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.

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chipperdoodle

October 20th, 2013
8:48 am

Misery loves company. There was plenty to go around in the SEC Saturday.

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Nashdore

October 20th, 2013
12:33 am

Mizzou is good, better than UGA. VU is better than they have been in 30 years. UGA fans have a hard time realizing the damage from all their injuries and the fact that Mizzou is really good and VU is a good team too.

charlestonian77

October 20th, 2013
12:06 am

it is almost like christmas today. there is order in the world.

FGD135

October 19th, 2013
8:58 pm

The leghumpers need to understand that denial is not a river in Egypt. And they need to get used to seeing the word “irrelevant.”

Woody Hayes

October 19th, 2013
8:55 pm

Clutch D against Vandy’s 2nd string qb is what’s gonna win the east, did I say Vandy’s s 2nd string freshman qb? Does James Franklin want a job?

vesaversa

October 19th, 2013
7:39 pm

I Really hated watching my Dawgs go down to Vandy today . But Auburn that other Georgia team really played a great game against A&M . It’s been a crazy weekend in the SEC .

DogCatcher01

October 19th, 2013
6:10 pm

No need for the fire Richt talk, it will not happen. You will continue bouncing from 7-5 to 10-2 seasons for at least another decade, which ain’t that bad really. You just will not be winning a NC during that time. Before long it will be half a century and counting, sounds pretty mid-tier to me.

MUSCLECAR

October 19th, 2013
5:02 pm

1980 was it ?

It has been so long ago. HUSCHEL is not coming back.

Let the fire CMR begin………………………………………….5, 4, 3, 2, 1……………….GO

Wait til next year again.

Under The Bleachers

October 19th, 2013
4:45 pm

I have been telling all of Kool Aid Drinking, uneducated fans that Missouri is loaded with talent that missed last year with injury and still win with a back up qb.