SEC Football: 2013 Week 8 Wrap Up

#22 Florida @ #14 Missouri: The Tigers dominate UF at home 36-17. The Gators, yet another SEC team bitten by the injury bug, started the game without two key defensive players. Missouri second string QB Maty Mauk looked good in his first start for injured QB James Franklin passing for almost 300 yards and a TD. Tigers RB Henry Josey also chipped in 136 yards and a TD on the ground. Missouri outgained the Gators 500-151 in total yards.

#15 Georgia @ Vanderbilt: After some questionable targeting calls, Georgia could not find enough gas in the tank to overcome the Commodores. Vandy beat the Dawgs in Nashville, TN 31-27 for the first time since 1991 giving Coach James Franklin his first marquee win. The Commodores got stronger as the game went on. After losing starting QB Austyn Carta-Samuels to injury, the Commodores picked up their play under replacement QB Patton Robinette. Robinette put in a steady 9 for 15 performance for 107 yards to go along with a key 2 yard TD run early in the 4th quarter.

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#11 South Carolina @ Tennessee: Another SEC game means another SEC QB injury. This time it was a knee injury to Gamecock QB Connor Shaw that occurred with 5 minutes left in the 4th quarter. Tennessee went on to pull the upset behind a 19 yard field goal from Kicker Michael Palardy as time expired. Vols Receiver Marquez North ended the game with 103 receiving yards.

#1 Alabama vs. Arkansas: After getting spanked by the Tide 52-0, Hogs Coach Bret Bielema probably want compare his coaching record to Nick Saban anytime soon. The Tide outgained the Hogs in total yards 532-256. Tide QB AJ McCarron threw for 3 TD’s while two Bama RB’s once again go for over 100 yards on the ground.

# 24 Auburn @ #7 Texas A&M: SEC Game of the Week! The Tigers upset the Aggies on Kyle Field 45-41. Aggie QB Johnny Manziel left the game in the 4th quarter with a shoulder injury. Manziel returned to the game but neither his return nor his 502 yards of total offense was enough to knock off the Tigers upset bid. Tigers RB Tre Mason ran for 178 yards and a TD. Aggies WR Mike Evans also caught 11 passes for 278 yards and 4 TD’s.

#6 LSU @ Ole Miss: The Rebels upstaged the Tigers by winning 27-24 off of Kicker Andrew Witter’s 41 yard field goal kick with .02 seconds left. LSU QB Zach Mettenberger put in his worst performance of the year passing for 3 INT’s. The Rebels capitalized on the Tiger turnovers as Rebels QB Bo Wallace finished the day 30 for 39 with 346 passing yards.

SEC Power Poll (Week 8)

1. Alabama (7-0, 4-0) – Safety Clinton-Dix returned to play. Was he missed?
2. Missouri (7-0, 3-0) – Who is Maty Mauk? We might want to learn his name.
3. LSU (6-2, 2-2) – LSU’s defense hasn’t arrived just yet.
4. Auburn (6-1, 3-1) – Just who are these Tigers?
5. Texas A&M (5-2, 2-2) – It’s not Johnny’s fault when the Aggies lose.
6. Ole Miss (4-3, 2-3) – A great rebound win after losing a heartbreaker to the Aggies
7. Florida (4-3, 3-2) – QB concerns surface once again.
8. South Carolina (5-2, 3-2) – USC cannot afford an injury to QB Connor Shaw.
9. Georgia (4-3, 3-2) – Refs do have an impact on the end result of a game.
10. Tennessee (4-3, 1-2) – Butch Jones doesn’t waste time in getting a program building win.
11. Vanderbilt (4-3, 1-3) – Won with unrelenting physical play and determination.
12. Mississippi St. (3-3, 0-2) – Can’t wait to see the Dak Prescott show on Thursday.
13. Arkansas (3-5, 0-4) – Don’t worry Bielema. Bama does that to every team.
14. Kentucky (1-5, 0-3) – Has no more bye weeks remaining – Sorry.
Aaron Dougherty is the SEC Football Beat Writer for All Sports Talk. Follow him on Twitter @adougherty689

About Aaron Dougherty

Aaron is an avid sports fan that resides in the Raleigh, NC area.  He has a degree in Sport Management from North Greenville University and enjoys writing about, reading, and watching sports in his spare time. He is the beat writer for SEC sports on www.AllSportsTalk.net