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2009 CFN SEC Week 10 Roundup

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Posted Nov 8, 2009


2009 CFN SEC Week 10 Staff Picks, Roundup, & More.

2009 SEC ... Week 10

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 7 0 9 0
Georgia 3 3 5 4
S. Carolina 3 4 6 4
Tenn. 2 3 5 4
Kentucky 1 4 5 4
Vandy 0 6 2 8
West
  Conf. Overall
Alabama 6 0 9 0
LSU 4 2 7 2
Auburn 3 3 7 3
Ole Miss 2 3 6 3
Miss St 2 3 4 5
Arkansas 2 4 5 4
Players of the Week
11/7 Mark Ingram, RB Bama
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

11/7 Bama 24, LSU 15
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 Alabama 24
LSU 15
Alabama wins West with tough win over Tigers 
LSU gets banged up in loss to Bama 

CFN Prediction: Alabama 23-13
Line: Alabama -9

at Arkansas 33
South Carolina 16 
Arkansas & Mallett tremendous in win over USC 
South Carolina can't stop Hog passing game 

CFN Prediction: Arkansas 27-20
Line: Arkansas -5.5

at Auburn 63
Furman 31
Auburn's passing game nearly perfect in layup 

CFN Prediction: Auburn 48-10
Line: No Line

at Florida 27
Vanderbilt 3
Florida sluggish in win over Commodores 
Vanderbilt's offense sputters again in loss 

CFN Prediction: Florida 45-10
Line: Florida -32

at Georgia 38
Tennessee Tech 0
Georgia runs all over TTU in easy win 

CFN Prediction: Georgia 45-7
Line: No Line

at Kentucky 37
Eastern Kentucky 12
Kentucky & Newton roll past EKU 

CFN Prediction: Kentucky 31-17
Line: No Line

at Tennessee 56
Memphis 28
Tennessee & Crompton blow away the Tigers 

CFN Prediction: Tennessee 38-10
Line: Tennessee -26

at Ole Miss 31
Northern Arizona 14
Ole Miss goes through motions to beat NAU 

CFN Prediction: Ole Miss 30-17
Line: No Line
GAME OF THE WEEK

at Alabama 24 … LSU 15
Julio Jones took a pass 73 yards for a touchdown and Leigh Tiffin hit three field goals as Alabama survived a battle to earn the West title and a date with Florida. LSU took the early lead on a 12-yard touchdown catch from DeAngelo Peterson, and took a 15-10 lead going into the fourth quarter with a eight-yard dash from Stevan Ridley. But LSU decided to go for two and missed. Bama scored 14 unanswered points, helped by an apparent missed call on a Patrick Patterson interception that would’ve given the ball to the Tigers down six. Instead, the Tide got a 40-yard field goal from Tiffin to put the game away.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Alabama RB Mark Ingram ran 22 times for 144 yards and caught five passes for 30 yards in the win over LSU.

CONFERENCE ROUNDUP

Alabama
… at Alabama 24 ... LSU 15 ... Alabama got the yards, helped by the 73-yard touchdown from Julio Jones and the tough running from Mark Ingram, but it was struggle to put the game away because drives keep finishing with field goals instead of touchdowns. Greg McElroy wasn’t bad, completing 19-of-34 passes, but he missed on some key early throws, including one to a wide open Jones that would’ve been for a touchdown. The defense held firm once LSU QB Jordan Jefferson was knocked out with an ankle injury, and while this might not have been pretty, it was the win to clinch the West. The key now will be to not let down against a rested Mississippi State.

Arkansas
… at Arkansas 33 ... South Carolina 16 ... Ryan Mallett had put up big numbers throughout the year, but he wasn’t always accurate. He might not have thrown a touchdown pass against South Carolina, but he was deadly accurate and was terrific on third down throw after third down throw. The run defense came up with a nice game, and while the secondary gave up a huge touchdown pass, it tightened up late. With home games against Troy and Mississippi State up next, a bowl game should be a lock. But now it’s about improving to have a shot of winning at LSU to close out the regular season.

Auburn
… at Auburn 63 ... Furman 31 ... It’s never a bad thing for a passing game to get a live tune-up, and the Tiger quarterbacks were nearly perfect with Chris Todd and Neil Caudle combining to complete 27-of-30 passes for 373 yards and four scores. Getting to seven wins is nice, but this win won’t matter much without a win at Georgia to prove that the Tigers are the real deal. Of course, it’s all about the Alabama game in a few weeks, and if the passing game can stay crisp, that could be interesting. The offense will have to be nearly perfect to pull off the upset, and this game might go a long way to improving the timing.

Florida
… at Florida 27 ... Vanderbilt 3 ... Urban Meyer might be trying pump up the idea of winning 19 games in a row, but the team is hardly looking up to national title snuff offensively. It was fine against Vandy, sleepwalking through the motions, but this wasn’t the explosive thrillride of an attack that it’s supposed to be at some point this year. The defense, even without Brandon Spikes, is picking up the slack not allowing Vandy to do much of anything, but at some point, the offense has to show it can produce on a more regular basis. The points are going to have to flow to beat Florida State in the regular season finale, while South Carolina will throw everything at Tim Tebow next week.

Georgia
… at Georgia 38 ... Tennessee Tech 0 ... Great, Georgia showed it could run on Tennessee Tech. Whoopee. The stats were padded, Joe Cox and the passing game got some work in, and the backups got to see some live action. But that’s about all that was accomplished. If the attack is sharpened up a bit going forward, after a miserable first eight games, then the throwaway game was worth it. Can the running game keep working against Auburn? The hope has to be for this to be a confidence builder to pave the way for a big finishing kick.

Kentucky
… at Kentucky 37 ... Eastern Kentucky 12 ... Sometimes a win like this is needed to pad the stat sheet, but for Kentucky, it was a needed break in the middle of the season to give the inexperienced players some desperately needed live action. Freshman QB Morgan Newton has a ton of talent, but he hasn’t been sharp against the SEC teams he has had to face. He needed work, and he got it against a not-that-bad Eastern Kentucky secondary. Bowl eligibility needs to be sewn up next week Vanderbilt or else the pressure will be on to win at Georgia or against Tennessee. With so many injuries and so many issues, the Cats need can’t hope to pull off any upsets.

LSU
… at Alabama 24 ... LSU 15 ... LSU played well and wasn’t bad at running the ball early on, but the injuries were too much to overcome. Losing QB Jordan Jefferson to an ankle injury meant the Tide defense could tee off on the running game, there was no real fear of getting burned by Jarrett Lee, but the loss of Charles Scott to an apparent collarbone injury was a killer. There simply weren’t enough weapons to mount a comeback after the Tide stepped up late. The Tigers might have lost the West, and it’s not going to get a BCS bid with Alabama and Florida almost certain to get the two slots, but there’s no reason to not shoot for an 11-win season with winnable games against Louisiana Tech, Ole Miss, and Arkansas to finish the regular season.

Ole Miss … at Ole Miss 31 ... Northern Arizona 14 ... Ole Miss didn’t exactly go through the motions to beat Northern Arizona, but it wasn’t exactly exerting itself. Dexter McCluster got to rest, but Shay Hodge helped make up for the lack of pop with his 65-yard scoring play to put the game away. This might not be the year the Rebels were hoping for, and the team might not be nearly as explosive as it needs to be, but if it can pull off a win against Tennessee and/or against LSU in the next two weeks, the season would do a quick turnaround. However, the offense has to finally start to play up to its capabilities on a regular basis.

Miss State … Didn’t Play This Week

South Carolina … at Arkansas 33 ... South Carolina 16 ...  South Carolina had put up great numbers against the pass all season long, but that’s partly because everyone ran the ball and there weren’t many efficient, effective passing attacks to deal with. That all changed against Arkansas and Ryan Mallett picked the Gamecocks apart. Stephen Garcia and the passing game did a nice job of keeping up the pace for a while, but the defense couldn’t get Mallett off the field. The schedule gets really tough with Florida and Clemson to finish off the year.

Tennessee
… at Tennessee 56 ... Memphis 28 ... It might have only come against Memphis, but Jonathan Crompton continues to improve and the offense is humming at just the right time. Unstoppable in the first half, Tennessee was nearly perfect, and while there might be a few screams this week over defensive struggles in the second half, there’s nothing to get too upset about. However, Memphis came up with 403 yards of total offense with Curtis Steele running for 144. If the Vols can win at Ole Miss, they’ll be all but certain to finish the regular season 8-4.

Vanderbilt
…at Florida 27 ... Vanderbilt 3 ... Florida isn’t the team to play to try to get healthy. Mackenzi Adams didn’t spark the attack, failing to get anything going down the field, but Warren Norman ran well and the running game wasn’t shut down cold. Playing for pride at this point, the goal now is to simply end the losing six-game losing streak against either Kentucky or Tennessee to close out. To do that, the Commodores have to score points like it did in the first half of the loss to Georgia Tech. Something has to start working at this point of the season.

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)