lester; S, Alabama – Picked off 2 passes, including 1 on MSU's first drive that ended on Alabama's 6-yard line.
RM: Ron Brooks; DB, LSU – 1 pick six, 1 sack, 5 tackles, in ~3 quarters of play – filling in for the injured Morris Claiborne. There was a stretch in the 1Q where we believe he made 4 straight plays, including the pick six and sack.
BS: Kelvin Sheppard; LB, LSU – 8 tackles, 1.5 for a loss and a forced fumble. At this point, you could just put every LSU starter on that "ACC Wheel of Destiny" that the folks at College Gameday Final spin to determine a winner for this category each week.
3. SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
BG: Josh Jasper; K, LSU – Three field goals, including a 53-yarder. Having an outstanding year, and that's not even counting all his successful fakes.
BH: Craig Sanders; Kick Coverage, Auburn – Sanders and the rest of the Auburn coverage team held one of the SEC's most dangerous return men (Brandon Boykin) in check all game.
GH: Spencer Lanning; K, South Carolina – Punted 6 times for an average of 43.7, and hit 3 FGs over 40 yards.
RM: Spencer Lanning; K, South Carolina – Gabe told you the stats – but it went deeper than that. Lanning was a lifeline in the 1H when the game was still tight.
BS: Darvin Adams; Kick Coverage, Auburn – Along with Craig Sanders, AU's starting wide receiver was down around the ball on virtually every kickoff.
4. COACH OF THE WEEK
BG: Steve Spurrier – Proved all the skeptics (including myself) wrong that he could get South Carolina to the title game. And he even got to do it on the field he made famous.
BH: Steve Spurrier – Even in a down year for the SEC East, Spurrier did what not many expected: he won the East and did it in the Swamp, no less. Great moment for Carolina.
GH: Gene Chizik – You wouldn't have guessed by Auburn's performance Saturday that it had just experienced one of the most distracting game weeks in recent memory.
RM: Steve Spurrier – You know it just kills the OBC to do it on the ground… But he took his road less travelled and committed to Lattimore with 40 carries; and that made all the difference (nod to Robert).
BS: Steve Spurrier – After losing to Kentucky, looking average against Vanderbilt and Tennessee, and getting blown out at home by Arkansas, Spurrier had his boys fired up for the SEC East Championship Game.
5. BEST GAME OF THE WEEK
BG: Georgia v. Auburn – The Bulldogs made a game effort, and we all got to see Auburn embrace the role of conference villain, which will be fun going forward.
BH: Georgia v. Auburn – With all the off-field shenanigans that were discussed with Cameron Newton last week, we got one heck of a performance and a pretty entertaining game.
GH: Georgia v. Auburn – Deep South's Oldest had plenty of drama and feistiness on both sides.
RM: South Carolina v. Florida – Even spotting Georgia 21 points in the first quarter, Auburn was never in trouble; the Dawgs scored only 10 points the rest of the way and Tigers won by three scores. More drama in the Swamp, with a game between what many perceived to be equal talent… If you appreciate smash-mouth football with all the chips on the line, and old ghosts rearing their ugly heads, here was your game.
BS: Georgia v. Auburn – Off-the-field intrigue, BCS implications, explosive performances… This game had it all.
6. BIGGEST SURPRISE OF THE WEEK
BG: Tennessee – I actually picked them to upset Ole Miss, but nobody saw a 50-point beatdown coming.
BH: Tennessee – A couple weeks ago the team and its offense were left for dead; don't look now but UT has a realistic shot at a bowl game.
GH: South Carolina @ Florida – I thought there was no way Florida would allow it's old coach to enter The Swamp, with the SEC on the line, and win – especially the way Carolina had been playing. But then this isn't what you've come to expect from Florida under Urban.
RM: Tennessee's offense – Wow, did I get Tyler Bray wrong. We will measure our expectations, remembering that he's so far faced the Memphis and ole miss defenses. Still, very impressive, young man. Now go eat something.
BS: Tyler Bray – Have a day, kid.
7. BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT OF THE WEEK
BG: SEC Officials – If you're going to suspend two other Auburn players, Nick Fairley should have been on the list as well. That wasn't his first cheap shot on a quarterback this season.
BH: Auburn and Georgia Coaches – You can focus on the officials but both coaching staffs were playing off the emotion on the field, and the result you get is a very chippy game. Chizik should have reigned in the players late in the game, and Richt let his boys stomp and woof before and during (per form). The officials lost control, but the coaches didn't stop it until Richt took a knee at the end.
GH: SEC Officials – There was plenty of extracurricular activity going on from the get go for both teams in the UGA/AU game. If the officials had set a tone early, there might not have been the ugliness at the end.
RM: LSU's offense – You wouldn't know it if you didn't watch the game, but the Tigers slipped back to their old ways on offense. Maybe Crowton was just playing vanilla against an out-of-conference opponent, but LSU had fewer yards than UL-Monroe at the half, couldn't pass to save it's life, when it did its "star" receivers kept dropping the ball, and was simply abysmal on third down conversions (2-12). (Nod to Nick Fairley – C'mon son, you're way too good to be taking all these cheap shots.)
BS: Georgia vs. Auburn officiating – Georgia fans are justifiably upset about Nick Fairley's personal foul on Aaron Murray, but that game was dirty for both teams from well before the opening kickoff. The officials should have called both coaches in early and nip it in the bud.
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