SEC Round Up
Hello, Auburn Family and War Eagle. Hope you guys survived Auburn's bye week. It should be a good one when Auburn travels to Manhattan, Kansas Thursday night to take on Kansas State. The SEC Network is celebrating one month of existence and featured a good one last Saturday night when Kentucky traveled to ‘The Swamp' to take on Florida. Let's recap last week around the SEC and look ahead to a big week around the conference including Auburn's trip to Kansas State.
Last Saturday began with Vanderbilt having to rally to beat UMass in week three of the Derek Mason era while Maty Mauk scored four TD's to lead Missouri to a victory over Central Florida. Two great games were featured in the afternoon slot with Bert taking his Hogs to West Texas to face Texas Tech and Georgia making the trip up to South Carolina to take on the Gamecocks. Out in Lubbock, Arkansas played Bert's style of football and rolled over the Red Raiders. Kliff Kingsbury couldn't find an answer to the Razorback running attack as Texas Tech fell 49-28. Storms in the Columbia area forced the Georgia/South Carolina game to be pushed back which had to excite the folks at CBS. Following the weather delay the Gamecocks got off to a hot start and held a 24-13 at the half. In the second half Georgia surprisingly went away from Todd Gurley and Dylan Thompson's arm lead the fighting chickens to a huge conference victory. I was extremely impressed with the improvement of South Carolina's defense following a terrible performance in week one against Texas A&M.
The prime-time slate featured a few games with no significance as Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Alabama, Texas A&M and LSU all beat non-BCS schools in week three. One game that was surprisingly entertaining was Kentucky/Florida. First-year head coach Mark Stoops took his Kentucky team into ‘The Swamp' to take on a Florida team that had yet to be tested. The wildcats used their air raid offense to torch the gator defense for 369 passing yards. Florida was able to hang on as running back Matt Jones scored four times including the game-winning touchdown in the third overtime. Even though Kentucky lost, it's pretty obvious that Mark Stoops has his team headed in the right direction. I'm looking forward to seeing if Will Muschamp will be able to survive a tough conference schedule that begins with a big game Saturday in Tuscaloosa. Saturday's action ended with Tennessee traveling to Norman, OK to face a tough Oklahoma team. The volunteers couldn't stop Trevor Knight and Oklahoma outscored Tennessee 14-3 in the second half in route to a 34-10 victory. This win will surely get Bob Stoops downplaying the strength of the SEC once again. Let's take a look around week four in the conference:
Auburn @ Kansas State
Troy @ Georgia
Texas A&M @ SMU
Florida @ Alabama
Indiana @ Missouri
Northern Illinois @ Arkansas
Mississippi State @ LSU
South Carolina @ Vanderbilt
Game of the week: Auburn @ Kansas State
Could get interesting: Mississippi State @ LSU
I need more whiskey: South Carolina @ Vanderbilt
Thanks for taking the time to read my SEC round up. I'm excited to watch Auburn play Thursday night in primetime. Feel free to contact me on Twitter @AUTigerFrank. War Eagle!