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SEC Conference Roundup - Week 9

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Posted Oct 28, 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
Tennessee 27 ... South Carolina 24 OT
Tennessee overcame a South Carolina comeback by forcing overtime on a 48-yard Daniel Lincoln field goal, that was pushed back five yards after a Vol false start penalty that ended up bailing out a missed kick. Lincoln nailed his 27-yard attempt in overtime, South Carolina's Ryan Succop missed his 40-yard attempt wide right, and the Vols escaped. Tennessee had a 21-0 first half lead on short runs from Arian Foster and Montario Hardesty, and a five-yard Josh Briscoe catch, but South Carolina owned the second half, as Blake Mitchell, in for Chris Smelley, ran for a score and threw an eight-yard touchdown pass to Kenny McKinley, to go along with a 29-yard Cory Boyd scoring dash. South Carolina outgained Tennessee 501 yards to 317.

SEC Player of the Week
Georgia RB Knowshown Moreno ran 33 times for 188 yards and three touchdowns in the win over Florida.

Conference Roundup

Alabama … Didn’t Play This Week
Arkansas … With two straight easy wins after the tough loss to Auburn, the Hogs appear to be back on track going into a tough final month. Getting Marcus Monk back should help the passing game immeasurably, while the running attack keeps getting production from anyone who wants to run the ball. Is Nathan Emert going to get more of a chance under center? It'll be interesting to see how the quarterback situation progresses as the year finishes up. Yes, blasting Florida International is great for the confidence, but beating South Carolina next week would change the season around.
Auburn … Auburn didn't do anything fancy against Ole Miss, using the running game and good defense to win without a problem. Considering the way the Tigers lost to LSU last week, the coaching staff kept things simple, and it worked. With Tennessee Tech ahead, now everyone can rest up for the big finishing kick against Georgia and Alabama. With the way the defense is getting into the backfield, there shouldn't be a problem letting down for a week.
Florida … Tim Tebow is hurt. The Gators might have put up 30 points on Georgia, but seven came from the defense, and the offense wasn't the same with Tebow getting 13 carries late. Percy Harvin was used more as a runner, but the big problem was Kestahn Moore's fumbling. Urban Meyer stopped using him, and then the overall options became severely limited. Once again, the secondary struggled, and it's going to be tested the rest of the year until it proves it can consistently stop the deep ball.
Georgia … It might be easy to dismiss the team's on-field celebration after the first touchdown against Florida as a goofy gimmick, but it threw down the gauntlet and appeared to give the Dawgs an attitude that the Gators couldn't stop. The defensive line was terrific, teeing off on Tim Tebow and rarely letting him get any room to move. The offensive line had one of its best games all season long. Knowshown Moreno might have been the star of the game, but this might have been the coming out party for Matthew Stafford on a big-time scale. He only threw one miserably bad pick, and was brilliant on his three touchdown passes. Now the key will be to keep this fire. It's one thing to rock Florida. It'll be another to show up against a good Troy team (don't laugh) next week.
Kentucky … Excuses time. After playing LSU and Florida, Kentucky couldn't be mentally and physically up for dealing with Mississippi State. It showed. The offensive line got shoved around by the MSU defensive front, while the defense didn't do much to help the cause after the O gave up six turnovers. Even the special teams got involved with the disaster with a botched punt attempt. Now things get tough again, going on the road to face Vanderbilt and Georgia before dealing with Tennessee. Andre Woodson might be out of the Heisman race now, but he can still become a difference maker in the SEC race again.
LSU
… Didn’t Play This Week
Ole Miss … The offense has gone from bad to non-existent. BenJarvus Green-Ellis isn't getting much room to move, while the passing game has gone bye-bye with Seth Adams struggling to get anything working deep. For the second straight game, Brent Schaeffer came in, and for the second straight game, he showed he's not the answer. Fortunately, Northwestern State is ahead before facing LSU. Now will be the time to bomb away with the passing game to get a little confidence.
Miss State … Talk about being able to bounce back. MSU was awful in the loss to West Virginia, and then it came up with a defensive gem to shock Kentucky and get within one more win of bowl eligibility. The defense forced turnovers, six of them, while the offense didn't give them away. That turned out to be the difference, thanks to the pressure from the UK front that made life tough for Andre Woodson. The combination of Christian Ducre and Anthony Dixon running the ball should be enough to take the heat off Wesley Carroll against Alabama and/or Arkansas.
South Carolina … Talk about your gut-wrenching losses. South Carolina gave it everything it had against Tennessee, with players getting carried off the field from cramps and exhaustion, but still came within an eyelash of pulling off the huge comeback. Cory Boyd and Kenny McKinley were magnificent, while Blake Mitchell solidified himself as the starting quarterback, at least for now. The Gamecocks might have blown their big shot at taking control of the East, but they can still stay in the race with wins over Arkansas and Florida.
Tennessee … The secondary can't stop anyone, the running game was stuck in the mud, and Erik Ainge only threw for 216 yards, but the Vols still came up with the win over South Carolina and is now within shouting distance of winning the East. Over the next week against UL Lafayette, the offense has to find a groove again. Inconsistency continues to be a problem, but this team battles hard. That might be enough in this year's East.
Vanderbilt … It wasn't exactly the performance the team wanted after beating South Carolina, but Jonathan Goff and the defense never let Miami have much of a chance in the second half to be a threat. There were three fumbles and an interception, but the Commodore offense worked well on the ground and did what it needed to do to keep the chains moving, particularly in the fourth quarter. In the end, the day belonged to Earl Bennett, who now has 215 career catches to be the SEC's all-time leading receiver. He's a special talent who'll start to get more and more recognition. Finally.

East Conference Overall Home Away
  W L PF PA W L PF PA STR W L W L
Georgia 4 2 159 138 6 2 239 168 W2 4 1 2 1
South Carolina 3 3 138 128 6 3 225 160 L2 4 1 2 2
Tennessee 3 2 132 159 5 3 250 250 W1 4 0 1 3
Florida 3 3 205 171 5 3 313 205 L1 3 1 2 2
Kentucky 2 3 159 180 6 3 350 261 L2 5 2 1 1
Vanderbilt 2 3 82 102 5 3 177 139 W2 4 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 4 2 119 83 6 3 220 142 W1 4 2 2 1
Mississippi State 2 3 92 144 5 4 204 227 W1 2 2 3 2
Arkansas 1 3 118 100 5 3 322 158 W2 4 2 1 1
Ole Miss 0 6 93 194 2 7 165 253 L3 1 4 1 3
Saturday, October 27
12:30 PM Mississippi State 31 ... at Kentucky 14
CFN Prediction: MSU 40-23   UK -13.5
2:00 PM at Arkansas 58 ... Florida International 10
CFN Prediction: Arkansas 45-9  Ark. -39.5
2:00 PM at Vanderbilt 24 ... Miami Univ. 13
CFN Prediction: Vandy 26-16   VU -13.5
3:30 PM at Georgia 42 ... Florida 30
CFN Prediction: Florida 24-17   UF -8.5
6:00 PM at Auburn 17 ... Ole Miss 3
CFN Prediction:
Auburn 24-13   Aub. -17
7:45 PM at Tennessee 27 ... South Carolina 24 OT
CFN Prediction: Tenn. 27-23   Tenn. -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
Oct. 20 - at LSU 30 ... Auburn 24
Oct. 27 - at Tennessee 27 ... South Carolina 24 OT

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
Oct. 27 -
Georgia RB Knowshown Moreno


  

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