It was a busy and exciting week for SEC football. I know it’s hard to keep up with how all of the teams did – I’d be lying if I said I sat down and watched every single game – but I’ll try and give a brief synopsis of each team’s performance from the previous week. Additionally, at the end I’ll put forward one bold prediction moving forward. With that being said, let’s get into this week’s action:
- Alabama 41, Fresno State 10
This game was mostly business as usual for the Crimson Tide. One thing does stick out: true freshman RB Najee Harris had more carries than his counterparts Bo Scarborough and Damien Harris – combined (13-12). Not sure if this was due to the opponent they played or if it will be a permanent change going forward, but it’s definitely something to keep an eye on.
- Clemson 14, 13. Auburn 6
Auburn QB Jarrett Stidham was sacked 11 times in this game, with DE Austin Bryant having four all by himself. Clemson’s D-Line is arguably the best in the country, but Auburn’s offensive linemen have to do a better job than this protecting their QB if they hope to have success going forward. The defense kept them in this game, but it’s hard to win when you move backward as much as you move forward.
- LSU 45, Chattanooga 10
About the result you expect when you see an SEC West team face Chattanooga. It was 42-3 entering the 4th quarter, which means the Mocs didn’t do anything until coach Oregeron decided to get his backups some work. This is the type of dominant performance that should encourage Tigers’ fans going forward.
- Georgia 20, 24. Notre Dame 19
This was close and could have gone either way, but edge rusher Lorenzo Carter made sure the Bulldogs left South Bend with a win. He badly beat a future first round pick off the edge in OT Mike McGlinchey and strip-sacked QB Brandon Wimbush to seal the victory with less than two minutes left. It was his only sack of the game, but it was a massive one.
- TCU 28, Arkansas 7
A bit disappointed by the Razorbacks’ performance in this one. QB Austin Allen was only 9-23 for 138 yards and a TD, and the defense let up almost 200 ground yards. Both will need to improve drastically over the remainder of the season.
- Tennessee 42, Indiana State 7
Second straight week in which the Volunteers have put up 42 points. The offense seems to not be missing a beat after losing QB Josh Dobbs to the NFL, and the defense did what you expect it to do against an opponent like Indiana State.
Kentucky 27, Eastern Kentucky 16
The Wildcats took care of their in-state foes with relative ease. It was a one-point game heading into the fourth, which further proves than Kentucky is a basketball school and these winning ways likely won’t last. Still, a win is a win, and the Wildcats should enjoy them while they can.
Ole Miss 45, UT Martin 23
Ole Miss trailed early in this one before taking care of an inferior opponent with relative ease. QB Shea Patterson threw for 489 yards and 5 TDs, which is both an extremely impressive stat-line and an extremely disconcerting fact considering who they were playing. The Rebels got away with an early deficit in this one, but they won’t once conference play starts.
Vanderbilt 42, Alabama A&M 0
Not much to say about this game. Vanderbilt did what it had to and manhandled Alabama A&M. They scored 35 of their 42 points in the first half, which shows this one was over fairly early.
South Carolina 31, Missouri 13
In the only conference battle of the week, the Gamecocks easily defeated Missouri on the road. The running games were relatively even, but QB Jake Bentley thoroughly outplayed QB Drew Lock. That, and a kick return TD for the Gamecocks by Deebo Samuel, were the key difference-makers in this one.
Texas A&M 24, Nicholls 14
Nice bounce-back win for the Aggies, who desperately needed it after their epic collapse against UCLA. Their pass defense could clearly still use some work, as they gave up 264 pass yards to QB Chase Fourcade. Nevertheless, this was a step in the right direction.
Mississippi State 57, Louisiana tech 21
This game produced the most notable play of the week: on second & goal, LA Tech managed to lose 90 yards and end up back on their own 7 yard-line. If you haven’t seen the video, I strongly suggest taking the time to watch it, because it’s absolutely mind-blowing how something like this even occurs. As for the game… well, LA Tech was as close to winning as they were to scoring a touchdown on third & goal.
Bold prediction: Ole Miss finishes the season around .500
The Rebels were not have not looked overly impressive to start the season. With big-time SEC West foes looming around the corner, it’s not a stretch to imagine them suffering a bit of a losing streak, especially with so much turnover from last year’s coaching staff.
All stats courtesy ESPN.
Cover photo courtesy gridironnow.com.