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SEC Roundup - Week Seven Standings & More
Posted Oct 16, 2006

SEC conference roundup, standings, player and game of the week

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 | Week 5
Week 6

SEC Game of the Week
Vanderbilt 24 ... Georgia 22
Bryant Hahnfeldt's 33-yard field goal with two seconds remaining lifted Vanderbilt to a stunning 24-22 win. Georgia had pulled ahead in the fourth quarter on linebacker Tony Taylor's 24-yard interception return with 9:22 remaining, but the door was still open for Vandy after quarterback Matthew Stafford's two-point conversion rush attempt was stopped short keeping the lead 22-21. Chris Nickson threw two touchdown passes for the Commodores, while the defense held Georgia's offense to three field goals and a second quarter 23-yard touchdown catch from Martrez Milner.

SEC Player of the Week
Auburn DE Quentin Groves made four tackles, three sacks, forced a fumble and had two quarterback hurries in the 27-17 win over Florida

East Conference Overall Home Away
Florida 4 1 115 77 6 1 191 84 Lost 1 5 0 1 1
Tennessee 1 1 71 54 5 1 211 116 Won 3 3 1 2 0
Georgia 2 2 87 84 5 2 183 109 Lost 2 3 2 2 0
South Carolina 2 2 56 59 4 2 128 85 Won 1 2 2 2 0
Kentucky 1 3 55 113 3 4 169 215 Lost 2 3 1 0 3
Vanderbilt 1 3 63 73 3 4 151 123 Won 1 2 1 1 3
West Conference Overall Home Away
Auburn 4 1 102 64 6 1 180 85 Won 1 4 1 2 0
Arkansas 3 0 72 52 5 1 169 109 Won 5 3 1 2 0
Alabama 2 2 75 85 5 2 171 123 Won 2 5 0 0 2
LSU 2 2 110 47 5 2 249 60 Won 1 5 0 0 2
Ole Miss 1 3 63 81 2 5 101 167 Lost 1 2 2 0 3
Mississippi St. 0 3 17 97 2 5 111 184 Won 1 1 4 1 1

Conference Roundup
Alabama … Either Ole Miss came up with a nice offensive day by sheer luck, or there's reason to worry about the Bama defense. Even though the Rebels only gained 287 yards, it came up with timely plays and a few nice drives. Sometimes, you have to come up with wins even when everything isn't going perfectly, and that's what Bama did with Ken Darby running like Ken Darby again and John Parker Wilson have an efficient day. Simeon Castille was a monster for the Tide D. A win is a win, but the team has to be sharper on both sides of the ball to hang with Tennessee next week.
Arkansas … Arkansas got through its easy scrimmage against SE Missouri State showing how far and how fast its backs can run in a half of play. To nitpick in the blowout, this needed to be a time for Mitch Mustain to chuck it around a little bit and get some more throws in when there was no worries about what was going to happen, but he only completed five of 13 passes. Even so, this was a nice midseason chance for all the backups to get some good work, and now the team's momentum has to continue against Ole Miss.  
Auburn … The Auburn defense unleashed its speed and fury better against Florida than it had all season long with the second half turning into a breathtaking display of the Tiger pass rushing ability pressuring Chris Leak into mistakes. The offense got a good, pounding effort late from Brad Lester to make up for the lack of production from Kenny Irons. Irons doesn't appear to be running with the same burst of the same spark he had last year; he's too tentative. This might not be enough to get Auburn back in the national title hunt quite yet, but it was a key victory to get back in the SEC race.
Florida … What happened to the Florida running game against Auburn? As Arkansas showed, the Auburn defense can be worn down as the game goes on, but the Gators didn't do enough to pound it. With the Tigers pinning their ears back in the second half and going all out to get to Chris Leak, the Gators didn't pound the ball nearly enough. DeShawn Wynn, banged up and all, was relatively effective, and Tim Tebow was only allowed to get three carries. Leak isn't strong when under pressure failing to use his mobility to get out of the pocket enough and rushing too many of his throws. Now Florida gets two weeks to recover before getting Georgia, but there shouldn't be any real problems the rest of the way, and that includes the date at Florida State. Florida will get another shot at the Tigers in the SEC title game.
Georgia … Georgia's offense moved the ball against Vanderbilt, but couldn't close with three field goals on drives that should've gone for touchdowns. The loss of RB Thomas Brown, who ran better than he had all year long, to a knee injury killed the offensive rhythm as Kregg Lumpkin and Danny Ware couldn't pick up the slack. For the second straight week, the team couldn't capitalize on a big, game-changing play with Tony Taylor's interception return for a score failing to provide the spark to help the defense close. The offense had better find more consistency against Mississippi State next week or the Kiddie Cocktail Party against Florida won't be pretty.
Kentucky … With a winnable game against Mississippi State coming up, the Wildcats need to have a short memory and get over the flop against LSU. The Tigers are rocking at home against everyone, so there's no reason to get too upset about the blowout loss. It would've been nice if Andre Woodson could've generated some sort of an offense, but it didn't happen. UK can't commit nine penalties and go five of 17 on third downs against the better teams.

… LSU is scary-good at home, but then again, it hasn't played any of the big boys. It's a shame there isn't anyone of note outside of Alabama coming into Death Valley. JaMarcus Russell plays at another level at home, while the defense was stifling against Kentucky this week. The real excitement is over 268 yards from a running game that's been spotty at best all year. Expect even more of a slaughter against Fresno State.
Ole Miss … Ole Miss might have lost to Alabama, but it was a big step forward for the team. Brent Schaeffer had his best passing game of the year showing accuracy and efficiency, while the defense didn't do a bad job of keeping the Tide offense from exploding. Schaeffer ran well making up for the problems BenJarvus Green-Ellis had, but to win games like this, everything has to be clicking. Converting two of 11 third down chances isn't going to get it done.
Miss State … Yeah, MSU beat Jacksonville State with ease, but alarm bells have to go off with only 308 yards of total offense and a rough day from QB Michael Henig completing just 11 of 25 passes. He pushed the ball deeper than MSU quarterback have to far, but his accuracy wasn't quite there. Maybe it was just rust from being out for several weeks, but he has to be much better against Georgia next week. Brandon Thornton ran as well as he has all year long.
South Carolina … Didn’t Play This Week
Tennessee … Didn’t Play This Week
Vanderbilt … After being close to coming up with a big win after losing to Alabama, Arkansas, and Ole Miss by seven points or fewer, Vanderbilt grew up with its final drive against Georgia. Chris Nickson was cool, calm, and collected when he had to be, while the defense did a great job of bending, but rarely breaking. This was one of the biggest wins in the last several years for Vandy football, but it's only a program changing victory if there are more to follow. The team needs to use the momentum from this to beat South Carolina and Duke to be in range for a bowl bid.

12:30 Vanderbilt 24 ... at Georgia 22
CFN Prediction: Georgia 20-10  UGA -13

2:00 Miss State 35 ... Jacksonville State 3
CFN Prediction: MSU 31-14

2:30 Arkansas 63 ... SE Missouri State 7
CFN Prediction:
Arkansas 45-7

3:30 Alabama 26 ... Ole Miss 23 OT
CFN Prediction:
Alabama 26-7  Bama -15

7:45 Auburn 27 ... Florida 17
CFN Prediction:
Auburn 14-10  Aub. -2

8:00 LSU 49 ... Kentucky 0
LSU 45-13   LSU -26

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
Oct. 7 - Tennessee 51 ... Georgia 33
Oct. 14 - Vanderbilt 24 ... Georgia 22

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
Oct. 7 - Arkansas RB Darren McFadden
Oct. 14 - Auburn DE Quentin Groves