Found October 06, 2013 on College Football Zealots:
With six conference games on tap, this weekend proved to be a busy one in the SEC. The night-time slate featured five different conference games. Would Georgia and LSU experience letdowns after their thriller in Athens last week? Who would survive the Auburn/Ole Miss showdown? Would Florida hold serve against Arkansas? Here's what we learned this weekend....   Alabama 45 Georgia State 3 What can you learn when the best team in the FBS plays the worst? Not much. We learned that Nick Saban has some compassion. Up by 38 at half-time, Saban pulled in the reigns on the Tide express as they coasted to a 42 point victory.   Georgia 34 Tennessee 31 (OT) Georgia jumped out on top 17-3 but Tennessee fought back with a key blocked punt for a TD. As this game went on, Georgia players started dropping like flies and Tennessee started to believe more and more that they could win this game. What Tennessee is missing is the high-end talent that makes plays when needed but overall they aren't a horrible football team. They've just been beaten down so much that they don't think they can win. If the Vols can find a QB and some play-makers they will be just fine.  For Georgia, for the second straight week we learned that Aaron Murray has matured and he's a lot more comfortable being the man. Murray got the ball with 1:54 left in the game at his 25 and drove the entire field for the game tying TD to send the game into overtime in a hostile environment. Georgia needed a little help (a Pig Howard fumble out of the end zone in overtime) but they were able to win on the road without Todd Gurley (out for the game), Malcolm Mitchell (out for the year), Keith Marshall (left game w/injury), Michael Bennett (left game w/injury) and Justin Scott-Wesley (left game w/injury). Georgia won the battle, but with all of these injuries we will have to see if they can win the war. For Tennessee, can they build on this moral victory?   To read the rest of this article, click here to head over to Crystal Ball Run.

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