Hello, Auburn Family and War Eagle! The Auburn Tigers survived another week in the SEC with an exciting win in Oxford against Ole Miss. Auburn with play it's last home conference game this week against Texas A&M. Let's recap week ten in the SEC and look ahead to week eleven.
Week ten began with a non-conference game in College Station as UL-Monroe took on Texas A&M. The Aggie secondary was non-existent for much of the game as the Warhawks moved the ball with ease. In the end Aggie freshman quarterback Kyle Allen made enough plays and Texas A&M held on for a 21-16 victory. Allen threw for 106 yards to lead A&M. Brandon Williams ran for 71 yards and a touchdown as well as the Aggies improved to 6-3.
Will Muschamp survived for another week as his Florida Gators knocked off rival Georgia 38-20 in Jacksonville. Georgia's run defense was nowhere to be found as Florida ran for 418 yards. Florida quarterback Treon Harris was effective as he managed the game and led the Gator offense. I think it's safe to say that Jeff Driskel's run at quarterback has come to an end. It will be interesting to see if Muschamp will be able to survive in Gainesville. I believe Florida will have to win the SEC East if Muschamp is going to extend his stay.
Saturday continued with a quality game in CoMo as Mark Stoops brought his Kentucky Wildcat squad to town to take on Mizzou. Kentucky struggled to find an offensive rhythm early as they started the game 0-8 on third downs. Wildcat quarterback Patrick Towles continued his good play but penalties stalled drives, making it difficult for his offense to finish. In the end Maty Mauk and Mizzou improved to 4-1 in the league with a 20-10 victory. Mauk threw for 164 yards and 2 touchdowns to lead the Tigers.
The primetime slate began with a showdown in Oxford as our Auburn Tigers went on the road to face the Ole Miss Rebels. Nick Marshall continued his good play as the Auburn offense moved the ball with ease on the land shark defense. Penalties hurt the Tigers as they were not able to capitalize on opportunities throughout the game. The Auburn defensive improved in some areas but the secondary struggled against Bo Wallace and the Rebel receivers. The defensive line however improved on Saturday as they were able to pressure Wallace and force him into tough plays. The Auburn defense came up big when it mattered, forcing two huge turnovers in the second half to seal the victory. Auburn escaped Oxford with a 35-31 victory. Nick Marshall threw for 254 yards and 2 touchdowns to lead the Tiger offense. Cameron Artis-Payne also had another nice game as he ran for 138 yards and 1 touchdown. In my opinion, Marshall and Artis-Payne should both be in the Heisman conversation.
In case you guys were wondering there was a game Saturday night in Nashville. Vanderbilt beat Old Dominion 42-28. Let the drinking begin.
Bert took his Hogs to Starkville last Saturday to play the # 1 ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs. Both defensives decided not to show up as each team racked up over 400 yards in total offense. Dak Prescott played on an injured leg but made enough plays to extend their winning streak. Prescott was 18/27 for 331 yards through the air. Mississippi State improved to 8-0 with a 17-10 victory. I would talk about Brandon Allen's poor play but we already know about that. Bert has now lost 13 straight SEC games. I hear the SWAC might be looking for a new team.
Saturday ended with a thriller in Columbia as Tennessee beat South Carolina 45-42 in overtime. Tennessee was down 42-28 late in the game before quarterback Joshua Dobbs led the Vols to a comeback victory. Dobbs threw for 301 yards and ran for 166 more to lead the Vol offense. Pharoh Cooper did all he could for South Carolina as he accounted for 286 all-purpose yards. Cooper did a little bit of everything even throwing a 30-yard touchdown pass. Defenses were non-existent in this game as well as both teams went over 600 yards in total offense. Tennessee captured their first SEC victory with the road win. Let's take a look at week eleven in the SEC.
# 20 Georgia @ Kentucky
Presbyterian @ # 11 Ole Miss
Texas A&M @ # 3 Auburn
UT Martin @ # 1 Mississippi State
Florida @ Vanderbilt
# 5 Alabama @ # 16 LSU
Game of the Week: # 5 Alabama @ # 16 LSU
Could Get Interesting: # 20 Georgia @ Kentucky
Bring on the Whiskey: Florida @ Vanderbilt
As always, thank you guys for reading my SEC round up. I'm looking forward to seeing Auburn continue their strong play this weekend against Texas A&M. Feel free to follow me on Twitter @AUTigerFrank. War eagle!