SEC College Football, Week 12: LSU And Arkansas Avoid Upsets, Tennessee's Streaking

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SEC College Football Scores, Week 12: LSU Survives A Shootout With Ole Miss, 43-36

The game ended as it began — with not a lot of defense, and a Jeremiah Masoli interception. LSU and Ole Miss traded touchdowns for basically the entirety of a wild 32-point fourth quarter, but LSU got the last word with a 7-yard Stevan Ridley touchdown run with less than a minute remaining. A pair of failed Hail Mary attempts by the Rebels’ Masoli, the second of which ended up in the hands of LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson, sealed the win for the Tigers.

Peterson was the star of the game with numerous clutch defensive plays, as well as five kickoff returns that totaled 121 yards. But give some credit to LSU’s much-maligned Jordan Jefferson, too, who completed 13 of 17 passes for a season-high 254 yards (nearly as many yards as his last four games combined), a TD and a pick and also rushed nine times for 45 yards and another score.

With the loss, Ole Miss is eliminated from bowl contention for the first time in Houston Nutt’s tenure, something that’s sure to go over swell with Rebel fans. LSU, meanwhile, will likely retain a top-six BCS ranking and can make an at-large BCS bid all but official with a win at 13th-ranked Arkansas next week.

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Appalachian St. Mountaineers Vs. Florida Gators Final Score: 48-10, Or No D-IAA Upset Today, Folks

They may have been knocked from SEC title contention, but Florida wasn’t about to let Appalachian State pull another shocker over a name-brand FBS team. Propelled by a season-high 310 rushing yards, the Gators scored the first 35 points in the game and coasted to a 48-10 win in the Swamp.

Though the season has been a major disappointment for the Gators, they’ve still got a chance to make their case for a decent bowl berth with a win at Florida State next week. Follow Alligator Army for detailed info on the win over App State and updates on where Florida’s bowl destination might ultimately lie.

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Troy Trojans Vs. South Carolina Gamecocks Final Score: 69-24 Carolina, So Much For The Hangover

Ordinarily this would be the point in the season where South Carolina, regardless of its prior record, does a belly-flop and tries its level best to play its way into the Birmingham Bowl. Not this year: Just a week after beating Florida on the road to clinch their first-ever SEC title, the Gamecocks leaped on a not-terrible Troy team for a 35-0 lead just minutes into the second quarter and coasted to a 69-24 finish. Star of the game: running back Marcus Lattimore, who continued to make a case for SEC Freshman of the Year honors after running for 102 yards and three scores on a mere seven carries.

The Gamecocks now turn their sights to Clemson, where they play the Tigers in what is basically a mirror image of the situation exactly one year ago. In 2009, Clemson had clinched an ACC division title but got caught looking ahead to the conference title game and received a pummeling from the ‘Cocks in Columbia; this year it’ll be the Gamecocks who have to avoid looking ahead to an unprecedented title-game trip. But if Steve Spurrier can not only guide his team out of their traditional November slump and fashion them into SEC title contenders, anything’s possible.

Stay tuned to Garnet and Black Attack for a recap of the Troy blowout and previews of what’s to come for the Gamecocks.

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SEC College Football Schedule, Week 12: Tennessee Volunteers Vs. Vanderbilt Commodores Preview

One thing everybody can feel good about: either the Tennessee Volunteers or Vanderbilt Commodores is guaranteed to finish this season, in which both schools lost their head coaches unexpectedly, with two SEC wins. Each school’s other win being over the Mississippi Rebels tempers the celebration somewhat, but Saturday night we pop [whatever alcohol Tennessee and Vandy people can agree on — any ideas?] bottles.

Vols QB Tyler Bray has thrown for 675 yards and eight touchdowns in Tennessee’s last two games, and Vandy is tied for 95th in the nation in pass defense. The other team ranked 95th? Ole Miss, one of the teams Bray just lit up. Not to get ahead of ourselves, but Tennessee gets the Kentucky Wildcats at home next week. Provided they get past the Dores, a win there would make them bowl eligible, believe it or not.

TV time: 7:30 on CSS.

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SEC College Football Schedule, Week 12: No. 13 Arkansas Razorbacks Vs. No. 21 Mississippi St. Bulldogs Preview

The SEC’s best passing attack takes on one of its best scoring defenses and running games in a game quite possibly attended by Bill Bell, Kenny Rogers, and John Bond (ABC: Always Bewritingabout Cam). Both of these teams have lost to the Alabama Crimson Tide and Auburn Tigers, with each having a close loss among that pair.

If America had ever heard of the Mississippi St. Bulldogs, they’d certainly be rooting for them over the Arkansas Razorbacks, a team America is also not familiar with. Early indicators suggest they did the right or at least prescribed thing in the Cam Newton kerfuffle, they have an especially lovable mascot and sideline tradition, and they’re the conference’s only perennial football underdog that doesn’t choose to be. Kentucky’s got hoops, and we all know Vanderbilt has such an endowment that it could bankroll an SEC title within a decade if it wanted to, right? Meanwhile, Bobby Petrino.

Again, I’m not telling you who to root for — just pointing out who America would fall for.

TV time: 7 on ESPN and ESPN3.

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SEC College Football Schedule, Week 12: Ole Miss Rebels Vs. No. 5 LSU Tigers Preview

LSU Tigers coach Les Miles has started wavin’ flags and kissin’ babies in support of LSU’s BCS chances. If the Auburn Tigers fall, the Bayou Bengals have every reason to be considered for the BCS National Championship, especially with the TCU Horned Frogs’ national profile slipping and the question of whether we’re all really that comfortable with including the Boise St. Broncos in the big show.

But first! The Mississippi Rebels! And if that thing about Houston Nutt striking down top-ranked teams is ever going to happen, it’s going to happen once everybody’s already given up on it for the year, right? After a blistering at the hands of the otherwise helpless Tennessee Volunteers? When a team that’s gotten by on grass-fed executives calling perfectly lateral fake field goal bounce passes is a 16-point favorite, the time is right, children.

TV time: 3:30 on CBS.

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SEC College Football Schedule, Week 12: Appalachian St. Mountaineers Vs. Florida Gators Preview

Raise your hand if your idea of a cupcake is a 9-1 team whose only loss was on the road, in overtime, against a winning team. Hang on, don’t raise your hand yet. This school also beat the Michigan Wolverines in Michigan just a few years ago. Oh, and they’ve won their conference five years in a row, with three FCS national titles in there too. If your hand is in the air, you’re Greg McGarity, and you now work for a Florida Gators rival. #conspiracy

The Appalachian St. Mountaineers stand little chance in this game, provided Florida’s offense can … I don’t know, pretend they’re playing the Vanderbilt Commodores? Appy State is not afraid of anybody, and unless the Gators treat this one like a bowl game against the Penn St. Nittany Lions is on the line, the final score is going to be a little too close for comfort.

TV time: 12:30 on ESPN3.

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SEC College Football Schedule, Week 12: Troy Trojans Vs. No. 17 South Carolina Gamecocks

Here’s hoping South Carolina Gamecocks QB Stephen Garcia proclaims this the least important game in school history, prompting Steve Spurrier to instruct media to go ahead and listen to Stephen, fine, because you’re only making yourselves dumber by doing so. But let’s learn three facts about the Troy Trojans, Trojans from Troy.

  • They’re 4-2 in the Sun Belt and stand a good chance at becoming bowl eligible with the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers still on the schedule.
  • The Troy Trojans, whose name Gregg Easterbrook could talk about for 20 minutes, are good at one thing: flipping the pill and flipping it constantly. They’re ranked 13th in the nation in passing yards per game. They don’t do it with high profit margins — they do it with volume and factory incentives, ranking eighth in the nation in attempts.

TV time: 12:21, SEC Network or ESPN3.

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SEC College Football Schedule, Week 12: Georgia St. Panthers Vs. No. 11 Alabama Crimson Tide

The 6-4 Georgia St. Panthers might actually be this week’s second-most overmatched Panthers team, but kudos to the 8-2 Alabama Crimson Tide for scheduling both the worst ACC team and the worst CAA team in the same season. The Panthers are the worst CAA team because they’re not even in it yet. Winless in conference! Can you believe it!

Georgia St.‘s best game so far might have been their one-score overtime loss to the Jacksonville St. Gamecocks, who beat the Mississippi Rebels in week one. Bama also beat Ole Miss, and really doesn’t get enough credit for doing that. Way to go, Bama.

If you don’t have a dog in this fight, consider rooting for Bill Curry to crack 100 yards against his former team. Hey, if the Kennesaw St. Owls can beat the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets by double digits in basketball, GSU North can kick a third-quarter field goal against the Tide.

TV time: 7:30 Thursday on ESPNU.

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