^Notre Dame fans, probably.
Kentucky fans were thankful this week to have a Saturday without the Wildcats losing, but that’s not the only exciting part of the day in SEC football. Take a quick look at games ’round the league in between replays of basketball’s first win of the year.
#16 Florida Barely Escapes Louisiana-Lafayette
Will Muschamp and the Gators struggled against the upset-minded Ragin’ Cajuns, down 20-13 with less than two minutes left in the game. They scored a touchdown to tie it up, then got a miraculous touchdown off of a blocked punt. Gator fans haven’t been that excited for a last-second score since they got those digits right before leaving that Coyote Ugly bar in Ybor City. The Gators improve to a sloppy 9-1, but if Florida teaches us anything, it’s that sloppy doesn’t always mean bad.
#8 South Carolina Stiffens Defense Against Arkansas
The Cocks broke Arkansas’ spirit, and their SEC East streak, all in one game. The Razorbacks had been enjoying an 8-nothing run against teams from the East, but the Cocks were clearly hardened by previous defeats to LSU and Florida. We’ll see if they can keep it up next week against Wofford.
Derek Dooley and Tennessee Stay Missourible in Knoxville
Thankfully, Kentucky isn’t the only SEC East team still winless in league play. The Vols had a real shot in this one, taking it into quadruple overtime, but it’s easy to get demoralized when you give up a two-touchdown halftime lead. The teams traded touchdowns in the first three overtimes, but Tennessee’s failed conversion in the 4th OT let the Tigers kick for the win. The only downside to Tennessee losing this game is that they’ll probably get a new coach.
#15 A&M and Kingsbury Stun #1 Bama and Make Kentucky Fans Salivate
It’s pretty impressive how quickly the Aggies were able to recruit so much speed since joining the SEC over the summer. But boy was it on display as they ran up the score against the vaulted Saban defense in the first half. Few thought that Bama could be beat, especially after showing remarkable resilience last week against LSU, but assistant coach Kliff Kingsbury and the West’s newest addition made their case for biggest BCS buster of the year. Now be prepared to hear plenty of “I told you so’s” from both Big 12 fans and Tyler Montell, who predicted Kingsbury to be a great candidate for UK’s coaching vacancy. If he can beat Bama, he’s good enough for me.
(ongoing games, as of 9:30 pm)
Ole Miss-23, Vanderbilt-13
#21 MSU-17, #7 LSU-30
#5 Georgia-38, Auburn-0