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Missouri SEC East opponent roundup - Week 3: They Supposed to be SEC

The SEC is the premier college football conference. Everyone is already giddily covering Alabama's victory over Texas A&M. But what happened in the rest of the SEC East? I offered some of my own insights underneath the pull quotes.

Scott Halleran


Bye Week

Dorial Green-Beckham failed to catch any touchdowns this weekend in a disappointing no-show against Bye.


Vanderbilt Can't Catch Up After South Carolina's Hot Start, Falls to Gamecocks 35-25 - Anchor Of Gold

Once SC failed to get anything going following Clowney's strip sack, the 'Dores came back with more energy than they'd had all night. Wesley Tate, earning his first carries of the night, ran for 34 yards in the ensuing drive, pushing Vanderbilt downfield out of the wildcat formation to put the Gamecocks on their toes and cut the Carolina lead to 35-17. When Larry Franklin forced a possession-changing fumble on the following kickoff, Tate emerged out of the slot to run a 19-yard screen pass into the Carolina end zone. A two-point conversion to Steven Scheu made this one 35-25 with 14 minutes left in the game.

Jordan Matthews continues to be a hoss for Vanderbilt, catching 8 passes for 106 yards but no TDs. He is likely saving all his touchdowns for his game against Mizzou.


Bye Week

Nothing to see here. Move along.


Bye Week

Here are some interesting articles none-the-less:

Noise in the system: How close is Will Muschamp to Ron Zook, and the hot seat? - Alligator Army

When you're comparing Gator coaches against other Gator coaches, some are easily linked together in terms of greatness and ineptitude. You can say "Spurrier and Meyer" when discussing great Gator coaches with ease, because of their incredible levels of success at Florida. New coaches take a long time before you can place them into a category like that, but when you try to prematurely do this with Muschamp, despite the 2012 Sugar Bowl appearance, you actually see more similarities with Ron Zook than Meyer and Spurrier.

Our friend is right: Florida's 2012 offense, despite sometimes being best viewed with unseeing eyes already gouged out of skulls, was actually quite good, I've been thinking about things I would tweak — not wholesale changes, just tweaks — about Florida's offense for a while, and after Florida's struggles in certain capacities against Miami, now is as good a time as any to outline them.

South Carolina

Gamecocks hold off Commodores 35-25 - Garnet And Black Attack

Despite besting Vandy in total yards (579 to 268),  time of possession (37:10 to 21:55), and first downs (31 to 14), a remarkably awful showing by the special teams unit allowed the Commodores to storm back from a 28-0 deficit to make this one more interesting than it ought to have been. The Gamecocks fumbled a kickoff return and a punt return and had another bounce off of TJ Gurley's leg and into the arms of a Vanderbilt gunner. And Tyler Hull punted a pair of balls that went for just 19 and 29 yards.

Connor Shaw continues to be a machine, completing 21/29 for 284 and 3TD/0INT so he's pretty much rocking out.

Additionally, Jadevon Clowney failed to catch a touchdown pass in his third straight game. So I think he's pretty much out of Heisman contention.


Expecting the Expected: Oregon 59 Tennessee 14 - Rocky Top Talk

But it was all downhill from there. Oregon scored touchdowns on their next eight drives, including the last five of the first half. Tennessee tried to focus on stopping the run, and the Ducks killed them through the air--after starting 2/7, Mariota threw for 362 yards in the first half--and 456 before being pulled in the third quarter--and he accounted for four of the five first-half touchdowns for Oregon. Tennessee consistently left gaps in the middle of the field, and Oregon consistently exploited them, with backup tight end John Mundt netting 121 yards and two touchdowns on just five catches.

I watched almost half this game. Every time we flipped over from Alabama vs. Texas A&M my buddy and I agreed to give Oregon 20 seconds to score or we would change the channel. They never disappointed us.

There is no statistical fact I can give you that would mean anything in the context of this game. I'm still scared of Tennessee.


Louisville 27, Kentucky 13: Post Game Thread - A Sea Of Blue

Kentucky turned the ball over and dropped passes. I think we all know that's where things went wrong. It didn't help that Maxwell Smith got hurt, but he was always likely to get hurt due to a shoulder that never will properly heal. He played reasonably well, but I thought he threw the ball waywardly too many times.

Ole Miss

Ole Miss Beats Texas by 21 Points - Red Cup Rebellion

The Rebels had a terrible second quarter but a wonderful second half which saw Texas score ZERO points.

Ole Miss Running Back Jeff Scott (5'7" 167lbs) rushed 19 times for 164 yards and 1 touchdown against what is, admittedly, a Greg Robinson/Texas defense, but the person I kept noticing was freshman Wide Receiver Laquan Treadwell (6'3" 215lbs) and while he only posted a 5 reception 45 yard stat line, the kids is an incredible athlete and can really move the chains.

Texas A&M

Saban's Revenge: Game Thoughts from Tide's 49-42 Win - Good Bull Hunting

THE BAD -- We will get to all the offensive numbers in a second that will should cause everyone in the country to raise an eyebrow.  But, the offense did some bad things too.

  • Do we have running backs on our roster? According to the stat sheet, our running backs only touched the ball 19 total times on the day out of 71 total offensive snaps (maybe a little more since the official stat sheet isn't out yet).  That's just not going to cut it. I understand you want the ball in your Heisman Trophy winner's hands, but the running backs could have been utilized much better.

Texas A&M Wide Receiver Mike Evans (6'5" 225lbs) looked like the manchild Mizzou fans hope DGB turns into with 7 receptions for 279 yards and 1 TD and an average reception of 39.9 yards. Forget Johnny Manziel, Mike Evans made this game close.

Further Notes:

Texas, Nebraska and Kansas all lost yesterday, so I'm sure some of you are REALLY enjoying this week in schadenfreude.