South Carolina stunned Tennessee, Florida wore down Georgia and Auburn stayed hot with a win against Ole Miss in a wild Week 9 in the SEC.
It was a day that left some schools feeling down and out, while others had fan bases partying deep into the night.
Here’s the one big thing each SEC coach had to say about the week that was:
Kentucky and Missouri
A few weeks ago, Kentucky’s Mark Stoops was fielding calls on his coach’s show about his potential replacement in Lexington. After a 35-21 win at Missouri, the Wildcats are in second place in the SEC East and on the verge of securing a bowl berth.
Stoops: "For the first time, this isn't about the relief of winning the game. It's about what more we can do."
— Alex Forkner (@AlexForknerTCP) October 29, 2016
On the other hand, the Tigers have now dropped four straight, and Barry Odom’s press conferences are starting to take a familiar tone.
Odom: “We’re not playing very good football. I look in the mirror and have got to find a way to get it fixed.” Admits he's discouraged.
— Tod Palmer (@todpalmer) October 29, 2016
Florida and Georgia
The Gators ground out a rivalry win against Georgia in Jacksonville, and hung on to the top spot in the SEC East in the process.
“People pick this team apart, this and that, guys, this is a good football team,” Florida coach Jim McElwain said. “The Florida Gators are a good team and I’ll go with these guys against anybody.”
Georgia’s inability to run the football was a sore spot on social media for its fans, and judging by his postgame comments, Kirby Smart didn’t like it, either.
“It’s hard any time (the opponents) make you one dimensional,” he said. “It’s hard to be successful. It’s frustrating because I really thought we’d be able to run in this game. There were glimpses, but nothing consistent. When you can’t run consistently, it makes you one-dimensional.”
Mississippi State snapped a three-game losing streak with a 56-41 win against Samford, and coach Dan Mullen made no bones about what it meant to his team to get back in the win column.
Dan Mullen is here. "I don't know of any team in the country who appreciates a win more than our guys."
— Bob Carskadon (@bobcarskadon) October 29, 2016
Tennessee and South Carolina
Will Muschamp and the Gamecocks earned a statement win at home against the Volunteers, and he was pretty happy about it.
“We’re a different team at home, in my short time here, as far as how our guys approach and play,” he said. “Our fan base has a tremendous effect on us. I’m proud of our players. I told them to invest and asked them to continue to believe. … If you just continue to do the things we ask you to do, we know we’ll get there.”
For Tennessee, a season that began with so much promise is now in a bit of turmoil. The SEC East crown is out of reach, and coach Butch Jones has his work cut out for him as his team readies for the stretch run.
— Lauren Cash (@WVLTCash) October 30, 2016
Auburn and Ole Miss
Auburn won its fifth straight game with a 40-29 win at Ole Miss, and as much momentum as “The Gus Bus” has right now, coach Gus Malzahn was busy trying to keep things on an even keel.
“We’re playing pretty good football right now. Like I said last week, we’re not looking ahead,” he said. “We’ve got Vanderbilt. They’re a team on the rise. … I’m going to enjoy this tonight, and I probably shouldn’t even have said that.”
In the other locker room, Hugh Freeze was left to ponder a season gone awry. The Rebels have dropped three games in a row, and even a bowl bid at this point is far from certain. That might be what he uses for a rallying cry.
Freeze: These seniors deserve to go out as fighters.
— Brad Logan (@BradLoganCOTE) October 30, 2016
In a week full of chaos, the Aggies enjoyed a drama-free win against New Mexico State. Kevin Sumlin’s squad is 7-1 and still in the hunt for a spot in the four-team playoff.
Sumlin: Great for our team and fans that we're relevant in November. It's great that our fans are able to root for people to win or lose.
— TexAgs (@TexAgs) October 30, 2016