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Today we review the twelfth SEC team in our series, the LSU Tigers. Other reviews so far:

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Today we review the twelfth SEC team in our series, the LSU Tigers. Other reviews so far:

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UPDATE: So, I apparently accidentally overwrote this post before. Thankfully, I was able to find a version to republish. Apologies that the comments for this post now will appear on the LSU post that will be published in the next couple days. I may be able to reallocate them but for now, we’ll just have to wait.  (comments have now been corrected) Again, my sincere apologies.

Today we review the tenth SEC team in our series, the Arkansas Razorbacks. Other reviews so far:

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Kevin Norwood helps Tyrann Matthieu get something off the top shelf.

An LSU player gets kicked off the team, an Alabama player clears a roster spot for “family and personal reasons” and Auburn is being investigated by the NCAA again. Football must be right around the corner.

Today we review the eighth SEC team in our series, the Auburn Tigers. Other reviews so far:

Kentucky

Ole Miss

Vanderbilt

Mississippi State

Missouri

Texas A&M

South Carolina

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Today we review the sixth SEC team in our series, the Texas A&M Aggies. Other reviews so far:

Kentucky

Ole Miss

Vanderbilt

Mississippi State

Missouri

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Today we review the fourth SEC team in our series, the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Other reviews so far:

Kentucky

Ole Miss

Vanderbilt

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Today we review the second team in the SEC, the University of Mississippi Rebels. Other reviews so far:

Kentucky

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I debated not posting this.  After all, I didn’t post anything before the game.  I didn’t put anything on the line.  I didn’t invite discussion.  I have reasons — all real life related — for my absence of late (and as an aside, much thanks to Coach Mo for toting all our water the last couple months).  But, championships — even at Alabama — are rare things and deserve recognition.  Plus, I miss this place and the discussions that happen here.

Ultimately, I decided to resume because it has to happen at some point, and this championship more than any other was personal.  My day started at 3:30 AM when my wife and I got up, poked our heads into the kids’ room one last time to whisper goodbye and then headed to the hospital.  My third child, a son, was born at 7:45 AM. continue reading…

We’ll get Alabama out of the way first this week since it was less surprising.

Alabama vs. Auburn

What Steve said:

There will be a lot of noise leading up to this game.  Auburn will make a big deal out of placing extra security around Toomer’s Corner.  Fans will be harassed by chants of “28.-27.”  A Gus Malzahn offense is going to get points, but it’s not going to be enough against an Alabama team determined not to let the foot off the gas until the clock reads zero, and that means bad things for a substandard Auburn defense.  Score: Tide 45 – 20

What Mike said:

If there is any game that Alabama wants to win in any season, it’s the Iron bowl. This year is no different. The only difference is the amount of points the Tide gives up. Auburn scores more than any other team this year against the Tide, but it matters not. Alabama 41-28

What actually happened:  

Alabama completely dominated this game.  Auburn did score twice, but both were the direct result of mistakes by the Tide and not something that the Tigers did particularly well.  The first was on a fumble where AJ McCarron held on to the ball approximately twenty minutes too long.  The second was on a kickoff return where a true freshman Trey DePriest ran the wrong lane leaving a boulevard down the middle open for Onterio McCalebb.  Trent Richardson ran for 203 yards, including one obvious Heisman carry for 57 yards and one less obvious but certainly more typical of him where it appeared he was stopped by eight defenders for a gain of only three, but then the pile of Auburn jerseys — so thick that Richardson wasn’t even visible among them — kept moving for another seven yards to get the first down and then a lot more.  McCarron for his part had the best game of his young career, though that requires a huge caveat that this Auburn team was already horrible at defending the pass before they committed nine to the box on every play.  Final:  Tide 42 – 14.

Steve’s reviews, retractions, and/or mea culpas:

I wasn’t too far off on the score by numbers, but I was completely wrong about how they would get there.  Not only did Malzahn’s offense not score 20, they didn’t score any.  In fact, the Tigers had less than fifty yards of offense through the first three quarters, and the game was over by then.

Mike’s reviews, retractions, and/or mea culpas:

I gave Auburn’s boys too much offensive credit, but I think I got most of the rest of it right. That was a motivated Alabama team.

Tennessee vs. Kentucky

What Mike said:

Joker Phillips’ boys hang tough. Real tough, just like the Wildcats always do. At the end of the third quarter the score is deadlocked at 17. Kentucky kicks a field goal with eight minutes remaining to make the score 20-17. Tyler Bray mounts his second 4th quarter comeback of the season marching the Vols down to the seven yard line with less than a minute to go. Out of time outs, Jim Chaney gambles and runs a draw to Marlin Lane surprising everyone in the stadium. Lane enters the end zone untouched. Final Score UT 24-20.

What Steve said:

Now this is the November we all remember. Both teams are fighting for their bowl eligibility but Kentucky isn’t the kind of team that can overcome losing Randall Cobb (and neither is UT … hey O!). Bray has his second good game in a row and Vols fans have begun talking about his Heisman chances as a junior. Score UT 37-16.

What actually happened:

The worst game of the Derek Dooley era happened. Bar none, Kentucky was putrid all year, and somehow Tennessee was more putrid. this game sent offense back a long time. Kentucky got it’s first win in the series since 1984. 10-7

Mike’s reviews, retractions, and/or mea culpas:

Well, Joker’s boys hung tough. They hung so tough they won. Jim Chaney was terrible, Derek Dooley was terrible, Tyler Bray was terrible. The defense was good. But it was too little too late.

Steve’s reviews, retractions, and/or mea culpas:

Wow.  I missed everything about this game.  This is not the November that we all remember.  Kentucky didn’t have bowl eligibility on the line.  Bray did not have his second good game in a row. In fact, this was probably the worst performance of his career.  No one is discussing his Heisman candidacy.  Oh, and that score?  Not only did I not pick the winner, but the Vols and ‘Cats barely combined for the points I predicted only for Kentucky.  Ouch. I fall to 21-2 for the season, and when you consider that I predicted the Tide to the SEC Championship Game, let’s just make it 21-3.