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2011 CFN SEC Week 2 Roundup & Predictions

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Posted Sep 12, 2011


2011 CFN SEC Week 2 Game Recaps, Standings, Roundup, & More

2011 SEC Week 2

East Florida | Georgia | Kentucky | South Carolina | Tennessee | Vanderbilt 
West Alabama | Arkansas | Auburn | LSU | Ole Miss | Miss State 
SEC Roundup: Week 1

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Player of the Week

South Carolina RB Marcus Lattimore ran 27 times for 176 yards and a touchdown in the win over Georgia.

Three Best Games of the Week

1. at Auburn 41 ... Mississippi State 34
2. South Carolina 45 … at Georgia 42
3. at Kentucky 27 … Central Michigan 13

Atlantic
Conf. Overall
S. Carolina 1 0 2 0
Florida 0 0 2 0
Kentucky 0 0 2 0
Tenn. 0 0 2 0
Vandy 0 0 2 0
Georgia 0 1 0 2
Coastal
  Conf. Overall
Auburn 1 0 2 0
Alabama 0 0 2 0
Arkansas 0 0 2 0
LSU 0 0 2 0
Ole Miss 0 0 1 1
Miss St 0 1 1 1
Players of the Week
9/3 S Tyrann Mathieu, LSU
9/10 RB Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina

Games of the Week
9/3 at Auburn 42 … Utah State 38  
9/10 at Auburn 41 ... Mississippi State 34

Alabama ... Alabama 27 ... at Penn State 11 … Alabama remained calm and cool in the emotion of the start against Penn State, and once it settled down, and once the defense started to dial it up a bit, the game was over. The offense was hardly impressive, but it did enough to get the job done with Trent Richardson pounding away for a workmanlike 111 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries, while AJ McCarron had an effective 19-of-31,163-yard, one score game. The D gave up a long early drive, and a long garbage time drive, and nothing in between, and while the pass rush was just okay, there wasn’t anywhere for the Nittany Lion skill players to go. After last week’s problems holding on to the ball, going without a turnover against a defense as good as Penn State’s is impressive.

Arkansas ... at Arkansas 52 … New Mexico 3
.. Alright, enough of the tune ups. The Hogs won their first two games by a combined score of 103-10, and while it’s nice to get all the key players some live reps, the team is ready to be tested. That’s not going to happen against Troy. Tyler Wilson hasn’t had to bomb away so far, and Brandon Mitchell was more than fine when he came on in garbage time. It’s been running back by committee in the blowouts, and going forward, there should be a good rotation of backs with the coaching staff able to go with the hot hand. The D needs to force more takeaways, and the offense hasn’t been careful enough with the ball so far, but this has been a near-perfect start.

Auburn ... at Auburn 41 ... Mississippi State 34 … The offense worked. The defense is going to be a work in progress all season long, especially on the defensive front, as the run defense got blown away by a spread attack running game for the second straight week. Mississippi State ran wild and was efficient against the Tiger secondary, but the Tigers relied on Michael Dyer and a good ground game, and another decent but not spectacular day from Barrett Trotter, to pull out the huge SEC win. Remember, Mississippi State is supposed to be one of the hot teams in the league this year, and the Tigers were able to do just enough to get by with the win. It might not have been pretty so far, and there are a whole slew of issues, but 2-0 is 2-0. However, the defensive front will have to be far, far stronger to get by Clemson on the road next week.

Florida ... at Florida 39 ... UAB 0 … The emphasis has been on Charlie Weis and the passing game, but the defense has been the star allowing just three points in the first two games thanks to a secondary that’s dominating. UAB went nowhere, while the Blazer D couldn’t get into the backfield against a Gator line that hasn’t allowed a sack so far. John Brantley was fine, completing 12-of-19 passes for 185 yards, while Chris Rainey and the running game blew the game open with 300 yards and four touchdowns, with Rainey running for 119. Next up is Tennessee, and next up is a shootout against a red hot Tyler Bray who’ll test the Florida secondary that hasn’t been pushed. The Gator pass rush has to be better after not registering a sack and only coming up with four tackles for loss.

Georgia ... South Carolina 45 … at Georgia 42 … The team played really, really hard for Mark Richt. The effort isn’t a question, and it might not take too much tweaking to turn things around right away. Remember, Boise State and South Carolina might be two of the five best teams in America, and they’re definitely in the top ten; there’s really no shame in losing to those two. Now it’s time to fatten up, with Coastal Carolina and Ole Miss up next to calm everyone down before the Mississippi State game. The problem is the offensive line that’s not doing nearly enough to keep Aaron Murray upright, and while Isaiah Crowell had a breakthrough game with 118 yards and a touchdown, the running game wasn’t nearly strong enough to balance things out. Richt won’t be fired now, and it might not be a bad thing to have four of the next five games away from home.

Kentucky ... at Kentucky 27 … Central Michigan 13 … The Wildcats might be 2-0, but it’s a very, very shaky 2-0. The passing game has been abysmal with Morgan Newton doing nothing on his deep passes and struggling wildly just to do the basics to keep the chains moving. Josh Clemons saved the day on the ground with his 87-yard play and 126 yards and a touchdown, but the team can’t rely on the home run. Fortunately, the defense is doing its job with Winston Guy coming up with his second straight game with 13 tackles, and Danny Trevathan being Danny Trevathan with 13 tackles, three tackles for loss, and a pick. Fortunately, Louisville is up next, but the offense has to be far more effective through the air to have any prayer of staying with Florida, LSU, or South Carolina in the coming weeks.

LSU ... at LSU 49… Northwestern State 3 … Zach Mettenberger and Jarrett Lee combined to complete 17-of-21 passes for 225 yards and two touchdowns, and the running game worked just fine running for 175 yards and five scores in the easy win. This was all about tuning up the passing game and getting live reps for the two options, and Lee was terrific. Mettenberger wasn’t bad, but Lee was nearly perfect and was in command. The defensive backups got their feet wet, but everyone got in on the act as the run defense held NSU to -4 net yards. It was a perfect light scrimmage before going on the road to face Mississippi State and West Virginia, and while it would be nice to get more of a pass rush and it would be great if the quarterbacks could produce against a real defense, there’s no complaining with the terrific start.

Ole Miss ... at Ole Miss 42 … Southern Illinois 24 … The Rebels have way too much talent to not have any semblance of a pass rush. It’s inexcusable to come up with just two sacks over two games, and that has to change in a big hurry to help out the mediocre offense; the D has to carry the team. Zack Stoudt completed 11-of-18 passes for 118 yards and a touchdown, and Jeff Scott ran for 118 yards and three scores, but the offense struggled a bit after a big first quarter. Southern Illinois is Southern Illinois, and now comes the start of the SEC season against Vanderbilt. The Commodores are playing well, and the Rebels have to be far more aggressive and far more productive to let everyone exhale; they can’t lose to Vandy with Georgia, Alabama, and Arkansas up next in conference play.

Miss State ... at Auburn 41 ... Mississippi State 34 … This is devastating for Mississippi State. This was supposed to be the announcement that the program was ready to play with the big boys, and now, with LSU coming to down in five days, the Bulldogs have to gear it back up in a hurry or be 0-2 and irrelevant in the SEC title chase. MSU outplayed the Tigers in so many ways, with Vick Ballard running for 135 yards and Chris Relf completing 20-of-33 passes for 195 yards and a touchdown and running 27 times for 106 yards, but ten penalties for 75 yards and too many defensive lapses were bigger than all the good things the team did. If MSU can beat LSU, then everything changes, but this was a winnable game that slipped away.

South Carolina ... South Carolina 45 … at Georgia 42 … The pass defense has been ripped to shreds over the first two weeks, and the pass rush hasn’t been consistent, but once it all comes together, the defensive front will be a killer. When it was time to come up with the big play, Jadeveon Clowney got the job done, generated the pressure to force an Aaron Murray fumble, and it was effectively game over. Stephen Garcia struggled, completing just 11-of-25 passes, but Marcus Lattimore continued to show why he might be the best back in college football with a tough 176-yard, one score day, dominating Georgia for the second year in a row. The stats for the pass defense will look far stronger over the next few weeks against Navy and Vanderbilt, and now the Gamecocks get a nice stretch of home games, not going back on the road until mid-October.

Tennessee ... at Tennessee 45 ... Cincinnati 23 … It’s time to start talking about Tyler Bray as one of the elite of the elite quarterbacks. Tremendously efficient, he ripped up Cincinnati for 405 yards and four touchdowns completing 34-of-41 passes, while Justin Hunter and Da’Rick Rodgers were fantastic, each catching ten passes combining for 256 yards and three scores. The defense had its problems, but Bray took care of that by converting third down throw after third down throw as the Vols held on to the ball for over 37 minutes and controlled the game after a wild first quarter. And now it’s time for Florida. Unlike the last few years, Tennessee appears ready to bring firepower and an attitude that it really can win this game. It’s time to make a statement that the program is back to being strong again, but it’s up to Bray to keep it all going.

Vanderbilt ... at Vanderbilt 24 … Connecticut 21  … Is Vandy really 2-0? Whomping Elon was no big deal, but the defense stepped up and came up with the big plays needed to get by Connecticut. The offensive line has been terrible, and there’s almost no passing offense to speak of, but the defense has been terrific and the effort is full-tile for a full sixty minutes. The Commodores didn’t allow a thing through the air and brought a great pass rush to screw up the timing of the Husky attack. Now the offense has to find a playmaker. Larry Smith is trying, but he only completed 12-of-24 passes for 140 yards and a touchdown with two picks, and he struggled against the UConn pass rush. The O isn’t going to get better against Ole Miss and South Carolina, but it needs to win the turnover battle like it’s been doing over the last two weeks.
 
Saturday, Sept. 10


at Alabama 27 ... Penn State 11
- Game Story, CFN Analysis, & Recap
CFN Prediction: Alabama 31-9
-Line: Alabama -10    O/U: 42

at Kentucky 27... Central Michigan 13
- Game Story, CFN Analysis, & Recap
CFN Prediction: Kentucky 31-13 
Line: Kentucky -13    O/U: 46.5

at Auburn 41 ... Mississippi State 34
- Game Story, CFN Analysis, & Recap
Auburn 23 … Mississippi State 20
Line: Mississippi State -6.5    O/U: 56.5

at Alabama 27 ... Penn State 11
- Game Story, CFN Analysis, & Recap
CFN Prediction: Alabama 31-9
-Line: Alabama -10    O/U: 42

South Carolina 45 ... at Georgia 42
- Game Story, CFN Analysis, & Recap
CFN Prediction: South Carolina 34-27
Line: South Carolina -3    O/U: 51.5

at Arkansas 52 ... New Mexico 3
- Game Story, CFN Analysis, & Recap
CFN Prediction: Arkansas 45-6
Line: Arkansas -36    O/U: 53

at Tennessee 45 ... Cincinnati 23
- Game Story, CFN Analysis, & Recap
CFN Prediction:  Tennessee 35-27
Line: Tennessee -6.5   O/U: 53

at Ole Miss 42 ... Southern Illinois 24
- Game Story, CFN Analysis, & Recap
CFN Prediction: Ole Miss 27-16

at LSU 49 ... Northwestern State 3
- Game Story, CFN Analysis, & Recap
CFN Prediction: LSU 59-3   

at Vanderbilt 24 .. Connecticut 21
- Game Story, CFN Analysis, & Recap
CFN Prediction: Connecticut 27-13  
Line: Vanderbilt -2   O/U: 44

at Florida 39 ... UAB 0
- Game Story, CFN Analysis, & Recap
CFN Prediction: Florida 37-13
Line: Florida -23   O/U: 53.5