Texas A&M 35, South Carolina 28
How did Mississippi State lose to Texas A&M? Keeping up with this game on Saturday, that question kept popping up in my head. Texas A&M gave up 28 points and 445 yards against one of the worst offenses in the SEC. The Aggies started freshman Kyler Murray, who had a decent performance, completing 20 of his 28 passes for 223 yards and a touchdown. I give him credit for a solid showing in his first start, but don't go crazy over him, since he was playing against a defense that has been giving up 430 yards per game.
Ole Miss 27, Auburn 19
The storyline going into this game ended up being the storyline after this game. Laquon Treadwell. After his season ending injury against this team a year ago, he came out wanting the ball. 7 receptions for 114 yards and a touchdown. With that being said, Ole Miss had a pretty sloppy offensive performance. Chad Kelly threw for 381 yards and two touchdowns but threw two interceptions. For Auburn, they shot themselves out of this one, particularly in the red zone. Auburn had three opportunities in the red zone, two of which were 1st downs inside the Rebel 5, and how many touchdowns did they score? None. Zero. Zip. Nada. We saw their red zone struggles against Mississippi State, and they were amplified to the highest extent in this game. It was a struggle for Auburn, and the preseason SEC champions have a long way to go to get to a bowl game. This Gus Malzahn expression says it best for the Tigers.
Florida 27, Georgia 3
Another game in Jacksonville, another Florida domination. Although struggling offensively, Geoff Collins' defense won the game for the Gators. Florida held Georgia to just 223 total yards and forced Faton Bauta to throw four interceptions. Particularly impressive in their defensive showing was their run defense, holding the Bulldogs to 69 yards on the ground. Offensively, Florida was led by a great performance by Kelvin Taylor, rushing for 121 yards and two touchdowns from 25 carries. Because of this, they didn't have to rely on Treon Harris too much, as he completed just 8 passes from 19 attempts for 155 yards and a touchdown. With this win, Florida is clutching on the SEC East title tightly, just a win over Vanderbilt away from clinching it.
Arkansas 63, UT Martin 28
Nothing unexpected here. Although their defense had a pretty atrocious performance, the Arkansas offense shined, starting with Alex Collins. Goodness gracious. Collins rushed for 173 yards and five (that's right, five) touchdowns from 16 carries. That's an average of 10.8 yards per rush. Not too shabby. Also, Brandon Allen had a very solid showing, completing 14 of his 19 passes for 265 yards and two touchdowns. The Razorbacks now are two wins away from bowling but will have a difficult road getting there, having to play at Ole Miss, at LSU, Mississippi State, and Missouri.
Houston 34, Vanderbilt 0
Coming off of their first SEC win under Derek Mason, Vanderbilt had some major momentum traveling to Houston. Well, none of that momentum made the trip apparently. Vanderbilt put up a staggering 185 total yards against the Cougars, and if you think that's bad, look at their passing stats.
What an absolute train wreck. The Commodores' 44 passing yards were put up against Houston's 221. That's it right there, folks. 44 passing yards, three interceptions, and neither one of their quarterbacks could get a QBR better than 1.2. That's as spooky as Halloween football can get.
Tennessee 52, Kentucky 21
Well, Tennessee wasn't going to be remotely down after their Alabama loss. Nope. Not one bit. The Volunteers were led by a fantastic performance by Josh Dobbs, completing 16 of his 26 passes for 233 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. Also, he put up 71 yards and two touchdowns from seven carries on the ground. They were also helped by a mediocre showing from Patrick Towles, who completed 16 of his 33 passes for 184 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. Tennessee is looking good and has a pretty easy road ahead of them.