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 41, Colorado State 23
Give the Rams credit for putting up 23 points against the vaunted Crimson Tide defense. Still, they didn’t give up 13 of those until the 4th quarter, and it’s hard to beat a team who’s QB puts up around 350 total yards. Also, the Tide answered the question of who their lead RB would be going forward, as it appears to be a combination of Bo Scarborough and Damien Harris.
Mississippi State 37, 12. LSU 7
On Friday, I wrote about how LSU was one of the three SEC teams that could beat Alabama; on Saturday, they made me look like an idiot. The Bulldogs bottled up RB Derrius Guice for only 76 rushing yards, and Aeris Williams nearly doubled that total against the Tigers’ defense with 146 yards on the ground. Now out to a 3-0 start with a marquee win over a top-25 opponent, the Bulldogs are definitely a team to keep an eye on as the season progresses.
- Georgia 42, Samford 14
With Sony Michel out of this one, Nick Chubb decided to have himself a day. The running back went off for 131 yards and 2 TDs on just 16 carries. While the opponent may not have been a significant one, this was an extremely impressive performance that should put NFL scouts on notice.
- Auburn 24, Mercer 10
The Tigers didn’t dominate in this one, but they did enough to get the job done against a fairly beatable opponent. RB Kamryn Pettway accounted for all 3 TDs to go along with 128 yards on 34 attempts, while QB Jarrett Stidham was extremely efficient, completing 32 of 37 passes for 364 yards. This was a nice bounce-back win following that awful performance against Clemson’s defense.
Vanderbilt 14, 18. Kansas State 7
Nice upset win for the Commodores in this one. There was no real star performer in this one; QB Kyle Shurmur only had 205 passing yards, and the team combined for 65 rushing yards. Nevertheless, this shows the timely playmaking this team possesses, and like Mississippi State, they’re out to a 3-0 start with a top-25 win.
- Florida 26, 23. Tennessee 20
This game produced the highlight of the weekend: tied at 20 with 9 seconds left, Gators QB Feleipe Franks threw for a 63-yard Hail Mary to WR Tyrie Cleveland in order to win the game as time expired. Good for the Gators, who desperately needed to find a QB capable of making clutch throws like the one Franks made. Also, the CB was in man coverage with no safety help when Cleveland caught the ball, which begs one to ask how Tennessee could come up with such an incompetent defensive play call.
Texas A&M 45, Louisiana 21
The Aggies are trying to bury any memory of their opening week disaster vs. UCLA. QB Kellen Mond threw for 301 yards and 3 TDs to lead the Aggies to a convincing win over Louisiana. Still, it’s going to take more than a couple of wins for Kevin Sumlin to keep his coaching seat nice and cool.
Purdue 35, Missouri 3
Looks like it may be a long season for Missouri football. Now 1-2, they let the Boilermakers come into their home stadium and absolutely destroy them this weekend. Another game with no real standout performers; just one team getting beat by a better one.
Kentucky 23, South Carolina 13
Maybe the Wildcats aren’t just a basketball school after all? Now 3-0 on the young season, they took down a quality Gamecocks squad behind 102 rushing yards and 2 TDs from Benny Snell Jr. They still have a lot of work to do, as they let up over 300 yards passing to Gamecocks’ QB Jake Bentley, but anytime you win your first 3 games, it’s something to be proud of.
California 27, Ole Miss 16
Last week’s bold prediction was that Ole Miss would finish the season around .500; they took their first loss of the season this week against Cal. Shea Patterson still threw for 363 yards and 2 TDs, but that went along with 3 INTs. Anytime your QB is turning the ball over like that, you will have a difficult time winning football games.
Bold prediction: Mississippi State spends plenty of this season in the AP Top 25.
Last week’s win put them all the way up to number 17 in the rankings; this week, they participate in what may be CFB’s best matchup when they travel to Georgia to take on the Bulldogs. A win would solidify their status as one of the best teams in the conference; with a loss, there’s still a chance they’re ranked in the mid-20s come next week. Either way, we know the Bulldogs will be a tough out moving ahead, and they’ll make teams work for every win.
All stats courtesy ESPN.
Cover photo courtesy fansfavoritefan.com.