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SEC Roundup - Week Eight Standings & More

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Posted Oct 23, 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 | Week 5
Week 6 | Week 7

SEC Game of the Week
Tennessee 16 ... Alabama 13
In a defensive battle, Tennessee overcame three Erik Ainge interceptions and a 13-6 deficit late in the fourth quarter to get a 27-yard James Wilhoit field goal and a one-yard Arian Foster touchdown dive giving UT its first lead of the game. Alabama's offense went nowhere on its final drive. The Tide got up in the first half on two Jamie Christensen field goals, with the second coming after a Simeon Castille interception on the way to a possible touchdown, but Ainge was able to shove Castille out of bounds at the eight. UT outgained Alabama 359 yards to 211.


SEC Player of the Week
Tennessee LB Jerod Mayo made 12 tackles, one sack, and two tackles for loss in the 16-13 win over Alabama.

East Conference Overall Home Away
  W L PF PA W L PF PA Streak W L W L
Florida 4 1 115 77 6 1 191 84 Lost 1 5 0 1 1
Tennessee 2 1 87 67 6 1 227 129 Won 4 4 1 2 0
Georgia 3 2 114 108 6 2 210 133 Won 1 4 2 2 0
South Carolina 3 2 87 72 5 2 159 98 Won 2 2 2 3 0
Kentucky 1 3 55 113 3 4 169 215 Lost 2 3 1 0 3
Vanderbilt 1 4 76 104 3 5 164 154 Lost 1 2 2 1 3
West Conference Overall Home Away
  W L PF PA W L PF PA Streak W L W L
Arkansas 4 0 110 55 6 1 207 112 Won 6 4 1 2 0
Auburn 4 1 102 64 7 1 218 98 Won 2 5 1 2 0
LSU 2 2 110 47 6 2 287 66 Won 2 6 0 0 2
Alabama 2 3 88 101 5 3 184 139 Lost 1 5 0 0 3
Ole Miss 1 4 66 119 2 6 104 205 Lost 2 2 2 0 4
Miss State 0 4 41 124 2 6 135 211 Lost 1 1 4 1 2

Conference Roundup
Alabama … Alabama showed how limited it currently is on offense against Tennessee even though D.J. Hall is one of the SEC's best receivers and John Parker Wilson is an emerging quarterback. When the running game was completely shut down, the passing game couldn't pick up the slack and there wasn't anything in the fourth quarter to turn things around once Tennessee got momentum. The Vol defensive line dominated late, but Bama was able to show that it could hang tough when everything wasn't going well. Now the offense has to use the scrimmage against FIU, and the almost sure win against Mississippi State, to get geared up for the battle at LSU.
Arkansas … Beating Ole Miss as easily as Arkansas did proved that the team is close to being fully jelled. The running game was held in check, but the defense and the mistake-free passing of Mitch Mustain helped to get the easy win. It's always great to have weapons waiting to explode with Felix Jones and Darren McFadden once against going off. With a layup next week against UL Monroe, it'll be yet another chance for Mustain to throw a little bit and get the passing game going a little more for the South Carolina game.
Auburn … Auburn was able to play an unfocused, average game without its star back, Kenny Irons, and still beat Tulane with ease. There's no reason to try to look into all the yards the Tiger D gave up; it stiffened when it had to. Ben Tate showed how good the future of the running game might be, and now he might get more and more work to keep Irons and Brad Lester fresh. If Brandon Cox didn't have hit best game of the year, it was a close second with no mistakes while doing a great job on third downs.
Florida … Didn’t Play This Week
Georgia … The Georgia offense is going to struggle all season long with its consistency, but the defense is starting to slip in a big way. If having problems against Vanderbilt wasn't enough, the Dawg D struggled against a pathetic Mississippi State attack. To be fair, the D was put in bad situations by five turnovers from the offense, but there were a few long MSU drives including an 80-yard march for a score in the fourth along with the late drive to get in range to win the game. The offense will have to be flawless next week against Florida to make it competitive.
Kentucky … Didn’t Play This Week  
LSU … LSU once again showed it can blow out bad teams at home having no problem disposing of Fresno State .... no one is noticing. The team needs to beat someone decent, and now it gets two weeks off to prepare for Tennessee with plenty of time to focus and prepare for a must-win to keep any SEC title hopes alive. The biggest plus out of the win over the Bulldogs was the running game that rumbled for 184 yards to provide a little bit of balance. The defense dominated on third downs.
Ole Miss  Brent Schaeffer looked great against Alabama, and then regressed against Arkansas. He's a dangerous player when on the move, so why doesn't the coaching staff get him outside a little bit more to let him take off? He's too good a weapon to only be running five times. As a team, getting more than 3.3 yards per carry would be nice. The defense was strong against the Arkansas running game and needs to be even better next week against Auburn.
Miss State … MSU's offense was able to keep the momentum going, at least a little bit, from the blowout over Jacksonville State to move the ball well on a tough Georgia defense. Even though Michael Henig wasn't consistent throwing the ball, he was solid under pressure and got the team within range of the win. The D was great at forcing turnovers and needs to keep up the pressure and production to get back on track next week against Kentucky. The offensive line has to do a better job of keeping defenders out of the backfield.
South Carolina … South Carolina got a great game from its defense against Vanderbilt to make up for an uneven and sloppy game from the offense. Even with all the mistakes, Syvelle Newton played well moving the chains converting eight of 11 third down chances. The defense was camped out in the Commodore backfield all game long, and will have to do more of the same to stay with Tennessee next week.
Tennessee … Alabama can play a little defense, so there's no reason to get too up in arms over average offensive performance in the win. No, Erik Ainge isn't back to his 2005 form with three interceptions; he was able to make up for most of his mistakes by spreading the ball around well. The defense gave up a huge play to D.J. Hall, but that was about it. There was no consistent Bama offense to speak of with the Vols holding Ken Darby to just 26 yards and pressuring QB John Parker Wilson all game long. With a road trip to South Carolina, a battle with LSU and a game at Arkansas over the next three weeks, the offense has to figure out how to get all the parts, especially the running game, back on track in a big hurry.
Vanderbilt … Vandy wasn't able to capitalize on the big win over Georgia with a horrible offensive showing against South Carolina. The defense provided every break possible forcing four turnovers, but QB Chris Nickson was off all game long with his passes and only moved the ball with his legs rushing for 70 yards. The offensive line struggled against the USC pressure and wasn't able to get any room to move for the backs. The Commodores should be able to get back on track against Duke next week, but with Florida and Tennessee still on the schedule, the home loss to the Gamecocks effectively killed all bowl dreams.

12:30 Arkansas 38 ... Ole Miss 3
CFN Prediction: Arkansas 27-13  UA -17

1:00 Georgia 27 ... Mississippi State 20
CFN Prediction: Georgia 31-10  UGA -17.5

2:30 Auburn 38 ... Tulane 13
CFN Prediction: Auburn 38-10  Aub. -32

3:00 South Carolina 31 ... Vanderbilt 13
CFN Prediction: South Carolina 20-14  USC -3.5

3:30 Tennessee 16 ... Alabama 13
CFN Prediction: Tennessee 26-17  UT -12

9:00 LSU 38 ... Fresno State 6
CFN Prediction: LSU 45-17   LSU -32

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
Oct. 21 - Tennessee 16 ... Alabama 13


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
Oct. 21 - Tennessee LB Jerod Mayo