What we learned in the SEC: Week 13

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

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    Beth Hall/USA TODAY SportsTrey Flowers and the Arkansas defense has been downright nasty the past two weeks, shutting out LSU and Ole Miss, respectively.
  • If you thought Arkansas was improving now ...: Just wait until next season with the Razorbacks. Bret Bielema's team went from being 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 after 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. And 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 more and more 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 with it heading to a bowl game.
  • 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 and 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 duty for an injured Treon Harris. The playbook opened up when Driskel got in, and the Gators watched receiver 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 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. And it's very obvious that 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 pressure as much as possible against Ole Miss next week.
  • 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, meaning 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 the way back to Starkville 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 away from an improbable East championship ... again: And here the Missouri Tigers are -- inconsistent offense and all. But you know what? It doesn't matter. The defense has been outstanding during SEC play, and while the offense is light years behind last year's, this team can grind out wins. It's mentally tough and figures out ways to make plays at clutch times. You might not like how Missouri wins, but the Tigers have taken care of business following embarrassing home losses to Indiana and Georgia. Going undefeated on the road helps out 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 and because of your loss to South Carolina, the fate of your SEC East hopes rest on an Arkansas when at Mizzou. That has to hurt.
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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 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 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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Christian Reyes run for 2 yds for a TD
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Ben Robinson run for 25 yds to the Geo 2 for a 1ST down
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Brice Ramsey pass intercepted Malcolm Jackson return for 5 yds to the ChaSo 29
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Quayvon Hicks run for 33 yds for a TD
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Marshall Morgan 27 Yd Field Goal
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Mike Holloway run for a loss of 1 yard to the ChaSo 40

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