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Praticing The Lessons We Learned From Pitino: SEC Weekend Wrap Up

Ole Miss – 14

Tennessee – 52

The Vols looked fairly impressive against an SEC opponent for the first time this year, and consequently they chalked up their first conference win.  It came against the opponent that may have defined the Kentucky season, and they did it in an impressive fashion.  Once again the Vols appear to be getting into form just a couple weeks before the Kentucky game.  With a win next week against Vanderbilt – not only will Tennessee be playing Kentucky for a bowl game, but the winner will take fourth place in the East.

Vanderbilt – 20

Kentucky – 38

I swear I could copy past every summary for every Kentucky game this year.  The team started off playing pretty rough and didn’t seem entirely into the game – even for it being Senior Day.  But by the time the second half came around they were firing on most cylanders, and behind seniors Mike Hartline and Derrick Locke (and junior The Great Randall Cobb) Kentucky did what it should have from the beginning and stomped Vanderbilt.

Georgia – 31

Auburn – 49

Amid controversy for the first time in his career as a starting QB, Cam Newton did what he does best and delivered.  It’s rare that you see a team that is made much better by just one player (most recently Tim Tebow did this,) but as Cam Newton goes, so goes Auburn.  And so far he’s been great.  The first half it looked as though things might be different this game when Georgia jumped out to a 21-7 first quarter lead.  But Newton got it together in the second quarter and ended up going for close to 300 all purpose yards and four touchdowns.  I would really like to make a joke about waiting for the check to clear before winning the game, but I like Newton.  And after watching the media throw mud at Eric Bledsoe all summer, gotta side with the player until anything is proven.

UTEP – 21

Arkansas – 58

Under the QB loving system that Bobby Petrino uses, Ryan Mallet has looked great all season – even when he’s been on the sideline.  It was no different this weekend, when Mallet tied his own record of most TD throws in a game with five and even ran one in for a capper.  He now owns – either partially or fully – 35 records at Arkansas as QB.  The win puts Arkansas at 8-2 and gives them a chance to challenge for second place in the west if they can win out (assuming Auburn beats Alabama.)

LA-Monroe – 0

LSU – 51

Not to be outdone in the ‘scheduling teams no one cares about late in the season’ department by Kentucky, LSU laid a smack down on the warhawks from Louisianna Monroe.  Perhaps the biggest surprise about this game is that Les Miles managed to not make headlines for ‘rolling the dice’ or ‘eating the grass.’  LSU – who has looked suspect most of the year – seems to be clicking both offensively and defensively now, and are likely setting themselves up for a BCS bowl if they can finish the season 11-1.  It’s looking more and more like the match up with Auburn was the SEC championship this year, but there’s still plenty of football to play.

South Carolina – 36

Florida – 14

Gator fans hadn’t seen a Cock beating this bad since Tebow left, so it’s fitting that Spurrier tops Florida to win the SEC East, and did it in an impressive fashion.  Lattimore ran 40 times for 212 yards and Garcia threw for 156 interception free yards and ran for another 28.  Conversely Florida scored on the opening kick, but didn’t again until the fourth and by that time the game was over.  All told, the Gators really blew one the needed to get.

Mississippi State – 10

Alabama – 30

With the Tide no longer in the title hunt (nationally and conference titles,) it would be easy to think that they might let up and let one slip to a feisty MSU.  But nothing of the sort happened as Alabama did what Alabama does which is be stronger and more consistant than you.  They got a little help from the Dogs who committed 7 penalties and had two turnovers, not managing a touchdown until the final quarter.  Bama may not be able to win the SEC or get a bid to the National Title game, but if they can stop Cam Newton in two weeks, a 10-2 Tide could still find themselves sitting pretty come Bowl time.

Article written by Will Lentz