SEC East and Mizzou's schedule
A is for Auburn Tip your hat to the host team. They were facing a 14-0 or 10-0 deficit in the first quarter and the crowd was audibly stunned. After picking off Dylan, the Tigers roared to life. They would not be denied on offense - 551 yards, 395 on the ground; 6 of 8 on third down and only 1 turnover. Nick Marshall was superb ... running for three touchdowns and another through the air ... passing 12 of 14, 139, average 9.9 / rushing 10 carries, 89 yards with a long of 37. Sure there were some other great AU performances, particularly Cameron Artis-Payne and Ricardo Louis, but it was the ex-UGA Bulldog Marshall who beat really cleaned our clocks on offense.
1. Mississippi State did not look like the top-ranked team in the nation in their 45-31 defeat of Kentucky in Lexington. There is no question that Kentucky has improved, particularly at quarterback and the Wildcats can score points. However, neither team impressed at all on defense. Defense wins championships...and in my humble opinion, Mississippi State is not good enough to win out.
3. Charlie Weis Former Gator coordinator widely hailed as enormous, and a great offensive slob mind. Could save big on salary, as Notre Dame is probably still paying him, and Kansas will be, too.
Vandy freshman quarterback Johnny McCrary played well in his first start at quarterback, finding a myriad of tight end targets despite getting swarmed by a suffocating Mizzou pass rush all day. He finished with 196 passing yards, two touchdowns, and an interception on 31 attempts, but it wasn't enough as the 'Dores fell to their new SEC East rivals.
know it’s tempting to go on a rant, Big Blue Nation, but let’s be honest — Kentucky was not good enough to win this football game. Not this year. The defense just isn’t good enough, the offensive line is just way too small and weak, and we aren’t good enough yet to upset the top team in the conference. That’s life, and I think most of us can live with it.
Directly on the heels of the news that we cancelled the Oregon series in 2018-19, word was announced that we'd added Clemson for those two seasons instead, according to Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports.
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Yes, Arkansas lined up to kick a field goal in the first half, but changed the formation to set up 350-lb Sebastian Tretola's instant-legend 6-yard touchdown pass to Alan D'Appollonio. The play quickly went viral and led to Bielema making a recruiting pitch live on the SEC Network to all offensive lineman as he made his way into the locker room at halftime.
FATMANT PASSING TOUCHDOWN!
You may have noticed Saturday evening, while Bama was putting the finishing touches on yet another Vol smackdown, that Amari broke Julio Jones' record for receiving yards in a single game. Impressive, to say the least.
Until the end of the game, South Carolina converted every fourth down conversion attempt that they faced during the game. Gus Malzahn was quoted afterwards as saying that South Carolina held nothing back, and that is definitely the truth. Auburn's defense allowed more touchdown passes tonight than it had all season, but the defense came up big when it was needed most.
Bo Wallace finally threw his first interception in SEC play, and it was on the penultimate play of the game. LSU iced the kicker before a 47-yard field goal attempt, which was only 47 yards because of a delay of game call on Ole Miss. LSU called timeout to ice the kicker, and Hugh Freeze decided to go for the win instead of the tie. So, I guess icing the kicker does work.
Also, this facemasking penalty was pretty egregious
A profound hat tip to Kentucky. MSU did not play its best, but Kentucky absolutely came to play today. After Mississippi State scored with authority on its first drive, Kentucky's defense played well. They forced Dak to play very un-Daklike today in spots, On offense, what an impressive game by Patrick Towles. He made some impressive throws down the field, and he surprised the Bulldogs with some really good runs too. This Kentucky team isn't your Kentucky team of yesteryear. Now, onto us...
HOLY CUTBACK, BATMAN!
For Ole Miss, the lack of a power offense and a banged up offensive line - one that was already unreliable - proved too much to overcome, as did Bo Wallace's less-than-ideal play at quarterback (14-33 for 176 yards, one score and one game-sealing pick). For LSU, things were made difficult by an Ole Miss defense that has been stingy as hell all year. The Landsharks proved to be just that, allowing just ten points on offense and a forcing four turnovers on the night. Ole Miss' offense, however, couldn't capitalize on an LSU defense that was just as tenacious and impressive.