ALABAMA: The Crimson Tide are undoubtedly disappointed after Saturday's 24-21 loss to LSU in Baton Rouge. Greg McElroy threw for 223 yards on 21-of-34 efficiency with two touchdowns and an interception for the Crimson Tide, who seemingly had their hopes of a repeat SEC and national championship dashed. Mark Ingram, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, amassed 97 yards on 21 rushes, while Julio Jones made 10 receptions for 89 yards and a score for Alabama, which has dropped six of the last eight meetings with the Tigers. Expect an entertaining battle this coming weekend as Alabama plays host to Mississippi State.
ARKANSAS: Knile Davis rushed for three touchdowns and 110 yards and Ryan Mallett had another big day through the air as Arkansas crushed South Carolina by a 41-20 final in Columbia on Saturday. Mallett, fresh off a school-record 409-yard showing against Vanderbilt the week before, passed for 303 yards with a touchdown and an interception. The big signal caller also rushed for a score for the Razorbacks, winners of three in a row since losing to still-unbeaten Auburn. The win was particularly impressive when considering the fact that the Gamecocks entered the contest with a six-game home winning streak. The Razorbacks will take a break from SEC action to clash with UTEP this coming weekend.
AUBURN: Cam Newton's four first-quarter touchdowns helped Auburn remain undefeated, as the club trampled FCS foe Chattanooga on Saturday by a 62-24 final. Newton ended the game with 317 passing yards and four touchdowns, while rushing for 24 yards and a score. His outstanding performance came in the wake of eligibility allegations which spawned earlier in the week. The quarterback connected with four different receivers on the scores, including Terrell Zachery seven times for 148 yards. The Tigers will get back to conference action on Saturday when the Georgia Bulldogs come to town.
FLORIDA: The Gators crushed Vanderbilt on Saturday by a 55-14 final, and the starting quarterback for UF, John Brantley, helped the cause with 157 passing yards and two touchdowns. Jordan Reed also saw time under center in the rout and threw for 130 yards and one score on 11-of-19 passing. Reed also led the ground game for Florida, rushing for 84 yards and one touchdown on 16 carries. Mike Gillislee added 57 yards and two touchdowns on just nine carries. Chris Rainey hauled in one of Brantley's touchdown passes, but more importantly the junior also blocked two punts. The Gators will play host to South Carolina this coming weekend, and the Gamecocks are led by former UF legend Steve Spurrier.
GEORGIA: As expected, the Bulldogs crushed FCS foe Idaho State on Saturday by a 55-7 final. Aaron Murray completed 19-of-27 passes for 228 yards and three touchdowns for Georgia, while star wideout A.J. Green had six catches for 103 yards and two scores. The Bulldogs led just 6-0 after one quarter, but 35 points in the second frame blew the game open. Mark Richt's club has now scored more than 30 points in five consecutive games for the first time in program history. Georgia was able to send Idaho State to its 26th consecutive road loss. The Bulldogs will experience a severe spike in competition level this coming weekend, as they take on unbeaten Auburn on the road.
KENTUCKY: The Wildcats cruised to a 49-21 victory over Charleston Southern, an FCS foe, on Saturday. Although senior tailback Derrick Locke missed his fourth straight game with a shoulder injury, several other players stepped up to fill the void and halt a two-game slide for Kentucky. Mike Hartline threw for 272 yards and two touchdowns, while Randall Cobb had 101 yards and a score on four catches. Coshik Williams was the top ground gainer for Kentucky, as he posted 95 yards and three of the club's five rushing touchdowns on the afternoon. The Wildcats welcome Vanderbilt to town this Saturday for an SEC clash, and a victory will make first-year head coach Joker Phillips and his Kentucky squad eligible for a bowl game.
LSU: Stevan Ridley scored the go-ahead touchdown on Saturday and Josh Jasper booted three field goals to lead the Tigers to a 24-21 triumph over Alabama in an SEC showdown. Jordan Jefferson went 10-of-13 for 141 yards and a touchdown, while Ridley ran for 88 yards and the score on 24 carries for the Tigers, who bounced back from their only loss to move into second place, one game behind West Division-leading Auburn, who defeated them two weeks ago. Rueben Randle made three catches for 125 yards and a touchdown for the Tigers, who have won nine straight on home soil. They will step outside of SEC play this weekend to clash with in-state foe ULM.
MISSISSIPPI STATE: The Bulldogs were the only idle SEC team this past weekend, and the team will return to action this coming Saturday against Alabama. In the most recent outing for MSU, Chris Relf threw for one touchdown and ran for the go-ahead score in the fourth quarter as the club downed the Kentucky Wildcats, 24-17. Mississippi State has won two of the last three meetings against Kentucky, including a 31-24 decision last season in Lexington. Relf completed 7-of-16 passes for 111 yards, and rushed 16 times for 80 yards. Vick Ballard rushed for 104 yards and a TD, while Arceto Clark caught a touchdown pass for the Bulldogs, who are now 7-2 under the guidance of second-year head coach Dan Mullen.
OLE MISS: Brandon Bolden scored two touchdowns on the ground and a third through the air on Saturday as his Rebels topped the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns, 43-21, in non-conference action. Bolden carried the ball 18 times for a team- best 136 yards and also caught four passes for another 80 yards for the Rebels, who snapped a three-game slide with the win. Quarterbacks Jeremiah Masoli and Nathan Stanley combined to convert 11-of-22 passes for 180 yards and a score. Ole Miss won the time of possession battle by nearly 14 minutes and limited Louisiana to 215 total yards. The Rebels return to SEC play this Saturday against Tennessee on the road.
SOUTH CAROLINA: The home crowd watched on in disappointment as the Gamecocks fell to Arkansas on Saturday in a 41-20 final. Stephen Garcia had a rough day under center, throwing for 161 yards with two interceptions and a touchdown on 14-of-29 efficiency for the Gamecocks, who saw a two-game overall win streak and a six-game home win streak come to an end. South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore played through a left ankle injury and rushed for just 30 yards on 11 carries. Steve Spurrier will lead the Gamecocks into Gainesville this coming weekend to battle the Florida Gators, and the current leader of South Carolina remains a legend at UF.
TENNESSEE: Against Memphis, a non-conference rival, Tyler Bray threw for 325 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Vols to a 50-14 victory on Saturday. Bray, who was starting his first game for Tennessee, converted 19-of-33 passes as he pushed the Vols into the win column for the first time since late September, snapping a four-game slide in the process. Tauren Poole added a game-high 101 yards rushing and a score on 16 carries as well. Tennessee, which scored on all six opportunities inside the red zone, generated 509 yards of total offense on the night. The Vols get back to league play this Saturday when they welcome Ole Miss to town.
VANDERBILT: Nothing seemed to go right for Vanderbilt on Saturday in a 55-14 loss to Florida in front of a deflated Nashville crowd. Vandy used two quarterbacks, but neither were successful in the lopsided setback. Jared Funk threw a touchdown, but finished just 3-of-8 for 35 yards, while Larry Smith threw for only 28 yards on 7-of-18 efficiency. Two of the Commodores' punts were blocked, contributing to the lopsided outcome. The score was 41-0 at intermission, and the final score could have been even worse had Florida not taken its foot off the gas a bit. The Commodores will be on the road this coming weekend, as a clash with Kentucky in Lexington is on the docket.