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Morning Coffee: Around the SEC

Monday, November 26

In our final installment of the regular season, we take a look back at the final true weekend of SEC football in 2012.

The week that was
LSU 20, Arkansas 13 (at Fayetteville)
Alabama 49, Auburn 0 (at Tuscaloosa)
Tennessee 37, Kentucky 17 (at Knoxville)
Ole Miss 41, Mississippi State 24 (at Oxford)
Texas A&M 59, Missouri 29 (at College Station)
Florida 37, Florida State 26 (at Tallahassee)
Georgia 42, Georgia Tech 10 (at Athens)
South Carolina 27, Clemson 17 (at Clemson)
Vanderbilt 55, Wake Forest 21 (at Winston-Salem)

The big result
Well, it really wasn't one result but four of them. The SEC East swept four games against the ACC by a combined score of 161-74. That included huge road rivalry wins over ranked opponents by Florida and South Carolina.

The big story
With easy wins, divisional champs Alabama and Georgia maintained their BCS stature and set up an SEC title game that will double as a play-in game to take on Notre Dame for the national title. In the case of Alabama's win, the blowout was the final straw for Auburn coach Gene Chizik, who was fired Sunday.

The heartstopper
Ole Miss had lost three in a row to rival Mississippi State before turning the tables in the Egg Bowl and winning Saturday's game, which also made the Rebels bowl-eligible in their first season under coach Hugh Freeze.

Offensive standouts
RUSHING
-180 yards (21 carries, 2 TDs) – Zac Stacy, Vanderbilt vs. Wake Forest
-140 yards (24 carries, 2 TDs) – Mike Gillislee, Florida vs. Florida State
-131 yards (18 carries, 2 TDs) – Eddie Lacy, Alabama vs. Auburn
-111 yards (28 carries) – Jeff Scott, Ole Miss vs. Mississippi State

PASSING
-372 yards (32-of-44, 3 TDs, 1 INT) – Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M vs. Missouri
-359 yards (31-of-52, 1 TD, 1 INT) – Tyler Wilson, Arkansas vs. LSU
-310 yards (23-of-41, 3 TDs, 1 INT) – Dylan Thompson, South Carolina vs. Clemson
-294 yards (15-of-22, 5 TDs, 2 INTs) – Bo Wallace, Ole Miss vs. Mississippi State
-293 yards (20-of-34, 4 TDs, 0 INT) – Tyler Bray, Tennessee vs. Kentucky

RECEIVING
-10 catches (144 yards, 1 TD) – Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt vs. Wake Forest
-10 catches (98 yards) – Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas vs. LSU
-8 catches (99 yards, 1 TD) – Mike Evans, Texas A&M vs. Missouri
-8 catches (75 yards, 1 TD) – Jarvis Landry, LSU vs. Arkansas
-7 catches (173 yards, 3 TDs) – Donte Moncrief, Ole Miss vs. Mississippi State

Defensive standouts
-15 tackles (1 TFL -3) – Alec Ogletree, Georgia vs. Georgia Tech
-14 tackles (1 Sack – 10; 1 other TFL – 1; 1 QBH) – A.J. Johnson, Tennessee vs. Kentucky
-13 tackles (0.5 Sack -6; 0.5 other TFL -1; 1 PBU) – Ross Rasner, Arkansas vs. LSU
-13 tackles (1 TFL -1; 1 PBU) – Howard Matthews, Texas A&M vs. Missouri
-13 tackles (2 TFL -8) – Christian Robinson, Georgia vs. Georgia Tech
-13 tackles (3 TFL -6; 2 INT) – Cameron Lawrence, Mississippi State vs. Ole Miss
-12 tackles (1.5 TFL -2) – A.J. Turner, Arkansas vs. LSU
-12 tackles (1 FF, 1 PBU) – Lamin Barrow, LSU vs. Arkansas

Statistics courtesy of SEC Media Relations

Trending up
ALABAMA & GEORGIA
Oh, boy. It's gonna be a big one at the Georgia Dome on Saturday. Winner goes to Miami. Loser probably heads to Orlando.

JOHNNY MANZIEL
A 372-yard passing performance in a blowout win over Mizzou may have locked up the Heisman Trophy for the electric freshman quarterback.

COACHING SEARCHES
Rough seasons at Arkansas, Auburn, Kentucky and Tennessee are now over, and those programs are busy looking for the next coach to take over.

Trending down
AUBURN
A prediction: This proud program will play football a long time and never again field a team as bad as the one that lost to Georgia and Alabama by a combined score of 87-0. Sometimes firing a coach can be a tough call. This was not one of those times.

MISSOURI
Texas A&M clearly was the better of the league's two newcomers in 2012, and after getting pounded by the Aggies, the Tigers finished 5-7 and missed out on a bowl bid.

MISSISSIPPI STATE
Losses in four of its final five games makes a sour finish in Starkville, especially when the Bulldogs let in-state dominance get away against the Rebels.

In the polls
ASSOCIATED PRESS
2. Alabama
3. Georgia
5. Florida
9. LSU
10. Texas A&M
11. South Carolina

USA TODAY COACHES
2. Alabama
3. Georgia
5. Florida
6. LSU
8. Texas A&M
10. South Carolina

Postseason plans
BOWL ELIGIBLE
Alabama (11-1)
Florida (11-1)
Georgia (11-1)
LSU (10-2)
South Carolina (10-2)
Texas A&M (10-2)
Mississippi State (8-4)
Vanderbilt (8-4)
Ole Miss (6-6)

END OF THE ROAD
Missouri (5-7)
Tennessee (5-7)
Arkansas (4-8)
Auburn (3-9)
Kentucky (2-10)

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ON THE AGENDA

Georgia returns to the practice field Monday evening to formally begin preparation on Alabama week.

Meanwhile, players on the two teams will be on an SEC media teleconference beginning about 1 p.m. today. Look for a live thread on The Junkyard.

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LINK(S) OF THE DAY

The AJC's Jeff Schultz is awfully high on the Dawgs right now.

And the Associated Press sums up the coaching carnage from a bloody Sunday in college football.

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TWEET(S) OF THE DAY

WHERE MY UGA and TEXAS A&M FOLLOWERS AT?

WR recruit JaQuay Williams

Chizik is out.... UH OH! Could get interesting for them Dawgs #GATA

DB commit Brendan Langley

Hey nerds....we won again ;).

LB Christian Robinson

Yeah Baby, BULLDOG NATION!!!!Broke off Much Foot in that Yella Jacket Ass!!

Actor Samuel L. Jackson

My bro @TG3II doing his thing yesterday! #BEATbama

QB commit Brice Ramsey

I wouldn't want to see anybody else in the championship game other than Alabama and UGA this one finna be for the ages

TE recruit Josh McNeil

I can't wait for this game. Its like a homecoming for me and about half the team lol time to show why we picked bama to begin with #rolltide

Alabama RB Kenyan Drake

Yea it's looking like tonight gone be my last day on twitter till after the SEC Championship

LB Amarlo Herrera

I don't regret the things I've done, I regret the things I didn't do when I had the chance.

DL commit John Atkins

For 17th time in 21 years, SEC media incorrectly picked SEC champion. Media picked LSU & last got it right in 2008.

Jon Solomon of The Birmingham News

Watching Martin.. That man is a fool lmaoo !

RB Keith Marshall

I really wanna watch the movie Elf and The Grinch... Movie night soon in 401 @hlong73 @NTheus49 @dandrews61

OL Watts Dantzler

It's a Dog world so I do not trust cats

DL Garrison Smith

Auburn job description: We only fired our last 3 undefeated coaches. Come recruit against Nick Saban, deal with looming NCAA investigation.

Stewart Mandel of SI.com

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