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SEC Roundup - Week Ten Standings & More

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Posted Nov 4, 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 | Week 7 | Week 8 | Week 9

SEC Game of the Week
LSU 28 ... Tennessee 24
JaMarcus Russell connected with Early Doucet for a four-yard touchdown pass with nine seconds to play to cap a 15-play, 80-yard drive that took up 7:14. Tennessee appeared to have all the momentum after Jonathan Crompton, who stepped in for an injured and ineffective Erik Ainge, connected with Robert Meachem for a 54-yard touchdown pass to take the lead. Russell and Doucet hooked up for an eight-yard play on fourth and eight to keep the final drive alive, and then again for an 11-yard play to get in scoring range before two runs led to the final score. LSU turned it over four times with three Russell interceptions including a 31-yard interception return for a score from Demetrice Morley early in the second half. Crompton and Meachem connected from 37 yards out in the second quarter for Tennessee's other touchdown, while Russell threw touchdown passes to Craig Davis from 23 yards out to start the scoring and to Dwayne Bowe from five yards away in the third.


SEC Player of the Week
LSU QB JaMarcus Russell completed 24 of 36 passes for 247 yards and three touchdowns with three interceptions and ran seven times for 71 yards in the 28-24 win over Tennessee.

East Conference Overall Home Away
  W L PF PA W L PF PA Streak W L W L
Florida 6 1 161 110 8 1 237 117 Won 2 6 0 2 1
Tennessee 3 2 142 119 7 2 282 181 Lost 1 4 2 3 0
Kentucky 3 3 113 164 5 4 227 266 Won 2 4 1 1 3
Georgia 3 4 148 153 6 4 244 178 Lost 2 4 2 2 2
South Carolina 3 4 131 129 5 4 203 155 Lost 2 2 4 3 0
Vanderbilt 1 5 95 129 4 6 228 207 Lost 1 2 3 2 3
West Conference Overall Home Away
  W L PF PA W L PF PA Streak W L W L
Arkansas 5 0 136 75 8 1 277 142 Won 8 5 1 3 0
Auburn 5 1 125 81 9 1 268 115 Won 4 6 1 3 0
LSU 3 2 138 71 7 2 315 90 Won 3 6 0 1 2
Alabama 2 4 104 125 6 4 238 166 Lost 1 6 1 0 3
Ole Miss 1 5 83 142 3 7 148 235 Won 1 3 3 0 4
Miss State 1 5 96 174 3 7 190 261 Won 1 1 5 2 2

Conference Roundup
Alabama … The mediocre all-around play of the offense finally jumped up to bite the Tide. Ken Darby and the running game, which haven't been able to get going all season long, was stuffed by Mississippi State for only 101 yards, while John Parker Wilson wasn't able to come up with enough good throws on third down. Even with all the problems, the defense did a good job of tightening up in the second half to keep the team into the game. To have a chance against LSU or Auburn over the next two weeks, the passing game needs someone other than D.J. Hall to produce, and Darby has to be more of a threat.
Arkansas … Arkansas was winning in spite of Mitch Mustain over the last few weeks, and now, after a solid performance with a few clutch throws late against South Carolina, Casey Dick might be the starter for the foreseeable future. Of course, it's all about the running game as Darren McFadden once again made a big statement in the race for the SEC Player of the Year honors. The Hogs are playing just well enough to come up with wins, and now it has to beat Tennessee to really start to get everyone fired up. As long as the ground game is working and the quarterbacking is at least competent, Arkansas has a shot against anyone.
Auburn … At some point, Auburn has to come up with a good all-around performance. Even against Arkansas State, there were four turnovers, seven penalties, and an apparent lack of focus. The starters on defense went through the motions and shut down the Indians, but with so many starters stepping in and out of the lineup to get some rest, there has to be come concern about consistency with Georgia and Alabama coming up. It seems like we have yet to see Auburn's offense at its best.
Florida … Florida might have gotten its way into the SEC Championship game with a win and a loss by Tennessee, but it's hardly going in on a roll. The offense got outgained 391 yards to 330 by Vanderbilt, the running game only averaged 2.7 yards per carry, and Chris Leak, while efficient, threw three interceptions. Big plays from the secondary and the special teams proved to be the difference, but this wasn't the kind of game that'll make the voters rush out to put the Gators into the national title game. There had better be some big blowouts in the team's future.
Georgia … Things will get better for Georgia ... next year. The offense is living through the good and the bad of Matthew Stafford as he killed the offense against Kentucky with three ill-timed interceptions, even though he threw for 230 yards. The Dawg offensive balance was as solid as it's been all year and the drives moved relatively well, but there simply wasn't enough overall production. The defense has come up with a bad habit of not coming through clutch, which will have to stop in a big hurry to have a chance against Auburn and Georgia Tech.
Kentucky … Give Kentucky credit for showing plenty of heart. Georgia came up with the big score late to take all the momentum, but Andre Woodson and the offense went on a brilliant 11-play, 69-yard drive going for a touchdown all the way when it could've just played for a field goal. With Rafael Little still out of the mix, the running game still rumbled on the tough Dawg D with Alfonso Smith and Tony Dixon coming up with nice days to take the heat of Andre Woodson. Now the Cats just need to beat Vanderbilt, UL Monroe or Tennessee over the last three weeks to go bowling.
LSU
… Where'd LSU get a running game from? Thanks to one big run from JaMarcus Russell, and a good job done spreading the carries around, the Tigers were good at keeping Tennessee off balance. Most impressively in a hostile environment, Russell and the offense answered after two potential back-breaking plays with a ten-play, 77-yard touchdown drive after the Demetrice Morley interception return for a touchdown and the 15-play game-winning drive after Robert Meachem made a brilliant 54-yard touchdown catch. While the SEC title might be out of reach, the Tigers can still make things extremely interesting in the Big 12 race by winning out.
Ole Miss … It might not have been a total blowout over D-IAA Northwestern State, but Ole Miss needed something to break the three-game losing streak before facing LSU. The running game took control of the game allowing Brent Schaeffer to relax and not have to force anything. To have a shot against the Tigers, there will have to be more balance and Schaeffer is going to have to be a playmaker; he hasn't really been one over the last few weeks. It wasn't a week off for Patrick Willis, who once again was fantastic with 11 tackles.
Miss State … The Bulldogs had started to play better once Michael Henig got into the lineup, but to beat Alabama and limit the mistakes to just one big interception that went for a touchdown shows how far the team has come in the last few weeks. It might not have been the most efficient day from Henig, but along with the running of Anthony Dixon, the offense has something to build on. If the D plays like it did against the Tide, beating Arkansas and Ole Miss might not be that far-fetched. For starving fans looking for a sign of life in the Sylvester Croom era, this was certainly it.
South Carolina … Steve Spurrier appears to be disappointed by his team's offensive performances on a weekly basis, but Blake Mitchell did a good job of keeping the team in the game against Arkansas and the team played relatively well. Even though he made one awful throw for an interception late, the defense had chances to come up with a stop, and didn't. USC got a horrible break on the Hail Mary for a score at the end of the first half and didn't get any running game, yet it was still in it until the end. With a little more talent and a little more luck, the team would be in the midst of a huge season. Wins in tight games are hard to get in the SEC, and Spurrier needs to remember that.
Tennessee … Tennessee had several chances to beat LSU and didn't close. There was no running game, the defense couldn't stop the average Tiger ground attack, and no one came up with the big stop late, but thanks to some key turnovers and yet another wonderful game from WR Robert Meachem, the Vols were in it until the final seconds. Even though Jonathan Crompton played his tail off, he wasn't accurate and wasn't what a healthy Erik Ainge might have been. Now that the Vols are out of the SEC title hunt, they can't lose focus or they'll get tagged at Arkansas next week.
Vanderbilt … Breakdowns on special teams and early struggles on defense proved to be to much to overcome against Florida. Chris Nickson did a great job of bombing away in the fourth quarter and Earl Bennett, for the second straight year, flat-out torched the Gator secondary. Close calls aren't going to make the team feel much better considering the offense outgained Florida's. Now it'll take wins over Kentucky and Tennessee to be bowl eligible.

 12:30 Florida 25 ... at Vanderbilt 19
CFN Prediction:
Florida 28-14  UF -16

 12:30 Mississippi State 24 ... at Alabama 16
CFN Prediction:
Alabama 26-10   Bama -15

 1:00 Kentucky 24 ... Georgia 20
CFN Prediction:
Kentucky 27-21  UGA -6.5

 2:00 Ole Miss 27 ... Northwestern State 7
CFN Prediction: Ole Miss 34-10

 2:30 Auburn 27 ... Arkansas State 0
CFN Prediction: Auburn 38-7  AU -30

 3:30 LSU 28 ... at Tennessee 24
CFN Prediction: LSU 14-10  LSU -1.5

 7:45 Arkansas 26 ... at South Carolina 20
CFN Prediction:
Arkansas 24-20   Ark. -3

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
Nov. 4 - LSU 28 ... Tennessee 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
Nov. 4 - LSU QB JaMarcus Russell