SEC Shakeup: Crimson Tide Drops To USC Gamecocks, Florida Gators Fall To LSU Tigers

October 10th, 2010 – by Jimmy

Yesterday was anything but business as usual for the top teams in the Southeastern Conference.

In key matchups between ranked college football teams, SEC stalwarts Florida and Alabama both lost in conference play.

For the Crimson Tide, the test of a one loss tough South Carolina Gamecocks team was just too much to overcome… that and the costly mistakes. 35-21 was the final score and it wasn’t in favor of the defending national champions. The loss snapped a 19 game win streak the Tide had carried since their 2008 Sugar Bowl loss to the Utah Utes.

Down early, Alabama was searching for answers. A missed field goal, a fumble, and tough running for Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson put Alabama in a 21 to 3 hole against a South Carolina team which had it’s foot on the gas. Alabama made it 21 to 9 going into the half, but a missed extra point kept it from being 21 to 10.

In the second half, Alabama would get within a touchdown and have possession but it was not to be. At 28 to 21, Spurrier’s Gamecock offense took the ball and they were not conservative. They played to win and that they did. The key play on the game sealing drive was a Stephen Garcia to Alshon Jeffrey pass. Jeffrey was in tight coverage, being interfered with, and still managed to snag the ball with one hand taking it down to the Alabama six yard line. This play came on 1st and 10 from the Bama 49 with less than 10 minutes to go and South Carolina clinging to a 7 point lead. RB Marcus Lattimore would capitalize and the Tide would go down.

This was an upset not just in ranking #1 vs. #19, but in the College Football Betting Odds as well. Coming into the game, Alabama was a touchdown favorite according to the official game time betting lines. Not only did South Carolina beat the spread, they did so by 21 points! This was a huge win for South Carolina bettors as well as Gamecock Nation.

The team that Alabama beat last week, Florida, lost again this week this time to Louisiana State. The game was close throughout and the lead changed many times but it was the LSU Tigers that emerged victorious 33 to 29.

A tight game throughout, the lead changed hands a total of 7 times. LSU scored first with a field goal, Florida answered with a touchdown. LSU then scored a touchdown which was immediatedly answered by Florida with a touchdown. LSU would get another touchdown as well as a field goal and the game would go to the half at a score of 20 to 14.

To start the second half, neither team would score. This trend would continue throughout the third quarter as neither team would add to their total during the period. The fourth quarter would be nothing like the third as both teams would combine for a total of 28 points. The scoring barrage was started with another LSU touchdown however a failed two point conversion would make the score 26 to 14. On the ensuing kickoff, Andre Dubose would return the ball 88 yards to the house. Florida would add the extra point making the score 26 to 20.

On defense, Florida would get the stops they needed giving the offense a chance. Down 6 points and with the ball, Florida would take the ball 80 yards and score the go ahead touchdown, and 2 point conversion to give them a 3 point lead with just over 3 minutes remaining.

Down 3 with just minutes to play, LSU would assume possession. With good starting field position, LSU 38, the Tigers would advance down field to get within 1st and goal. After two incomplete passes, QB Jarrett Lee found WR Terrence Toliver in the endzone on 3rd and goal. Lee went to Toliver on consecutive plays and luckily for Tiger fans, the second time was a charm.

LSU would hold on to defeat Florida 33-29 and remain perfect on the season.

While this game wasn’t an upset as far as the rankings go, oddsmakers and expected the game to go differently. For most of the week, the Gators were favored by 6 points. That obviously didn’t happen as Florida lost by 3. LSU beat the spread by 9 points.

These two games are sure to shake the SEC up for the rest of the season. Each team lost to an opponent from the other SEC division. The East picked up a huge victory, as did the West. How this will play out now is anyone’s guess. The latest college football rankings will be out later today, and one can only guess how big of a shake up the polls will hold.

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