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 42, Florida 7
Another game, another dominating performance by Georgia. They only needed QB Jake Frohm to complete 4-7 passes to win this one, as the team rushed for a combined 292 yards, with Sony Michel leading the way with 137 of his own. It’s dominating performances like these, coupled with major wins like that over Notre Dame, that got Georgia the number one spot in the initial CFP ranking.
Arkansas 38, Ole Miss 37
Great win for the Razorbacks, as they won a dogfight in the midst of what’s been a rough season for them. No one really had a big game for Arkansas, but QB Cole Kelley helped lead the way with 189 passing yards and 3 TDs. Ole Miss QB Jordan Ta’amu had a massive day with 368 yards through the air, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Razorbacks in this one.
South Carolina 34, Vanderbilt 27
With this win, the Gamecocks move to 6-2 on the season and look like a potential sleeper team come Bowl season. A.J. Turner was the main force for So. Car., as he rushed for 121 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. On the other side, Vandy QB Kyle Shurmur had a big game with 333 passing yards and 4 TDs in defeat.
Missouri 52, Connecticut 12
Even though they’ve been absolutely horrible in SEC play this season, Mizzou continues to dominate in games outside of in-conference competition. Tigers’ QB Drew Lock had another huge day, as he went 31-37 for 377 yards and 5 TDs. In a rather dismal year, he has managed to show out just about every week and put up big numbers.
Missippi State 35, Texas A&M 14
In a battle of 5-2 teams, the Bulldogs put this out of reach fairly early and had a relatively easy win over the Aggies. QB Nick Fitzgerald did it all for Mississippi State, as he managed 246 total yards and 3 TDs (2 passing). A&M WR Christian Kirk had a rather quiet day like most of his team, as he only managed 5 receptions for 33 yards in this one.
Kentucky 29, Tennessee 26
Big bounce-back win for the Wildcats, as this one makes them bowl-eligible no matter what happens the rest of the way. RB Benny Snell Jr. was the main cog in the victory with his 180 rushing yards and 3 TDs. Tennessee QB Jarrett Guarantano had a decent day with 242 passing yards, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Volunteers from falling to 3-5 on the season.
Bold prediction: Georgia and Alabama don’t move from the 1 and 2 spots in the Playoff rankings until the Playoff itself.
This is kind of a boring one, but I don’t see the committee changing much the rest of the season. The Bulldogs and Crimson Tide are clearly the two best teams in the nation, and it’s not even really a debate at this point. It doesn’t look like either of them will be stopped until they collide with each other.
All stats courtesy ESPN.
Cover photo courtesy timesfreepress.com.