What We Learned: Week 12

With 15 of the top 16 teams in the CFP Rankings winning on Saturday, (No. 13 Oklahoma State was the loser to Kansas State), I don’t think we learned a whole lot on Cupcake Saturday. But here are a few things worth noting before we quickly turn the page to Rivalry Week:

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**-- Senior running back Nick Chubb ran for 151 yards in Georgia’s 42-13 win over Kentucky. With 1,045 yards, Chubb became only the second running back in school history to post three seasons of 1,000 yards rushing. Some guy named Walker also did it from 1980-82.

And consider this: If Chubb, who has 4,469 career yards, can gain 122 yards in Saturday’s game at Georgia Tech (Noon, ABC) he would move to into second place on the SEC’s all-time rushing list behind Walker (5,289 yards).

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**--Sophomore running back Kam Martin got all of his 12 carries in the second half of Auburn’s 42-14 win over Louisiana-Monroe. Martin finished with 83 yards and gave some much-needed relief to Kerryon Johnson, who carried 22 times for 137 yards. The fact that Martin had his highest production since the opener with Georgia Southern (14 carries, 136 yards) on the Saturday before the Iron Bowl with Alabama (3:30 p.m., CBS) can’t be a coincidence. Johnson, the SEC’s leading rusher, has averaged 27 carries over his last six games.

**--Kudos to Florida for beating a good UAB team 36-7 in the Swamp on Saturday. I picked the Gators to be on upset alert against the Blazers (7-4). My friend Pat Dooley of the Gainesville Sun reminds us that it had been 49 days—49 very long days—since Florida had tasted victory. Congrats to Randy Shannon for holding that team together. Florida (4-6) will close out the season on Saturday against Florida State (4-6) in Gainesville (Noon, ESPN).

**--After a week that saw his boss, athletics director Jeff Long, get shown the door, the last thing that Arkansas coach Bret Bielema needed was a controversial coaching decision. But now he has one. With the score tied 21-21 late against Mississippi State, Bielema elected to go for a first down on fourth and two from his own 44-yard line. The play failed and Mississippi State drove for the winning score, which came on a touchdown pass from Nick Fitzgerald with 17 seconds left. It marked the 12th time under Bielema that Arkansas had lost with a lead going into the fourth quarter.

Now Bielema is 29-33 overall and 11-28 in the SEC. With the man who hired him gone, it’s hard to see how he survives this.

On Friday the Hogs host Missouri (2:30 p.m., CBS), which is on a five-game winning streak.

**--Speaking of Mississippi State, the Bulldogs’ (8-3, 4-3) three losses this season have been to No. 1 Alabama, No. 6 Auburn and No. 7 Georgia. This is the fourth time that the Bulldogs have won eight games under Mullen. The Bulldogs have a chance for their ninth win on Thanksgiving night against Ole Miss (7:30 p.m., ESPN).

**--Saturday’s 56-0 win over Mercer marked the 51st victory for this Alabama senior class. That ties the school record and the NCAA record. This class (51-4) has a chance to shatter the record held by the 2016 Alabama senior class (51-6) as it could play as many as four more games if it can win at Auburn on Saturday.

**--Missouri quarterback Drew Lock completed only 10 of 25 passes for 235 yards and three touchdowns but the Tigers still dominated Vanderbilt 45-17. Lock now has 38 touchdown passes on the season and needs just three more in Friday’s game with Arkansas to break the SEC record held by Kentucky’s Andre Woodson, who threw 40 touchdown passes in 2007.

**--I’m probably going out on a limb here but I’m guessing that since the SEC expansion of 1992, never have two teams met with 0-7 records in conference play. That changes on Saturday when Vanderbilt (4-7, 0-7) goes to Tennessee (4-7, 0-7) for a 4 p.m (ET) game on The SEC Network.

**--South Carolina linebacker Skai Moore thought his football career might be over when he had to have neck surgery and missed the entire 2016 season. But Moore was able to return this season and has a chance to make history. Saturday’s interception against Wofford was the 14th of his career, which ties the mark set by Bo Davies (1969-71). Because of the record, Davies’s name is on one of the ramps a Williams-Brice Stadium. With an interception on Saturday against Clemson (7:30 p.m., ESPN) the record that has stood for 46 years could belong to Moore.

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