Gene Sapakoff: SEC football Best and Worst of Week 10 – Lattimore tribute, Clowney hero act,“curmudgeonly” Nick Saban and Gus Malzahn make the Top 5 and Bottom 5 lists

LSU defensive end Sam Montgomery sacks South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw (14) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. LSU won 23-21. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Top 5

- Sam Montgomery. Classy LSU defensive end from Greenwood wanted to wear No. 21 vs. Alabama as a tribute to his Palmetto State pal Marcus Lattimore but must stick with No. 99. Will settle for No. 21 on his arm pads.

- Georgia D. Called out as “soft” by Dawgs safety Shawn Williams, Georgia stuffed Florida, 17-9. Head coach Mark Richt’s first words after the game: “I’d say we’re not soft.”

- Clowney (again). JD proves himself SEC MVP worthy with nick-of-time forced fumble against Tyler Bray and the Vols to save 38-35 victory for the Gamecocks.

- Texas A&M offense. Not just Johnny “Football” Manziel; the Aggies are third in the nation in scoring at 45.5 points per game, and two touchdowns away from having a perfect record going to Mississippi State.

- Gus Malzahn. Took a lot of heat late last season but who’s laughing now? Gene Chizik is 1-7, Cam Newton is 1-6 and Malzhan has Arkansas State 5-3 overall and 3-1 in the Sun Belt Conference with three straight wins. Also, Arkansas State’s 57-34 loss at Oregon looks more impressive by the week.

Bottom 5

- CBS. Snagging an 8 p.m. time slot for Bama-LSU seemed smart. But Tide opened as an 8-point favorite and it’s up to 9.5 or 10 in what might be a rout.

- Gamecocks pass defense. 381 yards vs. Tennessee.

- Arkansas. Road to bowl eligibility got tougher with a 30-27 home loss to Ole Miss. Now the Razorbacks (3-5) must win three of their last four (Tulsa, at South Carolina, at Mississippi State, LSU).

- War Eagle. Not just the coaching staff on the hot seat, now it’s reportedly the AD, too. Ideal time for a visit from 1-7 New Mexico State, isn’t it?

- Media vs. Nick Saban. Always a dull moment. This week on a conference call Yahoo’s esteemed Pat Forde tried telling Saban that some people consider the Alabama head coach “curmudgeonly.” Saban: “Thanks for the insight.”

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