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SEC Round Up: Week 9

Chris Graythen

Hello, Auburn Family and War Eagle! It only took three shots of Crown to calm my nerves after Auburn's victory over South Carolina on Saturday. Auburn's defense didn't have its best outing but stepped up and got quality stops in the second half. The win sets up a huge game for Auburn Saturday night at Ole Miss. Lets recap last week around the SEC and look ahead to a solid week ten.

Last weekend began with a non-conference game in Fayetteville as Arkansas hosted UAB. This game was never close as Bert's Hogs imposed their will on the Blazer defense. Arkansas ran for 273 yards and offensive lineman Sebastian Tretola threw a touchdown pass en route to a 45-17 victory. That should be the last win of the year for the Hogs.

Saturday continued with a showdown in Lexington as Dan Mullen brought his # 1 ranked Bulldogs to town to take on Kentucky. The game went back and forth in the first half before Kentucky converted a 34-yard field goal to get within 17-10 at the half. The second half was more of the same as Dak Prescott and Patrick Towles each led their teams on multiple scoring drives. Kentucky pulled within seven before a failed onside kick attempt gave Mississippi State the lead for good. The Bulldogs escaped Lexington with a 45-31 victory.

Derek Mason took his struggling Vanderbilt squad on the road to face Missouri on Saturday afternoon. If that doesn't send you grabbing for the liquor bottle, I don't know what will. Mizzou used a strong rushing attack from multiple players to win their third conference game. Maty Mauk chipped in throwing for 141 yards and 2 touchdowns. On the bright side it looks like Vandy has finally solved their quarterback controversy. Johnny McCrary threw for 196 yards and 2 touchdowns to keep the Commodores in the game. Missouri downed Georgia 31-21 to keep their SEC East hopes alive. Thank goodness Indiana isn't in the SEC.

The primetime slate began with a showdown between Ole Miss and LSU in Baton Rouge.  The game went back and forth as LSU was able to run the ball on Ole Miss but couldn't capitalize due to turnovers. Bo Wallace led the Rebels on a late drive before a costly interception gave LSU the victory. Ole Miss' ‘dreams did indeed come to die' as they fell 10-7. Leonard Fournette led the Tigers with 113 yards rushing. Ole Miss will take its 7-1 record into week ten as they host Auburn.

The evening continued with our Auburn Tigers hosting the South Carolina Gamecocks. Both offenses were clicking from the beginning as neither defense could get a stop. Many people believed that the last team with the ball would come out on top. In the end Auburn's defense got a key interception and a turnover on downs to seal the victory. On the offensive side of the ball Nick Marshall played his best game of the year. He threw for 139 yards and ran for 89 more. Cameron Artis-Payne also had a nice game as he ran for 167 yards and 1 touchdown. I'm slowly beginning to become a fan of Artis-Payne. On defense Jonathan Jones had two huge interceptions to help seal the victory. Auburn came out on top, 42-35.

The weekend ended in Knoxville as Lane Kiffin made his return with his Alabama Crimson Tide. Blake Sims and Amari Cooper were both outstanding as Alabama cruised to victory. Sims threw for 286 yards and 2 touchdowns and Cooper hauled in 9 balls for 224 yards and 2 touchdowns. Tennessee tried to make a game of it in the second half but Saban and the Tide were too much. It does appear the Volunteers might have solved their quarterback issue as Joshua Dobbs threw for 192 yards and 2 touchdowns. Alabama improved to 7-1 with the 34-20 victory. Let's look ahead to week ten in the SEC.

UL Monroe @ Texas A&M

Florida @ # 11 Georgia

Kentucky @ Missouri

# 3 Auburn @ # 4 Ole Miss

Old Dominion @ Vanderbilt

Arkansas @ # 1 Mississippi State

Tennessee @ South Carolina

Game of the week: # 3 Auburn @ # 4 Ole Miss

Could get interesting: Florida @ # 11 Georgia

Bring on the whiskey: Kentucky @ Missouri

As always, thank you guys for taking the time to read my SEC Round Up. It should be another exciting week in the SEC. I'm still confused why College GameDay chose to go to West Virginia instead of Oxford. Follow me on Twitter @AUTigerFrank. War eagle!