SEC Roundup - Week Five Standings & More
Posted Oct 2, 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 | Week 3 | Week 4

SEC Game of the Week
Auburn 24 ... South Carolina 17
Auburn had to hold on late as South Carolina drive stalled on the five-yard line after a broken up fourth down pass in the end zone to Sidney Rice. In the homecoming for Auburn Kenny Irons, who began his career at USC, he pounded in two one-yard touchdown runs with the second coming on the first play of the fourth quarter to cap an amazing start to the second half. Auburn took up 8:35 on a 17 play drive leading to a John Vaughn field goal, recovered an onside kick, and then held on to the ball for the rest of the third quarter. South Carolina owns the fourth with a long drive of its own going 93 yards in 15 plays culminating in a 25-yard touchdown pass to Jared Cook. Syvelle Newton threw two touchdown passes for USC for the first touchdowns scored this year by an SEC team against the Tiger defense.

SEC Player of the Week
Tennessee QB Erik Ainge completed 24 of 28 passes for 331 yards and four touchdowns in the 41-7 win over Memphis

East Conference Overall Home Away
Florida 3 0 75 40 5 0 151 47 Won 5 4 0 1 0
Georgia 2 0 32 9 5 0 128 34 Won 5 3 0 2 0
Kentucky 1 1 38 40 3 2 152 142 Won 1 3 0 0 2
Tennessee 0 1 20 21 4 1 160 83 Won 2 3 1 1 0
South Carolina 1 2 32 42 3 2 104 68 Lost 1 2 2 1 0
Vanderbilt 0 2 29 34 2 3 117 84 Won 2 2 1 0 2
West Conference Overall Home Away
Auburn 3 0 65 20 5 0 143 41 Won 5 3 0 2 0
Arkansas 2 0 45 42 3 1 79 92 Won 3 2 1 1 0
LSU 1 1 51 24 4 1 190 37 Won 2 4 0 0 1
Alabama 1 2 49 62 3 2 115 86 Lost 2 3 0 0 2
Ole Miss 0 2 23 45 1 4 61 131 Lost 4 1 2 0 2
Mississippi St. 0 3 17 97 1 4 62 139 Lost 1 0 3 1 1

Conference Roundup
Alabama … Alabama battled hard playing strong D holding the Florida offense to 330 yards, but this was the first game John Parker Wilson played like a rookie. Even with the 240 passing yards, he forced a few too many throws and wasn't able to lead the way to any key drives in the final ten minutes to stop the Gator momentum. Even though Ken Darby only put up 75 yards, he ran as well as he had all year with a few good moves against the aggressive Florida front. Jamie Christensen hit two short field goals, but his knuckle-ball 51-yard miss might mean there's still a little reason to worry about the kicking game. With Duke and Ole Miss coming up, everything can be tuned up before facing Tennessee.
Arkansas … Didn’t Play This Week
Auburn … Auburn didn't exactly need to be pushed with the win over LSU just two weeks ago, but the win at South Carolina will only make the team stronger. It was a tough battle with the Gamecocks coming up with a surprisingly solid offensive performance, and the Tigers survived with timely defense and a fantastic call by the staff to get the onside kick that allowed the offense to hold on to the ball for all 15 minutes of the third quarter. QB Brandon Cox wasn't always sharp, but he did a great job under pressure and was excellent at spreading the ball around. On the negative side, the defense has to figure out how to close things up on the other side of CB David Irons, or Florida will throw at will in the showdown two weeks from now.
Florida … Florida is finding way to get it done. Against Alabama, the pass rush, thanks to the best game played this year by Jarvis Moss, pressured John Parker Wilson into three interceptions, while the offense woke up in the second half to take control of the game. Chris Leak is still the team's star, but Tim Tebow provided a big-time spark at the end of the first half with his energy. With the ankle injury to RB DeShawn Wynn, Tebow is going to have to play an even bigger role in the running game. The secondary survived the Alabama passing game, but it'll have a nightmare of a time against the LSU attack if Moss and the Gator front four aren't getting to JaMarcus Russell.
Georgia … Georgia once again got enough D to win handily, but the offense was way too off to get rid of a vastly inferior Ole Miss team. The receivers aren't providing much help to Matthew Stafford and Joe Cox, and the problems in the passing game are allowing defenses to cheat against the run. Even so, Kregg Lumpkin needs to be given the ball 20+ times. He rumbled for 7.8 yards per carry and is the type of back who can wear down a defense. None of the other Bulldog backs were able to do anything. The offense had better quickly find something to hang its hat on, of Tennessee will win in a blowout next week.
Kentucky … Kentucky's defense didn't show up against Central Michigan and it almost meant an epic collapse. Fortunately for the Wildcats, there were just enough turnovers and just enough big plays from Andre Woodson and the offense to survive. It's doubtful South Carolina will be able to put up big offensive numbers next week, but stopping the short to midrange passing game is going to be an issue if the back seven plays like it did against CMU.
… No one thumps a bad team like LSU. The Tigers blew away Mississippi State thanks to a brilliant day from JaMarcus Russell, and now it's time to beat someone good. The concern has to be with the running game that only managed 108 yards. The Bulldogs have a good run defense, but LSU still should've been able to pound the ball a bit more effectively. When the outcome was still in question, the defense swarmed and was fantastic at forcing the MSU offense off the field. Florida's not going to put up big points on this group, so if Russell and the offense can hit on a couple of big plays, LSU will come away with the win.
Ole Miss … Georgia's offense was inept, but the Ole Miss defense also did a great job of making it look that way. Unfortunately, the Rebel offense couldn't generate anything in the passing game, until it was too late, to help out BenJarvus Green Ellis and the ground attack. Brent Schaeffer continues to be indecisive with his passes and takes too many sacks considering he's been running the system for a five games. He's also not making enough big plays with his legs. If he's not putting up decent numbers against Vanderbilt, the coaching staff might have no choice but to start to work in other options.
Miss State … The MSU offense wasn't going to suddenly get things going against LSU, but it would've been nice if there could've been more than 14 rushing yards. Even though the defense got picked apart by JaMarcus Russell, the run defense did an excellent job of not letting the Tigers get rumbling. To stay with the good teams, like West Virginia next week, MSU has to do all the little things right; nine penalties are too many and the pass protection has to be far better.
South Carolina
It's amazing what a little time to work can do. South Carolina did a great job of protecting Syvelle Newton from the fearsome Auburn pass rush, and he came through with a fantastic game. Yeah he was sacked four times, but he also did a great job of getting rid of the ball in a hurry and picking on the weaknesses in the Tiger secondary. Mike Davis and Cory Boyd never got the ground game going, but that wasn't a bad thing considering the success Newton was having with No. 2 receiver option Kenny McKinley. While this was a disappointing loss, it should be a confidence booster going into winnable road games at Kentucky and Vanderbilt.
Tennessee … Tennessee is finding its stride just at the right time. Yeah, beating Marshall and Memphis over the last two weeks by a combined score of 74-14 might not seem like that big a deal, but with Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina and LSU up next, the team couldn't be playing better. Erik Ainge is having a phenomenal season getting time to throw and big play after big play from his receivers. If Robert Meacham doesn't make any mid-season All-America teams, he should at least be considered. To nitpick, it would've been nice if there were a few bigger runs against the Tiger D, but the ground game was certainly effective.
Vanderbilt … Vanderbilt's offense put up nice numbers over the last two weeks against Tennessee State and Temple, but QB Chris Nickson is still too inconsistent. He should've been able to move the chains better against the weak Owl defense and needed to be more effective through the air. If he can't complete half his passes against Temple, how will he do on the road in SEC play over the next few weeks? The team simply isn't strong enough to beat most teams if it isn't sharp in all phases. Nine penalties against Temple were too many.

Auburn 24 ... at South Carolina 17
CFN Prediction: Auburn 23-10   Aub. -14
Saturday, September 30

12:00 Tennessee 41 ... at Memphis 7
CFN Prediction:
Tenn. 34-17   UT -13

12:30 LSU 48 ... Mississippi State 17
CFN Prediction:
LSU 45-10   LSU -32

3:30 Florida 28 ... Alabama 13
CFN Prediction:
Florida 24-13   UF -12

6:00 Kentucky 45 ... Central Michigan 36
CFN Prediction: Kentucky 27-20   UK -6

7:00 Vanderbilt 43 ... Temple 14
CFN Prediction: Vanderbilt 38-7   Vandy -34

9:00 Georgia 14 ... at Ole Miss 9
CFN Prediction: Georgia 26-6   UGA -17.5

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
Sept. 23 - Arkansas 24 ... Alabama 23 2OT
Sept. 30 - Auburn 24 ... South Carolina 17

Past SEC Players of the Week
Sept. 3 - Tennessee WR Robert Meachem
Sept. 9 - Tennessee QB Erik Ainge
Sept. 16 - Kentucky QB Andre Woodson
Sept. 23 - South Carolina WR Sidney Rice
Sept. 30 - Tennessee QB Eric Ainge