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 27, Texas A&M 19
Props to the Aggies for keeping this game close, but at the end of the day it wasn’t enough to beat Alabama. They had a big opportunity to make the Tide sweat this one out when they got in the red zone early in the 4th down 24-10, but QB Kellen Mond threw a crucial interception to DB Minkah Fitzpatrick that killed a lot of their offensive momentum. As for Alabama, they were once again carried by RB Damien Harris, whose 124 rushing yards helped lead the team to another 6-0 start.
- Georgia 45, Vanderbilt 14
The Bulldogs’ dominant season continued, as they went into Nashville and demoralized the Commodores almost as badly as Alabama. This week, Sony Michel led the charge with 150 yards on the ground on a measly 12 carries to go along with a TD; Nick Chubb also had 138 rushing yards and two scores. At this point, it looks like Alabama-Georgia is a lock for the SEC title game.
- Auburn 44, Ole Miss 23
Tigers’ running back Kerryon Johnson looks like the real deal. This week, he dominated the Rebels’ run defense for 204 yards and 3 TDs and helped lead Auburn to a blowout victory at home. Although he has only played in four games, Johnson has totaled 504 rushing yards on the season; it’s not a stretch to say he could get to 1,500+ on the year.
LSU 17, 21. Florida 16
Right after I write about how LSU has some serious issues on its hands, they go out and win a dog-fight down in Gainesville. Danny Etling did prove my game-manager point correct, as he only managed to complete nine passes for 125 yards and a TD. Still, that’s more yards than Florida QB Feleipe Franks had (108), so props to LSU’s passing defense for stepping up big-time to help them get the win.
South Carolina 48, Arkansas 22
The Gamecocks continued their productive season behind Jake Bentley’s 199 passing yards and 3 TDs. Now 4-2 on the year, South Carolina could be a team to watch as we get late into the season and figure out who’s playing who in the bowl games. Meanwhile, this loss drops Arkansas to 2-3 on the year, which has been especially disappointing given the nature of their losses to TCU and Texas A&M.
Kentucky 40, Missouri 34
This actually turned out to be a really good game, with the game being tied at 27 heading into the final frame. Mizzou QB Drew Lock had a monster game, throwing for 355 yards and 3 TDs. It wasn’t enough to overcome the Wildcats, who, behind Benny Snell Jr.’s 117 rushing yards and 2 TDs, now move to 5-1.
Bold prediction: Both Alabama and Georgia will make the College Football Playoff.
If they run the table until the SEC Championship – which it looks like they will – the Committee should not let that game decide who gets a playoff spot; instead, it should give one to each. With USC and Oklahoma already having suffered tough losses (given, USC’s was to a good Washington State team), the only two other teams that look talented enough to compete in the playoff are Clemson and Penn State. We all saw the talent disparity last year with Washington, and who’s to say it would be any different with WSU or the Huskies this year? The committee needs to put the four best teams in the playoff, and the Tide and the Bulldogs constitute two of those four teams.
All stats courtesy ESPN.
Cover photo courtesy arkansasonline.com.