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2009 CFN SEC Week 2 Roundup

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Posted Sep 14, 2009


SEC 2009 Week Two Game of the Week, Player of the Week, Roundup & Standings

2009 SEC ... Week 2

East Florida | Georgia | Kentucky | South Carolina | Tennessee | Vanderbilt 
West Alabama | Arkansas | Auburn | LSU | Ole Miss | Miss State

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Atlantic
  Conf. Overall
Georgia 1 0 1 1
Florida 0 0 2 0
Kentucky 0 0 1 0
S. Carolina 0 1 1 1
Tenn. 0 0 1 1
Vandy 0 1 1 1
Coastal
  Conf. Overall
Auburn 1 0 2 0
LSU 1 0 2 0
Alabama 0 0 2 0
Arkansas 0 0 1 0
Ole Miss 0 0 1 0
Miss St 0 1 1 1
Players of the Week
9/13 Ben Tate, RB Auburn
9/6 Mark Ingram, RB Bama

Games of the Week
9/13 Ga 41, So Car. 37
9/6 Bama 34, Va Tech 24

Scoreboard

at Florida 56
Troy 6
Florida & Tebow roll through Troy 

CFN Prediction: Florida 45-10 ... Line: -36.5

at Alabama 40
FIU 14
Alabama gets rolling in blowout over FIU 

CFN Prediction: Bama 41-10 ... Line: Bama -33.5

UCLA 19
at Tennessee 15
Tennessee's O goes nowhere in ugly loss 

CFN Prediction: Tenn.30-17 ... Line: Tenn. -8

at Auburn 49
Mississippi State 24
Auburn runs for 390 yards on Miss State 

CFN Prediction: Auburn 26-13 ... Line: Auburn -14.5
 
at Georgia 41
South Carolina 37
- Georgia wins a thriller over South Carolina 
- South Carolina loses a wild one to Georgia 

CFN Prediction: Georgia 23-10 ... Line: Georgia -7

at LSU 23
Vanderbilt 9
- LSU's O struggles, but the D stuffs Vandy 
- Vandy hangs tough in loss to LSU 

CFN Prediction: LSU 27-13 ... Line: LSU -15
GAME OF THE WEEK
at Georgia 41 ... South Carolina 37
In a wild and wacky game, South Carolina was finally stopped when Stephen Garcia misfired in the end zone. Before that, the two teams scored in almost every way possible. Garcia threw three touchdown passes and Spencer Lanning kicked five field goals for thee Gamecocks, but it took a big defensive play, a 35-yard interception return for a score from Eric Norwood, to seemingly tie it up in the fourth. But the extra point was blocked, Georgia got a 42-yard Blair Walsh field goal, and USC couldn't answer. The Dawgs were outgained 427 yards to 308, but they got a 100-yard kickoff return for a score from Brandon Boykin and a 61-yard Branden Smith scoring dash to keep up in a wild first half. two Joe Cox touchdown passes gave Georgia the lead for good, but it would be a nail-biter.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Auburn RB Ben Tate ran 20 times for 157 yards and a touchdown in the win over Mississippi State.

CONFERENCE ROUNDUP

Instant Analysis - UCLA 19 ... Tennessee 15 
Instant Analysis - Georgia 41 ... S. Car. 37 

Alabama
… at Alabama 40 ... FIU 14 ...  Alabama has enough rushing weapons to come up with a killer rotation. Last week it was Mark Ingram; this week it was Trent Richardson. The Bama backs averaged 6.5 yards per carry against FIU, and while it took a little while for the offense to wake up, the pounding of the ground game and the defensive pressure, with five sacks and limiting FIU to just one yard, led to the blowout. Next week against North Texas the passing game has to get Julio Jones more involved. Quiet so far, he needs to develop a rapport with Greg McElroy in game action.

Arkansas … Didn’t Play This Week

Auburn … at Auburn 49 ... Mississippi State 24  ... Without making much national noise, the Gus Malzahn offense has been fantastic. The passing game struggled against Mississippi State, but the running game was dominant no matter who was carrying the ball. Last week it was Onterio McCalebb the star, and this week it was Ben Tate. Kodi Burns added another wrinkle to the mix when Chris Todd was struggling, but the ground game made the shootout a laugher. If the Tigers can get by West Virginia, they'll be 4-0 (with Ball State to follow) before dealing with Tennessee.

Florida … at Florida 56 ... Troy 6 ... This is the time when Florida needs to sharpen up to be perfect. The outcome was never in doubt, the Gator weapons were way too much for Troy, but Tim Tebow misfired on a few too many passes, and as always, there were too many penalties. They didn't matter against Troy, but committing ten sins against a good team could be a problem. The nice part about blowouts like this is the work the backups can get in. John Brantley looked fantastic in place of Tebow completing 10-of-12 throws.

Georgia … at Georgia 41 ... South Carolina 37 ... It might not have been a great defensive performance, and it's not like the offense was consistent, but Georgia needed a tough win and it got one. To get through the rough part of the slate, the Dawgs need more of a running game to take the pressure off Joe Cox and the passing attack, and that's where Caleb King comes in. Hurt, he was supposed to come back and play this week and didn't. Richard Samuel got stuffed for most of the day, and while Cox was solid, he wasn't spectacular.

Kentucky … Didn’t Play This Week

LSU … at LSU 23 ... Vanderbilt 9 ... Vanderbilt did a nice job defensively, but the LSU offense hasn't found its groove in the first two games. The defense never let the Commodores get in the game, with Harry Coleman and Rahim Alem coming up with fantastic games stuffing the Vandy ground game, but the offense needs Jordan Jefferson to do more. He was conservative, letting the D and the running game do the work, but with a pair of receivers like Brandon LaFell and Terrance Tolliver, there need to be more shots taken down the field.

Ole Miss … Didn’t Play This Week

Miss State …  at Auburn 49 ... Mississippi State 24  ... The offense was supposed to take a little while to jell, and it will, but there has to be a major concern with LSU and Georgia Tech coming up soon that the run defense got gouged so badly. The Auburn spread attack worked perfectly no matter who was carrying the ball, and the linebackers will soon have to do far more or else there will be more blowout losses. On the plus side, Anthony Dixon ran well with 92 yards on 20 tough carries.

South Carolina … at Georgia 41 ... South Carolina 37 ... South Carolina has its quarterback. The Gamecocks did nearly everything right against Georgia but win. Stephen Garcia is a playmaker the offense has been looking for ever since Steve Spurrier took over, and while this might have been a loss, he appears to be a star to build around. He kept the mistakes to a minimum, he made enough big plays to keep the Dawgs on their heels, and he came within a misfire of pulling off the win. It would be nice if there was more of a running attack, and the Gamecocks need to find it, Garcia can't be the leading rusher again, before dealing with Ole Miss in two weeks.

Tennessee … UCLA 19 ... at Tennessee 15 ... And there's the Jonathan Crompton who stunk up the Tennessee offense throughout 2008. He completed half of his passes for just 93 yards with three interceptions, but he was hardly the only culprit in the loss. The offensive line failed to get much of a push, with the running game averaging just 2.6 yards per carry, while the entire offense never quite found a rhythm. That's a problem with Florida coming up next. The offense can't just be good; it has to be fantastic with Crompton needing to play the game of his life.

Vanderbilt …at LSU 23 ... Vanderbilt 9 ... Vanderbilt is going to be offensively challenged, it was last year and it doesn't have enough pop to do much this season against the better defenses, but the D is going to pop some teams in the mouth. LSU struggled to get its offense going with the Commodore defense getting production from all over the place to make things happen behind the line and to keep the game close, but Larry Smith and the offense has to do something well. Against Mississippi State, the Commodores will have to take more chances if the D isn't forcing turnovers.

Saturday, Sept. 19
North Texas at Alabama
Georgia at Arkansas
West Virginia at Auburn
Tennessee at Florida
Louisville at Kentucky
UL Lafayette at LSU
SE Louisiana at Ole Miss
Mississippi State at Vanderbilt
Florida Atlantic at South Carolina

Saturday, Sept. 26
Arkansas at Alabama
Ball State at Auburn
Florida at Kentucky
Arizona State at Georgia
LSU at Mississippi State
Ole Miss at South Carolina
Ohio at Tennessee
Vanderbilt at Rice

Saturday, Oct. 3
Alabama at Kentucky
Auburn at Tennessee
LSU at Georgia
Georgia Tech at Mississippi State
South Carolina State at South Carolina
Arkansas vs. Texas A&M (in Arlington)
Ole Miss at Vanderbilt

Saturday, Oct. 10
Alabama at Ole Miss
Auburn at Arkansas
Florida at LSU
Georgia at Tennessee
Kentucky at South Carolina
Houston at Mississippi State
Vanderbilt at Army

Saturday, Oct. 17
South Carolina at Alabama
Arkansas at Florida
Kentucky at Auburn
Georgia at Vanderbilt
UAB at Ole Miss
Mississippi State at Middle Tennessee

Saturday, Oct. 24
Tennessee at Alabama
Arkansas at Ole Miss
Auburn at LSU
Florida at Mississippi State
UL Monroe at Kentucky
Vanderbilt at South Carolina

Saturday, Oct. 31
Eastern Michigan at Arkansas
Ole Miss at Auburn
Florida vs. Georgia (in Jacksonville)
Mississippi State at Kentucky
LSU at Tulane
South Carolina at Tennessee
Georgia Tech at Vanderbilt

Saturday, Nov. 7
LSU at Alabama
South Carolina at Arkansas
Furman at Auburn
Vanderbilt at Florida
Tennessee Tech at Georgia
Eastern Kentucky at Kentucky
Memphis at Tennessee
Northern Arizona at Ole Miss

Saturday, Nov. 14
Alabama at Mississippi State
Troy at Arkansas
Auburn at Georgia
Florida at South Carolina
Kentucky at Vanderbilt
Louisiana Tech at LSU
Tennessee at Ole Miss

Saturday, Nov. 21
Chattanooga at Alabama
Mississippi State at Arkansas (Little Rock)
FIU at Florida
Kentucky at Georgia
LSU at Ole Miss
Vanderbilt at Tennessee

Saturday, Nov. 28
Arkansas at LSU
Ole Miss at Mississippi State
Alabama at Auburn
Florida State at Florida
Georgia at Georgia Tech
Tennessee at Kentucky
Clemson at South Carolina

Saturday, Dec. 5
SEC Championship Game (Atlanta)