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The playoffs are taking shape in the Southeastern Conference. The Eastern Division is down to South Carolina and Tennessee and it only a matter of who wins the matchup on Halloween that will determine the top seed. Both teams remain undefeated as USC was on fall break this week and was idle, while Tennessee defeated Georgia 32-10 to eliminate the Bulldogs from playoff contention.
In the West, Alabama has claimed the top spot with an unblemished record. Despite having three losses, Florida sits in second place. With a loss to Auburn today, the Running Rebels dropped to 1-3 leaving 3 teams with three or more losses. A victory in Florida’s final game at Ole Miss should give the Gators the ticket to the playoffs.
Georgia improved tremendously this season and was hoping to shock the SCRC with a win over the Volunteers yesterday. The bulldogs were 3-1 coming into the match but Tennessee came out ready to play.
“We started off pretty strong. Our forwards went down and we banged pretty hard against there’s,” said Tennessee club President Logan McNeil.
The Volunteers got on the board first with a try but Georgia responded with a score of its own to even it at five. Tennessee, took control henceforth, however, putting up 27 unanswered points before a consolation try from Georgia.
“We just kind ground it out, grounded away for the rest of the game out,” McNeil added. “They are a much improved side from last year and they never gave up but we just came out with the win.”
With the win, Tennessee set up a date with the Gamecocks to decide who will take home the Eastern Division title. Tennessee won the meeting last year and is hoping to duplicate the success, albeit on the road this year.
“It is going to be a tough game. They are definitely a good team and they have been playing some pretty good rugby,” McNeil said of South Carolina. “We are definitely looking forward to it because we always love being that first seed coming out of the east.”