SEC Week 10: Tigers Title Worthy, Hogs Move Into Key Position

By Brett Kaplan

Well, we got everything we could ever want from week 10’s game of the century in LSU-Alabama (more on that here). We also found out, hands down, who the worst team in the SEC is. And Arkansas put themselves in a position to be back in a BCS game. There were a lot of nonconference, terribly overmatched opponents. But there were two games with huge consequences. It was a big week in the Southeastern Conference.

Vanderbilt Commodores 21, Florida Gators 26
Pretty darn close to my final score if I do say so myself. Florida’s ensured to be where the media and coaches thought they’d be at third in the East. More on this game here.

New Mexico State Aggies 16, #18 Georgia Bulldogs 63
I think Mark Richt might be getting off the hot seat this season. The Dawgs are in the driver’s seat for the SEC East spot in the Championship game. And they certainly had no trouble with Aggies as expected. Georgia seems to be hitting their stride at the right time. Seven straight wins and counting for these Bulldogs. They have a test next week against Auburn and then the rivalry game against Georgia Tech at the end of the season.

Ole Miss Rebels 13, Kentucky Wildcats 30
The Toilet Bowl. The bottom of the SEC is decided at it goes to a team from the SEC West. Go figure. Houston Nutt’s seat is getting scaldingly hot. This game was close until about halfway through the fourth quarter when Kentucky started running away from the game. They scored 20 points in the final period and QB Maxwell Smith threw two touchdowns to make this a blowout.

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders 0, Tennessee Volunteers 24
Vols QB Justin Worley threw for 291 yards and his first career touchdown in just his second career start. RB Tauren Poole added two rushing touchdowns to help Tennessee put some points on the board. And their defense forced three turnovers and only allowed 230 total yards. Not all may be lost on these Vols. If Worley can manage the offense, they might be able to get to a bowl game.

#9 South Carolina Gamecocks 28, #7 Arkansas Razorbacks 44
This win puts Arkansas squarely in the BCS conversation as an at-large bid. South Carolina had a rough game with Connor Shaw at the helm and missing stud RB Marcus Lattimore really hurt the Gamecocks as they only had 79 total yards rushing. Shaw only threw for 128 and and interception. Meanwhile Hogs QB Tyler Wilson continues to shine as he threw for 299 yards and 2 TDs, but the Razorbacks special teams came up with a touchdown and their running backs scored two late touchdowns to really put the game out of reach. Beware of Arkansas. Like I’ve been saying all season, they could be a BCS darkhorse.

Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks 17, Mississippi State Bulldogs 55
Mississippi State finally found their offense. Their offense totaled 570 yards and the Bulldogs used three quarterbacks as practice to take down the skyhawks. I’m still wondering what a skyhawk is.

#1 LSU Tigers 9, #2 Alabama Crimson Tide 6 OT
This game lived up to the expectations. Defense was the key in this game. Defense and special teams miscues by Alabama. I’d hate to be any one of the two kickers the Crimson Tide used in the game that missed field goals. I’d love to see a rematch between the two for the BCS Championship. More on that here. But Eric Reid’s amazing interception (pictured above) is one reason LSU still has BCS title hopes. That and their special teams played a huge role in the win against the Tide.

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