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, Arkansas 9
Another dominant performance for the Tide, and another standout game by running back Damien Harris. The senior managed 125 yards and a pair of scores while only running the ball nine times in this one. While he’s not in the class of Saquon Barkley or Derrius Guice, Harris could be a RB to keep an eye on in next year’s NFL Draft as a potential day two steal.
- Georgia 53, Missouri 28
Big day from QB Jake Fromm, who threw for 326 yards and 2 TDs on 18-26 passing. It’s safe to say at this point that, the health of Jacob Eason aside, Fromm is firmly holding onto the starting QB job for Georgia. The Bulldogs continue to match the Tide’s impressive pace, as they head into their bye week with a pristine 7-0 record and the No. 3 spot in the AP poll.
LSU 27, 10. Auburn 23
Hell of a comeback by LSU this week, as they overcame a nine-point fourth quarter deficit to a tough conference opponent to pull out the victory. LSU’s big offensive producer in this one was D.J. Chark, who had 150 yards receiving out of QB Danny Etling’s 206 yards passing. In defeat, Auburn was once again led by RB Kerryon Johnson, who had 156 ground yards and a touchdown.
Mississippi State 35, BYU 10
Big win for the Bulldogs, as they beat a quality out-of-conference opponent in BYU. QB Nick Fitzgerald had himself a productive day at the office, as he registered 241 aerial yards and 2 TDs to lead his team to a win. They face a tough test this week, as they welcome the SEC’s biggest surprise thus far: the 5-1 Kentucky Wildcats.
South Carolina 15, Tennessee 9
Gritty victory for the Gamecocks in this one. RB A.J. Turner scored the lone touchdown on the afternoon, as his 14 carries for 86 yards really helped put So. Car. over-the-top. Meanwhile, this loss puts Tennessee at 0-3 in conference play, and what looked like a promising season at the outset is looking grimmer by the week.
Ole Miss 57, Vanderbilt 35
Massive performances this week by Ole Miss QB Shea Patterson and WR A.J. Brown. Patterson threw for 351 yards and four touchdowns; Brown caught half the scores and had nearly half the yards (174). Vandy RB Ralph Webb had 163 yards rushing and two touchdowns in a losing effort and provided a bright spot for the Commodores in an otherwise bleak game.
Texas A&M 19, Florida 17
The Aggies did something that is much more difficult in actuality than it is on paper: they went into Gainesville and won a dogfight with the Gators. QB Kellen Mond had a brutal day for A&M, as he only completed 33% of his passes with no TDs and an interception. Nevertheless, they did just enough to beat Florida, even though they gave up 242 yards on the ground.
Bold prediction: A third SEC team sneaks into a New Year’s Six Bowl.
At this point, Alabama and Georgia are just about locks to be playing on New Year’s. While I’m not sure who, I believe some team from the rest of the pack will emerge and be playing in another one of the major bowl games. Whether that is LSU, Auburn or another dark horse is TBD, but keep an eye on the rest of the pack moving forward.
All stats courtesy ESPN.
Cover photo courtesy timesfreepress.com.