College Football Weekend Review - (Week 6)

College Football Weekend Review - (Week 6)
October 8, 2012, 1:12 pm
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Mike Gillislee leads the SEC in rushing and had two touchdowns vs LSU.Florida and South Carolina were able to hold serve this past weekend by defending their home turf in similar fashions. The Gators and Gamecocks used physical, punishing defenses to knock off previously undefeated Georgia and LSU. For the Gators it ended an 18 game regular season win streak (counts the SEC title game win vs. Georgia) and gave them the biggest home win since the Tim Tebow era. Steve Spurriers squad won its third in a row over the Bulldogs and now hold the nations longest winning streak with 10 in a row. These were big wins for both squads, but now they must go on the road with the Gators headed to Nashville (Commodores nearly beat the Gamecocks) and SC to Baton Rouge, where you can expect LSU to be in a bad mood.Home field advantage affects the defense more than any other unit on the field. South Carolina jumped all over Georgia in the first quarter and the Dogs could never get their feet under them. They were able to ground the Georgia run game holding them to a season low 3.19 yards per carry. Once they got up by 21 it made it difficult for Mike Bobo to get the balance he wanted. Georgias offensive line which had played great the first month of the season was whipped by the entire front from South Carolina. Jadeveon Clowney had a sack and two tackles for loss and hurried Aaron Murray all night long. Marcus Lattimore was workmanlike against a Dogs defense that continues to underachieve. He ran for 109 of the Gamecocks 230 total rushing yards, as they punished Georgias front seven. The zone read neutralized Jarvis Jones has he had just 4 total tackles in the game. The Florida Gators used another strong second half, fueled by 22 consecutive runs to beat LSU 14-6. Mike Gillislee ran 34 times for 146 yards and two touchdowns and he had to earn every yard. His longest run of the day was 12 yards and that was on one of his two touchdown runs. His total was the most by an individual against an LSU defense since 2010. The Tiger offense continues to struggle and was whipped by an improved Gator defensive front. LSU has had some injuries and that may be starting to show, but Floridas front held the Tigers to 42 yards rushing for the game. Two key points in the game came at the end of the half when LSU could not get a touchdown and had to settle for a field goal keeping it a one score game at 6-0. The other key was the strip by Matt Elam for Florida of Odell Beckham after a busted coverage led to the biggest play of the day for the Tigers. By the way, a tip of the hat to Kevin Minter the linebacker for LSU. It was one of the most impressive displays (20 tackles) I have seen from an opposing linebacker in the Swamp ever.The Gamecock defense smothered Georgia's high powered offense.These two games were very similar in a lot of ways look at these numbers.-South Carolina threw 10 passes and Florida threw it 12 times.-South Carolina ran it 51 times and Florida ran it 58 times-South Carolina held Georgia to 115 yard rushing and Florid held LSU to 42.-Both teams played at home fueled by raucous crowds.Around the LeagueI think Hugh Freeze made a bad call on the 4th and 1 for Ole Miss on Saturday. Its easy to second guess him today because it did not work, but let me explain why. The Rebels have lost 15 SEC games in a row. All these kids have been through that streak. I know he thinks he is sending a message to play to win, but its not about him. He is a first year coach and playing the percentages gives him a better chance to win. Even if A&M scores they would have to go the length of the field and he could have gotten the ball back. Also the run game to that point with Jeff Scott was trending the wrong way. I just think sometimes as a Coach you have to detach yourself from the situation and think big picture. Like I said its easy for me to second guess him because it did not work, but the riverboat gambler mantra doesnt work consistently in the SEC and you have to play the percentages.Give credit to the Texas A&M for overcoming six turnovers and finding a way to win. Johnny Manziel looked mortal for three quarters, but given the chance to win the game he did not disappoint. The defense continues to play well scoring a touchdown for the third consecutive game. This was a big road win for Kevin Sumlin and his program. Its not easy to win on the road in this league, no matter where you play. The Aggies are now ranked and they have been a pleasant first year surprise in the SEC.Ole Miss can take a lot from this loss and what is developing around the league. The Rebels ran 79 plays on the Aggies and produced 464 yards. The six turnovers forced also is a positive and usually means you win the game. The Rebels can look at the next two opponents (Auburn and Arkansas) and feel like wins are attainable.Vanderbilt pulled out a gutty win at Missouri, keeping alive its bowl hopes. The Commodore pass defense has been solid all season and shut down Corbin Berkstresser holding him to 9 for 30 on the day. James Franklins secondary trails only Alabama and Florida in touchdowns given up with 3. The Commodores have seven games left and they will have a real shot in six of them. This week against Florida they catch the Gators at the perfect time after an emotional win and before Steve Spurrier comes to town.Missouri has officially become an enigma. This team is very difficult to figure out and now they go forward without quarterback James Franklin. The Tigers just have zero flow on offense. They are 96th in the country in total offense and continue to struggle on third down. They are 12th in the league with just 29 conversion on third down. Bulldogs get big road win.Mississippi State got its second road win of the season after suffocating Kentucky 27-14. Dan Mullen would like to see more touchdowns in the red zone, but Chad Bumphus and Tyler Russell continue to be one of the top tandems in the league. Russell did not throw an interception on Saturday and the Dogs defense is now 11th in the country in scoring defense. LaDarius Perkins had 110 yards which is key in the coming weeks that he can give them balance.Kentucky may win just one more game this season, but the young quarterbacks did get some experience. The brief Patrick Towles experiment may be cause for optimism in the future. He marched the team 80 yards on his first series for a touchdown. He sustained an ankle injury on his second drive but did finish 5-6 on the day.Notes from the SEC officeSeven SEC teams are ranked this week, including four in the top 10 of both the AP and USA Today polls. Alabama is the top ranked team in both polls while South Carolina comes in third in both. Florida is ranked 4th in AP and 6th in USA Today while LSU is 9th in AP and 8th in USA Today. Georgia is 14th in AP and 12th in USA Today and Mississippi State is 19th in AP and 18th in USA Today. Texas A&M enters both polls this week for the first time this year at 22nd in AP and 21st in USA Today.Highlighting the SEC football schedule in Week 7 is 3rd-ranked South Carolina (APUSA) visiting 8 (USA) 9 (AP) LSU on ESPN at 7 p.m. CT. Alabama returns from an open week to put its top-ranking (APUSA) on the line at Missouri in a game on CBS Sports at 2:30 p.m. CT. The entire schedule for Week 7 is at the top of this notes package.South Carolinas third place ranking in AP this week is the highest for the Gamecocks since the Nov. 13, 1984 poll, which it was second. Floridas fourth place ranking in AP is the highest for the Gators since the 2010 pre-season poll, which it was fourth.The SEC has had five different teams ranked in the top 5 of the AP and USA Today polls this season for at least one week Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU and South Carolina.Florida RB Mike Gillislee was named the Walter Camp Football Foundation Offensive Player of the Week for his performance on Saturday against LSU (146 yards rushing on 34 carries and 2 TDs).South Carolinas Marcus Lattimore has scored at least one TD in 21 of 26 career games played and is T15 in SEC history with 39 career TDs scored.In 14 career wins as Mississippi States starting QB, Tyler Russell has thrown 12 TDs against 2 interceptions.Arkansas 7 points allowed to Auburn was lowest opponent total by Arkansas defense allowed on road since a 23-0 win at South Carolina on Nov. 9, 2002.SEC teams were 4-2 on the road in Week 6, in a week where stadiums were filled to 95 percent capacity.Alabama and Florida lead the SEC with only two passing TDs allowed this season while Alabama and South Carolina are tied for the SEC lead with only three rushing TDs allowed in 2012.South Carolina and Tennessee lead the SEC with 14 passing TDs this season while Georgia leads the league with 20 rushing TDs scored. Texas A&M has scored a league high 3 defensive TDs this season.LSU leads the SEC in defensive 3-and-outs at 45.7 percent (37 of 81). Alabama is second at 42.4 percent (25 of 59) and Florida is third at 41.7 percent (25 of 60).Florida leads the SEC in fourth quarter scoring margin at 41. The Gators have scored 41 points in the final stanza and have not allowed any points

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