Week 5 was kind of a dud for SEC football. Saturday was headlined by a pair of top-15 contests (Arkansas-Georgia, Ole Miss-Alabama) and the combined final scores were 79-21. It’s those two and everybody else.
Last week: beat Ole Miss 42-21; this week: @ Ole Miss
Last week: beat Arkansas 37-0; this week: @ Auburn
The conversation starts and stops with these two. Ole Miss had probably the best chance to beat Bama and the Tide steamrolled them. Georgia, on the other hand, came into Saturday’s game against Arkansas allowing 5.8 points per game and that number went down after the Dawgs pitched its second straight shutout.
It’s college football and anything can happen in this wild sport, but it sure feels like these two are going to head to Atlanta at 12-0 and play what’ll be a pretty meaningless SEC Championship game because the loser will still make the CFP; then they’ll meet again in Indianapolis for the national championship.
3 Ole Miss
Last week: lost to Alabama 42-21; this week: vs. Arkansas
Yeah Bama ran Ole Miss out of Bryant-Denny Stadium, but if Lane Kiffin hadn’t gone for two different fourth downs in his own territory maybe that game doesn’t get out of hand so quickly.
Last week: lost to Georgia 37-0; this week @ Ole Miss
Arkansas got an unfortunate dose of reality Saturday in Athens. Sam Pitttman has great coordinators who in turn have great schemes, but they don’t have the athletes that Georgia or Bama have and that’s why they’ll always be a second tier football program.
Last week: beat Florida 20-13; this week: vs. LSU
The Cats may very well be the second best team in the East and I fully expect them to beat LSU Saturday night in Lexington.
Last week: lost to Kentucky 20-13; this week: vs. Vanderbilt
Florida had about 37 million shots at the endzone on its final possession to force overtime against Kentucky but couldn’t get the job done. Fortunately they’ll get a chance to bounce back against Vanderbilt before heading to Baton Rouge next Saturday.
Last week: beat LSU 24-19; this week: vs. Georgia
Last week: lost to Auburn 24-19; this week: @ Kentucky
I wanted to put LSU lower but they did beat Mississippi State on the road who just beat A&M on the road. That’s very playoff committee logic of me I know. But give it a few weeks and I’m sure we’ll see LSU tumble down the standings.
9 Mississippi State
Last week: beat Texas A&M 26-22; this week: BYE
I still think Mississippi State finishes last in the West come season’s end but after a tough showing against LSU and beating A&M on the road I’m not sure what to think anymore.
10 Texas A&M
Last week: lost to Mississippi State 26-22; this week: vs. Alabama
Life sure came fast for A&M. One minute you’re in the Top 10, the next you’ve lost two straight and will surely lose a third straight once Bama finishes with them. And they just gave Jimbo a massive $95 million extension which is just a real shame.
Last week: beat Missouri 62-24; this week: vs. South Carolina
I don’t know what got into Tennessee Saturday but they ran all over Missouri in CoMo. Here’s a little fun fact: Tennessee as a team ran for 458 yards against Missouri; LSU has rushed for a total of 353 yards this season.
Last week: lost to Tennessee 62-24; this week: vs. North Texas
After getting run all over on Missouri gets to lick its wounds against North Texas.
13 South Carolina
Last week: beat Troy 23-14; this week: @ Tennessee
They beat Troy which is nice. Now we’ll see a battle of first-year head coaches as Carolina travels to Knoxville.
Last week: beat UConn 30-28; this week: @ Florida
They beat UConn in the sickos game of the week of the year of the century.