SEC shook up on Shake Down Saturday

The SEC was shook up on Shake Down Saturday.

The week that the conference set a record by placing eight teams in the AP poll, five of them were defeated in upsets of various shapes and sizes.

The rundown:

  • Missouri 36, Florida 17
  • Tennessee 23, South Carolina 21
  • Vanderbilt 31, Georgia 27
  • Auburn 45, Texas A&M 41
  • Ole Miss 27, LSU 24

The results of the early games in the SEC East were a Totally Tricky Trifecta. It became a Freaky Fivesome.

Maybe the Mayans were a year off on their Armageddon prediction.

Even if you thought Missouri would beat Florida and Vandy would knock off Georgia, not even the most diehard orange-blooded Vols fan would’ve thought that Tennessee would defeat South Carolina. Especially after the Gamecocks were so impressive in their domination of Arkansas last week.

So here we are, seven weeks into the season and Missouri (7-0, 3-0) remains the only undefeated team in the East, totally changing the landscape of the division.

South Carolina is 5-2, followed by four 4-3 teams, including Georgia.

That puts even more importance on the Gamecocks’ visit to Columbia, Mo., next week. A Missouri victory, and the SEC East race could be done with a month left in the season.

What once looked like promising seasons from the SEC powerhouses of Georgia, Florida and South Carolina have vanished.

Then came the later games.

A banged up Johnny Manziel couldn’t rally Texas A&M against Auburn, which once again unleashed its lethal rushing attack. If you missed it, the Tigers rushed for 379 yards, including most of the game-winning 75-yard drive.

LSU’s maligned defense then couldn’t hold Ole Miss on the final drive on a night when Zach Mettenberger reverted to 2012 form.

Meanwhile, in the only sane game of the day, No. 1 Alabama trounced Arkansas 52-0. Now, the Iron Bowl looms as the game that could decide the SEC West title.

It was an amazingly strange day in the SEC. Good for us, there’s more than a month left in the regular season.

25 comments Add your comment

steverino

October 23rd, 2013
4:49 am

Don’t look now, but the mighty SEC could soon have a champion that was a mid level Big 12 team just a short time ago.

Huh?

October 21st, 2013
5:04 pm

I agree that the targeting rule is all over the place. However, it is possible that the ejection can be over-turned AND it stil be a penalty. Just because a player is allowed to stay in the game doesn’t mean that a penalty didn’t occur.

I also agree that sometimes the whole thing is screwed up, and that neither a targeting occurred, nor a penalty.

AnotherView

October 21st, 2013
1:45 pm

Reddawg, I’m with you on officiating. The call against Drew was ridiculous. And it is beyond stupid that if they overturn the “targeting” part, they still enforce the 15 yard penalty. I watched a lot of football Saturday, and the enforcement/non-enforcement of that call is all over the map. To the AU/aTm game, I disagree on the horse collar. If you watch the video, you can see the end of all five fingers. That means he didn’t grab the pads or get his hand inside the shirt. I’ve seen worse tackles not called. And no, AU doesn’t get all the calls. If we’re going to review all the calls in that game, let’s look at about 10 holding penalties on aTm not called and a couple of picks by receivers on pass plays. Finally, this AU fan can handle any legit criticism about AU you want to bring. As for our “purchased” NC, I learned a long time ago that I can’t argue someone out of their opinion, no matter how misguided or uninformed it may be. All I know is that there is a nice crystal ball in the trophy case, and I had a whale of a time in Arizona. War Eagle!!!!

reddawg

October 21st, 2013
1:12 pm

SEC 3, yes I suppose when your team loses you say, “Oh well we meant to”. H*ll we should have lost to Tenn too. No excuses here. Our team is horrible.

SEC_SEC_SEC

October 21st, 2013
11:15 am

Meh. Georgia has never had an unexcused loss.