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2011 SEC Week Two Recap: Sidestepping Sandtraps

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The adage about improving from week one to week two held true with performances which ranged from exciting to dominating, while some were forehead-slapping stupid.

The Scores
South Carolina 45, Georgia 42
Auburn 41, Mississippi State 34
Alabama 27, Penn State 11
Vanderbilt 24, Connecticut 21
Kentucky 27, Central Michigan 13
Tennessee 45, Cincinnati 23
Ole Miss 42, Southern Illinois 24

Florida 39, UAB 0
Arkansas 52, New Mexico 3
LSU 49, Northwestern State 3

The Best of the Week
Auburn may not have much of a defense; they give up yards like Santa does candy in a parade. But what they lack in prowess they make up for with intensity. Two times the Tigers could have folded the tents against Mississippi State and two times they stood tall and made plays when they needed it. The offense produced some explosive plays but still needs to improve running between the tackles. Auburn is primed to score a major upset this season and the the future is certainly bright on the Plains.

Give it up to Vanderbilt, whose defense forced four turnovers in a come-from-behind win against UConn. Vanderbilt may be outmatched but they are not going to just lay down and take it from any team this year. James Franklin has instilled a sense of urgency and belonging to the traditional doormat of the SEC.

Alabama’s defense completely smothered the big blue slow at Penn State as many expected. While the Crimson Tide running game is yet to tee off, the quarterback situation seems to have settle with A.J. McCarron emerging as the latest game-manager-de-jour. I suppose with that defense a team doesn’t need much of an offense to win.

The Worst of the Week
Georgia did everything to give away the game short of walking off the field against South Carolina, a team that wisely took advantage of opportunities. RB Marcus Lattimore is emerging as the top back in the league and as he goes so will the Gamecocks’ season. As for the Bulldogs, where do they go from here? Last year started off sideways but they recovered and finished .500 before losing a bowl game. This year there’s no suspended player coming back to spark the offense and even if there was, the poor play on the offensive and defensive lines do not bode well. Mark Richt may have one last chance to save his job with the game against Florida.

So that’s a look back at the second week of games. Check back later this week for a look ahead to the games of week three.

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