SEC Bloggers Week Eleven Review
Each week, CFN's SEC Bloggers put the previous weekend under the microscope, looking for the Lucky 7
BH is Brian Harbach, GH is Gabe Harris, RM is Russ Mitchell, BS is Barrett Sallee, and DS is David Sweigart.
1. OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia
BH: Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia – Murray picked the best game to play his best football. He looked accurate and in command of the offense all afternoon and didn't make mistakes we saw earlier in the year.
GH: Aaron Murray; QB, Georgia – He put on an absolute clinic as he shredded Auburn's secondary. The list of SEC QBs who have thrown equal to or more TDs than incompletions in a game is a short one.
RM: Aaron Murray; QB, Georgia – We thought about going with running back Carlton Thomas for his 15/127, 8.5 ypc, but Auburn's run defense is even worse than its pass efficiency defense (97th vs. 87th in the nation). Same thing for Vandy's Zac Stacy (UK's run D is 98th). Four passing touchdowns in the first 25 minutes sealed it.
BS: Aaron Murray; QB, Georgia – 14-for-18 for 224 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions. Somewhere, David Greene stands and applauds.
DS: Aaron Murray; QB, Georgia – Back shoulder throws, leading WRs to run under the ball, and simply shredding the Auburn pass defense - Murray did it all by half..
2. DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
BH: Dont'a Hightower; LB, Alabama – When Hightower overshadows the other linebackers on the Crimson Tide roster you know he did something special.
GH: Dont'a Hightower; LB, Alabama – Defense continues its suffocating ways as Hightower was in on 11 tackles (with 1 tackle for a loss), 1.5 sacks, and had one pass breakup for good measure.
RM: Tramain Thomas; S, Arkansas – 10 tackles, 4 solo, 1 tackle for loss, 1 interception. No truth to the rumor Thomas also drove the team bus.
BS: Jarvis Jones; LB, Georgia – Five tackles and two sacks. All around monster.
DS: Dont'a Hightower; LB, Alabama – The season leading tackler for the Tide; Hightower had 11 tackles, 2.5 tfl, 1.5 sacks, and a pass break up.
3. SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Joe Adams; PR, Arkansas
BH: Joe Adams; PR, Arkansas – Been trying to make the guys on my NCAA 2012 do that stuff for months and still can't pull it off.
GH: Joe Adams; PR, Arkansas – Incredible punt return the special teams highlight of the SEC weekend.
RM: Joe Adams; PR, Arkansas – Arguably the most dynamic player in the SEC. Toughest, too.
BS: Joe Adams; PR, Arkansas – Seriously, Joe? You did THAT? That punt return was redonk.
DS: Joe Adams; PR, Arkansas – Was that XBox or real life? Speechless..
4. COACH OF THE WEEK
BH: Mark Richt; Georgia– Complete effort by Richt and the Dawgs but more impressively he put a gameplan in to attack an Auburn weakness that no one did through 9 previous games (back shoulder fade).
GH: Mark Richt; Georgia – Completely dominated Auburn on both sides of the ball and for all intents and purposes punched their ticket to Atlanta.
RM: Bobby Petrino; Arkansas – Team could have been disinterested in a wounded Tennessee squad, or aggravated that it dropped in the polls after demolishing a top ten team the week before. But Petrino kept everyone focused with a great game plan, and handed the Vols their worst loss of the season.
BS: Mark Richt and Todd Grantham; UGA – Great game plan against Auburn. Michael Dyer had six carries in the first half. If that's not "getting them off of the plan," I'm not sure what is.
DS: Mark Richt; Georgia – With the SEC-East Division on the line, the Dawgs looked like a very well prepared team that had an excellent game plan and executed it to nearly perfection.
5. BEST GAME OF THE WEEK: Florida v. South Carolina
BH: Florida v. South Carolina – If you have a better suggestion please email me why.
GH: Florida v. South Carolina – Just because it was the only game decided in the single digits.
RM: Florida v. South Carolina – This or what? Alabama v. Mississippi State was good for a half.
BS: Florida v. South Carolina – Mostly due to lack of other options
DS: Florida v. South Carolina – It wasn't pretty but it was the closest.
6. BIGGEST SURPRISE OF THE WEEK
BH: Georgia – Hands down the best effort in any game since Stafford was on the roster. The Dawgs were well coached, prepared and motivated all game while Auburn was not.
GH: Georgia – Georgia came out looking like a team that will give the SEC West champion all it can handle as it handed Auburn its worse loss in years.
RM: Georgia – Is Auburn finally out of the Top 25? Somehow the Tigers entered this contest ranked 20th in the nation, despite the fact that Auburn has now surrendered 166 points in its four losses. Still, a dominating rushing effort by both Isaiah Crowell and Carlton Thomas; UGA with 304 yards rushing on the day, if two fumbles by Crowell. But given Auburn's rushing defense is ranked 97th in the nation (84th before Saturday), the more impressive performance was the Georgia front seven...it held the nation's 31st best rushing offense to a paltry 51 yards on 25 carries. We projected a big margin of victory, just not that big.
BS: Georgia – When the entire world thought Vegas had the set the line too high, Georgia came out and proved that it was too low. Somewhere, someone is counting lots and lots of "smart money."
DS: Vanderbilt – That was a complete demolition by Vandy, and while it is only UK - the ‘Dores nearly doubled the ‘Cats in every statistical category. James Franklin is putting together a good first year in Nashville - beware UT.
7. BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT OF THE WEEK
BH: Ole Miss – Rally around your coach doesn't seem to apply to Houston Nutt, the Rebels know someone will be replacing him and they aren't playing like they care too much.
GH: Auburn – I'm not picking Ole Miss here because I actually picked them to lose to La Tech. Auburn stunk it up and gave the East its first win over a West team not from the state of Mississippi.
RM: Ole Miss – Perhaps we should just rename this category the Ole Miss of the Week.
BS: Ole Miss – 27-7? At home?? To Louisiana Tech??? Breaking news: Ole Miss has re-hired Houston Nutt for the sole purpose of firing him again.
DS: Ole Miss – Embarrassing, shameful, disgraceful, pitiful.
Please follow Russ Mitchell on Twitter @russmitchellsec, Brian Harbach @harbabd, Gabe Harris @gpharris Barrett Sallee @barrettsallee, and David Sweigart @DMS225.