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

reddawg

October 21st, 2013
10:43 am

WDE: Don’t get your panties in a wad. I was just making an observation, I also made one about Johnny football’s neverending mouth. Nope Vandy didn’t cause it, unfortunately UGA is collapsing in slow motion and that has nothing to do with officials. And seriously, if those were clean hits then the ones when we got flagged in the Vandy game were squeaky clean if you dont believe me go watch them. You can argue all you want to but the targeting call is not being called consistently. I forget AU fans are simply incapable of listening to criticism especially as it pertains to your purchased NC. I agree, the rivalry used to be friendly until that game.

WDE

October 21st, 2013
9:28 am

REDDAWG: would expect nothing less from a UGA fan. I remember when the AU vs. GA game was a friendly rivalry (especially when GA is kicking AU’s butt). Then AU beat UGA during our NC season the tigers are a dirty team. When GA beats AU we don’t whine about the officiating. We just looked forward to the following year. I watched the GAME and the defender grabbed jersey not pads and the so called targeting were clean hits. Go whine about something else. I’m sure Vandy somehow cheated.

reddawg

October 21st, 2013
8:12 am

Did anyone watch officials in AU/A&M game? Is it me or does AU get away with every call on the planet…horrible missed call on the horse collar at end of the game and I saw 2 blatant “targeting” hits. Maybe the refs were just letting them play though….they should have called unsportsmanlike on Johnny the a-hole for running his mouth every play too.

Bazooka Joe

October 20th, 2013
7:55 pm

Desert, its kind of hard to take you seriously when you don’t even know that “AU” is in the west, not the east. As soon as you figure out the basics, come back and talk to us, until then……

Desert Fox

October 20th, 2013
12:26 pm

The power is beginning to shift in the SEC and the East Div. One time Div leaders SC, FL, and GA will be over taken by TN and AU. They’re on the rise and SC, FL and especially GA are falling. There’s only one constant and that is AL and its all due to superior coaching. Give them credit, they get the best and make them better. The rest appear to be clowns in AL’s shadow. It’s embarrassing to be a dawg fan. Good kids w/mediocre coaches.

SEC_SEC_SEC

October 20th, 2013
10:03 am

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.

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I’m sorry. Vandy is okay, but not “good”. It’s just that Georgia really IS that bad.

SEC_SEC_SEC

October 20th, 2013
9:59 am

I’m buying into the fact that Tennessee is actually improving. Your description of Mettenberger’s performance is spot-on. He has returned to his inconsistent form of last year. He still might have a few great games in him, but you never know which Mett will show up on a given Saturday.

Georgia’s best wins and losses from early in the season look much less impressive now. A&M is slightly better than Auburn — except when Johnny Football is injured.

Tarryuga

October 20th, 2013
9:20 am

Thank God for a bye week for these decimated Dawgs.

chipperdoodle

October 20th, 2013
8:49 am

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