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Around the League: What Happened in Kentucky’s Bye Week

^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

Article written by Corey Nichols

15 Comments for Around the League: What Happened in Kentucky’s Bye Week

  1. MissSomething
    9:40 pm November 10, 2012 Permalink

    A&M looked good beating ‘Bama, but you knew there was a chance of that after seeing they couldn’t stop LSU’s short passing game last week. I wonder if the Big 12 pundits will forget home losses to both Florida and LSU this year. I really don’t think Bama can stop Oregon this year either.

  2. Cat112233
    9:44 pm November 10, 2012 Permalink

    #1… What twitter do you use?

  3. Travis
    9:50 pm November 10, 2012 Permalink

    Mitch needs to get in contact with Kliff Kingsbury immediately

  4. kramer
    9:52 pm November 10, 2012 Permalink

    I am so mad at Auburn and Tennessee, I hope Petrino says No to you, and comes to UK. Too bad for UL, not really, but instead of an A&M coach can we get their quarterback!!!

  5. Scotty Sharp
    9:54 pm November 10, 2012 Permalink

    Anyone else see Tommy Tuberville rip the headset and hat off the head of one of his assistants? I immediately thought it was Neal Brown, but turns out it was a grad assistant.

  6. Dr. Tom
    9:56 pm November 10, 2012 Permalink

    I commented last weekend that Kliff Kingsbury is the person for the UK job. Played qb for Mike Leach at Texas Tech. Offensive coordinator coach of the year in 2010 at U. of Houston under Kevin Sumlin and now the oc at Texas A&M. Mitch surely will check out this rising up-and-comer.

  7. Ok so
    9:59 pm November 10, 2012 Permalink

    Why would he leave for uk?

  8. Oogie
    10:00 pm November 10, 2012 Permalink

    How exactly is the UK job superior to the A&M job? Why would Kingsbury want to come here?

  9. Corey Nichols
    10:09 pm November 10, 2012 Permalink

    10, 11- Kingsbury is just an assistant at A&M. There is a lot of appeal in getting that first HC position, especially if he can stay in the SEC.

  10. Travis
    10:10 pm November 10, 2012 Permalink

    10-every assistant wants a chance for a HC job, probably could get a better job though

  11. mashburnfan1
    12:32 am November 11, 2012 Permalink

    Bama was right for the pickin after that tough lsu game last week. Still A&M is one tough team with only close losses to 2 top 10 teams keeping them from more attention. Was glad to see them win as the past couple years they have been losing those tough close games.

  12. Yab
    9:31 am November 11, 2012 Permalink

    It’s amazing how Klingleberry designed all of those broken plays for Johnny football. Geez, be smart enough to figure out that you’re watching a once in a generation talent at qb.

  13. Head Bussa
    11:25 am November 11, 2012 Permalink

    12 — Totally agree. This guy Manziel is the REAL DEAL.

  14. Shelby County
    12:15 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    12) JM was a Rivals 3-star QB. #22 at his position. Was thought by many to be WR crossover.

  15. DingusCajero
    12:56 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    I think the word is ‘vaunted’.