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SEC bowl projections: Week 3

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We're creeping closer and closer to the meat of conference season in the SEC. That just means things will get a little clearer in the bowl picture for the league.

We had a major shakeup at the top of our predictions with South Carolina's 38-35 upset win over Georgia, but we're still going with one SEC team making the College Football Playoff and 11 teams from the league making it into the postseason:

College Football Playoff semifinal (Rose Bowl): Alabama
Orange Bowl: Texas A&M
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl: South Carolina
Capital One Bowl: Auburn
TaxSlayer Bowl: LSU
Outback Bowl: Ole Miss
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl: Georgia
Belk Bowl: Missouri
AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl: Mississippi State
AutoZone Liberty Bowl: Florida
Birmingham Bowl: Tennessee

SEC Power Rankings: Week 3

September, 14, 2014
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There's a new No. 1 in the SEC Power Rankings following South Carolina's triumph over Georgia. The teams at the top of this week's rankings weren't tested this week, but that could change Saturday, when Florida travels to Alabama and Mississippi State heads to LSU. This week's shakeup could be just the beginning.

Edward Aschoff, Jeff Barlis, David Ching, Sam Khan Jr., Chris Low, Greg Ostendorf and Alex Scarborough contributed to these rankings.

Best of the visits: SEC

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There were some great games around the SEC over the weekend. Several prospects attended games and used social media as a platform to share their experiences. Here's a look at some of the top social media posts:

The No. 2-ranked inside linebacker in the country, Roquan Smith, visited South Carolina for its 38-35 victory over Georgia. The Under Armour All-American tweeted out a picture of his family in Williams-Brice Stadium. Georgia is one of Smith’s favorite schools, while South Carolina has fallen behind. A big win against the Bulldogs could have given the Gamecocks a boost.



Former Florida defensive back commit Marcus Lewis is still considering Kentucky and Florida. The four-star prospect might not have attended the game, but Lewis was definitely watching on TV. The ESPN 300 prospect tweeted out his thoughts on how Kentucky looked.



David Womack tweeted a picture of his son, Matt Womack, an LSU commit, with Alabama head coach Nick Saban. Womack has been committed to LSU since July, but it appears the Alabama offer could give this three-star offensive lineman something to think about.



Five-star defensive end CeCe Jefferson, despite suffering a shoulder injury Friday night, visited Florida for the third consecutive week. In this photo he tweeted out, Jefferson is in the Florida locker room holding a “Chucky” doll. The doll, which is usually taken through the Gator Walk prior to the game, is a recent Florida defensive tradition started by New England Patriots defensive tackle and former Florida player Dominique Easley and passed down to defensive end Dante Fowler Jr.



ESPN Junior 300 quarterback Brandon McIlwain poses with his mom for a photo in front of Williams-Brice Stadium. McIlwain has narrowed down his choices to South Carolina, Duke, Florida, Auburn, Penn State and Virginia Tech. The strong-armed quarterback is one of the top signal-callers in the country for 2016.



Miami running back commit Dexter Williams visited Florida for its thrilling 36-30 victory over Kentucky. Despite his commitment to the Hurricanes, the Gators have continued to pursue Williams. Williams tweeted about his time in Gainesville.



2017 OL prospect Jack Anderson, who already holds offers from Arizona State, New Mexico, Texas Tech and UAB, visited Texas A&M for its 38-10 victory over Rice on Saturday night.

SEC helmet stickers: Week 3

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So many great performances, too many to name here, in Week 3. We take our best shot here:

A.J. Cann, South Carolina: The fifth-year senior was a beast. Cann, who is one of the best interior offensive linemen in the country, played a tremendous game at guard, helping pave the way for 176 rushing yards in the Gamecocks' 38-35 win over No. 6 Georgia.

John Chavis, LSU: After a rough start to the year against Wisconsin, The Chief's defense posted back-to-back shutouts (capped by this week's 31-0 win over Louisiana-Monroe), the first time LSU has done that since 1985. The Tigers haven't allowed a point in 31 possessions and outscored opponents 108-0 in that stretch. They allowed only 93 offensive yards on Saturday. Yes, the two opponents (Sam Houston State and Louisiana-Monroe) aren't exactly juggernauts, but those are still impressive performances directed by the LSU defensive coordinator.

Alex Collins and Jonathan Williams, Arkansas: The Razorbacks got a significant win, going on the road to dismantle Texas Tech 49-28. Collins (212 rushing yards, two touchdowns) and Williams (145 yards, four touchdowns) were a huge part of the effort, leading the Hogs to a staggering 438 yards on the ground. Hat tip to the Arkansas offensive line also, which turned in an outstanding effort and has been great overall so far this season.

Demarcus Robinson, Florida: The Gators fought tooth-and-nail for their 36-0 triple-overtime win over Kentucky and Robinson came up huge. The sophomore receiver hauled in 15 passes for 216 yards and two touchdowns and the Gators needed every bit of the performance in the victory.

Dylan Thompson, South Carolina: The senior quarterback had his best performance as a Gamecock in a huge victory. Thompson was 21-of-30 passing for 271 yards, three touchdowns and an interception.

Patrick Towles, Kentucky: The Wildcats weren't able to pull out the win, but Towles, who is in his first season as Kentucky's full-time starting quarterback, played a heck of a game. He was 24-of-45 passing for 369 yards and three touchdowns. He did have three interceptions, but one of those was not his fault and his performance was gritty in a tough environment (The Swamp). Also, honorable mention to true freshman receiver Garrett Johnson, who hauled in six of Towles' passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns, including this great catch.

Plays that changed OT: Kentucky-Florida

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida came into Saturday night's game a heavy favorite against a Kentucky program that hadn't won in Gainesville since 1979. The Gators exited with a win by slimmest of margins.

Don't let 36-30 score fool you. Kentucky took Florida to the brink time after time.

Here were the three biggest plays in overtime:

1. Buzzer beater

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In the first overtime it was do or die for the Gators after Kentucky's Stanley Williams got the Wildcats a seven-point lead with his brilliant reverse-the-field TD. Facing a fourth-and-7 at the UK 9-yard line and without a timeout, Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel frantically got the offense lined up as the play clock dwindled to single digits. Did Florida get the ball off before the clock struck zero? UK coach Mark Stoops didn't think so, but the officials allowed the play, which saw Driskel float a perfect pass over Demarcus Robinson's left shoulder for the touchdown that gave new life to the Gators.

Driskel: "First of all, I wanted to make sure we were aligned, not aligned properly but aligned legally. We've been though situations like that where there's not enough time to really get organized. You've got to call it at the line and make sure everybody's on the same page. I think we did a good job of getting legal, and obviously D-Rob making a play. I think the offensive line did a good job when they heard me really clapping and saying, 'Let's go. Let's go.' And Max [Garcia] did a good job of getting the ball to me quick. ... It was exciting. That's the kind of plays that you live for, especially when you make them. Obviously easy to say that now. But you can't let the situation be too big. You've got to just go out and play football, and we were lucky enough to get the ball off and execute."

UF coach Will Muschamp: "I certainly know that our officials would have blown that dead on us if it had not gotten it off in time. Jeff took the ball to the right spot and Demarcus went up and made a nice play."

Robinson: "Aw man, I was kind of expecting the ball but I just wanted Driskel to give me a chance to make a play. ... I definitely was nervous."

2. Missed opportunity

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Florida started the second overtime period on offense and called the right play on third-and-goal from the UK 3. Driskel had Robinson wide open on a drag route but pulled the trigger too late. A touchdown might have been the game-winner, but instead Florida settled for a field goal. The Gators defense had to hold the Wildcats to three points to force a third overtime.

Driskel: "I just thought that we were getting a different coverage than we did. I should have taken the flat early. I got my eyes back inside, and when I got back out to Demarcus it was a little too late. I gave him a shot. You know, I missed that one. But we lived to play the next play."

Robinson: "I did get a little frustrated because I saw I got open. He looked at me, so I thought he was going to throw it to me off the bat. But he hesitated a little bit."

Muschamp: "He should have hit him earlier in the down. There's no question. Absolutely. A lot of times on that sort of route combination, sometimes the picker comes free. I don't know, I haven't talked to Jeff specifically about the play other than I just told him, 'Hey, we had the guy open earlier, let's go put the ball in.' and we should have."

3. Defense saves the day

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Kentucky started the third overtime on offense and had to pass on third-and-9 from the Florida 24. Cats quarterback Patrick Towles lofted a pass into the end zone for 6-foot-3 Dorian Baker, who was being blanketed by Florida corner Brian Poole, who stands 5-10. Poole and Baker went up and got their hands on the ball at the same time. Baker stayed with it and the ball fell to his left shoulder pad but slipped away as he fell to the turf. Kentucky missed a 41-yard field goal, which set up the Gators' game-winning touchdown.

Muschamp: "Brian made a huge play on the third down in the third overtime to knock the ball off the guy. I mean, that's a 50-50 ball. I know from the stands that looks easy. That's a really hard thing."

Poole: "I feel like I had an opportunity to make a play and I just made the play. It was just do or die. I just had to make a play for my team. I was calm the whole time. We practice those situations every day in practice, so when the game comes it's easy."

What we learned in the SEC: Week 3

September, 14, 2014
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Triple overtime in the Swamp? An upset in Columbia that was literally decided by inches? What more could you ask for? And it was only Week 3 in the SEC.

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AP Photo/L.G. PattersonQuarterback Maty Mauk showed his mettle in Missouri's win over Central Florida on Saturday.
1. The SEC East race is wide-open: Had the ball been spotted an inch the other way, Georgia would’ve had good field position and one last chance to tie or win its game against South Carolina. It wasn’t meant to be. With the 38-35 loss, the Bulldogs are no longer the top team in the SEC. They’re not even the top team in their division right now. Technically, that spot belongs to Florida. The Gators are 1-0 in conference play after Saturday’s thrilling win over Kentucky, but they didn’t play like the East’s top team. Maybe it’s Missouri, which rolled over Central Florida at home. The Tigers are 3-0, and Maty Mauk might be the SEC’s best quarterback. Or maybe South Carolina is back after that much-needed win over Georgia. What happens if the Gamecocks run the table? At this point, nobody knows what’s going to happen. That’s why you play the games.

2. Gurley is still a beast and a Heisman front-runner: All week, everybody talked about Todd Gurley and how he’s the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy and how he was going to run all over South Carolina. Well, he delivered. The junior rushed for 131 yards and a touchdown, averaging 6.6 yards per carry in the loss. Those numbers might seem pedestrian for Gurley’s standards, but it was the broken tackles and yards after contact that were so impressive. Although Georgia lost the game, Gurley is the SEC’s top candidate to win the Heisman. The real head-scratcher came in the fourth quarter, when Georgia had the ball on first-and-goal from the South Carolina 4-yard line and tried to pass. Why not give it to Gurley? The star back should pad his stats in a favorable matchup at home against Troy next week.

3. Either Kentucky is much-improved or Florida is in trouble: The game wasn’t even over, and there were people already calling for Will Muschamp’s head. Florida obviously hung on for a 36-30 win, saving Muschamp's job for now. But what does the outcome say about the two teams? For starters, Kentucky is not the same team it was a season ago. The Wildcats came in confident, their defense played lights-out in the first half, and they were a play or two away from snapping their 27-game losing streak to the Gators. Don’t be surprised if Mark Stoops’ bunch ends up in a bowl game this season. With that said, it still didn’t look pretty for Florida. The Gators survived against Kentucky, but what happens when they travel to Alabama next week or when they have to play LSU and Missouri in back-to-back weeks in October?

4. Bielema isn’t going to change, nor does he have to: It was classic ground-and-pound football for Arkansas on Saturday, and Bret Bielema loved it. The Razorbacks flat-out dominated Texas Tech up front while Alex Collins and Jonathan Williams proved why they might be the best running back tandem in the SEC. Collins rushed for 212 yards and two touchdowns, Williams had 145 yards and four touchdowns, and as a team, Arkansas racked up 439 yards on the ground in its 49-28 victory. That’s a lot of yards regardless of the opponent. And no, Texas Tech is not an SEC defense, but Arkansas did the same thing in the first half against Auburn before falling behind by two touchdowns in the third quarter. This is Bielema’s identity. He’s going to run the ball until it works or until he gets fired.

5. Don’t sleep on the two Mississippi schools: Quietly, Ole Miss and Mississippi State keep winning games, and still nobody is talking about them. It was easy pickings Saturday against Louisiana-Lafayette and South Alabama, respectively, but both Magnolia State schools handled their business. Rebels quarterback Bo Wallace threw for 316 yards and four touchdowns in Ole Miss' 56-15 victory, and since the first half against Boise State, he is now 58-of-72 for 857 yards and eight touchdowns. Mississippi State's Dak Prescott threw for 201 yards, rushed for 139 yards and scored twice in Saturday’s 35-3 win. Don’t worry, we’ll find out soon about these two teams. The Bulldogs travel to LSU next weekend, and Ole Miss hosts Alabama in three weeks.

Florida 36, Kentucky 30 (3OT)

September, 14, 2014
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video Jeff Driskel threw for 295 yards and three touchdowns as Florida defeated Kentucky in triple overtime 36-30.

Video: Florida coach Will Muschamp

September, 14, 2014
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Florida coach Will Muschamp talks about the Gators' 36-30 triple-overtime win over Kentucky on Saturday.

Florida holds off Kentucky in triple overtime

September, 14, 2014
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Matt Jones' 1-yard plunge in triple overtime gave Florida a 36-30 victory over Kentucky on Saturday night, extending the Gators' winning streak in the Southeastern Conference series to 28 games.

Kentucky's Austin MacGinnis, who hit a 51-yarder to tie the game late in the fourth quarter, missed a 41-yarder to start the third extra frame.

Jones had consecutive big runs that put Florida at the 1 and then slammed through the line on second down for the game-winner.

The play of the game was Florida's fourth-and-7 conversion in the first overtime. Jeff Driskel floated a ball to the back corner of the end zone and found Demarcus Robinson for a 9-yard score.

Robinson finished with 15 receptions for 216 yards and two scores. He tied Carlos Alvarez's school record for catches in a single game.


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