Week 10 in the SEC reminded us that Alabama still owns LSU, Georgia can still run the ball and South Carolina may finally be on to something.
With all 14 teams playing last Saturday, here’s an updated look at the coaches hearing cheers and jeers this week:
1. Jim Chaney, Georgia offensive coordinator
Chaney remembered he has two NFL-caliber running backs on Saturday when he fed the ball to Nick Chubb and Sony Michel in a 27-24 win over Kentucky. The duo carried the ball a combined 40 times for 212 yards, a marked improvement from the 12 carries and 22 yards in a loss to Florida the week prior. Chaney met with the backs earlier in the week to discuss their usage and it clearly paid off.
2. Dan Enos, Arkansas offensive coordinator
Enos had two weeks to prepare for one of the top defenses in the country and made it look easy. In a 31-10 beating of Florida, the Razorbacks offense finished with 466 yards of total offense and controlled the clock for more than 39 minutes. Enos will need a similar performance against No. 24 LSU next week.
3. Will Muschamp, South Carolina head coach
Don’t look now, but Muschamp has the Gamecocks rolling. New quarterback Jake Bentley certainly has something to do with it, but the defense and much-improved culture has helped the team to a three-game winning streak, most recently with a 31-21 win over Missouri. South Carolina controlled the clock for more than 36 minutes and made halftime adjustments to comfortably beat the Tigers. This momentum will carry Muschamp into a bowl game and into next season nicely.
4. Peter Sirmon, Mississippi State defensive coordinator
Granted, Sirmon only had to defend Trevor Knight for one half, but he did a stellar job in a 35-28 win over Texas A&M. The Bulldogs allowed just 382 yards of offense as Texas &M converted just four of 15 third-down attempts. Mississippi State also had three sacks and five tackles for loss against one of the more prolific offenses in the country.
1. Doug Nussmeier, Florida offensive coordinator
It got even worse for Nussmeier with a 31-10 loss to Arkansas. Quarterback Luke Del Rio struggled, the running game mustered just 12 yards and the offense converted just one of 11 third downs. And on a day where the Gators defense was uncharacteristically bad, the offense needed to do better.
2. Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M head coach
The Aggies were gifted the fourth spot in the College Football Playoff, and somehow Sumlin wasn’t able to get them up for Mississippi State in a 35-28 loss. Now with another loss and Trevor Knight out for the season with a shoulder injury, the season could really slip away from Texas A&M.
3. Jimmy Brumbaugh, Kentucky defensive line coach
Brumbaugh’s unit was exposed in the Wildcats loss to Georgia as the Bulldogs rushed for 215 yards. Jacob Eason remained upright the entire game as Kentucky failed to get to him even once. If Kentucky wants to find itself in a bowl game the defensive line needs to shore up, or Josh Dobbs and Lamar Jackson will run wild.
4. Ed Orgeron, LSU interim head coach
Oregon may not be entirely out of the running for the LSU job, but he didn’t do himself any favors Saturday in a 10-0 loss to Alabama. His poor clock management and inability to get Leonard Fournette going looked eerily like LSU-Alabama games in recent seasons. LSU brass wants marked change, and they didn’t see it last week.