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2009 CFN SEC Week 9 Roundup

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Posted Oct 28, 2009


2009 CFN SEC Week Nine Staff Picks, Roundup, & More

2009 SEC ... Week 9

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 6 0 8 0
S. Carolina 3 3 6 3
Georgia 3 3 4 4
Tenn. 2 3 4 4
Kentucky 1 4 4 4
Vandy 0 5 2 7
West
  Conf. Overall
Alabama 5 0 8 0
LSU 4 1 7 1
Auburn 3 3 6 3
Ole Miss 2 3 5 3
Miss St 2 3 4 5
Arkansas 1 4 4 4
Players of the Week
10/31 Anth. Dixon, RB MSU
10/24 Terrence Cody, DT Al
10/17 Mark Ingram, RB Al
10/10 J. Crompton, QB Ten
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

10/31 Miss St 23, UK 24
10/24 Bama 12, Tenn 10
10/17 Florida 23, Ark 20
10/10 Florida 13, LSU 3
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

at Arkansas 63
Eastern Michigan 27
Arkansas & Mallett nearly perfect vs. EMU 

CFN Prediction: Arkansas 63-17
Line: Arkansas -38.5

at Auburn 33
Ole Miss 20
- Auburn rebounds with win over Rebels 
- Ole Miss and Snead struggle in loss to Tigers 

CFN Prediction: Ole Miss 27-17
Line: Ole Miss -3

Florida 41
vs. Georgia 17 (in Jacksonville)
- Florida & Tebow dominate the Dawgs 
- Georgia sloppy in blowout loss to the Gators 

CFN Prediction: Florida 38-10
Line: Florida -16

Mississippi State 31
at Kentucky 24
- Miss State & Dixon steamroll the Wildcats
- Kentucky gets run over by Miss State 

CFN Prediction: Kentucky 26-21
Line: Kentucky -3.5

LSU 42
at Tulane 0
LSU & Scott run over the Green Wave 

CFN Prediction: LSU 41-10
Line: LSU -36

at Tennessee 31
South Carolina 13
- Tennessee wears black jerseys, blast USC 
- South Carolina sloppy in loss to Vols 

CFN Prediction: Tennessee 23-16
Line: Tennessee -5

Georgia Tech 56
at Vanderbilt 31
Vandy can't keep up in loss to Yellow Jackets 

CFN Prediction: Georgia Tech 27-13
Line: Georgia Tech -11.5
GAME OF THE WEEK

Mississippi State 31 … at Kentucky 24

Anthony Dixon ran for a Mississippi State record 252 yards with touchdown runs of one and three yards out, and O’Neal Wilder caught a 67-yard touchdown pass to keep bowl hopes alive. Kentucky got short touchdown runs from Derrick Locke, Morgan Newton, and Randall Cobb on the way to a 24-17 fourth quarter lead, but MSU outscored the Cats 21-7 in the third quarter. MSU ran for 348 yards, but only converted 1-of-9 third down chances.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Mississippi State RB Anthony Dixon ran 33 times for 252 yards and two touchdowns, and he caught two passes for 14 yards in the win over Kentucky.

CONFERENCE ROUNDUP

Alabama
… Didn’t Play This Week

Arkansas
…at Arkansas 63 ... Eastern Michigan 27 ... Arkansas was able to come up with a nice, easy win with everything working and Ryan Mallett producing with a nearly perfect performance. Big deal, it was against Eastern Michigan, but it’s never a bad thing this late in the year for a team to stretch its legs a little bit before going into the heart of the schedule. With three more home games in the current stretch, including a big game against South Carolina next week, the Hogs have to show they’re for real in the SEC. Getting a healthy Michael Smith back at running back should help, assuming he’s ready after sitting out the layup.

Auburn
… at Auburn 33 ... Ole Miss 20 ... And now everyone can exhale. After a rough few weeks in losses to Kentucky and LSU, the offense worked again with Chris Todd having a mistake-free game throwing it and Ben Tate running well when he had room to move. The defense gave Ole Miss QB Jevan Snead a tough day with plenty of pressure, while Walter McFadden took advantage of the chances to make big plays. With Furman up next before dealing with Georgia and Alabama, there’s time to get some more work in before the season-defining games down the stretch.

Florida
… Florida 41 ... Georgia 17 ... Florida did what it was supposed to do against a mediocre Georgia team. But even though it was an easy win, the team got away from what it needs to do to keep improving. Tim Tebow ran too much, the rest of the backs weren’t used enough, and the passing game wasn’t anything special outside of two big plays from Riley Cooper. Brandon Spikes was brilliant with ten tackles and an interception return for a score, showing what a difference maker he is taking the Florida D from good to great. Even though the Gators aren’t playing at the highest of levels, but their standards, they shouldn’t have a problem over the next four games on the way to the SEC championship.

Georgia
…Florida 41 ... Georgia 17 ...  Florida is better than Georgia, and all the black helmets and jumping around wasn’t going to change that. Losing to the No. 1 team in America isn’t a problem, but having more problems with penalties and turnovers is an issue. Beating Tennessee Tech next week obviously isn’t going to be a problem, but none of the last three games against Auburn, Kentucky, and Georgia Tech are gimmes if the Dawgs keep making big mistakes. The running game is non-existent and Joe Cox is Joe Cox, so if the defense isn’t significantly better in the next few weeks, the last month is going to be rough.

Kentucky
… Mississippi State 31 ... at Kentucky 24 ... Uhhhhh, the run defense? With quarterback issues, Kentucky doesn’t have the firepower to keep up with most teams right now, Morgan Newton just isn’t getting the passing game going enough, so the defense has to start coming up with bigger performances. The great game in the win over Auburn is a distant memory after getting steamrolled by Mississippi State, but there’s no reason to panic quite yet with Eastern Kentucky and Vanderbilt up next to all but assure a bowl spot. But there can’t be the problems up front like the defense had this week.

LSU
… LSU 42 ... at Tulane 0 ... If confidence is a big deal going into a game like the one LSU has to deal with against Alabama next week, this is the game the team needed to have. Charles Scott and the running game came up with a tremendous performance while the defensive line rolled up ten tackles for loss and two sacks dominating the Green Wave O line all game long. Jordan Jefferson threw a pick, but he was solid in a game he didn’t have to be razor sharp, and now it’s on to Bama. He’s going to have to be perfect against the Tide, and he’ll have to take more chances down the field to give Scott a chance to work. Jefferson has to keep the Bama safeties off the line.

Ole Miss … at Auburn 33 ... Ole Miss 20 ... Alright, so Ole Miss just doesn’t have it. The defense couldn’t stop the Auburn scoring run, and the offense didn’t do anything to help the cause. Jevan Snead was under pressure for most of the game, but he struggled with his accuracy yet again even though he got help from Dexter McCluster and the running game. With Northern Arizona up next, the Rebels will get a sixth win and will have a shot to tune up the attack, but it has to get the passing game far sharper with Tennessee and LSU to follow.

Miss State … Mississippi State 31 ... at Kentucky 24 ... That’s a simple plan: hand the ball off to Anthony Dixon and watch him rumble. He tore off big run after big run against Kentucky, and that made life easier for Tyson Lee as he didn’t have to press too hard for the passing game. Considering who well the running game played, MSU should’ve been able to put the game away earlier, but a win is a win, and now a bowl game is within reach. Forget about the game against Alabama two weeks from now, but if the Bulldog ground game can keep on cranking out big yards, there’s a chance to come up with wins over Arkansas and Ole Miss to end the regular season.

South Carolina … at Tennessee 31 ... South Carolina 13 ... South Carolina had a big chance to show it was for real in the SEC pecking order, and for the second time in three weeks the offense came up short when it had its chances. The defense couldn’t come up with the stops needed to overcome three fumbles and a pick, while the offense didn’t get into the end zone until it was way too late. However, Stephen Garcia threw well on a good Tennessee pass defense and showed that USC should be able to keep up in a likely shootout at Arkansas next week.

Tennessee
… at Tennessee 31 ... South Carolina 13 ... Tennessee has issues with the kicking game and the special teams are a bit of a problem with Daniel Cunningham hurt, but that’s the only real complaint after an impressive win over South Carolina. Throw in the 45-19 win over Georgia and the Vols can now lay claim to being the second best team in the East. That’s not anything to dismiss considering the problems of last year and the concerns at the beginning of the year with the loss to UCLA. As long as Jonathan Crompton isn’t throwing interceptions and UT is close to +4 in turnover margin, like it was against the Gamecocks, this will be a tough team to beat over the final month.

Vanderbilt
… Georgia Tech 56 ... at Vanderbilt 31 ... Vanderbilt might have gotten its doors blown off by the Georgia Tech running game, but no one has any answers for it. At the very least, the Commodore offense finally showed some signs of life with a big first half as it traded shot for shot with the team that will likely win the ACC championship. However, now the hope for a bowl game is over and the season is only going to get worse with road games at Florida and Tennessee still to deal with. As bad as the D was, Chris Marve was terrific making 18 tackles.

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)