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SEC football weekend in review - Week 9 - Florida close to wrapping up SEC East

After their win over Georgia on Saturday, the Florida Gators are one win away from wrapping up the SEC East title in head coach Jim McElwain's first season.

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Texas A&M 35, South Carolina 28

Kyler Murray had himself a day in his first career start. He was so impressive to the Texas A&M staff and head coach Kevin Sumlin that the true freshman has been named the starter at quarterback moving forward. The prized recruit threw for 223 yards and rushed for 156 more, which included a clutch 4th-and-1 conversion late in the ball game. South Carolina has made a habit out of making quarterbacks look good this season, Greyson Lambert and Drew Lock being two of them. Those two haven't fared very well as their seasons dragged on, can Murray continue to boost the Aggies?

No. 11 Florida 27, Georgia 3

I've been waiting all season for the Gators to deliver a stinker. This historically weird rivalry was the date I circled but Florida came out and dominated Georgia as they built a 20-0 halftime lead. UF has been carried by their defense this season but the offense hasn't missed a beat with Treon Harris taking over for Will Grier. Kelvin Taylor had another big performance against UGA, accounting for 121 yards on the ground and two touchdowns. The Gators are now just one win away from securing the SEC East title.

No. 18 Houston 34, Vanderbilt 0

Greg Ward Jr. is the man for Houston but Tom Herman's defensive unit took this middling SEC offense to the woodshed. Houston outgained Vanderbilt 371-185 and the Commodores failed to move into Houston territory until 12:08 remained in the third quarter. Kyle Shurmur started for the ‘Dores but usual starter Johnny McCrary relieved him at one point. The two combined to go 5-of-20 for 44 yards and three interceptions. The Cougar defense forced four turnovers on the day. Ward, Houston's dynamic quarterback, tossed 23 passes, completing 15 of them, for 221 yards. They're now 8-0 for the fourth time in school history and have six wins by 21 or more points, only Baylor has that many three touchdown wins this year. Herman in Columbia looks mighty nice.

No. 19 Ole Miss 27, Auburn 19

Laquon Treadwell wanted Auburn to "feel his pain" after he suffered his heartbreaking injury against the Tigers last season. The junior wideout caught a fourth quarter touchdown pass as the Landshark defense sealed the game afterwards to secure the win. On the day, Treadwell caught seven passes for 114 yards and the late touchdown. Chad Kelly completed 22-of-51 for 381 yards and two touchdowns but also gave away a pair of interceptions. With an undisclosed injury, Auburn quarterback Sean White limped his team to a close game against a superior opponent. White finished 12-of-28 for 258 yards while sporting a hefty knee brace. Carl Lawson finally returned for the Tigers and you can tell, Auburn is a different defense with that man on the field.

Arkansas 63, UT-Martin 28

It was a big offensive day for the Razorbacks as they climbed back to .500 after a win over Tennessee-Martin. Alex Collins found the endzone a career-high five times as he rushed for 173 yards on just 16 carries. Quarterback Brandon Allen also had a solid day as Arkansas marched to 591 yards of total offense on the day. Brett Bielema's first team offense scored on eight of their 10 drives Saturday afternoon. I hope Arkansas enjoyed this one because they play at Ole Miss and at LSU in back-to-back weeks.

Tennessee 52, Kentucky 21

Tennessee completely owns Kentucky and Butch Jones has continued that trend. Two years in a row now, the Vols have put up 50+ in blowout wins. Tennessee overall has won 30 of its last 31 meetings with Kentucky. Saturday's win looked far from certain as the Wildcats held a 14-10 lead with five minutes left in the first half. The Vols would outscore UK 42-7 the rest of the way. Joshua Dobbs was effective through the air and on the ground, accounting for 284 total yards and adding a pair of touchdowns with his arm and a pair with his legs. UT may also sport the most dangerous return game in the country as they returned a kickoff and a punt for a touchdown on Saturday night.