Hello, Auburn Family and War Eagle! I'm thankful this week has gone by fast after a tough loss last weekend against Texas A&M. I believe our Tigers will bounce back Saturday night at Georgia. Let's look back at last weekend in the SEC.
Georgia @ Kentucky
Georgia traveled to Lexington on Saturday to take on the much-improved Kentucky Wildcats. Only one problem, Kentucky didn't show up. Georgia returned the opening kick off 90 yards for a touchdown and never looked back. Hutson Mason threw four touchdown passes and Nick Chubb ran for 170 yards as Georgia cruised to a seventh victory. Georgia won 63-31 to remain in the hunt in the SEC East.
Texas A&M @ # 3 Auburn
Kyle Allen for Heisman! Texas A&M freshman QB Kyle Allen torched the Auburn secondary for 277 yards and 4 TD's en route to a 41-38 victory over the Tigers. The Auburn defense struggled to get pressure on Allen allowing him to repeatedly find success in the middle of the field. For Auburn, Nick Marshall and Cameron Artis-Payne both had solid games but it wasn't enough to make up for the lack of defense. The game was decided late in the fourth quarter as Auburn fumbled twice in the red zone giving the Aggies the road victory. Auburn will look to bounce back on Saturday when they travel to Athens to face rival Georgia.
Florida @ Vanderbilt
Florida captured another victory on Saturday behind the strong play of quarterback Treon Harris. Harris threw for 215 yards and ran for touchdowns to help the Gators stay in the conversation in the SEC East. Florida's running backs also helped the cause as the two-headed rushing attack of Matt Jones and Kelvin Taylor was solid. They ran for a combined 137 yards and got the Gators one game closer to bowl eligibility. Florida improved to 5-3 with the win in Nashville.
In meaningless non-conference games, Ole Miss beat Presbyterian 48-0 while Mississippi State beat UT-Martin 45-16. You may now return to your regular scheduled programming.
# 5 Alabama @ # 16 LSU
Alabama's dreams didn't quite come to die last Saturday night in Death Valley. The Crimson Tide rallied late to send the game to overtime before winning 20-13. LSU attacked Alabama between the tackles for much of the game but a costly penalty in the end of regulation ruined the upset for the Tigers. LSU recovered a T.J. Yeldon fumble inside the 10-yard line before an unsportsmanlike penalty on the Tigers stalled the drive. Blake Sims then led the Alabama offense down the field in 55 seconds to set up the game-tying field goal. Sims threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to DeAndrew White to seal the victory. Alabama's victory and Auburn's loss gives the Tide sole possession of second place in the SEC West. The real game comes this weekend as Mississippi State travels to Tuscaloosa to take on Alabama. I'm sure Uncle Verne will be fired up!
South Carolina @ Florida
# 1 Mississippi State @ # 5 Alabama
Kentucky @ Tennessee
# 9 Auburn @ # 15 Georgia
Missouri @ #24 Texas A&M
# 17 LSU @ Arkansas
Game of the Week: # 1 Mississippi State @ # 5 Alabama
Could Get Interesting: # 17 LSU @ Arkansas
Bring on the Whiskey: South Carolina @ Florida
Thank you guys for taking the time to read my SEC Round Up. It looks like I will definitely be bringing out the whiskey this weekend as we are expecting 2-3 inches of snow here in Arkansas. Let's hope Auburn's performance doesn't cause me to go overboard. Feel free to follow me on Twitter @AUTigerFrank.