2011 CFN SEC Week 4 Roundup
Vanderbilt LB Chris Marve
Vanderbilt LB Chris Marve
Posted Sep 26, 2011

2011 CFN SEC Week 4 Game Recaps, Standings, Roundup, & More

2011 SEC Week 4

East Florida | Georgia | Kentucky | South Carolina | Tennessee | Vanderbilt 
West Alabama | Arkansas | Auburn | LSU | Ole Miss | Miss State 
SEC Roundup: Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3

Week 4 Roundup

Player of the Week

Florida RB Jeff Demps ran ten times for 157 yards and two touchdowns, and caught a pass for two yards, in the win over Kentucky.

Three Best Games of the Week

1. at Mississippi State 26 … Louisiana Tech 20 OT
2. LSU 47 … at West Virginia 21
3. South Carolina 21 … at Vanderbilt 3

Conf. Overall
Florida 2 0 4 0
S. Carolina 2 0 4 0
Vandy 1 1 3 1
Georgia 1 1 2 2
Tenn. 0 1 2 1
Kentucky 0 1 2 2
  Conf. Overall
Alabama 1 0 4 0
LSU 1 0 4 0
Auburn 1 0 3 1
Arkansas 0 1 3 1
Miss St 0 2 2 2
Ole Miss 0 2 1 3
Players of the Week
9/3 S Tyrann Mathieu, LSU
9/10 RB Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina
9/17 RB Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina
9/24 RB Jeff Demps, Florida

Games of the Week
9/3 at Auburn 42 … Utah State 38  
9/10 at Auburn 41 ... Mississippi State 34
9/17 at Clemson 38 … Auburn 24
9/24 at Mississippi State 26 … Louisiana Tech 20 OT

Alabama ... at Alabama 38 … Arkansas 14 … Alabama pitched the nearly perfect game. It was a fight for a quarter, and then everything started to work with the defense stuffing the Arkansas running game, DeQuan Menzie and the return game coming up with a score, and the offense starting to click just enough to force the Hogs to press. AJ McCarren did his part, helped by a nice performance from the offensive line keeping him clean, completing 15-of-20 passes for 200 yards and two scores. Trent Richardson got going with 126 yards on 17 carries, gouging the Hog defensive front time and again. On the other side, Bama held the Hogs to 17 rushing yards, while Dre Kirkpatrick had a whale of a game with six tackles, a tackle for loss, and three broken up passes. This was just the next step, though, with a trip to Florida up next.

Arkansas ... at Alabama 38 … Arkansas 14 … The Hogs just didn't have the offense. Tyler Wilson had to keep throwing after the running game was getting stuffed and Bama had a lead, and then everything fell apart. The Tide will kill one dimensional teams, and this week, that was Arkansas. The defensive line didn't get too much pressure into the backfield, but it did enough to bother the tempo and the rhythm of a Hog offense that managed to convert just 4-of-15 third down chances and had no groove in the second half. Next week, will be more to Arkansas' liking, getting to bomb away against Texas A&M.

Auburn ... at Auburn 30 … Florida Atlantic 14 … Now it's really time to worry. This is a Florida Atlantic offense that came up with one first down against Michigan State, but it looked like the New England Patriots at times throwing for 199 yards and rushing for 108 – a huge number the pathetic Owl offense. Auburn went through the motions and didn't seem to bring the A effort, and it showed with no pop to the passing game and no big runs. The Tigers put the game away in the third quarter, but it should've been over in ten minutes. After the loss to Clemson, Auburn needed the break. Now it's time to turn it back on with South Carolina up next.

Florida ... Florida 48 … at Kentucky 10 … No one's really talking about Florida, but that could quickly change over the next few weeks. The Gators couldn't be more impressive with the defense dominating, the offense showing flash in the running game, and the special teams doing a decent job, but there's a wait and see attitude with Alabama, at LSU, at Auburn, and Georgia up next. The lines are playing well enough to win all four of those games, but the passing game could stand to be a bit more efficient. John Brantley didn't have to break a sweat, and Jeff Demps did all the heavy lifting with 157 yards and two touchdowns on ten carries. It all has to work next week to have a shot at the Tide in primetime.

Georgia ... Georgia 27 … at Ole Miss 13 … Georgia did what it's supposed to do to a bad team by getting up early and letting the defense do the work. Aaron Murray had an effective and efficient 268 yards and two scores, while Isaiah Crowell proved he could handle the workload with 30 carries or 147 yards. The defense was the big story with Ole Miss unable to get anything going on the ground and never threatening. The breakdown on a late third quarter punt return by Nickolas Brassell for a touchdown was a lapse, but this was a near-perfect game at just the right time before the big home against Mississippi State and the trip to Tennessee. There's still work to be done, but at least the heat is off … for now.

Kentucky ... Florida 48 … at Kentucky 10 … Kentucky's offensive line has been awful, and against a team like Florida, that's a deathblow. The line allowed four sacks and too many plays behind the line, and while the offense put up decent numbers, the game wasn't remotely close. The defense couldn't prevent the home run, Morgan Newton and the passing game had to try to bomb away to keep up, and nothing happened. Doing all the little things right is a must, and right now, UK isn't doing any one thing particularly well except for defending the pass, and that's because everyone's spending so much time running the ball.

LSU ... LSU 47 … at West Virginia 21 … LSU might have given up a ton of passing yards and it might have let West Virginia make it interesting for a stretch, but just when things got relatively close, the big plays came to flex the muscle needed. From the Morris Claiborne kickoff return for a score, to the 20 unanswered points, to the lack of turnovers and key penalties, this was a very strong, very tight game under the circumstances. The tackling could've been better and much will be made about allowing 463 passing yards, but LSU was in control the whole way. Overconfidence might be a problem down the road, but for this win, it turned out to be a positive.

Ole Miss ... Georgia 27 … at Ole Miss 13 … The Rebels needed to show something, anything, at home, and when it wasn't goofing around with trick plays, the offense simply didn't work. The offensive front continues to be a major disappointment with too much talent and too many veterans to not generate any running game; it's inexcusable to come up with just 34 yards on the ground. Randall Mackey wasn't the answer at quarterback, and Zack Stoudt was lousy completing just 9-of-23 passes for 71 yards and a pick. This was bad in a must-win game, but not coming up big at Fresno State next week would be even worse. There isn't a breather on the horizon – at Kentucky on November 5th - for a while.

Miss State ... at Mississippi State 26 … Louisiana Tech 20 OT … Okay, MSU, let's just assume that this was a hangover effect after losing to Auburn and LSU. It took way too much to put away a mediocre Louisiana Tech team, and now it's time to worry. The offensive line didn't take control, the running game was mediocre, and Chris Relf was off on his midrange passes. The defense got a huge game from Brandon Wilson, who made 18 tackles, and the Nickoe Whitley interception in overtime allowed the team to exhale, but it was too tough a fight for a team that was supposed to challenge for big things in the SEC West. As bad as this looked, everything will be just fine if the Bulldogs can win at Georgia next week.

South Carolina ... South Carolina 21 … at Vanderbilt 3 … South Carolina isn't exactly humming offensively, but Vanderbilt's strong defense had something to do with that. Marcus Lattimore was kept under wraps, running for 77 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries, and Alshon Jeffery continues to be puzzlingly ineffective with just two catches for 34 yards, but the defense wasn't going to allow the upset. Jadeveon Clowney was every bit the superstar he's expected to be with two sacks, four tackles, and two key forced fumbles, and Melvin Ingram was Melvin Ingram with three tackles for loss, two sacks, and a score. Stephen Garcia's four interceptions will open up the door against for Connor Shaw to take over at the worst possible time. With Auburn coming up, everything is supposed to be working, and it's not. Even so, 4-0 is 4-0. The Gamecocks have too much talent not to figure it all out.

Tennessee ... Didn't Play This Week

Vanderbilt ... South Carolina 21 … at Vanderbilt 3 … For the first time all year, the lack of offense proved to be too much to overcome. The defense did its part with four takeaways and keeping the USC offensive stars under wraps, but the offense couldn't take advantage of the opportunities. Larry Smith completed 12-of-16 passes, but the throws went nowhere and the running game was non-existent, netting a mere four yards. The offensive line that's been such a problem in pass protection was costly with Smith getting hit way too much and with the forced fumbles changing the game around. With Alabama up next, James Franklin and the coaching staff have to come up with some way to move the passing game down the field a bit more or else the O won't hit the 200 yard mark.

Saturday, Sept. 24

Georgia 27 ... at Ole Miss 13
- Game Story, CFN Analysis, & Recap
CFN Prediction: Georgia 34-17 
Line: Georgia -9.5    O/U: 54.5

at South Carolina 21 ... Vanderbilt 3
- Game Story, CFN Analysis, & Recap
CFN Prediction: South Carolina 27-13 
Line: South Carolina -16    O/U: 52.5

at Alabama 38 ... Arkansas 14
- Game Story, CFN Analysis, & Recap
CFN Prediction: Alabama 27-17  
Line: Alabama -11.5   O/U: 50.5

Florida 48 ... at Kentucky 10
- Game Story, CFN Analysis, & Recap
CFN Prediction: Florida 31-14  
Line: Florida -19.5   O/U: 43

at Auburn 30 ... Florida Atlantic 14
- Game Story, CFN Analysis, & Recap
CFN Prediction: Auburn 48-10
Line: Auburn -33.5 O/U: 57.5

at Mississippi State 26 ... Louisiana Tech 20 OT
- Game Story, CFN Analysis, & Recap
CFN Prediction: Mississippi State 34-17 
Line: Mississippi State -20.5 O/U: 56.5

LSU 47 ... at West Virginia 21
- Game Story, CFN Analysis, & Recap
CFN Prediction: LSU 27-13  
Line: LSU -6   O/U: 50.5


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