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:
- Auburn 40, 1. Georgia 17
I saw some of the second half of this one, and all I can say is… wow. The Tigers defended their home turf and absolutely annihilated the top-ranked Bulldogs, led by QB Jarrett Stidham’s 214 passing yards and 3 TDs. The win earned the Tigers the 6-seed in the updated CFP rankings, and with Alabama lurking on the horizon, Auburn could be in the conversation as a potential playoff team if they run the table.
- Alabama 31, 16. Mississippi State 24
This game was hard fought by Mississippi State, but at the end of the day Alabama proved to be just a bit too much. Calvin Ridley had the big game for the Tide, as he erupted for 171 receiving yards (Jalen Hurts had 248 passing) on a mere 5 catches. Aeris Williams had an excellent game with 97 yards on the ground and 2 scores for MSU, but it wasn’t enough to overcome ‘Bama.
- LSU 33, Arkansas 10
The Tigers ran through the Razorbacks on the back of running back Derrius Guice (that’s a mouthful). Guice had 21 carries for 147 yards and 3 touchdowns, and he looks as though he has put any early-season injury issues in the rear-view mirror. Arkansas as a team combined for 142 rushing yards, which makes Guice’s performance that much more impressive.
Ole Miss 50, Louisiana 22
Behind 35 first half points, the Rebels put this one away fairly early. QB Jordan Ta’amu had a monster day, as he put up 418 passing yards and 3 touchdowns in the blowout. Ta’amu has stepped up nicely in Shea Patterson’s absence, and one has to wonder if there will be a QB competition at Ole Miss next summer.
South Carolina 28, Florida 20
The Gamecocks, with this win, move to a very impressive 7-3 on the year. RB A.J. Turner was So. Car.’s big contributor in this one, as he had 136 rushing yards on 22 carries to help them to victory. Meanwhile, Florida suffers yet another loss, and an already horrible year gets even worse for the Gators.
Kentucky 44, Vanderbilt 21
Great win for the Wildcats, who were once again carried by Benny Snell Jr. The running back led the attack with 17 carries for 116 yards and 3 scores, and he continues to be one of the more underappreciated RBs in college football. Vandy QB Kyle Shurmur had a nice game in defeat, as he threw for 308 yards and a touchdown.
Texas A&M 55, New Mexico 14
The Aggies blew the Lobos out of the water in this one. QB Nick Starkel really showed out for A&M, as he threw for 416 yards and 4 touchdowns and kept the Aggies’ offense motoring along for the whole game. Although they are only 6-4, A&M is a dangerous team heading into bowl season and will give some team major matchup problems because of its offense.
Missouri 50, Tennessee 17
The Tigers have really gotten on quite a hot stretch, and Drew Lock has been the main reason why. The quarterback only threw for 217 yards in this one, but he still managed four TDs in a blowout win. On the flip side, this loss put UT at 0-6 in SEC play, which was enough for Butch Jones to officially get fired by the school.
Bold Prediction: Peyton Manning gets the coaching job at Tennessee in the offseason.
Okay, maybe this is more wishful thinking than a bold prediction. Still, wouldn’t it be cool to see Manning come into his alma mater, boost recruiting through the roof and raise the Volunteers up from the ashes? Not sure if UT is willing to make such a bold hire, but it would be one hell of a story if they did.
All stats & info courtesy ESPN.
Cover photo courtesy gridironnow.com.