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October 21, 2013

5 ranked SEC teams fall in crazy day for league

LSU, Texas A&M, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina all lose

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — It may rank as the craziest weekend in recent Southeastern Conference history.
Five conference teams in the Top 25 lost in league play Saturday, including three defeated by unranked opponents. The stunning results represented the latest indication this isn't a typical season for the league that has produced the last seven national champions.
While top-ranked Alabama remained steady in its pursuit of a third straight national championship, the rest of the SEC struggled.
"I think the fans and media are surprised, but I'm never surprised," Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze said. "Never surprised. And I don't think any of the coaches in our league are ever surprised at what happens on Saturday."
Freeze's Rebels won 27-24 over No. 6 LSU. No. 7 Texas A&M lost 45-41 to No. 24 Auburn. No. 11 South Carolina fell 23-21 to Tennessee. Vanderbilt defeated No. 15 Georgia 31-27. In each of these games, the loser was favored by at least seven points.
Even No. 14 Missouri's 36-17 victory over No. 22 Florida qualified as an upset. The Gators were favored by three points.
The flurry of upsets caused a shake-up in the Top 25 released Sunday. Missouri soared to No. 5, and Auburn rose to No. 11. LSU tumbled to No. 13, Texas A&M fell to No. 14 and South Carolina slipped to No. 20. Georgia and Florida dropped out of the rankings entirely.
It's unclear whether five ranked SEC teams had lost on the same day before, but it hadn't happened in the last 20 years, according to STATS. Four ranked SEC teams fell the week of Oct. 20, 2007. This marked the first time Florida, LSU and Georgia all lost on the same day since Sept. 20, 1986.
Vanderbilt beat a ranked foe for the first time since 2008. Tennessee ended a 19-game losing streak against Top 25 opponents. Missouri beat ranked teams in back-to-back weeks for the first time since 1973.

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