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

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.

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.

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.

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 .

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?

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.”

charlestonian77

October 20th, 2013
12:06 am

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

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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chipperdoodle

October 20th, 2013
8:48 am

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

chipperdoodle

October 20th, 2013
8:49 am

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

Tarryuga

October 20th, 2013
9:20 am

Thank God for a bye week for these decimated Dawgs.

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.

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.

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.

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……

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.

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
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.

SEC_SEC_SEC

October 21st, 2013
11:15 am

Meh. Georgia has never had an unexcused loss.

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.

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!!!!

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.

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.