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:
- Georgia 24, South Carolina 10
In their first week as the number one team based on the College Football Playoff rankings, the Bulldogs took care of business at home against an underrated South Carolina football team. Nick Chubb led the way, as the upperclassman had 102 rushing yards on 20 carries. On the flip side, South Carolina QB Jake Bentley had a productive game (albeit in defeat), as he threw for 227 yards and a touchdown.
- Alabama 24, 19. LSU 10
Always a better game than the score indicates it is, Alabama once again took care of business of in-conference rival LSU at home. The Tigers’ lone TD was scored by Darrel Williams, and he also led the team in rushing with 83 yards on a mere 7 carries. It wasn’t enough to beat the Tide though, as Jalen Hurts’ 227 yards of total offense and 2 TDs were too much for the LSU defense.
- Auburn 42, Texas A&M 27
Auburn went into College Station and had a huge win to boost their record to 7-2 on the season. QB Jarrett Stidham was the key cog in the victory: he threw for 268 yards and 3 scores to help the tigers take care of business in this one. Auburn RB Kerryon Johnson also had an excellent game, as he ran 145 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries.
- Mississippi State 34, UMass 23
Credit UMass for keeping this one close for a while, but it wasn’t sufficient to beat a clearly superior Bulldogs team. QB Nick Fitzgerald actually helped win the game with his legs, as he ran the ball 17 times for 135 yards and two touchdowns. Now 7-2, Mississippi State looks like it could be in-line for a possible New Years’ Six Bowl if they can outplay Auburn the rest of the way and finish as the SEC’s third-best team.
Missouri 45, Florida 16
Nice little win streak for the Tigers, as one more would put them at .500 for the season. Mizzou QB Drew Lock had 228 yards and 3 TDs through the air, and he was a big reason the Tigers were able to put UF away so early and easily. For Florida, Malik Zaire had a fairly poor game with 158 yards and an interception in his first start of the year.
Vanderbilt 31, Western Kentucky 17
Vandy, like Missouri, moves to 4-5 on the season with a win. RB Ralph Webb led the way for the Commodores, as he gained 104 yards on the ground and a touchdown to help secure the victory.
Ole Miss 37, Kentucky 34
A dogfight in Lexington turned out to be a good win for the Rebels. Ole Miss QB Jordan Ta’amu had a massive game with 382 passing yards and 4 TDs, and he completed nearly 80% of his passes. UK RB Benny Snell Jr. had a great game for the losing team with 176 rushing yards and 3 TDs.
Arkansas 39, Coastal Carolina 38
The Razorbacks are yet another SEC team that moves on to 4-5 with a victory in week 10. QB Cole Kelley led the team with 264 passing yards and a touchdown, and RB T.J. Hammonds supplemented his performance with 199 yards on the ground and a touchdown himself.
Tennessee 24, Southern Mississippi 10
The Volunteers are also 4-5 now (maybe it’s just me, but it seems like every SEC team is ranked or has a 4-5 record). Anyway, RB John Kelly had 79 rushing yards and two touchdowns for the Vols to lead UT to a win. QB Jarrett Guarantano only needed to throw the ball 13 times with 9 completions, which shows how well Tennessee was running the ball.
Bold prediction: Missouri finishes best among the current 4-5 SEC teams.
Mizzou had a horrible start to the season, but they are now riding a three-game winning streak and put up big points every week. QB Drew Lock is one of the better under-the-radar QBs in the country, and he is the centerpiece of this high-powered offense. I think Mizzou will ride the hot streak through the rest of the season and could even finish above .500 with a bowl win.
All stats courtesy ESPN.
Cover photo courtesy saturdaydownsouth.com.