Recapping SEC week 10 in 60 seconds

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Here’s a week ten recap for all games:

#7 Florida 14, Missouri 7

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  • Florida had a very underwhelming offensive game again that was ultimately decided by the Gators’ brilliant defensive play throughout the game.
  • Florida only mounted 276 yards of total offense, with 170 coming on the ground.
  • QB Jeff Driskel finished 12/23 for 106 yards and one touchdown. He did have one long touchdown throw called back because of holding.
  • RB Mike Gillislee was the offensive player of the game, combining for 113 yards and one touchdown reception on a 45-yard screen pass.
  • Florida scored on a screen pass and a jet sweep with Omarius Hines out of the Wildcat formation.
  • Mizzou QB James Franklin struggled all day, going 24/51 for 236 yards with four interceptions.
  • Missouri moved the football on Florida all game, but they couldn’t punch it in the end zone more than once.
  • Tigers’ DT Sheldon Richardson really controlled the line of scrimmage and created havoc in the backfield in the entire game for Florida.
  • Matt Elam, Jon Bostic, Jaylen Watkins and Josh Evans all recorded interceptions for Florida’s defense.
  • Main Takeaway: Florida has a national championship-caliber defense, but the offense has regressed over the last two weeks. Jeff Driskel is not developing as a quarterback the way you would like, and the offensive line was just mauled by the Tigers throughout the game. Florida has to find some offensive answers in the next two weeks before facing Florida State or they will struggle on the road in Tallahassee. However, as bad as Florida has played this year on offense, the Gators are happy to be 8-1.

Vanderbilt 40, Kentucky 0

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  • Vanderbilt inches closer to a bowl berth with their fifth win on the season, and they dominated Kentucky in all three phases of the game.
  • Vanderbilt’s 40-point victory margin was its largest against the Wildcats in 96 years.
  • The Dores scored touchdowns on four of their first five first-half drives.
  • Kentucky made it into the red zone only once in the entire game.
  • QB Jordan Rodgers connected on 18 of 29 passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns.
  • WRs Chris Boyd and Jordan Matthews both caught touchdowns.
  • Vandy racked up 447 yards of total offense and finished 11/17 on third downs.
  • Kentucky just mounted 260 yards of total offense.
  • Main Takeaway: James Franklin is on the verge of taking the Commodores to back-to-back bowl games for the first time in their history. He’s done a fantastic job this season, and Vandy still has winnable upcoming games against Ole Miss, Tennessee and Wake Forest.

#16 Texas A&M 38, Mississippi State 13

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  • Texas A&M improved to 5-0 on the road this season, with another monster game against Alabama next week in Tuscaloosa.
  • QB Johnny Manziel went off again, accounting for 440 yards and two touchdowns – both rushing. He connected on 30 of 36 passes (83%) for 311 yards and had 21 carries for 129 yards and two touchdowns.
  • The Aggies rolled up 693 total yards of offense, with 361 yards coming on the ground – almost a perfect 50-50 balance.
  • RBs Ben Malena and Christine Michael combined for 162 yards rushing and three touchdowns.
  • It was clear from the opening kick off that Mississippi State’s offense would struggle blocking DE Damontre Moore.
  • MSU QB Tyler Russell completed 19 of 30 passes for 212 yards with one touchdown and one interception. However, he only threw for 29 yards in the first half. He found success late, but the game was already over.
  • Main Takeaway: Mississippi State’s 7-0 start had everything to do with the weak schedule. Aside from LSU, Texas A&M looks like the best two-loss team in the country with an electric offense, very underrated defense and the best defensive end in the SEC in Damontre Moore, who leads the SEC in sacks. Yes, he’s having a better year than Jadeveon Clowney.

Tennessee 55, Troy 48

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  • I said coming into the game that Tennessee would need to score 35 points to win the game. Boy, I was way off. They needed 55.
  • Tyler Bray went off against the Trojans’ defense, throwing for a career-high 530 yards and five touchdowns.
  • WR Cordarrelle Patterson went off as well, catching nine passes for 219 yards and one touchdown.
  • WR Justin Hunter caught nine passes for 181 yards and three touchdowns.
  • RB Marlin Lane rushed 19 times for 132 yards and two touchdowns.
  • However, the defense is getting worse, with no improvement in sight. Troy racked up 721 total yards on offense on the Vols’ putrid defense.
  • Main Takeaway: With Missouri, Vanderbilt and Kentucky ahead on the schedule, it’s hard not to think Tennessee wins all three of those games, although the Vanderbilt game will be very tough on the road. Derek Dooley in all likelihood will win seven games. Will Tennessee make the change if he wins seven? I said eight was the magic number before the season, and the maximum they can win will be seven. We’ll see what happens.

Arkansas 19, Tulsa 15

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  • Bowl hopes are still alive for the Hogs, who notched their fourth win of the season against Tulsa.
  • It was RB Dennis Johnson who carried the Hogs, not Tyler Wilson, to a victory. Johnson carried 22 times for 109 yards and two touchdowns.
  • WR Cobi Hamilton set the school’s single-season receptions record in the win. He caught 11 passes for 177 yards on the day. He broke Jarius Wright’s 66-catch mark with his 69th catch of the season.
  • Tyler Wilson finished 21 of 31 for 272 yards and one interception.
  • Tulsa took a 15-13 lead in the third quarter, but Johnson’s fourth-quarter 1-yard run sealed it for the Hogs.
  • Main Takeaway: With three games remaining against South Carolina, Mississippi State and LSU and needing only two wins, the Hogs have an uphill battle ahead to get to the coveted six-win mark and a bowl berth. It is possible though.

Auburn 42, New Mexico State 7

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  • Auburn finally gets back on the board by blowing out New Mexico State.
  • The Auburn rushing attack really dominated the game with over 311 yards on the ground.
  • RB Tre Mason rushed 22 times for 152 yards and one touchdown.
  • RB Onterio McCalebb carried eight times for 113 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Freshman QB Jonathan Wallace started the game and finished 9 of 16 for 164 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
  • Wallace’s threat to run really opened up the running game for the Tigers.
  • Wallace hit WR Trovon Reed for a 40-yard scoring strike in the fourth quarter.
  • LB Darren Bates returned a fumble 62 yards for a touchdown.
  • Main Takeaway: Wallace sparked the offense, but the running game has been going all year. The Tigers should have leaned on Mason and McCalebb more in their earlier offensive struggles. This is a game we expected the Tigers to win, and they will in all likelihood be looking at a three-win season to finish. We’ll see if Gene Chizik survives.

#6 Georgia 37, Ole Miss 10

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  • Georgia came out flat to start the game and spotted Ole Miss 10 points. But things quickly turned, and Georgia scored 37 unanswered points.
  • Ole Miss had all the momentum early but two first-half turnovers were too costly to overcome. The Rebels missed tons of open-field tackles, too.
  • QB Aaron Murray had a monster game, throwing for 384 yards and four touchdowns, bouncing back nicely from his three interceptions last weekend against Florida.
  • Georgia piled up 533 total yards of offense with 149 coming on the ground.
  • RB Todd Gurley rushed 18 times for 117 yards and no touchdowns.
  • WR Marlon Brown caught three passes for 113 yards and one touchdown. Malcolm Mitchell, Tavarres King and Rantavious Wooten also caught touchdowns.
  • Georgia’s defense held Ole Miss to 234 yards of total offense and 46 rushing yards. That’s back-to-back games the defense has put together.
  • The key play was Murray’s 40-yard touchdown pass just before halftime to take a 14-10 lead. It was all Georgia in the second half, as they scored on their first two possessions to start the blowout.
  • Main Takeaway: Georgia is one win away from clinching the SEC East, with just Auburn to beat now. So, it’s pretty much over. Ole Miss will get six wins on the season, and they will go bowling. Georgia, however, is on a crash course with Alabama for the SEC Championship in Atlanta. The Bulldogs could be coming together at the most crucial time during the season in time for the stretch run.

#1 Alabama 21, #5 LSU 17

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  • Alabama won the game on a late five-play, 72-yard touchdown drive to eventually get the win with 51 seconds left in the game. It was by far the best SEC game through 10 weeks.
  • LSU really controlled the game for the entire first 59 minutes.
  • LSU went down 14-3 but fought all the way back to take the lead 17-14 before losing it 21-17.
  • Bama QB AJ McCarron finished 14 of 27 for 165 yards and one touchdown. Before the final drive, McCarron was 1 of 7 for 7 yards in the second half.
  • LSU QB Zach Mettenberger finished 24 of 35 for 298 yards and one touchdown, and credit him for coming out and putting LSU in a position to win it.
  • Bama RB TJ Yeldon rushed for 76 yards and caught one pass for 28 yards and one touchdown on the screen to win it.
  • LSU RB Jeremy Hill rushed 29 times for 107 yards and one touchdown, and he’s a weapon for the Tigers’ offense.
  • Les Miles tried some of his Mad Hatter tricks – an onside kick, fake field goal and went for it on fourth down. All were failed attempts (0-3) and hurt field position and the momentum the Tigers had. He went from being way too conservative through nine weeks to way too aggressive and outcoached himself.
  • Main Takeaway: Alabama read the script for an upset in Death Valley, but they just refused to lose. Mettenberger had a big game, they won the turnover battle and Les went into his bag of tricks. However, the Tide’s unbelievable resiliency won them the game. They just refused to lose. That Alabama drive will be talked about for a long, long time in Tuscaloosa, especially on Paul Finebaum’s show…starting Monday.

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