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South Carolina & Auburn Clinch Divisions, Face Rematch for SEC Title

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Much like a few pop singers would have you believe, two is better than one as South Carolina and Auburn will face off in the SEC championship game December 4, 2010, in Atlanta.

See ESPN for full stats and scoring summaries.

South Carolina 36, Florida 14
South Carolina held Florida’s offense to one score—the other came from a kickoff return—and 226 total yards en route to its first division title.

The Gamecocks defense forced two Gators turnovers while their offense did it mostly on the ground. Freshman phenom Marcus Lattimore rushed for 212 yards and three scores.

South Carolina (7-3, 5-3) faces Troy at home next. Florida (6-4, 4-4) plays host to Appalachian State.

Auburn 49, Georgia 31
Auburn and Cam Newton survived a week and a half of allegations and a fierce game from Georgia’s playmakers en route to its first SEC West crown since 2004.

Newton, the target of an investigation alleging his father solicited money during his recruitment, threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more as the Tigers overcame a 14-point deficit using a strong ground game, tallying 315 yards on the day.

Auburn (11-0, 7-0) has a week off before traveling to play Alabama. Regardless of the outcome in that game, Auburn will represent the SEC West at the championship game December 4 in Atlanta. Georgia (5-6, 3-5) has a week off before playing Georgia Tech.

Other SEC games
– Tennessee’s Tyler Bray threw for 323 yards and three scores as the Volunteers jumped out to a big lead and never let up boatracing Ole Miss 52-14 in Knoxville. Tennessee (4-6, 1-5) travels to face Vanderbilt next. Ole Miss (4-6, 1-5) travels to play LSU.

- Arkansas, behind Ryan Mallett’s 315 yards and five touchdowns, came back from an early tie with UTEP to win 58-21. Arkansas (8-2, 4-2) plays on the road against Mississippi State next.

- Kentucky finally put enough together on offense after struggling early to get by a pesky Vanderbilt team, 38-20. Kentucky (6-5, 2-5) is off this coming week. Vanderbilt (2-8, 1-6) plays host to Tennessee.

- LSU obliterated Sun Belt foe Louisiana-Monroe 51-0 as the Tigers defense forced five turnovers in the game. LSU (9-1, 5-1) hosts Ole Miss next.

- Alabama used the air attack and a stifling run defense to down Mississippi State, 30-10. Alabama (8-2, 5-2) faces Georgia State next. Mississippi State hosts Arkansas.

Check back next week for the SEC Weekly Preview.

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