Hello, Auburn Family and War Eagle! How ‘bout those Kentucky Wildcats? Sorry, I guess I'm still sobering up after an incredible weekend of SEC football. All six games were entertaining including South Carolina/Kentucky. It's pretty obvious that Mark Stoops has Big Blue Nation headed in the right direction. Florida, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Georgia and our Auburn Tigers also captured victories in week six. Lets recap an amazing weekend around the conference and look ahead to week seven.
The weekend began with a battle in Knoxville as Will Muschamp brought his Florida Gator team to town to face the Tennessee Volunteers. The game moved very slowly as Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel struggled early and Tennessee failed to put the ball in the end zone. Three field goals gave Tennessee a 9-0 lead heading into the fourth quarter before Florida head coach Will Muschamp made a quarterback change. Freshman quarterback Treon Harris entered the game and sparked the Gator offense to a 30-yard touchdown drive. Florida followed up the touchdown with 49-yard field goal to beat Tennessee 10-9.
The day continued with a showdown in Starkville between Texas A&M and Mississippi State. Dak Prescott showed why he is in the Heisman conversation as he threw for 268 yards and 3 touchdowns to lead the Bulldogs to a convincing 48-31 victory. What was even more impressive was the dominating Bulldog defense that forced the Aggies into 3 turnovers. The schedule shapes up well for Mississippi State, as they will be back in Davis Wade Stadium this weekend hosting Auburn.
The marquee game of the day took place in Oxford, MS as Alabama played their first road game at Ole Miss. The game looked like it was going to be a defensive battle before a fumble recovery for a touchdown gave the visiting Crimson Tide a 14-3 halftime lead. The recovery was aided by a questionable missed facemask by Alabama defender Cyrus Jones. Bo Wallace led the Rebels to a 66-yard touchdown in the third quarter to close the gap to 7. Wallace continued to shine in the final quarter as he led the Rebels to two fourth quarter touchdowns. A late drive by Alabama ended in an interception and the Rebels shocked the Crimson Tide, 23-17. Bo Wallace showed he has greatly improved in the last few games as he threw for 251 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Georgia hosted a struggling Vanderbilt squad to end the afternoon slate of games. Todd Gurley shined early and often as the Bulldogs cruised to a 44-17 victory. Gurley finished the game with 163 yards and 2 touchdowns. I'd mention some Vanderbilt details but I'd have to pull the whiskey back out. Georgia improved to 4-1 with the victory.
The ESPN primetime game featured a huge SEC matchup as LSU invaded Jordan-Hare to take on our Auburn Tigers. It was pure domination from the start as Auburn scored early and often on their way to a second conference victory. Nick Marshall led the way for the Tigers as he was ultra successful through the air and on the ground. Auburn's defense continued their good play as well as they rattled LSU freshman quarterback Brandon Harris often. For the game, LSU was 0-13 on third down conversions. Auburn finished off the corn dogs 41-7.
Week six came to an end as South Carolina traveled to Lexington to take on the Kentucky Wildcats. Defensive was optional as both teams had over 400 yards for the game. A 26-yard Mike Davis touchdown gave South Carolina a 38-24 lead early in the fourth quarter. That was before Kentucky running back JoJo Kemp got his second wind. The sophomore ran for a career-high 131 yards and had three touchdowns to lead the Wildcats to big comeback victory. Kentucky improved to 2-1 in league play with their 45-38 victory over South Carolina. Let's take a look at the upcoming week in the SEC:
UL Monroe @ Kentucky
(13) Georgia @ (23) Missouri
(2) Auburn @ (3) Mississippi State
Chattanooga @ Tennessee
(7) Alabama @ Arkansas
Charleston Southern @ Vanderbilt
(3) Ole Miss @ (14) Texas A&M
Game of the Week: (2) Auburn @ (3) Mississippi State
Could Get Interesting: (3) Ole Miss @ (14) Texas A&M
Bring on the Whiskey: Charleston Southern @ Vanderbilt (I like CSU by 3...drink)
As always, thanks for taking the time to ready my SEC Round Up. I'm excited to see how Auburn plays Saturday afternoon in Starkville. Feel free to follow me on Twitter @AUTigerFrank. War Eagle!