SEC Power Rankings: Week 13

November, 23, 2014
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Will Arkansas ever give up another point? For the second consecutive week, the surging Razorbacks shut out a Top 25 team, as they continue to move up the SEC Power Rankings. Outside of that, the day mostly held true to form, as most squads got ready for rivalry week by hosting FCS teams.

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

SEC plays of the week: Week 13

November, 23, 2014
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There were plenty of memorable plays in Saturday’s games involving SEC teams, but here are five of our favorites:

Vols’ fake field goal
When Tennessee lined up for a 48-yard field goal against Missouri on Saturday, the Tigers clearly didn’t expect a fake. But that’s exactly what the Volunteers threw at them, with holder Patrick Ashford raising up to hit wide-open Alex Ellis down the middle of the field. The 31-yard touchdown pass gave the Vols a 10-7 lead with 11:14 left in the second quarter.

video Holmes’ strip, fumble recovery TD
Mississippi State scored in all kinds of ways against Vanderbilt, but perhaps the Bulldogs’ most exciting touchdown came from its defense. Linebacker Christian Holmes tracked down spinning Vandy receiver Latevius Rayford in a crowd at midfield and stripped the ball from the Commodores receiver’s hands. Holmes then picked up the fumble and raced down the sideline, diving into the end zone for a touchdown that put the Bulldogs up 20-0 in the second quarter.

video Conley’s diving touchdown catch
Georgia’s 55-9 win over Charleston Southern didn’t include much drama, but it had plenty of moments that belonged on a highlight reel. The prettiest play came in the second quarter when quarterback Hutson Mason launched a pass down the middle to senior receiver Chris Conley, who layed out to make a diving 23-yard touchdown grab in the back of the end zone. Conley’s acrobatic catch gave the Bulldogs a 38-0 lead with 4:18 left before halftime.

video South Carolina trickery
South Carolina got off to a slow start against South Alabama, but the Gamecocks essentially iced their win over the Jaguars by resorting to some trickery. Wide receiver Pharoh Cooper took a direct snap, with quarterback Dylan Thompson lined up outside to his right. When Cooper rolled right, Thompson’s defender ran Cooper’s way and left Thompson alone in the end zone to make a 7-yard touchdown reception that put South Carolina ahead 30-9 early in the fourth quarter.

video Gaines goes the distance
Ole Miss was still trying to hang around against Arkansas when the Rebels drove close to the Razorbacks’ goal line late in the third quarter. But Arkansas safety Rohan Gaines jumped in front of a floating Bo Wallace pass at the goal line for an interception, then zig-zagged his way down the sideline for a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown that put the Hogs up 27-0 and all but secured their second straight SEC win.

SEC helmet stickers: Week 13

November, 23, 2014
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The slate of games wasn’t as dramatic as we’ve had in recent weeks but there were still some good individual performances worth highlighting in the SEC on Saturday. Among them:

Nick Chubb, Georgia: The freshman only carried the football in the first half on Saturday, but that’s all the Bulldogs needed in their 55-9 win over Charleston Southern. Chubb had nine carries for 113 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 12.6 yards per carry. It is Chubb’s sixth consecutive game of more than 100 rushing yards and despite backing up Todd Gurley the first half of the season, he is second in the SEC in rushing yards (1,039) to only Auburn’s Cameron Artis-Payne (1,276). Only Gurley (7.4 yards per carry) averaged more yards per tote than Chubb has this season (6.8).

Jeff Driskel, Florida: The junior has had more than his fair share of struggles in Gainesville but capped off Florida’s home schedule with a nice performance coming off the bench to relieve Treon Harris, who left with a bruised knee. Driskel scored four touchdowns (three passing, one rushing) and was 9-of-11 passing for 164 yards in the Gators’ 52-3 win over Eastern Kentucky. The victory clinched bowl eligibility for Florida.

Markus Golden, Missouri: The senior defensive end said last week that he’s 100 percent healthy after playing through a nagging hamstring injury that bothered him for weeks, and it shows. He picked up two sacks, 2.5 tackles for loss, six total tackles, recovered a fumble and had two quarterback hurries in Missouri’s 29-21 win over Tennessee. Golden has four sacks in his last two games and 7.5 for the season. He showed relentless effort, not just in rushing the passer, but pursuing tackles well downfield away from his customary defensive end spot.

Skai Moore, South Carolina: Moore tied for the team-lead with nine tackles and had two interceptions for the Gamecocks on Saturday in their 37-12 win over South Alabama. Moore returned his two interceptions for a combined 71 yards. The effort was part of a five-turnover performance for the South Carolina defense, the first time the Gamecocks have posted that many in a game since last November, when they had six vs. Clemson.

Martrell Spaight, Arkansas: The entire Arkansas defense was great in its 30-0 shutout win over Ole Miss, but the senior linebacker was at the heart of the effort. He had a team-high 11 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, one forced fumble, one pass breakup and one quarterback hurry. Spaight was hitting hard and was all over the place in the Razorbacks’ win, which was their second straight shutout and made them bowl-eligible.
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Check out the top plays from Week 13 of college football.
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Look back at an exciting week 13 in the Southeastern Conference.

What we learned in the SEC: Week 13

November, 22, 2014
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It was a relatively weak slate for the SEC, but we still learned a few things about the league as we head into the final week of the regular season:

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    Beth Hall/USA TODAY SportsTrey Flowers and the Arkansas defense have been downright nasty the past two weeks, when they shut out LSU and Ole Miss, respectively.
  • If you thought Arkansas was improving ...: Just wait until next season with the Razorbacks. Bret Bielema's team went from one of the nation's most snake-bitten teams to topping LSU and Ole Miss -- both ranked at the time -- by a combined score of 47-0 in back-to-back weeks, including today's 30-0 win over the Rebels. This team isn't flashy, by any means, but that tough, beat-you-down effort is getting better and better for the Hogs. They'll be even better next season, with nine potential starters coming back on offense, including running backs Alex Collins and Jonathan Williams. The defense will lose seniors Trey Flowers and Tevin Mitchel, but that younger group of defenders has grown up as the season has gone on and played out of its mind when its back was against its own end zone. That's a great way to tell how much a defense has matured. Bo Wallace helped it out, but forcing two turnovers in the end zone was crucial Saturday. Arkansas' quarterback situation has to improve, but this team is going to have a ton of momentum going into next season, as it is headed to a bowl game this season.
  • Florida's football team is still playing for Muschamp: Yes, it was only Eastern Kentucky, but it was a perfect opportunity for a Florida team led by a lame duck head coach to simply go through the motions. But the Gators were all business and pounded the Colonels 52-3 on Senior Day in Will Muschamp's final game in the Swamp as Florida's head coach. It was a feel-good win for a program that is now bowl-eligible and will be under new management next season. The Gators rolled up 430 yards of offense and watched embattled quarterback Jeff Driskel throw for 164 yards and three touchdowns in relief of an injured Treon Harris. The playbook opened up when Driskel got in, and the Gators watched receivers Demarcus Robinson and Quinton Dunbar combine for seven catches for 244 yards and four touchdowns. This team might not beat Florida State next week, but it won't lie down with its coach out the door.
  • Bo Wallace needs Laquon Treadwell: With his safety net done for the season, Ole Miss' quarterback just doesn't have enough help right now. Yes, Wallace made some bad decisions in the 30-0 loss to Arkansas, but with no consistent running game to rely on, Ole Miss' offense couldn't get anything going without a game-changer at wide receiver. Wallace forced throws at critical moments, but some of that had to do with his not having Treadwell to go to when things got hairy. Wallace threw for 235 yards, but when the Rebels' offense needed a clutch play from its quarterback, he couldn't deliver. Treadwell had always been there to provide the big play, but without him, the Rebels don't have a major playmaker to keep drives alive. It's obvious the lack of a power running game is keeping this offense from evolving with Treadwell out. You better believe Mississippi State will have no problem dialing up the pressure as much as possible next week against Ole Miss.
  • Alabama and Mississippi take center stage: The final weekend of the regular season will bring all SEC eyes on the states of Alabama and Mississippi. Alabama and Mississippi State cruised on Saturday, which means the SEC West champion will officially be decided next weekend. Alabama hosts Auburn, while Mississippi State travels to Ole Miss. The Bulldogs play earlier in the day, so they will be on pins and needles on their way back to Starkville while awaiting the outcome in Tuscaloosa. For the Bulldogs to make it to Atlanta, they need a win and an Alabama loss. Alabama just needs to win. But there's more to next weekend than just the SEC West. If both Alabama and Mississippi State win, the playoff argument for Mississippi State will increase. The Bulldogs' lone loss would be to the No. 1 team in the country, so it's going to be tough to keep the Bulldogs out of the College Football Playoff, regardless of what happens in Atlanta. If Alabama and Mississippi State head into the final day of the College Football Playoff rankings with one loss, could we see two SEC teams in the playoff?
  • Missouri is one win from an improbable East championship ... again: Here the Missouri Tigers are, inconsistent offense and all. But you know what? It doesn't matter. The defense has been outstanding in SEC play, and though the offense is light-years behind last year's, this team can grind out wins. It is mentally tough and find ways to make plays at clutch times. You might not like how Missouri wins, but the Tigers have taken care of business after embarrassing home losses to Indiana and Georgia. Going undefeated on the road helps tremendously. With the 29-21 win over Tennessee, the Tigers head home to play a red-hot Arkansas team. With a win, Missouri, which is in its third year in the SEC, will be back in the SEC title game in Atlanta. Hats off to coach Gary Pinkel, who has done a tremendous job this season. How do you think those Georgia players, coaches and fans feel? You beat Mizzou by 34 on the road, but because of your loss to South Carolina, the fate of your SEC East hopes rest on Arkansas when at Mizzou. That has to hurt.
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Georgia was very balanced on offense in an easy win over Charleston Southern, setting up the Bulldogs for the showdown with Georgia Tech next week.
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Georgia coach Mark Richt saw Nick Chubb post another impressive game in an easy win over Charleston Southern.
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Georgia quarterback Hutson Mason and the Bulldogs got the easy win, putting up 55 points against Charleston Southern.

Video: No. 10 Georgia 55, Charleston Southern 9

November, 22, 2014
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Nick Chubb rushed for two touchdowns and Hutson Mason threw for three scores in No. 10 Georgia's 55-9 win over Charleston Southern on Saturday.
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Georgia scored two touchdowns on its first three snaps, including an 83-yard touchdown run by Nick Chubb, and the No. 9 Bulldogs rolled past Charleston Southern 55-9 on Saturday.

No. 10 Georgia rolls past Charleston Southern 55-9

November, 22, 2014
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ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia scored two touchdowns on its first three snaps, including an 83-yard touchdown run by Nick Chubb, and the No. 9 Bulldogs rolled past Charleston Southern 55-9 on Saturday.

Hutson Mason played only the first half and threw three touchdown passes, including two to Chris Conley. Mason's 35-yard scoring pass to Conley came on Georgia's first play following a fumble recovery by Ramik Wilson. Mason added touchdown passes of 19 yards to Justin Scott-Wesley and 23 yards to Conley.

Chubb recorded his sixth straight 100-yard game, with 113 yards rushing and two touchdowns on only nine carries in the first half for Georgia (9-2). The Bulldogs, who have completed their Southeastern Conference schedule, would land in the SEC championship game if Missouri, which played Tennessee on Saturday night, loses one of its final two games.

Charleston Southern (8-4), hoping for a spot in the FCS playoffs, was held to 211 total yards.


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Kyle Karempelis run for 5 yds to the ChaSo 10 Kyle Karempelis fumbled, recovered by ChaSo JaJuan Perkins , return for 1 yd to the ChaSo 10
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