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2009 CFN SEC Week 5 Roundup

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Posted Oct 4, 2009


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

2009 SEC ... Week 5

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 1 3 2
S. Carolina 1 1 4 1
Kentucky 0 2 2 2
Tenn. 0 2 2 3
Vandy 0 3 2 3
West
  Conf. Overall
LSU 3 0 5 0
Alabama 2 0 5 0
Auburn 2 0 5 0
Ole Miss 1 1 3 1
Miss St 1 2 2 3
Arkansas 0 2 2 2
Players of the Week
10/3 Mark Ingram, RB Bama
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
10/3 LSU 20, Ga 13
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

Alabama 38
. at Kentucky 20
- Alabama perfectly balanced in win over UK 
- Kentucky loses 4 TOs in loss to Bama 

CFN Prediction: Alabama 31-10
Line: Alabama -16

Auburn 26
at Tennessee 22
- Auburn gets fifth win by running over Vols 
- Tennessee doesn't get O going until too late 

CFN Prediction: Auburn 23-16
Line: Tennessee -1.5

LSU 20
at Georgia 13
- Georgia victim of bad call, late LSU TD
- LSU rallies for huge win over Dawgs 

CFN Prediction: Georgia 24-20
Line: Georgia -3

Georgia Tech 42
at Mississippi State 31
- Miss State loses shootout to Yellow Jackets 

CFN Prediction: Georgia Tech 27-21
Line: Georgia Tech -4.5

at South Carolina 38
South Carolina State 14
- South Carolina has no problems with SCSU 

CFN Prediction: South Carolina 26-10
Line: No Line

Arkansas 47
vs. Texas A&M 19 (in Arlington)
Arkansas & Mallet blow away Aggies 
CFN Prediction: Texas A&M 45-40
Line: Arkansas -1

Ole Miss 23
at Vanderbilt 7
- Ole Miss sloppy in win over Vandy
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Vandy gets no O in loss to Ole Miss 
CFN Prediction: Ole Miss 24-9
Line: Ole Miss -9
GAME OF THE WEEK

LSU 20 … at Georgia 13
It was a snoozer for three quarters with LSU holding a 6-0 lead on two Josh Jasper field goals, and then the fireworks began. The two teams traded short touchdowns, with Georgia’s Shaun Chapas catching a one-yard scoring pass and Charles Scott running it in from two yards out with just under three minutes to play. The Dawgs answered with a 79-yard drive in six plays with A.J. Green catching a jump ball for a 16-yard score with 1:09 to play. But he got hit with a questionable celebration penalty to help give LSU great field position. Two plays later, Scott rumbled through a tackle for a 33-yard touchdown for the game-winner with 46 seconds to play.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Alabama RB Mark Ingram ran 22 times for 140 yards and two touchdowns in the win over Kentucky.

CONFERENCE ROUNDUP

Alabama
… Alabama 38 ... at Kentucky 20 ... Alabama all but went through the motions and was able to win an SEC game on the road. The defense was fantastic when the game was still in question with LB Rolondo McClain coming up with a 12-tackle, one interception, one forced fumble game that should cement him as an All-SEC lock, while the offensive balance was nearly perfect with Greg McElroy coming up with yet another nice game. As long as Bama isn’t giving the ball away, and it was +4 in turnover margin, there aren’t going to be any upset concerns. At the moment, the team is playing as well across the board as anyone in America. Everything is clicking going into the key road game at Ole Miss.

Arkansas
…Arkansas 47 .... Texas A&M 19 ... It took a little while, but once the offense got moving it couldn’t be stopped. Ryan Mallett needs time to operate, and he got it after the first few drives and showed what he could do. He made better and better decisions as the game went on, and he handled the pressure better than he did against Alabama. Auburn isn’t going to provide the same pressure next week, but the offense will make it more of a shootout. The secondary has to do a better job of preventing the deep ball; the Hogs are last among SEC teams in pass defense.

Auburn
… Auburn 26 ... at Tennessee 22 ... Raise your hand if you thought Auburn would be 5-0 at this point. Once again, the offense showed tremendous balance, with 224 rushing yards and 235 through the air, and the defense did its job for three quarters to make it an easier win than the final score might indicate. Ben Tate cranked out yards in chunks and Chris Todd didn’t make any big mistakes, and it’ll be even more vital to not give away any easy turnovers over the next two weeks in winnable games against Arkansas and Kentucky. The tough games are still to come, but a 7-0 Auburn would go into the final five games as confident as any team in America.     

Florida
… Didn’t Play This Week

Georgia
… LSU 20 ... at Georgia 13 ... Georgia and its fans are likely going to honk about the horrible, horrible, horrible excessive celebration call after the A.J. Green touchdown, but the special teams didn’t help the cause allowing a 40-yard kickoff return. That sort of summed up the Dawgs’ day. They have chances to take control of the game several times, but didn’t do it. Defensively, Rennie Curran had a phenomenal game, up until the final Charles Scott touchdown run, making 16 tackles. Now there’s more work to do with three straight away games against Tennessee, Vanderbilt, and the Cocktail Party against Florida.

Kentucky
… Alabama 38 ... at Kentucky 20 ... The Wildcats were way overmatched, but they kept fighting and made the game a little more interesting late, at least on the scoreboard. Alabama’s defense had a lot to do with the various mistakes, but UK can’t turn the ball over four times against a team this good and hope to have any shot. As rough as it might have been to play Florida and Alabama in back-to-back weeks, now UK has to go on the road for more problems with trips to South Carolina and Auburn.

LSU
… LSU 20 ... at Georgia 13 ... This isn’t a great team, but it’s great when it has to be. Whether it’s the goal line stand against Mississippi State, or in the final minutes against Georgia, the Tigers win … even if it’s not always pretty. The biggest plus out of the win was the way the lines played. The defensive front had its best performance of the year stuffing the Georgia running game cold, while the offensive line did what it had to do to help the running game grind out 156 yards. As good a win as this was, there are bigger fish out there with Florida, Auburn, and Alabama in the next month.

Ole Miss … Ole Miss 23 ... at Vanderbilt 7 ... Jevan Snead has to get a lot better in a big hurry. With Alabama up next, the offense has to become far more efficient and effective, and Snead has to stop throwing interceptions after struggling against South Carolina and Vanderbilt. The attack isn’t using Dexter McCluster enough. He’s not that big and he’s being saved for key situations, but he only got seven carries for 13 yards and caught two passes for 42 yards. The defense was able to overcome Snead’s problems, but it won’t have the same luck against Alabama unless the offense is far more careful and far more productive on the short to midrange passes for a full sixty minutes.

Miss State … Georgia Tech 42 ... at Mississippi State 31 ... MSU battled well when Georgia Tech hit haymaker after haymaker, but five turnovers and an inability to keep drives alive turned out to be too much to overcome. Tyson Lee showed he could throw a little bit, while Anthony Dixon once again ran well to try to carry the attack. While this was a tough loss, the O showed it can produce in a firefight, and that’s what it’ll be in for next week against Houston. Dixon had better be ready to get rumbling after what UTEP did to the Cougar D.

South Carolina … at South Carolina 38 ... South Carolina State 14 ... The offense needs as much work as it can get after spotty performances against Ole Miss and Florida Atlantic. After doing nothing in the fourth quarter against the Rebels and in the first quarter against South Carolina State, there’s still a lot of proving it can do to show it can be more consistent. Eric Norwood had another huge day for the defense, while Stephen Garcia cemented himself further as the leader and the star of the offense. There’s one more relative warm-up against Kentucky before getting a huge chance to make some noise at Alabama.

Tennessee
… Auburn 26 ... at Tennessee 22 ... Jonathan Crompton had a decent game, and he didn’t make any major mistakes, but it wasn’t enough to get the offense going until it was too late. Montario Hardesty tried to carry the attack, and the defense did its part by keeping it close, but there isn’t enough firepower to beat the better teams. It’s not what the coaching staff wants to do, but it needs to take chances and accept the Crompton mistakes to have any prayer to stay with Georgia, Alabama, and South Carolina over the next three weeks.

Vanderbilt
… Ole Miss 23 ... at Vanderbilt 7 ... Vandy needs breaks to get the offense moving, it got those breaks with three interceptions against Ole Miss, and it couldn’t take advantage. The offense is horrendous at throwing the ball, now coming in last in the nation in passing efficiency as Larry Smith isn’t getting anything going deep. Field position is a must for a team that just can’t handle a long field, and having the SEC’s worst punting game continues to be a problem. With Army up next, the Commodores must come up with a win or the season might be over. There aren’t going to be any layups the rest of the way.

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)