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 56, Mercer 0
The Crimson Tide sat Minkah Fitzpatrick in this one, and that proved to be a wise decision. They manhandled Mercer, led by Jalen Hurts going 7-7 for 180 yards and 3 TDs and helping the team build a 35-0 halftime lead. Now, the Tide are one win away from locking up a trip to the SEC title game, but that won’t come easy, as they’ll need to beat Auburn on the road to do so.
- Auburn 42, Louisiana Monroe 14
Speaking of Auburn, they also handled their business this week and absolutely demolished UL Monroe. Once again, Jarrett Stidham and Kerryon Johnson led the way, as the former threw for 235 yards and 2 TDs, while the latter ran for 137 yards and a score. Now at 9-2, they head into probably the most evenly-matched Iron Bowl in a long time.
- Georgia 42, Kentucky 13
Nice bounce back win for the Bulldogs, who came out and beat an upstart Wildcats football team. Nick Chubb was the key cog in the offensive attack for UGA, as they got back to running the ball with authority behind his 151 yards and 2 TDs. Benny Snell Jr. had the lone touchdown in defeat for UK, as he ran for 94 yards in the loss.
- Mississippi State 28, Arkansas 21
Bit of a scare here for Mississippi State, but they were able to pull this one out over the Razorbacks. QB Nick Fitzgerald continues to prove he’s a dual-threat quarterback, as he combined for 254 yards and 3 touchdowns between the ground and the air in this one. Meanwhile, Arkansas was led by Freshman WR Reginald Todd, who had 3 catches for 54 yards and a score.
- LSU 30, Tennessee 10
The post-Butch Jones era started off poorly for the Vols, as LSU came into Tennessee and took care of business fairly easily. RB Derrius Guice was the lead horse for the Tigers, as he ran his way to 97 yards and a touchdown to help his team to victory. For the losing side, QB Jarrett Guarantano had a decent day, as he threw for 239 yards and a score in defeat.
South Carolina 31, Wofford 10
Although this was only Wofford’s second loss on the year, they clearly never had enough to take down a severely underrated Gamecocks squad. QB Jake Bentley was the driving force for his team with 194 passing yards and a touchdown, and RB A.J. Turner had 69 yards and a c=score on the ground. Now t 8-3, So. Car. looks primed to make a good bowl game in the next few weeks.
Florida 36, UAB 7
In what has been a horrible season for Florida, this proved to be a much-needed bright spot. Feleipe Franks got the start for the Gators, and he did the job by passing for 152 yards and 2 touchdowns in the victory. Even though he only completed 50% of his passes, it was one of the better performances by a Gators QB all year – which, to be honest, doesn’t say much at all.
Texas A&M 31, Ole Miss 24
Close contest between two of the middling teams within the SEC, but A&M had just enough to take the victory. QB Nick Starkel proved to be huge for the Aggies, as he threw for 272 yards and a touchdown to help his team get the win. On the flip side, RB Jordan Wilkins had a sloid day for Ole Miss, as he rushed for 147 yards and a touchdown.
Missouri 45, Vanderbilt 17
Make that 5 straight wins for the Tigers, as they continued to show their offensive prowess in this victory over the Commodores. QB Drew Lock only completed 40% of his passes for Mizzou, but he still threw for 235 yards and 3 TDs to ignite the blowout. Vandy QB Kyle Shurmur threw for more yards with 348, but he also threw 3 interceptions in the loss.
Bold prediction: Florida hires Lane Kiffin in the offseason.
Last week, I predicted Tennessee would hire Peyton Manning in the offseason; this time, I’m guessing UF goes after Lane Kiffin. Kiffin will want somewhere bigger than FAU to bring in recruits and rebuild his name, and UF needs to hire a marquee name to help rebuild the program. In my opinion, this is a match made in Heaven.
All stats and info courtesy ESPN.
Cover photo courtesy bangthebook.com.