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SEC Conference Roundup - Week 8

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Posted Oct 21, 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
LSU 30 ... Auburn 24
Down one with time ticking down, and time out left, and within range for a 40-yard field goal LSU gambled and it paid off, as Matt Flynn connected with Demetrius Byrd for a 22-yard touchdown with one second to play to stun Auburn. The AU Tigers took the lead on a three-yard touchdown catch from Rod Smith for their only points of the second half, as LSU, down 17-7 at halftime, moved the ball time and again, but came up with three second half Colt David field goals and a five-yard Jacob Hester score. Auburn took the lead into halftime helped by a 17-yard Montez Billings catch and a one-yard Carl Stewart run, but LSU got on the board with a 46-yard pass play to Keiland Williams.

SEC Player of the Week
LSU QB Matt Flynn completed 22 of 34 passes for 319 yards and three touchdowns with an interception, and ran ten times for 34 yards in the win over Auburn

Conference Roundup

Alabama … Talk about putting it all together at the right time. If Alabama can throw against LSU like it did against Tennessee, and if it can stiffen up against the run like it did this week, it should be able to pull off the upset. Now the Tide can reasonably dream about winning the West, and now all the focus and all the attention can be on the Tigers. The key is keeping John Parker Wilson upright. Tennessee couldn't get any pressure on him, and he threw for 363 yards. Considering the suspensions this week, this was a shocker.
Arkansas … Now that's how it's all supposed to work. Arkansas dominated Ole Miss with the running game, Casey Dick threw extremely well, coming up with his best game of the year, the defense crushed the Rebel O line with five sacks, and forced four interceptions. This is what Arkansas is supposed to do, and it was an extremely important win after the ugly loss to Auburn. With the sure-thing win over FIU next week, being 5-3 going into the South Carolina battle will be a plus for the team's shot at becoming a player in the bowl picture.
Auburn … Auburn's defense couldn't come up with enough stops in the second half. Brandon Cox did a great job leading the comeback to get the Tigers in a position to beat LSU, but the D just couldn't get off the field. There can't be any real complaints. Auburn did what it needed to do to get the win, and it took a special, all-timer type of play for LSU to pull off the win. On the plus side, a lot of the offensive pieces appear to be in place to start rolling. With Ole Miss and Tennessee Tech ahead, now is when the team can pad the record a bit.
Florida … The offense is still banking too much on Tim Tebow game-in-and-game-out to produce, but he's producing. At some point, the running backs have to get more involved. Kestahn Moore only got six carries, while Tebow got 20. Getting the ball in Percy Harvin's hands is never a bad thing. He got six carries and two catches, and while he got bottled up for the most part, he sprung two big plays to break UK's back. Finally getting Andre Caldwell back in the mix is a very, very good thing, allowing the passing game to open up even more.
Georgia … Didn’t Play This Week
Kentucky … Kentucky certainly gives its fans their money's worth. Andre Woodson and the offense did a great job of fighting their way back in the game against Florida, but the defense didn't have an answer for Tim Tebow. Considering Rafael Little was out again, the running game was just fine with Derrick Locke for a second straight week, but this game was all about Woodson. He got time, and he made Florida sweat. The SEC dream season is hardly over, but now the Wildcats will have to win its final four games against Miss State, at Vandy, at Georgia and Tennessee.
LSU
… It was still a bad play. LSU might have pulled out an all-timer of a throw to beat Auburn, but it was an unnecessary chance the coaching staff took, and while it might be seen as gutsy, that's the type of mismanagement, not knowing exactly what's happing with the clock, that down the road could get the Tigers beat. That's not a great Auburn offense that moved the ball on the supposedly great LSU defense that now has to worry about an injured Glenn Dorsey. This is an LSU team that looks like it needs two weeks off.
Ole Miss … And now there's a quarterback issue again. Seth Adams can't stop throwing interceptions, with ten in the last three games, and Brent Schaeffer showed once again that he just isn't a consistent SEC quarterback. With the offensive line struggling so much against the Arkansas pass rush, the quarterbacks never had much of a chance. Good luck next week with that trip to Auburn and its killer D line.
Miss State … MSU struggled defensively against Tennessee last week, and this week wasn't even close to slowing down the West Virginia rushing attack. The D line didn't necessarily get shoved around, but the Mountaineers were able to open up the holes with the quickness up front. Offensively, Wesley Carroll wasn't able to get things moving well enough to keep up the pace, while the running game didn't provide any help averaging 1.4 yards per carry.
South Carolina … The South Carolina offensive line had been playing well at times, but it got blasted by the Vanderbilt defensive front. The Commodores got into the backfield early and often, pressuring both quarterbacks, and never let the Gamecock running game get going. Chris Smelley and Blake Mitchell each played roughly the same game, but Smelley made the costlier mistakes. The SEC title is still there for the taking, but now there's no margin for error with the big boys coming up.
Tennessee … Just when you think Tennessee is about to make a major move and become a big player in the SEC race, it gets its doors blown off by Bama. The defense has been the issue all season long, and this week, the secondary couldn't handle the onslaught once John Parker Wilson got hot. While that wasn't a shock, the lack of production from the Vol passing game was surprising. The Tide secondary never let the Vol receivers breathe. With four straight home games ahead, UT needs to get back on track in a hurry with a win over South Carolina next week. Win that, and it's right back in the title hunt until the regular season ender at Kentucky.
Vanderbilt … The South Carolina offense wasn't exactly sharp, but the Vandy defense had a lot to do with that, getting into the backfield from the word go and getting four key turnovers. Mackenzi Adams was the main man at quarterback in place of Chris Nickson, and while he wasn't amazing, he outplayed the USC passers, especially with his legs rushing for 84 yards. Now a bowl game is a must with a few winnable games ahead. They only need two.

East Conference Overall Home Away
  W L PF PA W L PF PA STR W L W L
South Carolina 3 2 114 101 6 2 201 133 L1 4 1 2 1
Florida 3 2 175 129 5 2 283 163 W1 3 1 2 1
Georgia 3 2 117 108 5 2 197 138 W1 3 1 2 1
Kentucky 2 2 145 149 6 2 336 230 L1 5 1 1 1
Tennessee 2 2 105 135 4 3 223 226 L1 3 0 1 3
Vanderbilt 2 3 82 102 4 3 153 126 W1 3 2 1 1
West Conference Overall Home Away
  W L PF PA W L PF PA STR W L W L
LSU 4 1 168 107 7 1 294 123 W1 5 0 2 1
Alabama 4 1 156 115 6 2 252 166 W3 4 1 2 1
Auburn 3 2 102 80 5 3 203 139 L1 3 2 2 1
Arkansas 1 3 118 100 4 3 264 148 W1 3 2 1 1
Mississippi State 1 3 61 130 4 4 173 213 L2 2 2 2 2
Mississippi 0 5 90 177 2 6 162 236 L2 1 4 1 2
Saturday, October 20
12:30 PM Vanderbilt 17 ... at South Carolina 6
CFN Prediction: USC 31-13   USC -13.5
12:30 PM at Alabama 41 ... Tennessee 17
CFN Prediction: UT 38-35   Bama -1
2:00 PM Arkansas 44 ... at Ole Miss 8
CFN Prediction: Arkansas 34-24  Ark. -5
3:30 PM Florida 45 ... at Kentucky 37
CFN Prediction: Florida 38-27   UF -7
3:30 PM at West Virginia 38 ... Mississippi State 13
CFN Prediction: WVU 38-17   WVU -24
9:00 PM at LSU 30 ... Auburn 24
CFN Prediction: LSU 17-13   LSU -11

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
Oct. 20 - at LSU 30 ... Auburn 24

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
Oct. 20 - LSU QB Matt Flynn


  

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