Saturday marked the strangest day in what has been an extremely bizarre season for the SEC. There were six SEC games and only one of the favorites escaped with a victory. The lone victory was Alabama who was heavily favored against a struggling Arkansas team.
South Carolina at Tennessee
The chaos began in Knoxville as the Volunteers shocked the Gamecocks. South Carolina was coming off a 52-7 smashing of the Arkansas Razorbacks, and were expected to handle a Tennessee team that had not beaten a quality opponent all season. Trailing by one with three minutes left in the game, Marquez North made a jaw-dropping one-handed 39 yard catch. His catch put Tennessee in field goal range, where they proceeded to milk the clock. As time expired Michael Palardy made a 19 yard field goal for the first SEC upset of the day.
Florida at Missouri
Missouri upset Florida, but should it really be considered an upset? Florida was the favorite, but they had two losses coming into the game, while Missouri was a perfect 6-0. The Tigers out gained the Gators 500 yards to 151, in way to a 19 point victory. Missouri is finally beginning to gain the respect of the country. They have moved up 20 spots in the rankings in just two weeks.
Georgia at Vanderbilt
Georgia has been severely beat up this season and it is really costing them. Georgia looked like the team that was going to challenge Alabama for the SEC crown. Now it is going to take a miracle for them to even reach the SEC Championship Game. Despite a poor offensive performance, Georgia led by 13 after three quarters, but the fourth quarter was all Vandy. The Commodores shut out the Bulldogs and scored 17 points to win the game by four.
LSU at Ole Miss
LSU looked like they were really coming together. They have had a prolific offense all season and their defense appeared to be waking up, but the wheels fell off in Oxford. For a complete game recap click here. Zach Mettenberger performed far worse than he has all season. Mettenberger threw three interceptions, as the Tigers fell into a 17-0 hole. The Tigers stormed back and tied the game at 24 with three minutes left in the game. However, that was plenty of time for Bo Wallace to lead an Ole Miss drive deep into Ole Miss territory. Ole Miss kicker Andrew Ritter hit a 41 yard field with two seconds left on the clock to seal the upset for the Rebels.
Auburn at Texas A&M
Auburn traveled to College Station with only one loss and no respect, ranked 24th in the nation. The Tigers were big underdogs and trailed by 10 early in the fourth quarter. Auburn fought back and gained the lead for good with just 1:05 left on the clock. It wasn’t enough time for Johnny Manziel, as the Aggies fell on their home turf. The victory earned the attention of voters as Auburn catapulted themselves to the eleventh spot in the rankings.