Week 10 Produces Expected Outcomes in SEC
After week 10, it is even more evident which teams are true contenders in the Southeastern Conference and in the BCS rankings.
Arkansas picked up a good nonconference win against Tulsa on homecoming. The Hogs were down by three going into the fourth quarter when a touchdown by senior running back Dennis Johnson gave them the 19-15 lead that would become the final score.
Arkansas was led by Johnson and senior quarterback Tyler Wilson. Wilson threw for 272 yards and Johnson rushed for 109 yards on 22 carries and two touchdowns.
No. 1 Alabama was put to the test for the first time this season but pulled out a 21-17 victory over LSU to remain the top team in the nation.
LSU scored in the fourth quarter to take a three-point lead, but an Alabama touchdown by T.J. Yeldon with 51 seconds left gave Alabama the win.
No. 16 Texas A&M and No. 15 Mississippi State squared off this weekend. The Aggies came up with a huge 38-13 win. Both teams are now 7-2 on the season.
The Aggies led 31-0 until the third quarter when the Bulldogs finally found the end zone. Freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel led the Aggies with 311 yards. Senior Ryan Swope was on the receiving end for most of those yards, with nine receptions for 121 yards.
The victory moved the Aggies into the No. 15 spot in the BCS rankings and the Bulldogs fell to No. 21.
No. 6 Georgia picked up a conference win over Ole Miss, 37-10. The Rebels hung around for the fist half and then were held scoreless in the second. Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray led the team with 384 yards and four touchdowns.
No. 7 Florida survived a possible upset against Missouri, 14-7. Missouri held Florida scoreless in the first half, but Florida responded and scored 14 unanswered points in the second half.
Both Georgia and Florida moved up a spot in the rankings to No. 5 and No. 6, respectively.
Vanderbilt shut out the Kentucky Wildcats, 40-0. Quarterback Jordan Rodgers led Vanderbilt with 220 yards and two touchdowns.
It was announced Sunday that Kentucky’s head coach Joker Phillips will be replaced after this season.
Auburn picked up their second win of the season in a nonconference game against New Mexico State, 42-7. Tre Mason led Auburn with 22 carries for 152 yards.
Tennessee pulled off a close win against Troy, 55-48. Tennessee trailed in the fourth quarter until Justin Hunter scored with 2:54 left to tie the game. The Vols then scored on a 9-yard run from Marlin Lane with 1:25 left to get the win.
This week in the SEC there were a few nail-biters but not many surprises. As the season comes to a close there are five SEC teams in the BCS top 10, which also isn’t a surprise.