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2009 CFN SEC Week 4 Roundup

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Posted Sep 26, 2009


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

2009 SEC ... Week 4

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

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East
  Conf. Overall
Florida 2 0 4 0
Georgia 2 0 3 1
S. Carolina 1 1 3 1
Kentucky 0 1 2 1
Tenn. 0 1 2 2
Vandy 0 2 2 2
West
  Conf. Overall
LSU 2 0 4 0
Alabama 1 0 4 0
Auburn 1 0 4 0
Miss St 1 1 2 2
Ole Miss 0 1 2 1
Arkansas 0 2 1 2
Players of the Week
9/26 E. Norwood, LB USC
9/19 Joe Cox, RB Georgia
9/13 Ben Tate, RB Auburn
9/6 Mark Ingram, RB Bama

Games of the Week
9/26 LSU 30, Miss St 26
9/19 Georgia 52, Ark. 41
9/13 Ga 41, So Car. 37
9/6 Bama 34, Va Tech 24

Scoreboard

at South Carolina 16
Ole Miss 10
South Carolina & Norwood stop Ole Miss 
Ole Miss gets sacked by South Carolina 

CFN Prediction: South Carolina 34-28 ... Line: Ole Miss -3

at Auburn 54
Ball State 30
Auburn's Todd throws for five scores in win 

CFN Prediction: Auburn 44-10 ... Line: Auburn -32

Florida 41
at Kentucky 7
Florida wins game, but loses Tebow 
Kentucky knocks out Tebow, but gets run over 

CFN Prediction: Florida 38-17 ... Line: Florida -21.5

at Georgia 20
Arizona State 17
Georgia gets last second FG to beat ASU 

CFN Prediction: Georgia 38-17 ... Line: Georgia -12

LSU 30
at Mississippi State 26
LSU gets goal line stand to stop Miss State 
Miss State battles hard in tough loss to LSU 

CFN Prediction: LSU 23-12 ... Line: LSU -13

at Alabama 35
Arkansas 7
Alabama throws its way past Arkansas 
Arkansas & Mallett fizzle against Bama 

CFN Prediction: Alabama 40-27 ... Line: Bama -17

at Tennessee 34
Ohio 23
Tennessee controls clock, game in win 

CFN Prediction: Tennessee 24-10 ... Line: Tenn. 21.5

Vanderbilt 36
at Rice 17
Vandy runs on Rice. Smith has big day

CFN Prediction: Vanderbilt 28-19 ... Line: Vanderbilt -7
GAME OF THE WEEK

LSU 30 … at Mississippi State 26
LSU needed a goal line stand to hold on against a game MSU. Patrick Peterson started off the scoring for the Tigers with a 37-yard interception return for a score, but Mississippi State battled back with two short Anthony Dixon touchdown runs, with the second helped by an LSU special teams miscue with a errant punt snap. And then the big plays kicked in with Brandon LaFell catching a 58-yard touchdown pass, his second score of the day, to seemingly give LSU a comfortable lead, but Marcus Green came up with a 50-yard scoring grab later in the third. Chad Jones gave LSU all the points it would need on a 93-yard punt return for a score, but the Tigers had to stop MSU four times from the one to save the win.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
South Carolina LB/DE Eric Norwood made ten tackles, two sacks, 2.5 tackles for loss, and tipped a punt in the win over Ole Miss.

CONFERENCE ROUNDUP

Alabama … at Alabama 35 ... Arkansas 7 ... Alabama showed it could run the ball and defend the run over the first three games, and now it showed the pass defense and the passing attack to be an even more complete team than originally believed. The positive was Greg McElroy’s near-flawless performance, spreading the ball around well and making the big throws to put the game away, but the defense suffered a crippling blow with the loss of LB Dont’a Hightower to a knee injury. The defense has a game against Kentucky to make sure the linebacking corps is solid before dealing with Ole Miss.

Arkansas
…at Alabama 35 ... Arkansas 7 ... The secondary is going to be a problem all season long, and it might never get fixed. Now it’s up to the offense and Ryan Mallett to not only be more consistently explosive to keep up the pace, but there needs to be a better job of ball control and rushing the passer to help out the beleaguered secondary. The Texas A&M game next week is going to be a shootout and Mallett has to be ready to be nearly perfect.

Auburn
… at Auburn 54 ... Ball State 30 ... Now the Tigers can throw, too. The running game dominated the first few games, and Chris Todd took over against Ball State and showed the other side of the Auburn attack. It’s time to give the team and the program more credit. The win over Mississippi State looks better and better, and going 4-0 with the nation’s No. 3 scoring offense is more than the fans could’ve dreamed of after Gene Chizik was hired. Now let’s see if the thing works on the road. Tennessee might not be very good, but it has a defense. 

Florida
… Florida 41 ... at Kentucky 7 ... Gators fans don’t care about the final score, they just care about the brain of Tim Tebow and how bruised it is after the crushing blow at the end of the third quarter. He was running extremely well considering he was sick, while the Gator ground game came up with 362 yards on the ground and rocked UK with the big plays needed through the air. This was the first time that Florida really looked like the Florida team everyone was waiting to see, and now the question will be whether or not Tebow will be ready for LSU in two weeks. If not, John Brantley is a more-than-adequate replacement.

Georgia
… at Georgia 20 ... Arizona State 17 ... Georgia’s defense finally showed up. Arizona State’s offense was a question mark, but the passing game sputtered against a Dawg secondary that had a nice game after getting ripped up by Arkansas and South Carolina. However, the running game didn’t get going netting just 92 yards, and it’s not going to do much more next week against LSU. On the plus side, A.J. Green has gotten hot at the right time. He was fantastic against the Sun Devils and has reemerged as the team’s star to work the offense around. 

Kentucky
… Florida 41 ... at Kentucky 7 ... Kentucky got a focused No. 1 team in the nation to deal with. There was no chance from the opening snap. The Wildcat passing game couldn’t do anything to get the offense moving and struggled on third downs, while the run defense was unable to stop Tim Tebow or keep the Gators from scoring at will when it was still a game. Unfortunately, there’s no time to tune up from here with Alabama to deal with next week. To have any chance, the defensive front has to quickly figure out a new wrinkle or the Tide will rumble all game long.

LSU
… LSU 30 ... at Mississippi State 26 ... LSU got the win, but it was a shaky win. The running game got stuffed all game long with the offensive front having yet another underwhelming game, while the run defense couldn’t stop Anthony Dixon until MSU got around the goal line late. LSU has the athletes to be far better, but the team hasn’t jelled and it hasn’t figured out how to put teams away. On the plus side, the special teams were strong with the Trindon Holliday and the kickoff return game finally showing signs of life, and Chad Jones saving the day with his punt return for a score. Punter Derek Helton also had a nice day. To beat Georgia next week, the offense has to find a way to get something going on the ground, and the O line suddenly has to become better.

Ole Miss … at South Carolina 16 ... Ole Miss 10 ... The Rebels can't be so shy about playing Dexter McCluster. The coaching staff doesn't want him to get banged up, but he's a weapon who can take the ball to the outside, run for seven-to-ten yards, and then run out of bounds if he needs to. He almost pulled the game out of the fire in the fourth quarter, and Jevan Snead finally started to warm up late. The team simply looks rusty. It couldn't keep Snead upright and the offense looked discombobulated until McCluster took over late. With Vanderbilt up next, the offense won't need many points to get the win, but it has to be hotter early.

Miss State … LSU 30 ... at Mississippi State 26 ... How good is Dan Mullen? His team was overmatched by a far more athletic, far more talented LSU team, but his Bulldogs were more physical, overcame a slew of mistakes, and almost came up with the win. Of course, they weren’t more physical on the late LSU goal line stand, but that shouldn’t overshadow how the offense was better than LSU’s and how the pass rush did a nice job of generating pressure all game long. Going forward, the question will be if Tyson Lee is still the full-time quarterback. He got most of the work, but he threw three picks. This was a loss, but it showed that things are quickly moving forward.

South Carolina … at South Carolina 16 ... Ole Miss 10 ... As long as the pass rush is working, South Carolina has a chance against anyone. The offense sputtered in the fourth quarter and didn't put the game away when it had chances, but the defense came through thanks to an All-America day from  Eric Norwood,. The key was getting off the field, holding Ole Miss just 1-of-13 on third down conversions. Now the team has to get the passing game going and find some semblance of a steady running game, and the tune up will come against South Carolina State. But if USC could hang with the speed of Ole Miss, then it can stay with anyone on the schedule, including Florida.  

Tennessee
… at Tennessee 34 ... Ohio 23 ... Welcome to the Tennessee formula. Get the running game going, hold on to the ball, and try to keep the mistakes to a minimum. Jonathan Crompton threw a key interception, but the game was mostly out of his hands for key stretches even though he threw 34 times. The Vols held on to the ball for 42:35 and was able to keep the Ohio offense off the field, but the secondary struggled. Up next is Auburn, and the defense will have to take things to a whole other level while the offense will have to try to be mistake free.

Vanderbilt
… Vanderbilt 36 ... at Rice 17 ... Vandy is going to win games on running, turnover margin, and defense, but Larry Smith threw well chucking for 268 yards and an interception against Rice. Going forward, the Commodores are going to need a little more offensive balance, and while Smith isn’t going to throw well against everyone, he at least has to provide the threat. It’s not going to be an efficient passing game with Ole Miss up next, but it has to be effective on third downs.

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)