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SEC Roundup - Week 9 Standings & More

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Posted Oct 30, 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 | Week 8

SEC Game of the Week
Tennessee 31 ... South Carolina 24
Tennessee got out to a 14-0 with Marvin Mitchell taking a Syvelle Newton pass 17 yards for a touchdown and Bret Smith catching a five-yard touchdown pass that bounced off two USC defenders, but the Gamecocks fought back with 17 straight points on two Newton touchdown passes. Tennessee owned the fourth quarter with a 17-point run of its own highlighted by a 12-yard touchdown catch from Bret Smith, but the Vols had to hang on as Newton ran for a one-yard score with just over two minutes to play and got one last shot with the ball on the USC nine with just over a minute to play. The final drive went nowhere finishing off with Tennessee's third interception of the day.


SEC Player of the Week
Vanderbilt QB Chris Nickson completed 14-of-24 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns, while running for 156 yards and three more scores on 15 carries in the 45-28 win over Duke.

East Conference Overall Home Away
  W L PF PA W L PF PA Streak W L W L
Florida 5 1 136 91 7 1 212 98 Won 1 6 0 1 1
Tennessee 3 1 118 91 7 1 258 153 Won 5 4 1 3 0
Georgia 3 3 128 129 6 3 224 154 Lost 1 4 2 2 1
South Carolina 3 3 111 103 5 3 183 129 Lost 1 2 3 3 0
Kentucky 2 3 89 144 4 4 203 246 Won 1 3 1 1 3
Vanderbilt 1 4 76 104 4 5 209 182 Won 1 2 2 2 3
West Conference Overall Home Away
  W L PF PA W L PF PA Streak W L W L
Auburn 5 1 125 81 8 1 241 115 Won 3 5 1 3 0
Arkansas 4 0 110 55 7 1 251 122 Won 7 5 1 2 0
LSU 2 2 110 47 6 2 287 66 Won 2 6 0 0 2
Alabama 2 3 88 101 6 3 222 142 Won 1 6 0 0 3
Ole Miss 1 5 83 142 2 7 121 228 Lost 3 2 3 0 4
Miss State 0 5 72 158 2 7 166 245 Lost 2 1 5 1 2

Conference Roundup
Alabama … There was never any threat of Alabama losing to FIU, but it would've been nice if the team had played a bit better. The running game didn't blow the Golden Panthers away, and the passing attack took it easy on the FIU secondary. It was a nice time to get the backups some work and get some big plays out of the special teams and defense, but there will need to be much more overall production, especially on third downs to handle LSU and Auburn after next week's battle with Mississippi State. Backup QB Jimmy Barnes played well in mop-up duty.
Arkansas … After the first few minutes, Arkansas didn't have any problems with UL Monroe thanks to six turnovers and a variety of mistakes, but there was one slight problem: Mitch Mustain. With all day to throw and the running game carrying the attack, Mustain still only completed seven of 18 passes with two interceptions. No one takes the Hog passing game serious, and WR Marcus Monk took advantage against the Warhawks, but to win the huge SEC showdowns over the next few weeks, Mustain needs to be more efficient.
Auburn … Auburn did its best to keep Ole Miss in the game with turnovers, penalties, dropped passes, and a variety of poor plays to screw things up. Fortunately, the defense played better than it'll probably get credit for. Oh sure, the Tigers moved the ball, and Kenny Irons and Brandon Cox had big games, but there needs to be far better execution next week against Arkansas State to prepare for the final two showdowns against Georgia and Alabama.
Florida … With the way the defense was playing against Georgia, the only chance for a loss was to start turning the ball over and to screw up. Ten penalties and two key turnovers later, and it was much closer than expected. The running game worked a bit better than it might have appeared with several players getting the ball spreading it out, but there wasn't much continuity. This was hardly the crisp, dominant game on offense the coaching staff might have liked after the Auburn debacle, but as long as the defense is rocking, Florida will be fine over the final four games.
Georgia … The offense was a problem from the start against Florida, but give credit to the Bulldogs for hanging in there when it looking like it would be blowout city in the first half. The defense did a good job of keeping the Gator ground game in check and limited the big plays in the second half. At this point, if Georgia isn't generating points from its special teams or from turnovers, the points are going to be hard to come by. That's not a plus with Auburn and Georgia Tech still ahead.
Kentucky … Kentucky didn't have its best defensive game against Mississippi State getting thrown on for 384 yards, but the run defense was a rock. Andre Woodson has shown he can be effective against bad defenses, and he's always better when there's a running game to support him with Alfonso Smith coming up with a nice game against the Bulldogs. UK has now won more games than it did last season, and with winnable dates against Vanderbilt and UL Monroe ahead, a bowl game is there for the taking. Fortunately, the secondary will get a break over the next three weeks against average passing teams.
LSU
… Didn’t Play This Week
Ole Miss … Ole Miss has to find more defense. The offense struggled to get things consistently moving against Auburn, but the O came up with enough big plays to keep the game alive. The D was saved by Auburn screwing up and didn't make nearly enough key stops. Now on a three-game losing streak, the Rebels have to limit mistakes and has to start winning the time off possession battle after the Tigers held on to the ball for 37:52.
Miss State … Mississippi State might have lost to Kentucky, but the improvement of Michael Henig and the passing game has given the team a spark of life. No longer is this the pathetic offense of the last few seasons; there's something to get excited about. On the down side, the running game has become non-existent with all the attention on the passing attack. That's not the end of the world; MSU needs a vertical passing game. This is still a young team that can use games like this, even losses, to build for next year. Now the team knows it has some pop.
South Carolina … The Gamecocks are close to being a great team with close home losses to Auburn and Tennessee showing they can play against anyone. To beat the top teams, they have to be near perfect and have to win the turnover battle, which they didn't do against the Vols. The defense hung tough enough to keep the Vol offense from exploding, while the USC attack was balanced thanks to the running of Syvelle Newton. Sidney Rice might be the target of everyone's defensive gameplan, but it's time Steve Spurrier found more ways to get his main weapon the ball.
Tennessee … Tennessee keeps on winning, but it's not building up any style points; it's not fair. With road wins over Georgia and South Carolina over the last three games, along with a win over Alabama, the Vols are getting the job done. Now with LSU and Arkansas up in the next two weeks, this is the chance to make a national title push. The running game isn't as productive as it needs to be and Erik Ainge, if he's hobbling at all after getting banged up against South Carolina, has to continue to be precise. The D has to start getting more stops after allowing 395 yards to a pedestrian Gamecock offense. LSU could dink and dunk the Vols back seven to death, but there's no Tiger running game to worry about.
Vanderbilt … Vanderbilt was expected to roll against Duke, but to blow up for 512 yards, with a brilliant performance from Chris Nickson, puts the team on the potential track for a bowl game if it can pull off a shocker against either Florida or Tennessee and beat Kentucky. That might seem a bit ambitious considering it was just a win over Duke, but if Nickson can stay hot, and the D can come up with some key turnovers, the possibility is there. Coming out hot, like the Commodores did against the Blue Devils, and hoping the look-ahead factor kicks in, will be vital to having any prayer at home against the East's big boys.

12:30 Auburn 23 ... at Ole Miss 17
CFN Prediction:
Auburn 31-10   Aub. -17

1:00 Vanderbilt  45 ... at Duke 28
CFN Prediction: Vanderbilt 31-17  VU -10

2:30 Kentucky 34 ... at Miss State 31
CFN Prediction:
Kentucky 31-27   UK -2

3:00 Alabama 38 ... FIU 3
CFN Prediction: Alabama 38-3   Bama -36

3:30 Florida 21 ... Georgia 14
CFN Prediction:
Florida 28-13   UF -14

7:00 Arkansas 44 ... UL Monroe 10
CFN Prediction:
Arkansas 42-10   Ark. -37

7:45 Tennessee 31 ... at South. Carolina 24
CFN Prediction:
Tennessee 24-16    UT -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
Oct. 7 - Tennessee 51 ... Georgia 33
Oct. 14 - Vanderbilt 24 ... Georgia 22
Oct. 21 - Tennessee 16 ... Alabama 13
Oct. 28 - Tennessee 31 ... South Carolina 24


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
Oct. 28 - Vanderbilt QB Chris Nickson