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 59, Vanderbilt 0
The Tide were obviously the better team coming into this one, but I mean… wow. Just wow. Alabama went into Nashville and put a beating on Vanderbilt, led by running back Damien Harris (151 yards, 3 TDs). Simply put, this was the best team in the country playing the best football possible; 99 times out of 100, that spells doom for the opposition, and that showed for the Commodores this week.
- Georgia 31, 17. Mississippi State 3
Last week, I sang MSU’s praises and said they’d be spending plenty of time in the rankings, so what happens? They go into Georgia and get destroyed. Nick Chubb led the way with 81 rushing and 2 TDs, and the defense limited Nick Fitzgerald to 14/29 passing and forced two turnovers. Following this dominant performance, Georgia looks like the team to beat coming out of the SEC East.
- Auburn 51, Missouri 14
This one went exactly as it was supposed to: a good SEC team visited a bad one and had their way with them. QB Jarrett Stidham only threw for 218 yards and 1 TD, but he didn’t need to do much in order for Auburn to have success in this one. In short, Auburn really just did what it needed to.
- Florida 28, Kentucky 27
Florida got lucky to get a win in this one. Neither Feleipe Franks nor Luke del Rio did much to impress, but they made timely plays (especially Del Rio) and rode their defense and its four sacks to victory. Still, props for Kentucky for staying in this one; even in a loss where they made some poor plays, they proved they could hang with one of the SEC’s big boys.
- LSU 35, Syracuse 26
Good bounce-back victory for LSU, who needed it after that horrible loss to Mississippi State last week. Even with Derrius Guice being limited to only 14 yards, Darrel Williams was able to lead the way with 92 yards and a TD. Although it wasn’t the most impressive performance, it’s always good to get a win coming off a tough loss.
Texas A&M 50, Arkansas 43
This actually turned out to be one of the better games of the week. After being down in the fourth quarter, A&M was able to tie the game up and force overtime, during which they would go on to score and win the game. Big day for receiving prospect Christian Kirk too, as he went for 110 receiving yards and 2 TDs.
Tennessee 17, UMass 13
Not the most impressive win for the Volunteers, as they barely squeezed by a Minutemen team that is yet to win a game. Although the game was close, running back John Kelly (101 rushing yards, 1 TD) and receiver Brandon Edward Johnson (7 receptions, 123 yards) still had big days and carried their team to victory.
South Carolina 17, Louisiana Tech 16
While LA Tech is slightly more fearsome than UMass, this isn’t an overly inspiring win for the Gamecocks. QB Jake Bentley had a nice day with 295 yards passing and a touchdown, but this was a lot closer than it reasonably should have been. Nevertheless, it’s tough to start 3-1 in the SEC, so give credit to South Carolina for doing so.
Bold prediction: Alabama will play a very close game vs. Ole Miss this week.
Dominant performances like the Crimson Tide’s vs. Vanderbilt usually lead to trap games. Ole Miss will be extra motivated coming into this one to take care of the best team in the country, whom they play better than most teams do. Don’t be surprised if Alabama has to sweat this one out.
All stats courtesy ESPN.
Cover photo courtesy gridironnow.com.