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ALABAMA: Trent Richardson rushed for 167 yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries, and Eddie Lacy added 161 yards and two scores on nine carries as Alabama rolled over North Texas, 41-0, this past weekend. A.J. McCarron completed 15-of-21 passes for 190 yards for the Crimson Tide, who improved to 3-0 on the young season. Alabama racked up 586 yards of total offense, and Kenny Bell caught four passes for 55 yards for the squad. Strong defense was a key to success as usual, as Nick Saban's team limited the Mean Green to 169 total yards. Phillip Sims saw some time under center for 'Bama and completed 6-of-8 passes for 49 yards. The Crimson Tide figure to face a far stiffer test this Saturday when the Arkansas Razorbacks come to town.
ARKANSAS: Tyler Wilson threw for 289 yards, two touchdowns and one interception on 23-of-36 passing to lead Arkansas to a 38-28 win over Troy on Saturday night. Ronnie Wingo ran all over the Tojan defense, racking up 108 yards and two scores on 19 carries, while Joe Adams led the receivers with eight catches for 107 yards and a touchdown. Cobi Hamilton added five catches for 81 yards to help his team improve to 3-0. Arkansas has outscored its opponents 141-38 after the first three weeks of the season and is now 28-0 all-time against current members of the Sun Belt Conference. Up next for the Razorbacks is what promises to be a fierce battle with rival Alabama on the road.
AUBURN: All good things come to an end, and the Tigers' 17-game winning streak was halted with Saturday's 38-24 loss to Clemson on the road. Auburn posted wild wins in its first two games against Utah State and Mississippi State, but couldn't overcome a shoddy defensive effort that allowed 624 yards to Clemson. Michael Dyer rushed 16 times for 151 yards and a pair of scores for Auburn, which suffered its first defeat since November 27, 2009 against Alabama. Barrett Trotter completed 12-of-25 passes for 198 yards with a TD and an interception. The Tigers face non-conference foe Florida Atlantic this coming weekend in front of the home crowd.
FLORIDA: Chris Rainey rushed 21 times for 114 yards and added two catches for 104 yards and a score as Florida earned a 33-23 victory over rival Tennessee in Gainesville this past weekend. Rainey also registered his school-record fifth blocked punt and earned National Offensive Player of the Week honors as a result. John Brantley finished 14-of-23 through the air for 213 yards and two touchdowns for Florida, which improved to 3-0 on the young season. While UF was able to run for 134 yards in the tilt, it limited the Vols to minus- nine yards rushing. Florida was called for pass interference seven times in the tilt, perhaps the lone negative worth noting. This Saturday, the Gators will be in Lexington for an SEC clash with the Kentucky Wildcats.
GEORGIA: The Bulldogs were dominant as expected in last weekend's 59-0 romp over Coastal Carolina, an FCS opponent. Aaron Murray continued his impressive start to the season, as the Georgia signal caller connected on 18-of-26 passes for 188 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. Tavarres King was the most impressive receiver for the Dawgs, posting career highs of six catches and two touchdowns. Georgia excelled on the defensive side of the football as well, limiting the Chanticleers to 112 total yards. All of the Bulldogs' points came in the first three quarters. Up next for Georgia is a conference clash with the Ole Miss Rebels in Oxford this weekend.
KENTUCKY: Fans of the Wildcats are undoubtedly disappointed after their squad fell at home to rival Louisville on Saturday by a 24-17 final. The Wildcats were led by Morgan Newton who converted 27-of-41 passes for 255 yards and two scores, but he was under constant pressure and sacked a total of six times, leaving the squad with a mere 35 net rushing yards on 32 attempts. The loss was the first of this young season for the 'Cats. They managed only 290 total yards in the affair and allowed three touchdown passes of 25 or more yards in the affair. The Wildcats hope to score an upset this coming weekend as the mighty Florida Gators come to town.
LSU: The Tigers figured to have their hands full in Starkville against Mississippi State last Thursday, but the result was an impressive 19-6 victory. LSU's defense was dominant, limiting the MSU offense to 193 yards, particularly impressive when considering that the Bulldogs gained 1,176 yards in their first two outings. LSU opened up a 10-point lead when Jarrett Lee threw a touchdown to Rueben Randle early in the fourth. Lee was 21-of-27 for 213 yards and an interception, with Randle hauling in six balls for 98 yards for the Tigers, who have won 12 straight and 19 of 20 against the Bulldogs. A much-anticipated non-conference battle will ensue in Morgantown this Saturday, as the Tigers do battle with the West Virginia Mountaineers of the Big East Conference.
MISSISSIPPI STATE: Dan Mullen hoped that his Bulldogs could upset LSU in Starkville last week, but a poor offensive showing led to a 19-6 defeat. Mississippi State compiled only 193 yards after totaling 1,176 yards in its first two games. Chris Relf was benched in the fourth quarter after throwing for just 96 yards with an interception for MSU, which was coming off a 41-34 setback at Auburn and now sits at 1-2. It was the first time in 105 meetings the two programs both came into the game ranked in the Top-25. The Bulldogs had scored at least 30 points in each of their previous five games dating back to last season. They will take a break from conference play to tangle with the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs this Saturday.
OLE MISS: The Rebels put forth a truly embarrassing performance over the weekend, as they were crushed by Vanderbilt, 30-7. Ole Miss finished the day with five interceptions, as Zach Stoudt played poorly under center. One of the picks was returned for a touchdown by the Commodores, who averaged 5.7 yards per rush attempt against the Ole Miss defense. Neither team was able to score in the first half, but Vanderbilt outscored the Rebels 21-0 in the second stanza and 9-0 in the third. This Saturday, the Rebels will welcome the Georgia Bulldogs to town for an SEC clash.
SOUTH CAROLINA: Marcus Lattimore rushed for a career-high 247 yards and three touchdowns to guide his Gamecocks to a closer-than-expected 24-21 victory over Navy at home. Lattimore controlled the clock and the Navy defense with 37 carries and caught four passes for 25 yards. He broke a record for the most rushing yards by a player on an NCAA team coached by Steve Spurrier, who is now 43-0 against non-BCS schools. The Gamecocks now lead the all-time series with Navy by a 5-3 margin, and it was the first meeting between the two since 1988. Stephen Garcia went 18-of-25 for 204 yards and an interception in the triumph. Spurrier's Gamecocks will be at home this coming weekend as the Vanderbilt Commodores come to town for a key conference clash.
TENNESSEE: The Vols suffered their first loss of the season on Saturday, as they fell to rival Florida by a 33-23 final in Gainesville. Tyler Bray completed 26-of-48 passes for 288 yards and three TDs, but also tossed two interceptions in the setback. Mychal Rivera, Da'Rick Rogers and Marlin Lane Jr. each caught touchdown passes for Tennessee. Rivera caught five passes for 71 yards, Rogers pulled down five passes for 62 yards and Lane added two catches for 26 yards. Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter left the game early in the first quarter with a knee injury, and his team finished with minus-nine yards rushing. The Vols will be idle this week and will return to action on October 1 against Buffalo.
VANDERBILT: Zac Stacy ran for a career-best 169 yards and a touchdown on just 11 carries, helping lift the Commodores to a 30-7 win over Ole Miss in the SEC opener for both teams at Vanderbilt Stadium. Stacy headlined a ground attack that churned out 281 yards and three scores in the win. The Commodores are off to a 3-0 start after winning only two games a year ago. It was also their largest margin of victory over an SEC foe since 1971. Vandy's defense played a big role in the win, racking up five interceptions and a safety on the day. On the other side of the ball, the Commodores' ground game averaged a healthy 5.7 yards per carry in the win. The 'Dores will face the unbeaten South Carolina Gamecocks in Columbia this Saturday.
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