SEC Football Week Thirteen Review

SEC Football Week Thirteen Review
November 26, 2012, 2:15 pm
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UGA vs Alabama. The winner is likely to face Notre Dame in the National Championship

(Derick Hingle-USA Today Sports)

Its championship week in college football and the BCS title game is all but set for January 7th in Miami. The remarkable season for Notre Dame was capped by a 22-13 win at USC over a Matt Barkley less team and the Irish finish 12-0. The opponent will be decided Saturday in Atlanta when Alabama squares off with Georgia for the SEC title. It has been a Cinderella season for the Irish and one in which they displayed an SEC defense. They are 2nd in the country in points allowed per game with 10.3 right behind Alabama. They have allowed a nation low two rushing touchdowns all season. Linebacker Manti Teo is likely headed to New York as a Heisman finalist after his 3rd 100 tackle season and finishing second in the country with seven interceptions. Coming up later in the week we will give you an extensive breakdown of the Alabama versus Georgia game, plus tell you all about our coverage this weekend on CSS.
Alabama rolled Auburn 49-0 punching their ticket to Atlanta in convincing fashion. The Crimson Tide defense forced three turnovers in a game for the first time since Mississippi State. They had forced just one in the last three games. AJ McCarron had four touchdowns to finish with 25 and just two interceptions. Eddie Lacy has been the focal point of the run game the last few weeks and finished with 131 yards to become the 16th 1,000 yard rusher in Alabama history.Nick Saban looks to return the Tide to the BCS Championship Game.Georgia handled Georgia Tech 42-10 with a physical defense and a red hot quarterback in Aaron Murray. Murray finished with 215 yards becoming the first quarterback in SEC history to have three straight 3,000 seasons. During the Dogs six game win streak Murray has thrown 18 touchdowns and just 3 interceptions, which were all in the first half versus Florida. Georgias defense held Tech a yard per carry under their average and forced two turnovers. Todd Granthams defense has forced 15 turnovers in the last five games.Mark Richt has the Dogs primed for a BCS Title run.Florida beat FSU 37-26 for the first time in three years to take back the state title. It was a game of runs with the Gators closing the game out by winning the 4th quarter 24-6. The Gators finish the season outscoring its opponent 125-29 in the fourth quarter. They ran for 244 yards against the nations number one rush defense. Florida forced five turnovers to finish 4 in the turnover margin for the game and 17 for the season. Mike Gillislee became the first Gator back to rush for over 1,000 yards since Ciatrick Fason in 2004. Florida is ranked 4th in the BCS and a top four finish this week would guarantee them a BCS bowl, likely the Sugar Bowl.South Carolina extended the SECs domination of the ACC with a 27-17 win over Clemson. Jadevon Clowney had 4.5 sacks to give him the nations lead with 13. The win gave Steve Spurrier 65 and made him the winningest coach in Gamecocks history. South Carolina has won a school record 21 games over the last two seasons. Dylan Thompson had his second 300 yard game of the season filling in for Connor Shaw.LSU won 10 games for the sixth time in eight seasons under Les Miles with a 20-13 win over Arkansas. The Tigers finish 9-0 this season when scoring at least 20 points. Zach Mettenberger had 217 yards becoming the first LSU quarterback to throw for over 200 yards in four consecutive games since Jamarcus Russell did it in 2006.Hugh Freeze could garner coach of the year votes in the SEC.Ole Miss stunned Mississippi State 41-24 to end a three game losing streak in the series and become bowl eligible for the first time since 2009. The Rebels had 527 yards of total offense its third game over 500 this year. Bo Wallace had five touchdowns in the game tied for third most in Rebel history behind Eli Manning. The defense held the Bulldogs to 1-13 on third down conversions.Vanderbilt finished 8-4 with a six game winning streak after thrashing Wake Forest 55-21. Jordan Rogers threw two touchdown passes for the fifth consecutive game. Jordan Matthews has had a catch in 20 straight games and went over the 100 yard mark for the seventh time this season. The 55 points by the Commodores was the fourth time the Dores have gone over 40 this season. The eight wins are the most in the regular season since 1982.Texas A&M completed its first season in the SEC in fine fashion with a 59-29 win over Missouri. It was the 12th time in school history that they have won 10 games. Johnny Manziel returned from an injury early to put the finishing touches on his Heisman resume with 372 yards passing and 3 touchdowns. He added 67 yards on the ground, marking his fifth game with over 400 total yards on the season. His total yardage for the season is more than Cam Newton and Tim Tebow in the seasons in which they won the Heisman.Quick HitsMississippi State finishes 8-4 which is not a bad season. It will feel like a disappointment because of the Egg Bowl loss and look for Dan Mullen to put huge emphasis on the bowl game and nine wins. The Bulldogs averaged just over 15 points and 300 yards in their four losses.Tennessee finished 5-7 with the win over Kentucky behind four touchdown passes from Tyler Bray. His 34 touchdown passes leads the SEC and is sixth nationally. Byron Moore finished 11th nationally with 5 interceptions which was also first in the league.Missouri was disappointed with a 5-7 season that was marred by injuries and depth issues. The rumors are swirling about staff changes for Gary Pinkel, but I would like to see him add a tight end to his offensive scheme. The Tigers never got in a rhythm offensively trying to adjust to the strong defenses in the SEC. Pinkel has showed in his career that he can adapt and I would expect the Tigers to be back in a bowl game next season.Kentucky is looking for a head coach and the focus seems to have shifted away from Butch Jones. Mike Macintyre, San Jose State has ties to Kentucky as does Sonny Dykes from Louisiana Tech. The Wildcats need a coach quickly in my opinion.Auburn fired Gene Chizik and folks I would be surprised if the name hired was Petrino, Malzahn or even Jimbo Fisher. All these guys have ties to Auburn and know the nature of the beast but in my opinion Fisher has a great job, Malzahn has only been gone one season and Petrino has only sat out one season. For these reasons I believe the focus turns to an Art Briles at Baylor, Sonny Dykes at Louisiana Tech or even a Charlie Strong at Louisville.

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