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SEC Roundup - Week Two Standings & More
Posted Sep 11, 2006

Click on each team for game recaps, thoughts, schedules and more and scroll down for the games, results, players of the week and the conference roundup.

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

SEC Game of the Week
Tennessee 31 ... Air Force 30
Air Force got a one-yard touchdown run from Ryan Williams with 1:35 to pull within one, but instead of going for the extra point and overtime, head coach Fisher DeBerry chose to go for two and the win. Xavier Mitchell came up with the stop and the Vols escaped with the win. Erik Ainge was brilliant throwing three touchdown passes with two to Robert Meachem, but the Tennessee defense couldn't stop the Falcon rushing attack allowing 281 yards on the ground and two long, late drives that ended with Williams touchdowns. Neither defense could handle the other's offense with Tennessee converting nine of 11 third down chances and Air Force converting nine of 13. The Falcons held on to the ball for 12:28 of the first quarter. Jonathan Hefney made 17 tackles for the Vols.

SEC Player of the Week
Tennessee QB Erik Ainge completed 24 of 29 passes for 333 yards and three touchdowns with an interception in the 31-30 win over Air Force.

East Conference Overall Home Away
Georgia 1 0 18 0 2 0 66 12 W2 1 0 1 0
South Carolina 1 1 15 18 1 1 15 18 L1 0 1 1 0
Florida 0 0 0 0 2 0 76 7 W2 2 0 0 0
Tennessee 0 0 0 0 2 0 66 48 W2 2 0 0 0
Kentucky 0 0 0 0 1 1 69 66 W1 1 0 0 1
Vanderbilt 0 1 10 13 0 2 17 40 L2 0 0 0 2
West Conference Overall Home Away
Auburn 1 0 34 0 2 0 74 14 W2 1 0 1 0
Alabama 1 0 13 10 2 0 38 27 W2 2 0 0 0
LSU 0 0 0 0 2 0 90 6 W2 2 0 0 0
Ole Miss 0 0 0 0 1 1 35 59 L1 1 0 0 1
Arkansas 0 0 0 0 1 1 34 50 W1 1 1 0 0
Mississippi St 0 2 0 49 0 2 0 49 L2 0 2 0 0

Conference Roundup
Alabama … The running game still isn't there, the passing game is spotty at best, the punting game stunk, and there wasn't nearly enough offensive explosion, but Bama is 2-0 after an underwhelming performance against Vanderbilt. Ken Darby didn't have enough holes to run through and did the best with what he had to work with despite being less than 100%. John Parker Wilson didn't put many points on the board, but he was effective at keeping the chains moving helping the Tide to have the ball for over 36 minutes. The offense has to average more than 3.3 yards per carry to beat the better SEC teams.
Arkansas … It's easy to look great when you have Darren McFadden to hand off to. Mitch Mustain wasn't asked to do a whole bunch, but he played a decent game and made a few nice plays. He needs to be better on third downs and he has to push the ball down the field a little more. McFadden was terrific showing off his home-run hitting speed and proving that the toe injury of this off-season isn't a factor anymore. While next week's game at Vanderbilt isn't exactly a tune up, the team needs to use it to get sharper for the showdowns ahead against Alabama and Auburn. Mustain has to use it to get more comfortable.
Auburn … Mississippi State was never going to pose too much of a challenge unless its defense rose up and forced several Auburn mistakes. Brandon Cox was efficient and rock-solid, and Brad Lester made plays he needed to with the MSU D keying on Kenny Irons. After two games, Auburn has to be happy with how it's playing going into the LSU showdown. The offense is doing what it needs to, and the D is doing a great job of generating pressure.
Florida … What's wrong with Florida, what's wrong with Florida, what's wrong with Florida? That seemed to be a big question this last week after a mediocre performance against Southern Miss, but the team couldn't have been sharper going into the huge game against Tennessee. Chris Leak has been outstanding over the last two games making big plays and keeping his mistakes to a minimum. The ground game was impressive against UCF rolling for 204 yards with QB Tim Tebow showing off the rushing dimension that has Gator fans and coaches drooling. To nitpick, for the second week in a row the defensive pressure wasn't quite up to the team's talent level. That will have to change against the Vols.
Georgia … Welcome to the Matthew Stafford era. While no one wants anyone to get hurt, the loss of Joe Tereshinski to an ankle injury against South Carolina was a positive for the development of Stafford since it forced him to produce against an aggressive defense in a hostile environment. While he threw three picks, he showed off his mobility and all-around potential with flashes of brilliance. Georgia might have to take a step back to take a giant leap forward, but it'll be worth it. Getting 198 team rushing yards against the Gamecock D is impressive.
Kentucky … Kentucky got to take its frustrations from the Louisville game out on poor Texas State with an easy whupping, and now it has to find the same sort of offensive consistency against Ole Miss next week in the SEC opener. The 178 rushing yards were nice, but the solid performance. The only problem was the nine penalties for 101 yards. For UK to win in the SEC, it has to do all the little things right.
… It's hard to argue with two straight 45-3 wins. Arizona was supposed to come into Death Valley and give the Tigers a run. Nyuh uh. LSU's defense was all over the field with too much speed in the back seven for the Wildcat passing game and too much still on offense. JaMarcus Russell has been tremendous to start the year, but that's partially because he's getting ten days to throw. He's not going to have the same amount of time to work against Auburn next week and he'll need a bit more of a running game to help move the attack.
Ole Miss … It's not like the Ole Miss offense is going to go from zero to 60 right off the bat. It's easy to forget that Brent Schaeffer is an inexperienced quarterback, and he looked like it against Missouri having too many problems in the passing game and not quite able to ever get loose to break off any big runs. The defense, which was supposed to be a strength early on, has been a major problem over the first two games having problems against the run. The front four has to tighten up in a big hurry.
Miss State
… MSU is going to have to take its lumps for a while against the better SEC defenses until Tray Rutland figures out what he's doing. There's no running game to count on and nothing consistent happening with the overall offense. The defense did what it could against Auburn, but it couldn't handle all the Tiger weapons and had a hard time with the overall speed. Of course, the offense didn't do anything to help with no sustained drives to give the D a rest. The offense has to start clicking in some way against Tulane and UAB over the next two weeks or the LSU and West Virginia games will be brutal.
South Carolina … The South Carolina passing game simply isn't strong enough to carry the team against great teams like Georgia. The running game has to be there to lend a little help, or else the passing attack has to start pushing the ball down the field better. It's doubtful the team will win many, if any, games when Blake Mitchell is the leading rusher. After this shutout and after the 15-0 win over Mississippi State, the only Gamecock touchdown on the year came on a trick play. The offense needs to get some serious work over the next two weeks against Wofford and Florida Atlantic before dealing with Auburn.
Tennessee … Was the close call against Air Force a case of a sandwich game between Cal and Florida, or is it time for Vol fans to worry about a possible slip back into the mediocrity of last year? It's probably a little of both. The quirky Falcon running game is almost impossible to prepare for, but the Vols have so much speed on defense that it shouldn't have mattered. This close call might be the kick in the pants the team needs down the line to be more focused. On the plus side, the offense was excellent with Erik Ainge having another terrific game. Of interest to note, Montario Hardesty, not Arian Foster, was the main rushing threat.
Vanderbilt … When you've stunk as long as Vandy has, it's hard to know when you're being handed the opportunity to win. Alabama pt up some nice yards and moved the ball well, but the Commodores were right in the game until the end. It's a plus that the offense could turn it over three times (and one more with a final Hail Mary) and still be able to stick around against a team like the Tide, but to start coming up with wins, QB Chris Nickson has to be far better at not turning the ball over. The running game will look better now that it's not playing Michigan or Alabama.

Saturday, September 9
Time (ET) Matchup
12:30 Auburn 34 ... at Mississippi State 0
CFN Prediction: Auburn 27-9   Auburn -20.5
12:30 Missouri 34 .. Ole Miss 7
CFN Prediction:
Missouri 31-17   Mizzou -8
3:30 Alabama 13 ... Vanderbilt 10
CFN Prediction:
Bama 27-10   Bama -15.5
6:00 Florida 42 ... UCF 0
CFN Prediction:
Florida 31-10   Florida -22.5
6:00 Kentucky 41 ... Texas State 7
CFN Prediction: Kentucky 48-14
6:30 LSU 45 ... Arizona 3
CFN Prediction:
LSU 28-13   LSU -14.5
7:00 Tennessee 31 ... Air Force 30
CFN Prediction: Tenn. 40-13   Tenn. -20
7:00 Arkansas 20 ... Utah State 0
CFN Prediction: Arkansas 41-10    Ark. - 28
7:45 Georgia 18 ... at South Carolina 0
CFN Prediction:
Georgia 20-13   UGA -3

Past SEC Games of the Week
Sept. 3 - Alabama 25 ... Hawaii 17
Sept. 9 - Tennessee 31 ... Air Force 30

Past SEC Players of the Week
Sept. 3 - Tennessee WR Robert Meachem
Sept. 9 - Tennessee QB Erik Ainge