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SEC Conference Roundup - Week 7

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Posted Oct 14, 2007


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

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 Game of the Week
Kentucky 45 ... LSU 37 3OT
In the third overtime, Kentucky scored on a seven-yard Steve Johnson touchdown catch. LSU had its turn, but ran it four straight times, getting stuffed by Braxton Kelly on fourth and two, and UK sealed the improbable win. LSU held a 27-14 lead late in the third quarter, but Kentucky scored the final 13 points of the half on two Lones Seiber field goals and an eight-yard Jacob Tamme touchdown grab. The Tigers had their shot at the end of regulation, but Colt David pushed a 57-yard field goal attempt wide left to force overtime. Derrick Locke ran for a one-yard touchdown on UK's first overtime possession, but LSU quickly answered with a two-yard Richard Murphy scoring run. The two teams traded field goals in the second overtime, with David nailing a 38-yarder and Seiber connecting from 43 yards out. The two teams combined for 19 penalties, with LSU hurt most by a roughing the passer call in the third overtime.


SEC Player of the Week
Kentucky LB Wesley Woodyard made 11 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, and broke up a pass in the win over LSU

Conference Roundup

Alabama … Talk about getting by on the slimmest of margins, last week, Bama barely hangs on in a win over Houston, and this week, it needs a full sixty minutes and a big comeback to get by Ole Miss. At the end of the day, 5-2 is 5-2, and with Tennessee and LSU coming up next, the team needs all the confidence it can get. However, to have a shot at winning those two games, the offensive line will have to do a better overall job. The running game got decent days from Terry Grant and Glen Coffee, but they didn't get enough room to move. John Parker Wilson was under pressure almost all game long.
Arkansas … While the 9-7 loss to Auburn is certainly painful, it was a major plus that the D was able to keep it close throughout considering the running game couldn't get going, and that Casey Dick and the passing game could come up with the big late touchdown drive to get in a position to win. But the D was cashed in the end and didn't appear to have anything left in the tank on Auburn's final drive. After three tough SEC losses that could've all gone the Hogs way, it might be letdown time. If the Hogs aren't geared up for next week, they could have big problems at Ole Miss.
Auburn … You don't think Auburn was just a wee bit keyed up for the Arkansas running game, do you? After getting hammered on last year, the Tigers stopped Darren McFadden and Felix Jones cold, while the offense pushed its way to a nice rushing day. The passing attack couldn't click, but when Brandon Cox needed to move the offense for one final drive, he made the throw he had to make. Cox got beaten up and battered all game long, but he hung in there and came up with the team's fourth win in a row with the showdown at LSU up next. Win that, and all of a sudden, the season that appeared lost just a month ago starts to become special.
Florida … Didn’t Play This Week
Georgia … This is going to be Georgia all year long. It's going to have some moments when it looks like a world-beater, and it'll have others when it struggles just to get things going. Against Vanderbilt, the offense struggled in the first half, but it moved the ball enough in the second to set up the key fourth quarter field goals, with QB Matthew Stafford coming through when he had to. Now the running game is going to be all Knowshon Moreno, as Kregg Lumpkin hurt his knee. Stafford will have to do even more.
Kentucky … Chalk the win over LSU up to a tough defense that came through time and again late when it had to. This is a far cry from the D that got steamrolled over throughout last year, as it held up well throughout the second half, and when its manhood was challenge in the third overtime, it held up. Andre Woodson was solid, the running game did what it could, but against a supposedly unbreakable Tiger defense, getting 375 yards, and taking advantage of every opportunity, made all the difference. This win was huge, obviously, but it could be even bigger if UK can beat Florida next week. Then it would be time to dream big. …
LSU
… Four straight runs in the third overtime? That'll be what LSU fans will scratch their head about in the loss to Kentucky, even if the ground game pounded its way to 261 yards and was physical all game long. The 12 penalties for 103 yards proved to be a killer, but the inability to get the offense on the board for most of the second half was how the game slipped away. UK kept hanging around and hanging around, and then had it won. A defense supposedly as good as LSU's is should've come up with stops in the overtime and not allowed the touchdowns. It's important to remember that the season isn't over. Win out. Win the SEC title. Have a shot at the title game.
Ole Miss … The Rebel fans have to be pulling their hair out. The team is so, so close to turning things around with a big home win, losing in a battle with Florida a few weeks ago, and losing to Alabama late this week. There are several signs of improvement, with Greg Hardy and the defensive front doing a great job against the Tide running game, while getting into the backfield for several pressures and big stops. Seth Adams is throwing well, even if he's also giving away interceptions. It seems like the team is one big break from turning things around, but it had better happen soon or else a bowl shot will be gone.
Miss State … MSU might have lost to Tennessee, but the passing of Wesley Carroll, and the running of Anthony Dixon, gives the team a nice balance. Defensively, the line struggled way too much to generate any pressure on Erik Ainge, and didn't do nearly enough against the run to stop the Vol offensive momentum. With West Virginia and Kentucky up next, the team has to be ready to get into a few shootouts.
South Carolina … South Carolina just keeps finding ways to get the job done, but it wasn't all that impressive against North Carolina. The offense failed to move the ball enough in the second half, and as good as Chris Smelley was, the offense was awful on third downs, only converting one of 12 chances. Getting outgained 398 yards to 282 by a team like UNC isn't a good sign with the meat of the SEC season starting to kick in.
Tennessee … The Tennessee offensive line came up with a whale of a game against Mississippi State. While the final score, 33-21, might have been a bit close, and it took a little while to put the game away, the line allowed the offense to be as balanced and as effective as it's been all year, while Erik Ainge got all the time he needed to throw. The secondary was the only down side, giving up 203 yards to a mediocre MSU passing game, but that's nitpicking. This was a nicer road win than the Vols might get credit for.
Vanderbilt … anderbilt played well on defense against Georgia, and the offense got a little bit of balance, but two key fumbles, and a lack of a big defensive stop late, proved to be too much to overcome. Even so, there's a lot to build on after responding well from a blowout loss at Auburn, with Jonathan Goff having a terrific game tackling everything in sight, while the running game got plenty of help from a variety of sources. Now it's time to pull off a shocker, and if the defense can play at South Carolina like it played against Georgia, it might be able to do it.

East Conference Overall Home Away
  W L PF PA W L PF PA STR W L W L
South Carolina 3 1 108 84 6 1 195 116 W3 4 0 2 1
Georgia 3 2 117 108 5 2 197 138 W1 3 1 2 1
Kentucky 2 1 108 104 6 1 299 185 W1 5 0 1 1
Tennessee 2 1 88 94 4 2 206 185 W3 3 0 1 2
Florida 2 2 130 92 4 2 238 126 L2 3 1 1 1
Vanderbilt 1 3 65 96 3 3 136 120 L2 3 2 0 1
West Conference Overall Home Away
  W L PF PA W L PF PA STR W L W L
LSU 3 1 138 83 6 1 264 99 L1 4 0 2 1
Alabama 3 1 115 98 5 2 211 149 W2 3 1 2 1
Auburn 3 1 78 50 5 2 179 109 W4 3 2 2 0
Mississippi State 1 3 61 130 4 3 160 175 L1 2 2 2 1
Arkansas 0 3 74 92 3 3 220 140 L1 3 2 0 1
Mississippi 0 4 82 133 2 5 154 192 L1 1 3 1 2
Saturday, October 13
12:30 PM Alabama 27 ... at Ole Miss 24
CFN Prediction: Bama 31-24   Bama -6.5
2:30 PM Tennessee 33 ... at Mississippi State 21
CFN Prediction: Tenn. 28-20   Tenn. -7
3:30 PM at Kentucky 43 ... LSU 37 3OT
CFN Prediction: LSU 28-20  LSU -9.5
3:30 PM South Carolina 21 ... at North Carolina 15
CFN Prediction: USC 31-20   USC -6.5
6:00 PM Georgia 20 ... at Vanderbilt 17
CFN Prediction:
Georgia 23-13   UGA -7
7:45 PM Auburn 9 ... at Arkansas 7
CFN Prediction: Auburn 26-20   Ark -3

Past SEC Games of the Week
Sept. 1 -
Auburn 23 ... Kansas State 13
Sept. 8 -
South Florida 26 ... at Auburn 23 OT
Sept. 15 -
Alabama 41 ... Arkansas 38
Sept. 22 - Georgia 26 ... at Alabama 23 OT
Sept. 29 -
Auburn 17 ... at Florida 14
Oct. 6 - LSU 28 ... Florida 24
Oct. 13 - Kentucky 43 ... LSU 37 3OT

Past SEC Players of the Week
Sept. 1 - Vanderbilt WR Earl Bennett
Sept. 8 - LSU RB Keiland Williams
Sept. 15 - Kentucky QB Andre Woodson
Sept. 22 - Florida QB Tim Tebow
Sept. 29 - Georgia RB Thomas Flowers

Oct. 6 - LSU S Craig Steltz and Florida LB Jermaine Cunningham
Oct. 13 - Kentucky LB Wesley Woodyard


  

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