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2009 CFN SEC Week 11 Roundup

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Posted Nov 15, 2009


2009 CFN SEC Week 11 Staff Picks, Roundup, & More.

2009 SEC ... Week 11

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 8 0 10 0
Georgia 4 3 6 4
S. Carolina 3 5 6 5
Kentucky 2 4 6 4
Tenn. 2 4 5 5
Vandy 0 7 2 9
West
  Conf. Overall
Alabama 7 0 10 0
LSU 4 2 8 2
Ole Miss 3 3 7 3
Auburn 3 4 7 4
Arkansas 2 4 6 4
Miss St 2 4 4 6
Players of the Week
11/14 Dex McCluster, RB OM
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

11/14 Ga 31, Aub 24
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


Alabama 31
at Mississippi State 3
- Alabama gets big plays to beat the Bulldogs 
- Miss St passing game fizzles in loss to Bama 

CFN Prediction: Alabama 26-16
Line: Alabama -12

at Arkansas 56
Troy 20
Arkansas' Mallett sets season passing record 

CFN Prediction: Arkansas 42-30
Line: Arkansas -14

at Georgia 31
Auburn 24
- Auburn run over late in loss to Bulldogs 
- Georgia going bowling after tough win over AU 

CFN Prediction: Auburn 38-34
Line: Georgia -5

Florida 24
at South Carolina 14
- Florida goes through motions in win over USC 
- South Carolina gets picked off by Gators 

CFN Prediction: Florida 30-16
Line: Florida -16

Kentucky 24
at Vanderbilt 13
- Kentucky going bowling with win over Vandy 
- Vanderbilt gets run over by the Wildcats

CFN Prediction: Kentucky 23-13
Line: Kentucky -3

at LSU 24
Louisiana Tech 16
LSU struggles and sputters in win over Tech 

CFN Prediction: LSU 34-6
Line: LSU -24.5

at Ole Miss 42
Tennessee 17
- Ole Miss & McCluster go ballistic on the Vols 
- Tennessee gets run over in loss to Rebels 

CFN Prediction: Tennessee 27-23
Line: Ole Miss -4
GAME OF THE WEEK

at Georgia 31 … Auburn 24
Caleb King ran for fourth quarter scores from 11 and 24 yards out and the defense held as Auburn had a late chance throw into the end zone as Georgia became bowl eligible. The much-maligned Bulldog defense got a big play from Bacarri Rambo late on a big hit on a pass play, but he was knocked out and was carted off the field on a stretcher. The Tigers got up 14-0 on two Chris Todd touchdown passes, but Georgia game back on a 50-yard Israel Troupe touchdown catch to spark a 17-point run. After taking a late 24-17 on King’s first scoring run, Auburn responded with a 99-yard kickoff return for a score from Demond Washington. After holding on the ensuing drive, Auburn got the ball back with all the momentum, but a Reshad Jones interception led the way to the second King touchdown.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Ole Miss RB Dexter McCluster ran 25 times for 282 yards and four touchdowns, and caught four passes for 42 yards in the win over Tennessee.

CONFERENCE ROUNDUP

Alabama
… Alabama 31 ... at Mississippi State 3 ... This should’ve been a dangerous game for the Tide, but it was business as usual as Mark Ingram fought for 149 yards, busting out 70 of them on one play, but the key was the play of the defense as broken up passes, including some big plays from Marquis Johnson, force MSU to not take too many chances with the passing game. Greg McElroy had one of his best games in weeks, and while his 13-of-18, 192-yard, two touchdown performance isn’t going to mean defenses aren’t going to gang up on Ingram, but it’ll force Auburn and Florida to worry a bit.

Arkansas
…at Arkansas 56 ... Troy 20 ... Ryan Mallett showed what he could do in one season setting the Arkansas record for the most passing yards in a season, but more importantly, the team is on a nice three game winning streak and is bowl eligible. Now it’s gravy time with Mississippi State and LSU up next, and if the Hogs win the two games, they’ll likely be playing on New Year’s Day. To do that, the aggressive defense has to keep forcing turnovers to make up for the yards allowed through the air. Fortunately, the Bulldogs and Tigers can’t throw.

Auburn
… at Georgia 31 ... Auburn 24 ... Auburn played an even game with Georgia on the road, but couldn’t get the offense going late while the run defense struggled in the end. Over the next two weeks to prepare for Alabama, the defense has to come up with some new ideas in a hurry against the run or else Mark Ingram is going to cement a Heisman victory with a huge game on national TV. Also, the offense will have to connect on more big pass plays, and QB Chris Todd has to be deadly on his mid-range throws. He was 20-of-28 against Georgia, but he threw two picks. He can’t afford to make those mistakes.

Florida
… Florida 24 ... at South Carolina 14 ... This is who Florida is. This isn’t a juggernaut, this isn’t an all-timer of a team, and this isn’t a special team in the national title chase; but it’s resourceful. It does what it has to do to win, gets big-time defensive plays out of big-time defensive players, and it jeeps on winning. Is the team just going through the motions waiting for Alabama, or is it really this average (in relative terms)? The defense is going to carry the Gators the rest of the way, while Tim Tebow will keep handing off, keep making a few key throws here and there, and keep on getting wins.

Georgia
… at Georgia 31 ... Auburn 24 ... Georgia’s defense wasn’t a rock, but against the Gus Malzahn offense it was solid allowing 353 yards and keeping the attack under wraps late. More importantly going forward, now that the Dawgs are bowl eligible, they got something out of the running game. 169 yards might not seem like a lot, but for an attack that’s been struggling to get anything productive on a regular basis, this was important with Kentucky and Georgia Tech coming up … and a bowl game. This might have been a disappointing season, but for all the problems, there’s a chance to finish strong and get through a rebuilding year on a positive note.

Kentucky
… Kentucky 24 ... at Vanderbilt 13 ... It might not be pretty and it might not mean a spot in the BCS, but no matter how it happened, Kentucky is bowl eligible again. Considering all the problems the team has had, that’s a major accomplishment. Derrick Locke ran extremely well, and Randall Cobb showed once again why he’s one of the SEC’s most important players, but the passing game was awful, Mike Hartline was lousy completing just two of six passes with an interception, and Mike Newton wasn’t much better with four of seven completions with a pick. Now it’s time to get greedy and get to a good bowl, but to beat Georgia or Tennessee, the offense has to find more balance in a big hurry. 

LSU
… at LSU 24 ... Louisiana Tech 16 ... LSU didn’t have much to play for against Louisiana Tech, it can’t get into the BCS and it just has to split with Ole Miss and Arkansas to get into a New Year’s Day bowl, but the offense was able to take over in the second half. QB Jordan Jefferson could’ve played if desperately needed, but Jarrett Lee went the whole way and struggled completing just 7-of-22 passes for 105 yards with a score. Brandon LaFell bailed out the passing game with a 38-yard touchdown in the first half, and Keiland Williams ran well in place of the injured Charles Scott. But to beat the Rebels, the O line will have to come up with an even bigger performance. Overall, the penalties have to stop after committing ten.

Ole Miss … at Ole Miss 42 ... Tennessee 17 ... For all the problems and all the issues, now Ole Miss is 7-3 with big games against LSU and Mississippi State to close out … and two big chances to close out the year on a high note. The rest the stars got in the Northern Arizona game, especially Dexter McCluster, turned out to bring out a fresh team ready for the Volunteers. It took too long to put the Vols away, but it was a big win keep the team in the hunt for a good bowl game, and it showed how the team keeps on fighting in such a disappointing year.

Miss State … Alabama 31 ... at Mississippi State 3 ... MSU simply couldn’t get the offense going. The defense wasn’t awful against Bama, but it struggled against an accurate game from QB Greg McElroy and the offense couldn’t answer for the home runs from two big Tide pass plays and Mark Ingram’s 70-yard dash. Tyson Lee didn’t do anything to make the Tide back seven stop keying on Anthony Dixon, but to be fair, the Alabama defensive backs made some fantastic plays. There’s still hope for a bowl, but not the Bulldogs have to go to Arkansas and win before beating Ole Miss. That’s a tall task for a team with no passing attack.

South Carolina … Florida 24 ... at South Carolina 14 ... It’s the theme of the South Carolina season. When the team needs one big play to turn things around, it doesn’t get it. It couldn’t get it against Alabama, it couldn’t get it against Georgia, and it didn’t get it against Florida, and now the season is taking a big turn south. The Gamecocks are on a three-game losing streak, and have lost four of their last five games with Clemson coming up. Stephen Garcia needed to be special, and he wasn’t, and the defense had to be dominant, and it was just fine. But to beat the Tigers in two weeks, the D has to get a lot better at making big things happen (like forcing turnovers) and Garcia has to make everyone around him better.

Tennessee
… at Ole Miss 42 ... Tennessee 17 ... Tennessee isn’t quite there yet. After playing so well over the second half of the season and after all the positive strides made, the defense couldn’t find Dexter McCluster and now are all but out of the hunt for a big New Year’s Day bowl. Still needing a win to get bowl eligible, the Vols have to beat either Vanderbilt or Kentucky to get a 13th game, and it would be a huge help to win both. To do that, the offense has to continue to be solid, while the defense will only have to worry about stopping the run. Neither team has McCluster.

Vanderbilt
… Kentucky 24 ... at Vanderbilt 13 ... There just isn’t any offensive production. The running game isn’t good enough to overcome the lack of a steady passing game, with the biggest problem the inability to keep the chains moving. On a seven-game losing streak in a lost season, the team needs to find something positive to build on for next season. A win over Tennessee would do that, but to pull off the win, the run defense will have to take several chances or it’ll get gouged yet again.

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)