SEC Football Week Eleven Review

SEC Football Week Eleven Review
November 11, 2012, 2:18 pm
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Johnny"football" Manziel took down Alabama.
Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M didwhat many didnt think they could do by winning at Alabama. The win completesthe cannibalization of the SEC and for the first time in seven years it appearsthe SEC will be on the outside looking in at the BCS Title game. Its not overfor Alabama or Georgia, but they will need a lot of help. The three undefeatedare just weeks away from perfection and USC in the PAC 12 led by Lane Kiffinthe former Tennessee coach will have a lot to say about who will go unbeaten.The Trojans will get Notre Dame in the last game of the Irish season onNovember 24th. The Trojans have won nine out of ten against theIrish. Assuming USC beats UCLA this week they could get another shot at theflag football final against Oregon but this time in Eugene. Oregon has a toughroad with Stanford and Oregon State left while Kansas State has Texas to closethe regular season.The Aggies out rushed theTide 165-122 in Tuscaloosa which is a number that should shock you. Thethree turnovers were critical for Alabama, but they never seemed completelycommitted to the run. This was in large part due to the Aggies jumping out to a20-0 lead and forcing the Tide to adjust their game plan. This was onlythe second win in school history versus a top ranked team for Texas A&M andshould solidify Kevin Sumlins program as a legitimate contender in the leaguefor years to come. Johnny Manziel had 345 total yards without any turnovers andbecame just the 2nd freshman to win on the road in November at anumber one ranked AP team. Alabamas defense gave up 400 yards for the secondconsecutive week. They have given up 46 points the last two weeks after givingup just 65 the entire season. I think the Alabama defense was beat up from lastweek and the fact they could not get Texas A&M off the field on third downwas a killer.Key Numbers for an Aggie Win - 3 in turnover margin - 1118 on third down conversations -Rushing 165-122 - Plays 77-65 Around the league- Georgia Aaron Murray stayed hot leading Georgia to touchdowns on their first four possessions in their 38-0 rout ofAuburn. The Dogs are headed to Atlanta for the 2nd year in a row andmight be playing their best football of the season. Murray was 16-20 withthree touchdowns in the first half and now has thrown 83 career touchdownpasses.
-Vanderbilt had an amazingcome from behind win at Ole Miss to get bowl eligible for the secondconsecutive season and the first time in school history. The four SEC wins arethe most at Vanderbilt since 2008 and the 17 point rally to win is the biggestdeficit they have overcome in 30 years. Give credit to the Vandy defense,keeping Ole Miss out of the end zone three times in five red zone trips. That allowedthem to hang in there and get the win.
-LSUs Zach Mettenberger kept the hot hand in the Tigers win overMississippi State 37-17. Mettenberger threw for 273 yards becoming the firstquarterback at LSU since 2008 to have consecutive 200 yard passing games.Mettenberger has thrown for 477 yards in his last six quarters.-Missouri won its secondconference game with a wild four overtime 51-48 win at Tennessee. The Tigersdid it behind a strong rushing performance from Kendial Lawrence who had 153yards. The overtime win was the 11th in school history forMissouri which is the most in NCAA history.
-Florida found a way to avoid the upset in its win over Louisiana27-20. The Gators lost starting quarterback Jeff Driskel to a sprained anklelate in the third quarter. However Jacoby Brissett led Florida on a 49yard game tying drive and then Will Muschamps team did the unthinkable. TheGators blocked a punt and Jelani Jenkins returned it for a touchdown. Floridais 6-0 at home looking to complete an undefeated schedule next week for thefirst time since 2009.
-Mississippi State lost itsthird game in a row at LSU even though Tyler Russell threw for 295 yards. TheBulldogs scored on its opening drive for the fourth time this season. ChadBumphus caught his eighth touchdown of the season which is tied for first inthe SEC.
-Tennessee was in a familiar position and received a familiar result.The Volunteers are 4-6 and need two wins to be bowl eligible. Justin Hunter istied with Bumphus from Mississippi State for the SEC lead with eight touchdownreceptions. Michael Rivera had a career day with 10 receptions for 129yards.
-Ole Miss let a greatopportunity slip away by kicking three field goals inside the red zone.Bo Wallace had a career day with 403 yards passing. It is the secondconsecutive game that the Rebels have scored first and lost. The Rebels are aperfect 22-22 in the redzone this season against conference opponents.
-Auburn is staring at awinless conference season. The Tigers just didnt have enough fight to hang inwith Georgia very long. Emory Blake had eighth career 100 yard game, finishingwith 108 yards receiving.
-South Carolina won its 10thconsecutive home game and finally found a way to beat Arkansas for the firsttime in four years. The Gamecocks have won eight or more games threeyears in a row for the first time in school history.-Arkansas fell to 4-6 and must win out to be bowl eligible.Cobi Hamilton had 72 receiving yards to set the school single season recordwith 1,149yards. Hamilton has caught a pass in 32 straight games.

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