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SEC Roundup - Week 12 Standings & More

CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Nov 18, 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 | Week 10 | Week 11

SEC Game of the Week
Kentucky 42 ... UL Monroe 40
UL Monroe's two-point conversion attempt after a one-yard Kinsmon Lanscaster touchdown run came up short as Kentucky held on in the final minute to get the tough win. The Wildcats roared out to a 28-10 lead helped by two of Keenan Burton's three touchdown catches and an 84-yard Rafael Little punt return for a score, but the Warhawks stayed alive with three Calvin Dawson touchdown runs after opening the scoring with a blocked field goal for a score from Greg James. The two teams combined for 958 yards and 52 first downs.

SEC Player of the Week
Tennessee QB Erik Ainge went 21-of-26 for 266 yards and two touchdown passes in the 39-10 win over Vanderbilt

East Conference Overall Home Away
  W L PF PA W L PF PA Streak W L W L
Florida 7 1 178 126 10 1 316 133 Won 4 8 0 2 1
Tennessee 4 3 195 160 8 3 335 222 Won 1 4 2 4 1
Kentucky 4 3 151 190 7 4 307 332 Won 4 6 1 1 3
Georgia 4 4 185 168 7 4 281 193 Won 1 4 2 3 2
South Carolina 3 5 147 146 6 5 271 179 Won 1 3 4 3 1
Vanderbilt 1 7 131 206 4 8 264 284 Lost 3 2 4 2 4
West Conference Overall Home Away
  W L PF PA W L PF PA Streak W L W L
Arkansas 7 0 195 103 10 1 336 170 Won 10 6 1 4 0
Auburn 6 2 162 133 10 2 305 167 Won 1 6 2 4 0
LSU 5 2 189 105 9 2 366 124 Won 5 8 0 1 2
Alabama 2 6 133 175 6 6 267 216 Lost 3 6 2 0 4
Ole Miss 1 6 103 165 3 8 168 258 Lost 1 3 3 0 5
Miss State 1 6 110 202 3 8 204 289 Lost 1 1 6 2 2

Conference Roundup
Alabama … Alabama's offense moved the ball well against Auburn with John Parker Wilson having a nice day, especially on third downs, but the turnovers were killers. The defense had a nice game, but it couldn't force the Tigers to kick field goals off the mistakes and allowed touchdowns. Even so, the secondary did a fantastic job and the defensive front seven kept Kenny Irons in check. Now the heat will really be on Mike Shula. Yes, he took the program from ground zero after all the controversies and had a few solid years, but Bama coaches who lose four straight to Auburn don't last long. He'd better hope the team doesn't get bounced out of a bowl game by some 7-5 team.
Arkansas After the 50-14 trouncing by USC to start off the season, no one, not even the craziest Hog fan, could’ve foreseen a trip to the SEC title game while being in the hunt for the national championship. The win over Mississippi State sealed up the West doing so without its normal killer running game. Defense, special teams, and Darren McFadden came through to beat the Bulldogs, but to get by LSU, the offense has to be back to its old, dominant self when it comes to the ground game. If the secondary can play like it did against the suddenly semi-hot MSU passing game, LSU will be in trouble.
Auburn … Yeah, maybe Auburn won its fifth straight Iron Bowl, and that's all the fans will talk about for the next year, but it masked another bad performance by the offense. Brandon Cox, who doesn't look healthy, was awful with too many misfires, while Kenny Irons rarely got moving. Thank goodness for the defense that gave the offense good enough field position to capitalize. Even with all the problems, ten wins from an SEC team, no matter how it got them, is impressive in any year. It might not be a national title year, or even an SEC West championship season, but this has been a successful season no matter how it's measured.
Florida … Welcome to the future of Florida football. Fine, so the Gator walk-ons are probably better than the Western Carolina starters, but Tim Tebow, Riley Cooper, and Mon Williams gave Florida fans just a taste of what the next three years are going to be like. Tebow was more than solid in an expanded role, and Cooper showed what kind of a scoring threat he can be. Now if the Gators can just keep up the offensive efficiency against Florida State and in the SEC title game against Florida, they'll get their shot against Ohio State ... maybe.
Georgia … Didn’t Play This Week
Kentucky If UL Monroe isn’t the worst team in America, it’s in the team photo, yet the UK defense made the Warhawks look like Ohio State. The run defense was non-existent with the ULM running game working well inside and out. Andre Woodson and Keenan Burton once again came up with tremendous games to save the day, but to have any shot against Tennessee, the linebackers have to be night-and-day better over the next week. The Vols will roll for at least 500 yards, so the UK offense had better be ready for a shootout.
LSU
If JaMarcus Russell is thinking about heading to the NFL early, and he certainly has the skills to do so, he might want to think again after the close call against Ole Miss. The Rebels did a great job of disguising their blitzes and generating pressure from all angles, and Russell didn’t do a good enough job of sniffing them out, While he came through in crunch time with the fourth quarter needed to pull out the win, it was an uneven performance. The Tigers won’t be able to get away with the Ole Miss effort against Arkansas next week.
Ole Miss While Ole Miss might not be winning much in SEC play, there are signs that this could be a big-time sleeper team next season. It pushed Alabama, Auburn and LSU to the wall over the last few weeks with improved play from the defense and just enough offense to stay alive. Over the off-season, after the Egg Bowl against Miss State, step one will be to find out how to get more offensive punch. There’s a ceiling on how high the team, in its current form, can go.
Miss State Just when it looked like MSU was bout to turn a corner, QB Michael Henig got hurt for the second time this year getting knocked out of the Arkansas loss with a broken collarbone. While Henig struggled against the Hogs, and Omarr Conner completed six of nine passes, he was a shot in the arm for an offense that desperately needed one. The defense was tremendous against the Arkansas run defense coming from all angles to make plays in the backfield while LB Quinton Culberson had another All-SEC caliber performance.
South Carolina Middle Tennessee might get bombed by anyone with a pulse, but going into the showdown against Clemson, USC needed to blow up someone. Did Blake Mitchell show he’s the quarterback to revolve the offense around? Now necessarily, but he did come up with one of his best performances yet. Now the challenge is for Sidney Rice to prove he can produce big numbers this season against a good team. While Mitchell has a lot to do with that, getting offensive production from other receivers certainly helps.
Tennessee Welcome back, Erik Ainge. Jonathan Crompton has the potential to be good in time (he went 0-for-4 in mop-up duty against Vanderbilt), but the offense hums far better when Ainge is at the helm. His decision making and accuracy are all the difference for the attack. It doesn’t seem to matter who’s running the ball; LaMarcus Coker, Montario Hardesty and Arian Foster are all deadly. This week it was Coker’s turn with a huge 87-yard run to put it away.
Vanderbilt Vanderbilt had to deal with a Tennessee team jacked up to come up with a win after last year’s disastrous loss to end the season. Chris Nickson was brought back down to earth after several good weeks having no time to work and being unable to bust off any big runs. Earl Bennett was held in check, and none of the backs could get going. This wasn’t exactly the way the team wanted to go into the off-season, but it was still a good stepping-stone season with Nickson turning into a playmaker to build around.

 SEC Saturday, November 18

12:00 Florida 62 ... Western Carolina 0
CFN Prediction:
Florida 45-0

12:30 Tennessee 39 ... at Vanderbilt 10
CFN Prediction: Tennessee 34-24   UT -8.5

12:30 South Carolina 52 ... Middle Tennessee 7
CFN Prediction:
South Carolina 31-17   USC -15.5

1:00 Kentucky 42 ... UL Monroe 40
CFN Prediction: Kentucky 38-13   UK -19

2:30 Arkansas 28 ... at Miss State 14
CFN Prediction:
Arkansas 31-13   Ark. -14

3:30 Auburn 22 ... at Alabama 15
CFN Prediction: Auburn 20-13   Aub. -3

8:00 LSU 23 ... Ole Miss 20 OT
CFN Prediction:
LSU 40-10   LSU -27.5

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
Nov. 4 - LSU 28 ... Tennessee 24
Nov. 11 - Florida 17 ... South Carolina 16
Nov. 18 - Kentucky 42 ... UL Monroe 40


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
Nov. 11 - Florida DE Jarvis Moss
Nov. 18 - Tennessee QB Erik Ainge