#1 Alabama 21 #5 LSU 17
This clash of SEC titans once again lived up to the hype. Zach Mettenberger led LSU back from a 14-3 halftime hole and was poised to pull the upset and send the BCS in to chaos once again then with 1:34 remaining Alabama Quarterback AJ McCarron shook off an awful second half to engineer a 5 play 72 yard drive that culminated with 28 yard Touchdown to TJ Yeldon for the game winning score. Last night we learned that Alabama isn’t invincible but they’re still a darn good football team who get the job done when the games on the line and that’s what champions are made of. Up Next Alabama host Texas A&M and LSU welcomes Mississippi State to Tiger Stadium.
#6 Georgia 37 Ole Miss 10
The Dawgs started slow, spotting the Rebels 10 points before answering back with 37 unanswered to win decisively and move within one game of their second straight Eastern Division title. Aaron Murry looked like an All-Pro throwing for 384 yards, 4 touchdowns and no interceptions and Freshman running back Todd Gurley added 177 yards on the ground as the Bulldogs out gained Ole Miss 533 to 234. Next Week Georgia visits Auburn in the “Deep South’s oldest rivalry” and Ole Miss travels to Nashville to face Vanderbilt.
#16 Texas A&M 38 #15 Mississippi State 13
Johnny Football did it again, the redshirt freshman phenom was 30-36 passing for 311 and also ran for 129 yards and 2 touchdowns on 21 carries as the Aggies ran the Bulldogs right out of their own house. The Defense wasn’t too shabby, while Manziel and the offense were racking up 693 yards the Aggie Defense limited State to just 310, sure it’s not something Nick Saban would applaud but when you can out gain you opponent by more yards then they put up it’s a solid day. The Aggies face their biggest test of their rookie SEC season when they travel to #1 Alabama this week while the Bulldogs get no rest either as they travel to always hostel Tiger Stadium to face LSU.
#7 Florida 14 Missouri 7
Once again the Gators played ugly, The Gators were shut out in the first half, gaining just 111 yards of total offense and struggling to contain Missouri quarterback James Franklin. But once again on the back of its defense Florida righted the ship in the second half to grind out a 14-7 win. Ultimately 4 interceptions and the inability to finish drives in the second half doomed the Tigers upset bid. Next week the Gators host will Louisiana-Lafayette and hope for an Auburn upset of Georgia to keep their division title hope alive while Missouri’s SEC welcoming party continues in Knoxville for their first trip to Neyland Stadium and the first ever matchup between the two programs.
Tennessee 55 Troy 48
Homecoming on Rocky Top was pretty rocky as the Tennessee defense continued to struggle, allowing a school record 721 total yards and requiring a team record 718 total yards, (including a program best 530 passing yards from Tyler Bray) to sneak past Troy 55-48. After the game even Tennessee coach Derek Dooley was surprised at the offensive output, “Is that 1,400?’’ Dooley said, “Holy Jesus. We used to get that much in a season.’’ It was quite a start to what Dooley had termed the Vols “Second Season” but it certainly wasn’t what anyone expected and Tennessee has plenty to work on before they face Missouri on Saturday.
Arkansas 19 Tulsa 15
Like most of the season Saturday’s game with Tulsa wasn’t pretty but somehow the hogs found a way to get a win an keep their slim bowl hopes alive. Dennis Johnson rushed for 109 yards and t 2 TD’s, and Cobi Hamilton set the school’s single-season receptions record(68), as Arkanas rallied for a 19-15 win over the Golden Hurricane. The road for the hogs doesn’t get any easier as they end the season with three teams ranked in the top 15 of the BCS starting with a trip to Columbia to face #9 South Carolina Saturday.
Auburn 42 New Mexico State 7
The Tigers snapped a 5 game losing streak with a blowout win over a bad New Mexico State team. Unfortunately despite the win and strong performance on both offense and defense it’s a win that does nothing to calm the flames on Gene Chizik’s hot seat following a 1-8 start and rivalry games with Alabama and Georgia still to come in which the Tigers will be huge underdogs. Barring upsets of both Georgia and Alabama the Gene Chizik era in Auburn looks to be coming to an end with a resounding thud.
Vanderbilt 40 Kentucky 0
Vandy dominated hapless Kentucky in every aspect of the game Saturday in route to a rout of the Cats 40-0. The Dores 40-point victory was its largest against the Wildcats in 96 years, the only worse were a 45-0 shutout in 1916 and 50-0 drubbing in 1986. More import for the Commodores than the impressive nature of the victory was the victory the team’s 5th putting it just one win shy of bowl eligibility with three winnable games remaining. It also gives the Dores a shot at an eight win season for the first time since 1982. Next up Vandy plays host Ole Miss while the Wildcats welcome Samford to Lexington.
Rankings reflect current BCS standings
Will Rabb is the producer of the News Sentinel Sports Page on The Sports Animal (WNML AM/FM) in Knoxville and host of the Pit Pass Podcast on sportsanimal99.com. A University of Tennessee Graduate he is a lifelong fan of SEC Football and Basketball. You can read more of his thoughts on the SEC and everything else at twitter.com/thewillrabb.