Three & Out appears every Sunday and Wednesday in 2010 to give you three SEC thoughts, news and notes. In today's edition, we take a look at the resurgent Razorbacks, a classic in Red Stick and more late-season ejections.
If both Arkansas and Auburn win out, Arkansas has a really good shot a securing a BCS at-large bid and going to the Sugar Bowl. Saturday night against Mississippi State, they almost threw it away.
With 1:52 to play in regulation, all Arkansas had to do was run out the clock to escape Starkville with a three-point victory; but Knile Davis fumbled near mid-field and the collective hearts of Razorback Nation skipped a beat. The Bulldogs almost drove in for the game-winning touchdown, before settling for the game-tying field goal as time expired.
In Mississippi State's first overtime possession, Bulldog running back Vick Ballard was headed for the score, before fumbling through the side of the end zone for a touchback. Arkansas would subsequently miss a potential game-winning field goal in their overtime possession before winning it in the second extra period.
It wasn't pretty, but it was a road win in the SEC which is not an easy thing to do. The Razorbacks have ripped off five straight wins and averaged 44.5 points per game over the last six games to get themselves in a position to go to Bourbon Street. The way they're playing right now, I'd say it's likely that the Hogs top LSU in Little Rock on Saturday, meaning a lot of Arkansas fans will be rooting hard for Auburn Friday afternoon in the Iron Bowl.
NOT THIS TIME
Remember last year's Magnolia Bowl when Les Miles' clock management gaff cost LSU a chance to beat Ole Miss in the final seconds? For a while Saturday afternoon, it looked like a sequel could be in the works in Death Valley.
Miles apparently learned his lesson, because yesterday's game-winning drive was the polar opposite of last year's frantic drive at the end of the game.
When LSU took over possession down 36-35 with 4:57 to play, America collectively got its popcorn ready, because it was about to get interesting. Eight rushing plays and 4:13 later, LSU earned a 43-36 lead, drained all but 44 seconds off the clock and forced Ole Miss to waste its final timeout.
Now that's what you call clock management.
Contrary to Arkansas fans, LSU fans will be screaming "roll tide" Friday afternoon, because an Alabama win over Auburn would put LSU in a position to beat Arkansas and keep alive its faint BCS National Championship hopes. How likely is it that the Tigers will make it to Glendale? Not very. Without a division title on its trophy case, LSU will probably be the victim of voter backlash. But 2007 was a long shot too, and that worked out pretty well for the Tigers.
As Lloyd Christmas said in Dumb and Dumber, "so you're telling me there's a chance."
REALLY? AGAINST APP STATE???
Senior Day is supposed to be a day of fun and reflection for college seniors making their last appearance in front of the home crowd. Florida wide receiver Carl Moore apparently had other ideas.
Moore was ejected early in the second quarter of Florida's win over Appalachian State for fighting with Mountaineer defensive back Ed Gainey, who was also ejected. Technically, Moore's automatic half-game suspension has already been served in the second half of the game vs. App State, but the SEC and the University have the option to extend his suspension. Florida expects to make an announcement on his status on Tuesday.
So, to put in Cliffs Notes version, Moore, who is the Gators' second-leading receiver this season, put his last appearance in the Florida/Florida State game in jeopardy because he got into a fight against an FCS school.
Seriously Carl? You have to be better than that.
Barrett Sallee covers the SEC for www.CollegeFootballNews.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on Twitter at
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