SEC Roundup - Week Three Standings & More
Posted Sep 18, 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 | Week 2

SEC Game of the Week
Auburn 7 ... LSU 3
Auburn survived a tough, hard-hitting battle holding on twice with a controversial late deflection by Eric Brock to stop one drive, after the officials picked up the flag after calling pass interference, and a big hit on Craig Davis on the six-yard-line as time ran out. Auburn got a one-yard Brandon Cox quarterback sneak for a touchdown in the third quarter to cap off a 12-play, 75-yard drive. LSU got its only score on a 42-yard Colt David field goal as time ran out at the end of the first half. Auburn only gained 182 yards of total offense, LSU gained 309.

SEC Player of the Week
Kentucky QB Andre Woodson completed 21of 34 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns in the 31-14 win over Ole Miss

East Conference Overall Home Away
Florida 1 0 21 20 3 0 97 27 Won 3 2 0 1 0
Georgia 1 0 18 0 3 0 100 12 Won 3 2 0 1 0
Kentucky 1 0 31 14 2 1 100 80 Won 2 2 0 0 1
South Carolina 1 1 15 18 2 1 42 38 Won 1 1 1 1 0
Tennessee 0 1 20 21 2 1 86 69 Lost 1 2 1 0 0
Vanderbilt 0 2 29 34 0 3 36 61 Lost 3 0 1 0 2
West Conference Overall Home Away
Auburn 2 0 41 3 3 0 81 17 Won 3 2 0 1 0
Alabama 1 0 13 10 3 0 79 34 Won 3 3 0 0 0
Arkansas 1 0 21 19 2 1 55 69 Won 2 1 1 1 0
LSU 0 1 3 7 2 1 93 13 Lost 1 2 0 0 1
Ole Miss 0 1 14 31 1 2 49 90 Lost 2 1 0 0 2
Mississippi St. 0 2 0 49 0 3 29 81 Lost 3 0 3 0 0

Conference Roundup
Alabama … Oh yeah, the running game. After doing nothing against Hawaii and Vanderbilt, the Tide rolled over UL Monroe just in time for the SEC road dates against Arkansas and Florida over the next two weeks. Ken Darby had his most effective game yet, and QB John Parker Wilson was sharp. Of course, this came against UL Monroe. There had better be more of a pass rush on Mitch Mustain and Chris Leak if the Tide wants to keep its winning streak going.
Arkansas … Mitch Mustain was terrific picking apart the Vanderbilt defense, but there are big concerns after a tough win. Moving the ball consistently was an issue, and the run defense got plowed over with the Commodores rushing for 240 yards. With Alabama coming up next, that's a big area of concern. As long as Mustain keeps progressing, everything will be fine ... in time. A return to last year's explosiveness from Felix Jones and the kick return game would be nice.
Auburn … Don't read too much, if anything, into Auburn's lack of offense against LSU. These were two teams, and two defenses, playing at the highest level. Auburn got the one big drive to get the points it needed, and the defense did the rest. The Tiger D (the Auburn version, did a fantastic job of keeping the LSU running game from not going anywhere, while the back seven kept short to midrange passes from turning into long gains. There won't be a letdown against Buffalo next week, but the momentum of this has to somehow carry over to the road trip to South Carolina in a few weeks.
Florida … It'll show up in the paper that Florida only beat Tennessee by a point, but this was as impressive and as dominating a performance as it could've hoped for. The running game was solid with DeShawn Wynn cranking out tough yards in one of his strongest performances ever, and Chris Leak did a good job of managing the game and keeping the chains moving even with Tim Tebow coming in here and there to take away some work. In the end, Urban Meyer and his staff outcoached Phil Fulmer and his group. No one will run on these Gators.
Georgia … The defense is playing at a national title level, but the offense continues to be less than impressive. It's all a learning process for QB Matthew Stafford, who was efficient and showed off his mobility on a touchdown run. Even so, the running game needs to be far more effective and soon, Stafford will have to start sending the ball down the field a little more. With a defense that hasn't allowed a point in over 120 minutes, the offense will have time against Colorado and Ole Miss to get a little more going before dealing with Tennessee.
Kentucky … Shhhhhh. Don't look now, but Kentucky is in a great position for a bowl bid. With four more wins needed after the great game against Ole Miss, it has good shots at beating Central Michigan, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt and UL Monroe. An upset over someone like South Carolina would help. What's most impressive has been how QB Andre Woodson has stepped up. RB Rafael Little hasn't been nearly the same producer he was last year. Eventually, he'll have to get the ground game going.
LSU … How can an official pick up a flag on a pass interference penalty? How can JaMarcus Russell not throw the ball into the end zone on the game's final play? Tiger fans are going to be ticked off over the way the loss to Auburn ended, but both calls were good ones. One quick move from Craig Davis at the six, and LSU wins the game on a classic final play. LSU has to take heart that it could move the ball a little bit with Russell coming up with a great game under extreme pressure. The running game, which hasn't been there all season, proved to be a liability. That has to change against Tulane and Mississippi State before facing Florida.
Ole Miss … Ole Miss got a nice passing day out of Brent Schaeffer against Kentucky, but five turnovers and 12 penalties proved to be way too much to overcome. This simply isn't a good enough team to be this sloppy. The decent pass rush didn't turn out to help a secondary that couldn't handle the UL passing game. The run defense will have to be stingy against Wake Forest next week to stay alive for a bowl bid. A 1-3 start, with Georgia, Auburn, and LSU still ahead would mean the Rebels will be home for the holidays.
Miss State … Even with the great late comeback against Tulane, things have gone from bad to worse after the loss. With the offense doing nothing over the first few games, it was back to Omarr Conner to run the offense. While that might be fine for the short term, he was solid against the Green Wave, it doesn't allow Tray Rutland to take his lumps and gain experience. This season isn't going anywhere. There's no reason not go with Rutland and work through the problems. A running back has to develop considering Conner was the team's top runner by far.
South Carolina … Uhhhhh, South Carolina; it's time to wake up. After sleepwalking through the second half against Wofford and almost losing a shocker, there's reason to be concerned about the team's overall focus. Either that, this group simply isn't any good. Syvelle Newton did a good job at quarterback and Sidney Rice finally broke out, the defense had way too many issues with the Wofford running game. The Florida Atlantic game next week had better be razor sharp, or the Auburn game could be ugly.
Tennessee … Where was the running game against Florida? Now that Arian Foster has been completely taken out of the picture, Montario Hardesty has to do more when given the opportunity. Erik Ainge had a better game than he'll probably get credit for, but none of the short passes that went for long gains against Air Force and Cal kicked in against the Gators. It appears obvious the team is going to live and die by Ainge, but it needs to use the next two weeks against Marshall and Memphis to find a running game again. Florida simply outplayed the Vols. That it was as close as it was showed the heart of Tennessee to find a way to stick around.
Vanderbilt … The running game got going against Arkansas with 240 yards averaging 6.5 yards per carry, but Vandy is going to have a hard time winning if Chris Nickson isn't more effective at throwing the ball. He had problems with interceptions against Alabama, and this week he had big problems with his accuracy. This isn't the same Vandy team of a few years ago that got shoved around by everyone, but it's 0-3. That'll change over the next two weeks against Tennessee State and Temple.

Saturday, September 16

12:30 PM

Arkansas 21 ... at Vanderbilt 19
CFN Prediction: Arkansas 20-13  Ark. -6

1:00 PM

Georgia 34 ... UAB 0 
CFN Prediction:
UGA 30-13   UGA -17.5

3:30 PM

Auburn 7 ... LSU 3
CFN Prediction: Auburn 23-17  AU -3.5

6:00 PM

Kentucky 31 ... Ole Miss 14
CFN Prediction:
UK 27-23   UK -3.5

7:00 PM

Tulane 32 ... at Mississippi State 29
CFN Prediction:
MSU 19-7   MSU -10.5

7:00 PM

South Carolina 27 ... Wofford 20
CFN Prediction:
USC 45-10

7:07 PM

Alabama 41 ... UL Monroe 7
CFN Prediction:
Bama 34-10   Bama -24.5

8:00 PM

Florida 21 ... at Tennessee 20
CFN Prediction:
Florida 24-20   UF -3.5

Past SEC Games of the Week
Sept. 3 - Alabama 25 ... Hawaii 17
Sept. 9 - Tennessee 31 ... Air Force 30
Sept. 16 - Auburn 7 ... LSU 3

Past SEC Players of the Week
Sept. 3 - Tennessee WR Robert Meachem
Sept. 9 - Tennessee QB Erik Ainge
Sept. 16 - Kentucky QB Andre Woodson