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 45, Tennessee 7
Typical Alabama week: bury the opponent early with offense, stifle them with defense, and take care of business with ease. RB Damien Harris led the attack with 72 rushing yards and a score; WR Calvin Ridley added 8 catches for 82 yards himself, and QBs Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa combined for 332 passing yards and 2 TDs. Outside of the Texas A&M game a few weeks ago, the Crimson Tide have really not shown any weakness so far this season, which is a scary sign for the rest of the NCAA.
- Auburn 52, Arkansas 20
Another blowout by a ranked team, as Auburn went into Arkansas and destroyed the Razorbacks. The victory was powered by the running game, as the Tigers had 345 yards on the ground with 5 TDs, but no one individual player had 100 yards rushing (RB Kamryn Pettway led the team with 90 yards and 3 scores). Meanwhile, a tough season for the Razorbacks continues, as they now fall to 2-5 and look completely lost without an answer to their struggles in sight.
- LSU 40, Ole Miss 24
This game was all about Derrius Guice, as the superstar running back had by far his best game of the season. He led LSU with 276 rushing yards and a touchdown on 22 carries and, along with fellow RB Darrel Williams (22/103/1), helped the Tigers dominate a feisty Rebels’ team. On the other side, Ole Miss lost more than just the game, as QB Shea Patterson hurt his knee in this one and will miss the remainder of the season.
Missouri 68, Idaho 21
Even though Missouri is one of the bottom-feeders of the SEC, they’re still an SEC team, which is more than I can say about Idaho. The Tigers were carried by QB Drew Lock, who had 467 yards passing and 6 touchdowns in this one. Although it’s only their second win of the year, this game was a much-needed bright spot for Mizzou and its football fans.
Mississippi State 45, Kentucky 7
Kentucky came into this game 5-1, but the way Mississippi State beat them, you wouldn’t have been able to differentiate them from a 1-5 team. Bulldogs’ QB Nick Fitzgerald showed off his dual-threat nature in the win, as he had 270 total yards and 3 TDs (2 rushing). For the Wildcats, this is an extremely discouraging performance, and one has to wonder how it will affect them moving forward.
Bold prediction: Mississippi State will finish the season with 3 losses or less.
Through 7 games, the Bulldogs sit at 5-2. They have one of the more stable QB situations in the conference, and have proven time and again they can hang with most teams. Although they still have to play Alabama and Texas A&M, I only see the MSU losing one more game on the season and getting themselves into one of the better bowl games.
All stats courtesy ESPN.
Cover photo courtesy gridironnow.com.