Crabtree’s Cruise Around the SEC: Week 5
Crabtree's cruise is back to recap an action pack weekend around the SEC. There were upsets, dominant performances and even a bird? Check out this week's recap.
The Tigers of the SEC West clashed in a big-time matchup in Death Valley on Saturday night. Auburn had not won in Death Valley since 1999 but changed the narrative Saturday night. Bo Nix used his Houdini legs to keep Auburn in the game. LSU had a three-point lead at halftime but was shut out in the fourth quarter for Auburn to win. With the LSU loss, coach Orgeron's job is heating up on the hot seat.
One of Saturday night's most prominent games took place in the Music City. UConn and Vanderbilt squared off to decided who is the worst FBS team in all of college football. Tickets were as low as $2. Former Alabama kicker Joseph Bulovas kicked another game-winning field goal to give the Commodores the second of the season. Vandy fans, enjoy the win while you can.
Mississippi State-26 Texas A&M-22
The Mississippi State Bulldogs and Texas A&M Aggies faced off in College Station as both teams were coming off a loss. The game's highlight was not any play but rather a bird hanging out in the end zone. Unfortunately, the bird could only provide a morale boost for Aggie fans as A&M lost at home. A&M has started 0-2 in conference play for the first time since joining the SEC in 2012. Jimbo Fisher and the Aggies have a lot of work as the Crimson Tide comes to town.
The Florida Gators traveled to Lexington, Kentucky, to take on the Kentucky Wildcats. The Wildcats had not beaten the Gators at home since 1986, and just like Auburn, they changed the narrative. Wildcats QB Will Levis did not have a big game, but Kentucky made the plays to stay in the game, including a blocked kick returned for a touchdown. The Gators had nine tries on the final play to win the game because of penalties but came up short. Florida will have to clean up the penalties as they committed 15 for 115 yards.
South Carolina-23 Troy-14
After last week's beating from Georgia, Shane Beamer and the Gamecocks came back home to face the Troy Trojans. When a player wants to score a touchdown, he must hold on to the ball; Gamecocks defensive back Jahmar Brown ran down to the end zone only flick the ball before he was in. Unfortunately, officials ruled it a touchback, and Troy got the ball at the 25-yard line. The Gamecocks managed to hold on to the win as South Carolina travels to Tennessee this week.
The Tennessee Volunteers traveled to Faurot Field to take on the defenseless Missouri Tigers. Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker threw for 225 yards and three touchdowns as the Vols scorched Missouri. The Tigers parted ways with defensive coach Jethro Frankin after a horrendous five games for the Tiger's defensive.
It was a joyless murderball game in Athens on Saturday afternoon. After snapping A&M's nine-game win streak, Arkansas had momentum coming into Georgia. However, Kirby Smart and the dogs proved why they are the No. 2 team in the country. The Bulldogs destroyed the Razorbacks without J.T. Daniels starting. Stetson, "The Mailman," Bennet, started for the injured quarterback. Arkansas will look to rebound on the road against Ole Miss, while Georgia travels to Jordan Hare Stadium for the South's Oldest Rivalry.