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 66, Ole Miss 3
My bold prediction last week was that this could end up being a close game; once again, I was utterly and completely wrong. For the second straight week, the Tide proceeded to demolish the opposition, this time behind 298 total yards and 3 TDs from QB Jalen Hurts. Once again, Alabama looks like an unstoppable force of nature.
- Georgia 41, Tennessee 0
While I was wrong about the Alabama game, my take on Georgia as a playoff contender is starting to look more and more realistic by the week. The defense forced two interceptions and recovered two fumbles, and a 294-yard ground assault was paced by Nick Chubb, who had 109 yards on 16 carries. As of now, they are looking like the clear frontrunners to come out of the SEC East.
- Auburn 49, 24. Mississippi State 10
This was quite the statement game from Auburn, as they took what many would consider a quality Bulldogs team and absolutely demolished them. QB Jarrett Stidham threw for 264 yards and 2 TDs, while RB Kerryon Johnson ran for 116 yards and 3 scores. At this point, they look like the only team with a chance to beat Alabama prior to the SEC title game.
- Florida 38, Vanderbilt 24
Well, at least this was semi-close. Vandy QB Kyle Shurmur did everything he could to keep his team in the game, as he threw for 264 yards and 3 TDs against a very talented Gators defense (although he was 18-40 passing). Still, it’s hard to win when you can’t stop the run, and Florida was led to victory by RB Malik Davis’ 124 rushing yards and 2 TDs.
Troy 24, 25. LSU 21
Troy was given almost a million dollars to play at LSU on homecoming night, and to top it off they left Baton Rouge with a MAJOR upset victory. Troy RB Jordan Chunn led the way with 191 rushing yards and a score, and it took LSU until late in the fourth quarter to even make this a tight game. Now there second loss in three weeks, LSU has seemed to hit a bit of a rough patch.
Arkansas 42, New Mexico State 24
Nice to see the Razorbacks get back on track. They were able to put up 494 yards of total offense, led by 264 yards passing and 3 TDs from QB Austin Allen. While this only gets them back to .500, it’s definitely a step in the right direction moving ahead.
Kentucky 24, Eastern Michigan 20
This win now gives the Wildcats a 4-1 record on the young season. RB Benny Snell Jr. led the way with 75 yards on 21 carries and a touchdown, and helped Kentucky bounce back nicely from a tough loss to Florida.
Texas A&M 24, South Carolina 17
Following that horrific season-opening loss to UCLA, A&M has proceeded to go undefeated since. They were able to beat a tough South Carolina team with superstar WR Christian Kirk only managing to go for 4 catches and 13 yards. We’ll find out this week what Kevin Sumlin’s boys are really made of, as they play host to 1. Alabama.
Bold prediction: Georgia runs the table to the SEC title game.
No, that isn’t a mistype; I’m not saying Alabama won’t run the table to the conference championship game, but I am predicting that Georgia will. After dismantling a good Tennessee football team, the Bulldogs look deserving of their top-5 spot in the AP poll. They do have some tough games, but it doesn’t look like anyone besides the Tide will be able to take them down in the SEC.
All stats courtesy ESPN.
Cover photo courtesy gannett-cdn.com.