It was a big week in the SEC, no doubt! South Carolina beat Florida in Overtime. Florida appears to be looking for a new coach. Mississippi State was ranked number one, but got knocked off by 5 in a thriller against Alabama. Alabama appears to, once again, be the class of the SEC West. Tennessee got another big win toward getting themselves into a bowl game by beating Kentucky. Auburn got absolutely hammered by Georgia, but Georgia loses Gurley to injury. You have to wonder what this means for Georgia. Missouri may have assured themselves of getting into the SEC Championship game and still only having two losses by beating Texas A&M.
The SEC West once again beat itself up and one team out of the College playoff, for now. We'll start with the East and Georgia's destruction of Kentucky. I have to admit, with the way Georgia had played and all Kentucky had done, I thought it would be a much better game. Ole Miss handled Presbyterian in the way I think we all knew they would. Texas A&M beat third ranked Auburn, which has knocked Auburn out of the 3rd spot in the playoff. Mississippi State continued to win against UT Martin and kept the number 1 slot in the playoff.
The week in the SEC was another big one. We had a possible Final Four elimination game, a near huge upset, and one very large upset. First of all, Texas A&M suspends their starting quarterback and wins over UL Monroe by only 5. The rest of the season is being questioned and what they will do at quarterback next season as well. Florida came out and crushed Georgia in a huge upset. I don't think anyone saw this one coming. Florida's ground attack was what Georgia's normally is. Kentucky lost to Missouri by ten.
It was a big week in the SEC. Arkansas came out and hammered UAB. They're still searching for that first SEC win in almost two years. Mississippi State played a very game Kentucky team. I will admit that Kentucky played much better than I thought they would. Mississippi State proved why they are ranked number one and took care of business. Missouri beat Vanderbilt in a SEC East game. Missouri gets to 6 wins with only two losses, but no key big wins. Ole Miss lost in a nail biter to LSU. LSU played about as good as I've seen them play, while Ole Miss seemed off of their game.
The SEC ended the week with 4 of the top 5 ranked teams. All 4 of these teams are from the SEC West. South Carolina won against an inferior opponent in Furman. They may be the most disapointing team in the SEC East, but with that side not fairing as well, they could make a run to get into the championship game, believe it or not. Texas A&M got crushed by a very determined Alabama team. I really have little to say other than A&M played their worst and 'Bama played their best game. Georgia beat Arkansas fairly easily. Their backup running back, Chubb, ran for 202 yards. This guy is for real and so is Georgia.
It was yet another wild week in the SEC. We start with Kentucky easily handling UL Monroe and becoming more of a threat in the East. Georgia played well without their star running back and hammered Missouri. This win helps Georgia out a lot and shows weaknesses in Missouri's game. Tennessee needed to get some momentum in the East and got a big win over Chattanooga. While Chattanooga may not be the best of teams, the confidence may be what Tennessee needed to get them back on track. LSU had a close game with the Gators. Florida drops it's second SEC game while LSU wins it's first. LSU will go to a bowl game, but I don't think they're anywhere near what we thought they were at the beginning of the year.
Most of the SEC held to form, but a few games brought some big surprises. South Carolina is having a very disappointing season. Missouri beat them after the Tigers lost to Indiana last week. It is obvious that the Game Cocks are not the team we thought they were. LSU made short work of New Mexico State. Even with the one loss, LSU is still in the hunt for the SEC West. Tennessee is obviously improving. They gave a good Georgia team a major test. Georgia's running game is very good and Missouri kept up scoring 32 points. Georgia will have to play better if they expect to continue with winning the East. Kentucky played a good game and beat Vanderbilt. Probably a test of the worst two teams in the conference, but they could both beat mid-level teams of most other conferences.
Week 4 turned out to show us some more things about the SEC. We saw three games that featured SEC on SEC and several games versus lesser opponents and one good win against an out of conference team. We started off the week with Auburn defeating Kansas St. This was a big win for the Tigers and should lift them past the doubters. They are a top 5 team and showed it. We saw what we thought we would in most of the rest of the out of conference schedule, Georgia handed it to Troy, A&M easily defeated SMU and Arkansas beat Northern Illinois. I do think that the Arkansas win was big for the Razorbacks. I don't think they were expected to handle this team like they did. They may be setting themselves up to upset a team or two in the ultra competitive SEC West.
Here's the question that I come away with after the third week of college football. Can any SEC team, in either division, make it through the SEC schedule undefeated. I am very concerned that the West may not produce any undefeated teams and it's going to be hard to get through with less than two losses. With five teams in the top ten and teams like Arkansas and Mississippi State surprising the Nation right now, it's going to be a very difficult division to sift through. These teams also have to play a couple of teams out of the SEC East, which is not slouch of a division in itself.
Most of the SEC played out of conference this week and for the most part played much weaker competition. They played well, as far as you could tell. Alabama looked very good in a game against Florida Atlantic. I think their Quarterback issue was solved with Sims playing very well. Missouri played well against a decent Toledo team and won by three touchdowns. Tennessee beat an Arkansas State team that has some good years in the previous few seasons. Tennessee is looking good this season. Mississippi State's offense looked good against UAB and they won. Kentucky beat an Ohio team out of the MAC, they need to improve.
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