Florida travels well, Georgia doesn’t and UK now in second

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SEC roundup:

Georgia blew a 24-3 lead at Tennessee on the way to losing 38-31 to the Vols. The Bulldogs lost star running back Nick Chubb to a gruesome knee injury on the first play of the game. Yet, Mark Richt’s team recovered and appeared to be on the way to blowing out the host Vols before everything fell apart.

Georgia’s Sony Michel fumbled a kickoff shortly before halftime leading to a Tennessee score that gave the Vols momentum for the second half.  “I made the biggest mistake that turned this game around,” Michel told Jason Butt of the Macon Telegraph. “I want to take this game on myself. I lost this game because of me.”

With Georgia’s loss, Kentucky is now all alone in second place in the SEC East. Florida is 4-0. UK is 2-1. Georgia is now 2-2. Of course, Florida has the tiebreaker advantage over the Cats thanks to that 14-9 win in Lexington on Sept. 19.

Florida keeps on keeping on, winning 21-3 at Missouri. The Gators defense got after Missouri’s freshman quarterback Drew Lock the entire game. Kentucky fans shouldn’t feel so bad about the way their offensive line was abused by the Gators. Florida did the same thing to Mizzou. And great defense travels well. Florida is already 4-0 in the league.

After falling behind 7-3 to Arkansas, Alabama pulled away in the second half for a 27-14 victory over the Razorbacks. Nick Saban’s defense held the Razorbacks to just 44 yards rushing. Arkansas’ longest run of the night was eight yards on a scramble by quarterback Brandon Allen.

LSU running back Leonard Fournette will auction off the jersey he wore Saturday in the Tigers’ 45-24 win over South Carolina. The proceeds will go to South Carolina flood victims. Especially for just a sophomore, Fournette has shown to be a very likable, mature superstar. Earlier, when LSU was at Syracuse, Fournette was paying homage via Twitter to great Syracuse running backs, including Jim Brown.

Because of flooding, the game was moved from Columbia to Baton Rouge, but hospitality only goes so far. LSU rolled the Gamecocks with Fournette racing 87 yards for a touchdown at one point. The host Tigers gained 387 yards in the second half. South Carolina is now 2-4 overall and 0-4 in the SEC. Has the game passed Steve Spurrier by?

Mississippi State had no trouble with Neal Brown and Troy, winning 45-17. The Bulldogs led 38-0 at the half. Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott played only three series because of a stomach bug. Troy dropped to 1-4 under Brown, the former Kentucky offensive coordinator.

Ole Miss shook off its blowout loss at Florida last week to make short order of visiting New Mexico State 52-3. New Mexico State is 0-5. And the Aggies were playing without their starting quarterback.

Photo from Georgia-Tennessee by Wade Payne/AP

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