- Edward Aschoff, ESPN Staff Writer
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After another week in the SEC, we think we know even more now than we did before:
1. LSU's defensive game plan is near perfect: Alabama entered Saturday's game against the Tigers averaging 39 points a game and 458 yards. But against LSU, The Crimson Tide didn't even come close to sniffing those totals. Alabama didn't get into the end zone and accumulated just 295 offensive yards, including just 96 on the ground. LSU has shown some bend its defense at times, but there is no denying that this group has too much talent and the schemes are too good to be fooled right now. As good as Alabama's offense looked before Saturday, LSU totally shut it down. The closer LSU's back got against the wall, the better it played. So far, no offense has figured out how to beat this unit.
2. Arkansas is back in the SEC hunt: While most people were watching the ultimate defensive slugfest in Tuscaloosa, Ala., the Razorbacks were showing off their offensive firepower behind Tyler Wilson's arm in Fayetteville, Ark. With Arkansas' 44-28 win against South Carolina and Alabama's loss to LSU, the Razorbacks moved right back into the West race. Now, there's a chance for a three-way tie in the West if Arkansas takes down an undefeated LSU team at the end of the regular season. If that were to happen, the Hogs would not only be in contention for the SEC championship, but maybe even a shot at the national championship.
3. The Houston Nutt era could be over in Oxford: If Nutt's time at Ole Miss wasn't nearing a close before Saturday, it probably is now after the Rebels' 30-13 loss at Kentucky. Ole Miss hasn't won a conference game in 12 chances and last won against an SEC foe on Oct. 2, 2010, when the Rebels defeated Kentucky. The Wildcats were stumbling into the contest, but looked like a middle-of-the-pack SEC team against Ole Miss. That's not a good thing. The Rebels were sloppy and undisciplined and took yet another step back on the football field. This season was supposed to be different for Ole Miss, but this team will struggle to even get to last season's mark of four wins.
4. Vanderbilt still can't get the big win: Yet again, Vanderbilt came up short against a conference foe in a big game. First, it was the five-point loss to Georgia, then a missed field goal doomed the Commodores against Arkansas. On Saturday, Florida grabbed an on-side kick to beat Vandy. It was all Florida in the first half, but the 'Dores inched back into it before coming up short. Silly penalties and poor execution doomed Vandy from the start, and at the end of the day there just wasn't enough time for Vandy's first win in Gainesville since 1945. Coach James Franklin later tweeted that this isn't the same ol' Vandy, and he's right, but even the new Vandy just can't figure out ways to pull out the big win.
5. The East will likely be decided next week: With South Carolina's loss to Arkansas, the East could be determined next week. The Gamecocks are now a game behind Georgia in the East with Florida heading to Columbia, S.C., next week. A few ours west, Georgia will take on Auburn Between the Hedges. A South Carolina win and a Georgia loss would give South Carolina the East. A Georgia win prolongs the situation if the Gamecocks win because Georgia ends SEC play against Kentucky. The East might be down as a whole, but the race between these two is coming down to the very end, and that's pretty exciting.
21hSharon Katz, ESPN Stats & Information
2dTom VanHaaren and Erik McKinney