Monday, October 14, 2002

Well, the changing of the guard in the SEC East is complete. Georgia defeated Tennessee 18-13. The game was actually 18-0 in the fourth, but Tennessee rallied with two late TDs. Georgia recovered a questionable onside kick, then converted on fourth down to run out the clock. After running roughshod on Alabama last week, the Bulldogs never got their running game going, averaging two yards a carry for the game. But the defense knocked Casey Clausen out of the game and the passing game was good enough to produce a touchdown and three FGs. With the win, Georgia moves to 6-0 and fifth in the national polls.

Meanwhile, the East's traditional juggernaut has collapsed. Florida was trounced by LSU, 36-7, Saturday night. The Tigers rushed for 249 yards and picked off Rex Grossman four times. The Gators are now 4-3 and still have Auburn, Georgia, and Florida State on the schedule. LSU is 5-1 and tied with Ole Miss for the lead in the West at 2-0 in SEC play.

Arkansas recovered nicely from the six-overtime marathon against Tennessee last week to crush Auburn 38-17 behind 418 yards on the ground. The Razorbacks are 1-2 in the conference, but with their losses coming to ineligible Alabama and non-division Tennessee, they can still make a run in the division. Auburn is 2-1 in conference but still hasn't settled on a quarterback and looks very vulnerable.

South Carolina upset Kentucky, and the idea of Kentucky being upset in football is unusual to say the least. Middle Tennessee finally beat an SEC team, though admittedly Vandy isn't much of an SEC team. At any rate, the Commodores are now officially only the fourth-best college team in the state of Tennessee. Mississippi State was almost even more embarrassed, holding on to beat Troy State (from Troy, Alabama, south of Montgomery, if you're wondering) by the unusual score of 11-8. And Ole Miss had no sandwich-game problems between Florida and Alabama, drubbing Arkansas State 52-17.


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