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SEC morning links

11/3/2014

1. Who is still coming back down after that wild finish in Oxford, Mississippi, between No. 3 Auburn and No. 4 Ole Miss? I know I am. The momentum swung back and forth all night, and the fumble at the goal line was just surreal. If you missed it or simply want to relive it (Auburn fans), I suggest you read this week’s Sports Illustrated story. With the victory, Auburn moved up to No. 3 in both the AP Poll and the ESPN power rankings. The Tigers still have road trips to Georgia and Alabama, but they’re one step closer to making the playoff. For Ole Miss, the playoff hopes are likely over, but more importantly, how do the Rebels move on without star wide receiver Laquon Treadwell? They still host No. 1 Mississippi State in the season finale.

2. The other big SEC game from this past weekend came down in Jacksonville, Florida, where Florida stunned No. 11 Georgia. It might have saved Will Muschamp’s job, at least for the time being, but what’s it say about this Georgia team? The Bulldogs had everything in front of them and still came out and laid an egg. On Sunday, Travis Haney asked the question, is Mark Richt underachieving?Insider It’s a fair question. He’s won a lot of games (132), but in 14 seasons with Georgia, he hasn't won a national championship and has won two conference titles. The SEC East is still in play even after Saturday’s loss and with it, a chance to win the league. But don’t expect the Dawgs to get back in the playoff race.

3. It’s never too early to start looking ahead, and though Saturday’s Alabama-LSU game isn’t the colossal matchup it’s been in years past, it still looks like it will be a dandy. LSU is playing better each week, and with Auburn’s victory at Ole Miss, the Crimson Tidecontrol their own destiny again in the SEC West. Three of the past four regular-season games between these two have been decided by less than a touchdown. It’s always fun, too, when Nick Saban goes back to Baton Rouge, Louisiana. But how about what Les Miles has done since Saban left? Not bad. He can be quirky, but his players sure do love him. They showed that when Miles’ mother passed away the day before LSU’s victory over Ole Miss.

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