It doesn't get much better than the next two weeks in the SEC. Florida and Georgia go at it this coming Saturday in Jacksonville, while Alabama and LSU clash on Nov. 8 in Baton Rouge. But before we get too excited about those two matchups, there were more than a few memorable performances from this past weekend. So let's hand out some helmet stickers:
Darryl Gamble, linebacker, Georgia: The sophomore opened Georgia's scoring with a 40-yard interception return for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage and then closed the Bulldogs' scoring in the fourth quarter with a 53-yard interception return for a touchdown. In between, he was all over the field making 13 tackles. Not bad for a guy filling in at middle linebacker for the injured Dannell Ellerbe.
Georgia's offensive line: It was supposed to be a mismatch, LSU's defensive front against Georgia's offensive front. Somebody obviously forgot to tell that to the Bulldogs, who've played four different combinations this season in the offensive line and are starting two true freshmen and one redshirt freshman. They were good enough Saturday for Matthew Stafford to carve apart LSU through the air and only get sacked once. They were good enough that Georgia could rush for 194 yards. It's an offensive line that's starting to play its best football at just the right time.
Houston Nutt, head coach, Ole Miss: This one was difficult for everybody, but Nutt went back to the place he coached for 10 years and picked up an emotional win. He was classy about it, too, choosing to remember all the good times rather than the bad ones there at the end.
Jeffrey Demps, running back, Florida: What didn't he do? He rushed for 50 yards on seven carries and has put a charge into the Gators' running game. He caught four passes, including one that was thrown about 5 yards and turned it into a 61-yard touchdown thanks to Demps' blazing speed. He also blocked a punt that led to a Florida touchdown in the first quarter of the Gators' 63-5 demoltion of Kentucky.
Julio Jones, receiver, Alabama: The guy just personifies what a wide receiver should be. He's strong, fast, uses his body, runs crisp routes and catches everything. The talented freshman had six catches for 103 yards, including a gorgeous 35-yard grab on a fade route to set up Alabama's first touchdown, which all but put the game away in the second quarter against Tennessee.