SEC BUZZ

What’s burning?

The heat is back on Will Muschamp.

South Carolina rallied late to defeat Florida 23-20 in overtime Saturday, ending the Gators’ mini-resurgence and any chance they had at winning the SEC East.

Florida has lost six of its past eight games in The Swamp under Muschamp. By comparison, the Gators lost only five home games in 12 seasons under Steve Spurrier.

“I’m going to coach this football team, and we’re going to move on and get ready for the next one,” he said. “That’s what I’ll do, that’s what our staff will do and what our team will do. We’ll let you guys speculate.”

Muschamp’s teams are 17-15 in the SEC in his four seasons.

No stopping Dobbs

Joshua Dobbs won his first career start with his legs.

He won his second with his arm.

Dobbs, who played at Alpharetta High, was 19-for-27 for 297 yards and three touchdown passes as Tennessee continued its mastery over Kentucky with a 50-16 victory.

That performance came a week after his first career start, in which he rushed for 166 yards and three touchdowns to defeat South Carolina.

He has 1,079 yards of offense and 11 touchdowns in two-plus games since Justin Worley was lost for the season with a shoulder injury.

“Josh Dobbs is a very intelligent young man,” coach Butch Jones said. “He’s doing a great job distributing the football and making good decisions.”

Numbers game

5-5 Spurrier’s coaching record against Florida, his alma mater.

29 Tennessee’s victories over Kentucky in the past 30 years. The Volunteers are 40-10-6 against the Wildcats at Neyland Stadium.

He said it

“We should feel awful right now. It’s a feeling I can’t explain. You have no idea what that sickness feels like. We will embrace it.” — Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen after Alabama handed the Bulldogs their first loss of the season

“It was a good win for our team and the best defensive game we’ve played all year. … Although we had some very undisciplined plays, somehow it all worked out. Sometimes you just have to say, ‘It was meant to be.’ And today was meant to be.” — Spurrier

Standings

East; SEC; All

Missouri;4-1;7-2

Georgia;5-2;7-2

Florida;4-4;5-4

S. Carolina;3-5;5-5

Tennessee;2-4;5-5

Kentucky;2-6;5-6

Vanderbilt;0-6;3-7

West; SEC; All

Alabama;6-1;9-1

Miss. State;5-1;9-1

Ole Miss;4-2;8-2

Auburn;4-2;7-2

LSU;3-3;7-3

Texas A&M;3-3;7-3

Arkansas;0-5;4-5

(Through afternoon games)

Saturday’s schedule

Charleston So. at Georgia, noon, SEC Network

Eastern Kentucky at Florida, noon, SEC Network

South Alabama at South Carolina, noon

Ole Miss at Arkansas, 3:30 p.m., CBS

W. Carolina at Alabama, 4 p.m., SEC Network

Samford at Auburn, 7 p.m., ESPNU

Missouri at Tennessee, 7:30 p.m., TBD

Vanderbilt at Mississippi State, 7:30 p.m., TBD

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