Week 10 In The SEC: The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party
Outside of the last second stop by Mississippi State and Connor Shaw’s heroics, Week 9 in SEC featured a list of blowouts. Texas A&M beat Vanderbilt in a game of runs, and Alabama crushed a Tennessee team at home that was coming off a win over -then-#12 South Carolina. LSU, Ole Miss, and Auburn took care of their non-conference opponents with ease. Mississippi State overcame a 4th quarter comeback from Kentucky and the Gamecocks came back from 17 down to beat #5 Missouri, on the road, in double OT, led by a legendary performance by QB Connor Shaw. Week 10 in the SEC features a pretty big game down in Jacksonville, but not much else:
Mississippi State at #14 South Carolina – 12:21 pm ET – SECN
South Carolina QB Connor Shaw entered the game with 6:36 in the third quarter after back-up QB Dylan Thompson failed to engineer any scoring drives in the first two and a half quarters. Shaw did not start the game due to a sprained left knee that he suffered in the 4th quarter the week before vs. Tennessee. Shaw led the Gamecocks on three scoring drives in the 4th quarter of 69, 65, and 63 yards to force a 17-17 tie and send the game into overtime. Shaw converted a 4th and 15 pass, with the game on the line, to Bruce Ellington for a touchdown in the first overtime to force the second overtime. South Carolina went on to make field goal and the Tigers missed theirs to let the Gamecocks escape Columbia, Missouri with a road win vs. a Top-5 opponent. Mississippi State faced Kentucky on ESPN’s Thursday night game in Starkville and went into halftime with a 21-7 lead. The Wildcats scored two 2nd half touchdowns, while the Bulldogs added 1 also but UK got down to the Mississippi State 29 yard line with 21 seconds left, with a chance to win the game, but the Wildcats drive fell short.The Bulldogs have dropped 12 straight to Top 25 teams since 2010 but QB Dak Presscot and WR Jameon Lewis will try to upset the Gamecocks on the road tomorrow afternoon.
Georgia vs. Florida – “The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party” – Jacksonville, FL – 3:30 pm ET – CBS
Georgia RB Todd Gurley, who has been out since the LSU game, practiced much of the week and will likely suit up this Saturday and return against Florida. Georgia’s weapons on the outside have been decimated by injuries so getting the All-SEC Gurley back will be a huge help for the Georgia offense. Georgia’s offense, and season, has taken a hit due to the injuries and QB Aaron Murray faced questions this week about whether he regretted coming back for his senior season since the ‘Dawgs are 4-3 and are far from achieving their preseason goals. Florida has arguably been just as unfortunate with injuries this year. All-around playmaker Andre DeBose was lost before the season with a torn ACL, starting QB Jeff Driskel broke his fibula, and All-SEC DT Dominique Easley tore his ACL; all in all, Florida has lost 5 starters to injuries this year while also losing a few quality back-ups. The Bulldogs have won the last two meetings by a combined 12 points but the Gators look to break Georgia’s streak this weekend in Jacksonville.
#11 Auburn at Arkansas – 6:00 pm ET – ESPN2
Auburn’s offense has been on an absolute tear, producing three of the best 12 offensive outputs in school history, averaging 652 yards per game during that three game span. The Tigers had never gained 600 yards three times in a season until this year; They didn’t even do this in Cam Newton’s 1-year escapade through college football. This Junior College transfer, QB Nick Marshall, has only thrown for six touchdowns on the season but his ability to run and his amazing management, combined with three productive backs, has Auburn’s offense on fire. Arkansas has lost five straight after a 3-0 start and that 5 game span has included two complete beatings, one by South Carolina, 52-7, and one by Alabama, 52-0. Arkansas throws for the least yards per game and scores the least points per game in the SEC. Arkansas has two straight in this series but I’m not so sure the Razorbacks can keep that streak alive.
Tennessee at #9 Missouri – 7:00 pm ET – ESPN
Bad news, Missouri lost an absolute heart-breaker to South Carolina last weekend at home. Good news, Missouri still holds a one game lead in the SEC East and still control their own destiny for an SEC Championship game appearance in only their 2nd year in the league. All of Missouri’s preseason goals are still achievable but they will have to win four SEC games in a row to accomplish them. The Tigers entered last Saturday averaging 44.3 points per game and 513.4 yards per game but only had three points and 99 yards in the second half vs. South Carolina. Tennessee QB Justin Worley will be out until further notice after having surgery on his right thumb, a injury he suffered in Tuscaloosa last weekend. Freshman Joshua Dobbs will make his first career start Saturday for the Volunteers and Missouri’s defense, led by DE Michael Sam, will look to take advantage of his inexperience. Dobbs led all of Tennessee’s scoring drives on Saturday after taking over for an injured Worley but he’s trying to lead Tennessee to it’s first SEC road win in its last 11 tries.
Alabama State at Kentucky – 7:30 pm ET
UTEP at #12 Texas A&M – 9:00 pm ET