Alabama hammered Mississippi State, then watched as Georgia took down Auburn. That made the Tide the SEC West champions.
Florida took another step toward its second straight East crown with a win against South Carolina, but Tennessee is still hanging around.
Here’s one big thing each SEC coach said after Week 11:
Mississippi State and Alabama
Alabama coach Nick Saban was probably pretty happy after his team’s 51-3 win against Mississippi State, but he was measured in his postgame remarks.
“I was pleased with the way our defense responded when facing their offense,” he said. “I think it was a team effort today of the offense controlling the tempo and the defense getting stops when they needed to.”
For Dan Mullen, it’s not hard to blame him for being ready to put this loss in the rearview mirror.
"We're going to move on and go on to Arkansas, at this point," Mullen says he told the team.
— Bob Carskadon (@bobcarskadon) November 12, 2016
South Carolina and Florida
It was an emotional day for South Carolina coach Will Muschamp, who led his current team against his former one in a 20-7 loss on Saturday in Gainesville.
“We didn’t handle the moment early on as a football team,” he said. “It’s about the people. It’s not about the logo or the buildings.”
Florida coach Jim McElwain, while pleased with his team’s win, took a minute to address his critics.
“Here’s the one thing I do know: You come to the University of Florida, there’s noise in the system no matter what,” he said. “And that’s the good thing. There’s a lot of people who care and who know football. But the noise piece, you can see it didn’t bother our guys.
“I got criticized my whole life. Shoot, you grow up in Montana, if you don’t have thick skin, you’re in trouble.”
Kentucky and Tennessee
Kentucky coach Mark Stoops watched his team rush for more than 400 yards and still lose to Tennessee, 49-36.
“Nobody’s happy,” he said. “We have to learn with every opportunity, in our preparation, in big games, in big moments, in tough environments against very good teams, you have to get better each and every day, and our team has to bounce back.”
While the defense struggled a bit, the Volunteers had their way with the Wildcats on the other side of the ball.
“Being able to run the football the way we did … we only had five third downs the entire game,” Tennessee coach Butch Jones said. “I thought our offensive line (played well).”
Auburn and Georgia
Georgia played four quarters of solid football and secured a 13-7 win against Auburn on Saturday.
“That was more than team-wide, it was university-wide and fan-wide,” coach Kirby Smart said. “The crowd noise at the end impacted the game. With less than 2 minutes, they could not convert and that was helped by the noise. These kids don’t have any quit in them.”
With a chance to play for the West title in the Iron Bowl on the line, Auburn came up short. Not surprisingly, coach Gus Malzahn wasn’t in a chatty mood.
“Our offense didn’t get it done today,” he said. “It’s as simple as that.”
Vanderbilt and Missouri
Missouri snapped its losing streak and handed coach Barry Odom his first SEC win against Vanderbilt.
Odom: "It wasn't always pretty. We made ourselves really work for it tonight, but I was excited to finish one."
— Blake Toppmeyer (@btoppmeyer) November 13, 2016
Meanwhile, for the second week in a row, Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason felt like his team was on the wrong end of a key call from an official.
Derek Mason on PI penalty on Mizzou TD: "I'm just so tired right now, just looking at what happens in terms of calls in this league."
— Adam Sparks (@AdamSparks) November 13, 2016
LSU and Arkansas
LSU shook off the disappointment of the loss to Alabama by earning an emphatic road win against Arkansas.
“Great job by our players, coaching staff,” LSU coach Ed Orgeron said. “It started Monday. We knew the task at hand, practiced well. We started very fast. We knew Arkansas was a good football team and they’d fight back. The guys wanted to get The Boot. It meant a lot to them to bring it back to Louisiana.”
The Tigers chewed up 390 rushing yards, a fact that has to be worrisome to Arkansas coach Bret Bielema.
“We have to look at what we’re doing,” he said. “We do so much better when we’re playing downhill and aggressive. We did that some but not enough.”
Ole Miss and Texas A&M
With Chad Kelly on the shelf, Ole Miss turned to true freshman quarterback Shea Patterson. All he did was deliver a 29-28 road win for coach Hugh Freeze.
“We shared a prayer together,” he said of Patterson. “This is just the beginning of the journey. Stay humble. Stay hungry. Just remain who you are. And I think he will. He’s going to have a platform where he can affect a lot of people’s lives.”
For the Aggies, losing a 21-6 halftime lead left coach Kevin Sumlin frustrated.
“It was the combination of two things,” he said. “Our inability to extend the lead when we had the opportunity. And us not being able to get off the field when we needed to. That was basically the story of the game. We didn’t make enough plays to win the game.”