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Morning Coffee: Around the SEC

Monday, November 19

We take a glimpse at the past weekend in the SEC and a peek ahead with the regular season nearing its end.

The week that was
Mississippi State 45, Arkansas 14 (at Starkville)
Auburn 51, Alabama A&M 7 (at Auburn)
LSU 41, Ole Miss 35 (at Baton Rouge)
Vanderbilt 41, Tennessee 18 (at Nashville)
Alabama 49, Western Carolina 0 (at Tuscaloosa)
Syracuse 31, Missouri 27 (at Columbia, Mo.)
Florida 23, Jacksonville State 0 (at Gainesville)
Georgia 45, Georgia Southern 14 (at Athens)
Kentucky 34, Samford 3 (at Lexington)
South Carolina 24, Wofford 7 (at Columbia, S.C.)
Texas A&M 47, Sam Houston State 28 (at College Station)

The big result
The biggest results for the SEC this weekend came elsewhere, with upset losses for Kansas State and Oregon pushing Alabama, Georgia, Florida and others two steps closer to the BCS championship game.

The big story
Less than 24 hours after a humbling loss to rival Vanderbilt, Tennessee moved on Derek Dooley, firing the coach after another losing season in Knoxville. So that's now Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee (and counting) looking for head coaches in the SEC right now.

The heartstopper
LSU fought back in the fourth quarter to survive a spirited upset bid from Ole Miss on Saturday afternoon, prompting these classic postgame comments from Les Miles.

Offensive standouts
RUSHING
-181 yards (12 carries, 2 TDs) – Tre Mason, Auburn vs. Alabama A&M
-127 yards (27 carries, 1 TD) – Kenny Miles, South Carolina vs. Wofford
-123 yards (15 carries, 1 TD) – Raymond Sanders, Kentucky vs. Samford
-122 yards (20 carries, 1 TD) – Mike Gillislee, Florida vs. Jacksonville State
-119 yards (27 carries, 1 TD) – Kendial Lawrence, Missouri vs. Syracuse

PASSING
-330 yards (18-of-28, 4 TDs, 0 INT) – Aaron Murray, Georgia vs. Georgia Southern
-310 yards (15-of-35, 2 TD, 3 INT) – Bo Wallace, Ole Miss vs. LSU
-282 yards (22-of-37, 0 TD, 2 INT) – Zach Mettenberger, LSU vs. Ole Miss
-279 yards (17-of-23, 2 TDs, 0 INT) – James Franklin, Missouri vs. Syracuse
-274 yards (19-of-32, 4 TDs, 0 INT) – Tyler Russell, Mississippi State vs. Arkansas
-267 yards (14-of-20, 3 TDs, 1 INT) – Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M vs. Sam Houston State

RECEIVING
-7 catches (115 yards, 1 TD) – Jordan Rodgers, Vanderbilt vs. Tennessee
-7 catches (88 yards, 1 TD) – Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas vs. Mississippi State
-6 catches (161 yards, 2 TDs) – Donte Moncrief, Ole Miss vs. LSU

Defensive standouts
-15 tackles (0.5 TFL -1) – Zaviar Gooden, Missouri vs. Syracuse
-13 tackles (2 Sacks – 19; 1 PBU) – Avery Williamson, Kentucky vs. Samford
-12 tackles (2 TFL -2; 1 QBH) – A.J. Johnson, Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt
-12 tackles (1 TFL -1; 1 FF; 1 FR) – D.J. Swearinger, South Carolina vs. Wofford
-12 tackles (1 TFL -1; 1 FR) – Alec Ogletree, Georgia vs. Georgia Southern

Statistics courtesy of SEC Media Relations

Trending up
ALABAMA & GEORGIA
If Alabama beats Auburn and Georgia beats Georgia Tech, the Tide and Dawgs will play in Atlanta for a spot in the BCS title game.

VANDERBILT
James Franklin pointed all year to the Tennessee game, and his team was ready, delivering what was one of the biggest wins in school history.

Trending down
MISSOURI
Tough loss in a tough season Saturday for Missouri, which dropped to 5-6 and now has to beat Texas A&M this week to reach a bowl game.

TENNESSEE
Ouch. Saturday's loss was so bad it probably would have cost Dooley his job even if the Vols had won a few of those close games this season.

In the polls
ASSOCIATED PRESS
2. Alabama
3. Georgia
6. Florida
8. LSU
9. Texas A&M
13. South Carolina

USA TODAY
2. Alabama
3. Georgia
6. Florida
7. LSU
10. Texas A&M
12. South Carolina
24. Mississippi State

The week ahead
FRIDAY
2:30 pm: LSU at Arkansas (CBS)

SATURDAY
Noon: Georgia Tech at Georgia (ESPN)
12:21 pm: Kentucky at Tennessee (SEC Network)
3:30 pm: Auburn at Alabama (CBS)
3:30 pm: Vanderbilt at Wake Forest (ESPNU)
3:30 pm: Florida at Florida State (ABC)
7 pm: Mississippi State at Ole Miss (ESPNU)
7 pm: Missouri at Texas A&M (ESPN2)
7 pm: South Carolina at Clemson (ESPN)

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ON THE AGENDA

Georgia's basketball team is in New York City to take on the nation's No. 1 team in the Legends Classic. The Bulldogs face Indiana at 5:30 p.m. on ESPNU tonight.

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LINK(S) OF THE DAY

You'd better believe Wes Rucker is all over the coaching search at Tennessee. Be sure to make the most of that 247Sports subscription (all VIP stories on all sites available) and check out what he's writing. It's some good stuff like this story decoding a 30-minute press conference Sunday with UT AD Dave Hart.

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TWEET(S) OF THE DAY

Bill Goldberg slap me in my chest so hard yesterday now that I think about it lol

LB Amarlo Herrera

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It's Tech weeeeeeeek!!!!!!!! #gata

DB Damian Swann

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And I wake up pinching myself. Yea it's real. We control our own destiny.

DB Sanders Commings

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Was I dreaming yesterday or did Oregon and kansas state both lose yesterday? #nattybaby

Former UGA TE Aron White

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I am happy our FB squad has a path that gives them a chance for it all. 1 step at a time. Go Dawgs!

Eating n NYC w/our team. A man from here said a company from GA came &restored power 2 his family. He asked me 2thank all of GA. DawgNation!

UGA hoops coach Mark Fox

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The biggest tears harvest the biggest rewards!!

QB Christian LeMay

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My whole family they need me&I almost died 3 times& thats why I take this life so serious cuz God already done gave me 3 signs #truestory

DL Garrison Smith

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#DAWGSONTOP Couldn't have done it without all the scouts this week. Gonna have another huge week of practice to #BeatTech

LB Christian Robinson

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I did Nothing but watch NFL football all day

Wish I could relax like this everyday

LB Jarvis Jones

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Campus will be so lonely this week, only football and basketball players #pilgrimprobz

PK Marshall Morgan

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I feel like I'm the only one still in Athens

LB James DeLoach

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A lot of people want Gruden to coach Tennessee. I wonder if he is one of them.

CBS Sports.com's Dennis Dodd

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Ay big s/o to my bro @CCon_TreUno (Chris Conley) really showed out yesterday keep shining dawg

WR commit Tramel Terry

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