There is no more drama in the SEC East.

Don’t read this the wrong way. There are still tantalizing questions out there.

Who will Florida hire as its full-time coach? When will Tennessee finally fire Butch Jones? Will Derek Mason and Barry Odom be the head coaches at Vanderbilt and Missouri, respectively, come next season?

And there still will be memorable plays, and perhaps, memorable games before the regular season concludes.

But the reason on-field drama of consequence has been sucked out of the division is due to the events of Saturday. Georgia, ranked No. 1 in the initial College Football Playoff poll, did as expected and dispatched South Carolina at home, 24-10. That, coupled with Kentucky’s loss to Ole Miss, clinched the division title for the Bulldogs in Kirby Smart’s second season at the helm.

It’s not as if this result hadn’t been expected for weeks, what with Tennessee and Florida cratering, Kentucky and South Carolina not maintaining week-to-week consistency and Missouri and Vanderbilt never being in the discussion to begin with.

It was Georgia’s race to lose. And the Bulldogs didn’t let the golden opportunity go to waste, as they will play in the SEC Championship Game next month for the first time since 2012. Georgia may end up facing the same opponent it did five years ago: the colossus that is Alabama.

But with the SEC West not quite as settled as the East, talk of Georgia’s potential foe can wait.

Let’s take a look at what else is going on around the SEC East:


The takes came fast and were served harsh in the wake of Randy Shannon’s debut game as Florida’s interim coach, which saw the team blasted 45-16 at Missouri.

Florida’s 247Sports site dubbed the performance “shameful.”

The Gainesville Sun said the Gators had hit a “new low.”

Sports Illustrated dubbed it a “no show.”

Afterward, linebacker David Reese criticized his teammates’ effort.

And to top it off, Florida’s official Twitter account trolled the team during the game, though the tweet was later taken down.

But other than that, things are going swimmingly for the Gators these days.


Playing as the No. 1 team in the first College Football Playoff rankings, Georgia took care of business, beating South Carolina at home 24-10. The (Macon) Telegraph wrote that coach Kirby Smart dubbed it “a very workmanlike win.”

The Athens Banner-Herald noted the Bulldogs made it a point Saturday to show how well they can pass the ball after receiving less-than-stellar reviews from opposing defenders prior to each game.


A prime opportunity for another victory slipped away for Kentucky, as Ole Miss scored with just 5 seconds remaining to take a 37-34 victory in Lexington. Afterward, the Courier-Journal’s Fletcher Page said the loss could be pinned on a secondary that has struggled all season. Mary Story, a columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader, wrote it was a matter of the Wildcats not knowing how to properly put a game away.


As Missouri had a surprisingly easy time with Florida, routing the Gators 45-16, safety Anthony Sherrils took on a starring role by playing his best game of the season. Meanwhile, the Columbia Daily Tribune focused on the Tigers’ defensive line, which had its way with Florida’s woeful offense.

South Carolina

The Gamecocks ran a fake punt in Saturday’s loss to the Bulldogs. Why? The State has the story.

And following the defeat, South Carolina coach and Georgia alum Will Muschamp heaped praise upon the Bulldogs.


Well, Tennessee won. That’s about all you can say about Saturday’s 24-10 victory, which saw Tennessee prevail despite being outgained 279-210 in yards and losing starting quarterback Jarrett Guarantano to an injury.

Tennessee’s 247Sports site noted the Vols pulled out the win with just six healthy scholarship offensive linemen available. The site’s senior writer, Wes Rucker, went more in-depth with a look at the injury issues plaguing the entire roster. If nothing else, Chattanooga Times Free Press columnist Mark Wiedmer wrote, Saturday’s victory made for a happy homecoming.


With a 31-17 victory over Western Kentucky, Vanderbilt snapped a five-game losing streak dating to September. At the time of their last triumph, the Commodores were 3-0. A month and a half later, despite the five-game skid, they are still within striking distance of a bowl if they can win two of their final three regular-season games.

As for Saturday, as per usual, The Tennessean provided its “best and worsts” from the win. In addition, the paper’s columnist, Joe Rexrode, offered his take on the victory.

Tweet of the week

Kudos, Missouri.

Quote of the week

Take your pick from Florida linebacker David Reese’s comments in the article we linked to earlier.

Like this one:

“It’s sometimes disappointing when everybody doesn’t want to come together and just play for each other. That’s sad to see. We’ve still got a lot to play for. Me personally and our defense, we want to play for those guys. We can’t have appearances like we just had today. That’s unacceptable.”

Or this:

“It wasn’t as personal for us as it should have been.”

Or even this one:

“I just want to say one thing: We loved every single one of our coaches that’s been through here. It’s unfortunate what’s happened to them. I hate the way we represented our coaches like that today with this game. Those guys really care for us and gave us a real good game plan to do what we had to do.”

You can say this about the Florida linebacker: He definitely cares about his team and his coaches.