SEC Roundup: Gators, Tigers, and Crimson Tide Get Big Wins

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SEC Roundup: Gators, Tigers, and Crimson Tide Get Big Wins

IconWeek Eight is finished, and once again we saw Top-10 upsets and great games across the nation.

Here's a look at the weekend that was in the SEC...

Florida 45, Kentucky 37

As I'd predicted in my preview, this one was a high-scoring shootout that was a kick to watch.

Tim Tebow and the Gators were able to go into Lexington and upset the Wildcats.  Tebow compiled 334 yards of total offense, with five total TDs.

Kentucky QB Andre' Woodson had his best game of the year, throwing for 415 yards and five TDs.

The Gators put the game away when Tebow rumbled across the goal line for his lone rushing TD with 1:30 left in the fourth quarter.  The Wildcats were ineffective on the ground, gaining only 97 yards.
 
Florida now joins Georgia and South Carolina in a three-way tie atop the SEC East.

LSU 30, Auburn 24

LSU improved to 7-1 on the year with their last-second win over Auburn.  LSU QB Matt Flynn was able to connect with Demetrius Byrd for a 22-yard TD pass to win the game. 

The contest was a little more offensively-oriented than I predicted. LSU had a huge day on offense, gaining 488 total yards. Auburn gained nearly 300—led by QB Brandon Cox, who accounted for 212.

LSU is now tied with Alabama for the lead in the SEC West.

Icon Sports MediaAlabama 41, Tennessee 17

I said this game would come down to which team showed up to play.

I picked the wrong one, as Alabama easily rolled over the Volunteers for their biggest victory over UT since 1986.

The Crimson Tide amassed 510 yards of offense—including 363 yards by QB John Parker Wilson, along with three TDs.

WR DJ Hall was Wilson’s main target, grabbing 13 receptions—a school record—for 185 yards and two scores.

Tennessee’s defense struggled against the Alabama attack, much as when it surrendered 59 points to Florida earlier this year.  The Crimson Tide defense was able to shut out the Volunteers in the second half and cruise to victory.

Mark your calendars for November 3rd—Alabama welcomes LSU in a game that will decide the SEC West.

Vanderbilt 17, South Carolina 6

I put the Gamecocks on “upset alert” last week, and for good reason.

The South Carolina offense was—to put in nicely—despicable.

Horrible offensive-line play, bad decision-making by the quarterbacks, and bungled routes by the wide receiving corps all contributed to the miserable offensive "showing."

Vanderbilt was able to capitalize on two early turnovers by the Gamecocks, and held a 17-0 lead at the end of the first quarter before the Gamecocks and their fans knew what hit them.

The rotation of QBs Chris Smelley and Blake Mitchell was ineffective, as neither were given the time they needed to deliver the ball. Vanderbilt was able to sack South Carolina QBs seven times—after having averaged only two sacks per game prior to Saturday.

And if the Gamecocks' quarterbacks did have time to throw, their passes were off the mark.

On top of the sacks, five false start penalties were called against the Gamecocks.

South Carolina's defense once again kept this one closer than it should have been, shutting out the Commodores for the last three quarters.

Maybe this will be the Gamecock offense’s wake-up call.

Arkansas 44, Ole Miss 8

Arkansas RBs Darren McFadden and Felix Jones both rushed for over 100 yards as the Razorbacks easily took care of the Ole Miss Rebels.

In total, the Razorbacks gained nearly 300 yards on the ground, compared to just 144 yards in the air.

Arkansas takes a much-needed step closer to becoming bowl-eligible.

West Virginia 38, Mississippi State 13

The Mountaineers jumped out to a 28-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back.

West Virginia RB Steve Slaton rushed for 127 yards and a TD on 23 attempts, rebounding from subpar performances the previous two weeks.

Bonus Picks

Miami 37, FSU 29: WRONG

FSU let it slip away, allowing Miami to score two touchdowns in the final 1:15.

Kansas 19, Colorado 14: WRONG

Whoops—this year's upset theme did not apply here.

Rutgers 30, South Florida 27: CORRECT

But it worked for this game!  Rutgers has another top-five team coming to town this weekend, with the Mountaineers traveling up the turnpike.

Michigan 27, Illinois 17: CORRECT

Big Blue continues to right the ship after a slow start, and the Fighting Illini continue to stumble.

Southern Cal 38, Notre Dame 0: WRONG

Note to self: Don’t pick the Irish to win any more this year.

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