2009 CFN SEC Week 12 Roundup

Posted Nov 21, 2009

2009 CFN SEC Week 12 Staff Picks, Roundup, & More.

2009 SEC ... Week 12

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West Alabama | Arkansas | Auburn | LSU | Ole Miss | Miss State

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  Conf. Overall
Florida 8 0 11 0
Georgia 4 4 6 5
Kentucky 3 4 7 4
S. Carolina 3 5 6 5
Tenn. 3 4 6 5
Vandy 0 8 2 10
  Conf. Overall
Alabama 7 0 11 0
Ole Miss 4 3 8 3
LSU 4 3 8 3
Arkansas 3 4 7 4
Auburn 3 4 7 4
Miss St 2 5 4 7
Players of the Week
11/21 Dex McCluster, RB OM
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

11/21 Ole Miss 25, LSU 23
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


Alabama 45
Chattanooga 0
Alabama easily rolls over Chattanooga 

CFN Prediction: Alabama 37-3
Line: No Line

at Arkansas 42
Mississippi State 21
- Arkansas & Mallett bomb away on Bulldogs 
- Miss State's Dixon runs wild in loss to Hogs 

CFN Prediction: Arkansas 31-16
Line: Arkansas -10.5

at Florida 62
Florida flexes muscles in easy win over FIU 

CFN Prediction: Florida 45-7
Line: Florida -43.5

Kentucky 34
at Georgia 27
- Georgia gets picked off in loss to Wildcats 
- Kentucky stuns Dawgs with big 2nd half 

CFN Prediction: Georgia 26-20
Line: Georgia -8.5

at Ole Miss 25
LSU 23
- LSU brain cramps late in loss to the Rebels 
- Ole Miss survives wild finish in win over LSU 

CFN Prediction: Ole Miss 23-16
Line: Ole Miss -3.5

at Tennessee 30
Vanderbilt 16
- Tennessee beats Vandy, gets bowl eligible 
- Vanderbilt O gets stuffed by the Vols 

CFN Prediction: Tennessee 24-3
Line: Tennessee -17

At Ole Miss 25 … LSU 23
In a strange, exciting game that will always be remembered for its crazy finish. LSU converted a 4th and 26 to get down to the Ole Miss six with time stopped with one second to play, but Jordan Jefferson spiked the ball, the field goal team didn't run on to the field, and time ran out. The Tigers had waited too long before calling a time out prior to the fourth down bomb, and that turned out to make the difference. Just to get to that point, LSU needed a minor miracle with a 25-yard touchdown catch from Rueben Randle, and a missed two-point conversion, making it a two-point game, and the Tigers recovered the onside kick leading to the wild finish. The end overshadowed a see-saw game with Patrick Peterson returning a blocked field goal 53 yards for a touchdown and an early LSU lead, and Ole Miss rallying back in the second half highlighted by a Dexter McCluster 27-yard touchdown pass to Shay Hodge. Joshua Shene hit four field goals for Ole Miss and Josh Jasper nailed a 50-yarder for the Tigers.

Ole Miss RB Dexter McCluster ran 24 times for 148 yards, caught three passes for 18 yards, and threw a 27-yard touchdown pass in the win over LSU.


… at Alabama 45 ... Chattanooga 0 ... Alabama could've hung 100 on the Mocs if it wanted to. This was a near-perfect game with the running game working well, Greg McElroy connecting on a few good pass plays, and the stars getting plenty of rest in the second half. With the Auburn game just a few days away in a short week, the last thing the Tide needed was to get anyone banged up, and this was nothing more than a good live tune up.

… at Arkansas 42 .... Mississippi State 21 ... As if Ryan Mallett wasn't doing enough already, now he's going to need to do even more with RB Michael Smith done for the year with a hamstring problem. It's not like the offense was missing him much anyway as Mallett has caught fire in a four-game winning streak to put the Hogs in a position for a New Year's Day bowl game. The SEC has to fill three key spots (Outback, Capital One, and Cotton), with Ole Miss likely to grab one, and the winner of the Arkansas-LSU game next week to determine one of the others. LSU can't run and doesn't have the firepower to keep up if Mallett stays how. Arkansas can absolutely go 8-4, but it's all on Mallett.

… Didn't Play This Week

… at Florida 62 ... FIU 3 ... Florida did what it was supposed to do against a team like FIU, and while the blowout might be dismissed because of the mediocre competition, this was a game the team needed. After so many close calls, the Gators had to flex a little muscle and look the part, just to show that they could. Florida State, without Christian Ponder and with a porous defense, will be tough in name only, but while it might be easy for Florida to want to look ahead to Alabama, coming up with another dominant win, just to get the swagger going, might be important. It's time for the tremendous team to turn it on.

… Kentucky 34 ... at Georgia 27 ...  Georgia had a chance to all but secure itself in a New Year's Day bowl slot, but a sloppy second half changed all of that. Now it's going to take a win over Georgia Tech or else the Dawgs will finish 6-6 with a chance at a losing season if they lose the bowl game. The offense moved the ball, but the four second half turnovers proved to be too much to overcome. The defense wasn't bad, but it couldn't hold up under the pressure of the offenses' mistakes. Now the D will have to play at a whole other level to keep Georgia Tech in relative check.

… Kentucky 34 ... at Georgia 27 ... Is Kentucky New Year's Day bowl bound? The Wildcats, spurred by a big second half, were able to get by Georgia on timely defense and opportunistic offense, and now they're a win over Tennessee from securing the No. 2 spot in the East with the possibility of either the Outback or the Capital One Bowl. The offense is doing a great job of being creative and mistake-free. Morgan Newton wasn't outstanding, but he didn't throw any picks and he got the ball to his receivers where they could do something with it.

… at Ole Miss 25 ... LSU 23 2OT ... Much will be made about the disaster of a last minute with the coaching staff handling the final moments about as poorly as possible, and rightly so. But even though the loss will sting, it doesn't matter in the overall picture as long as the Tigers come back with a win over Arkansas. It's not like Ole Miss QB Jevan Snead had a huge day, but he was effective, while the Tigers had a hard time with speedy RB Dexter McCluster. Arkansas has a far better passing team that will challenge the LSU secondary, while the quick Hog backs could provide a huge problem. LSU's running game continues to be a disaster without Charles Scott.

Ole Miss … at Ole Miss 25 ... LSU 23 ... After all the big disappointments early in the season, Ole Miss can now cement itself as the No. 3 team in the SEC with a win over Mississippi State. The Rebels didn't come up with a perfect game against LSU, but they were strong against the mediocre Tiger running game and got another big day from Dexter McCluster. Even in a loss to MSU, Ole Miss will be certain now to go to a New Year's Day Bowl now that the team has found its groove. 

Miss State … at Arkansas 42 .... Mississippi State 21 ... The bowl hope is gone after being unable to slow down Ryan Mallett and the Arkansas passing game, but that doesn't mean that Dan Mullen's first season at the helm can't be a success with the right breaks. Anthony Dixon has to have another massive game, after running for 176 yards on Arkansas, to overcome the lack of a passing game against Ole Miss. The lack of a pass rush was a problem against the Hogs, and it could be a major issue against Jevan Snead if he chooses this game to finally get hot.

South Carolina … Didn't Play This Week

… at Tennessee 30 ... Vanderbilt 16 ... Tennessee has to be thanking its lucky stars it got the miserable Vanderbilt offense to go against. The linebacking corps is banged up, but Rico McCoy played hurt and still made 15 tackles. At least the team is bowl eligible and doesn't have to deal with the pressure of getting a sixth win next week at Kentucky. Jockeying for a solid bowl bid, the Vols could end up going to a New Year's Day game with an impressive win over the Cats, but to get that, the offense will have to turn things up another notch to make up for the banged up D.

… at Tennessee 30 ... Vanderbilt 16 ... Vanderbilt's season ended on missed chances and one final rough performance. Tennessee's defense was banged up but the Commodores still struggled to take advantage, while the D had problems stopping Montario Hardesty and the Vol ground game. The defense, though, did a terrific job in the second half, but it wasn't enough to overcome the lack of scoring punch. It's this simple; last year's defense seemingly came up with every big play. This year's defense, didn't and the offense continued for be horrible for a second straight season.
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)