South Carolina 31, UCF 14
At the beginning of this game, it looked like absolute disaster for South Carolina. The Gamecocks were down 14-5 at one point to a UCF team that was 0-3 and has lost to FIU and Furman. Luckily, they got their act together. Freshman Lorenzo Nunez started for the Gamecocks and had a very solid first start, completing 12 of his 22 passes for 184 yards and two touchdowns. He also had some good production on the ground, rushing for 123 yards from 18 carries. He pretty much carried the team on his back. It was ugly and sloppy, but it was a W for South Carolina.
LSU 34, Syracuse 24
ALL ABOARD THE LEONARD FOURNETTE HEISMAN TRAIN. NEXT STOP: SYRACUSE, NEW YORK. CHOO CHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.
Alright, it was an ugly Tiger win. Alright, they didn't play all that well against a decent at best Syracuse team. But oh my god, Leonard Fournette. 26 carries for 244 (!!!!!!!!!) yards and two touchdowns. 244. TWO HUNDRED FORTY FOUR. He should be the frontrunner for the Heisman right now, and if he isn't, something is not right. Brandon Harris was actually incorporated into the Tigers' offense, throwing for 157 yards and a touchdown from 8 completions. With that being said, it was all Fournette all the time.
Georgia 48, Southern 6
Well, there's nothing much to talk about here. Nick Chubb went off, rushing for 131 yards and two touchdowns from 15 carries. Two Georgia quarterbacks played well, Greyson Lambert completing 9 of his 10 passes for 146 yards and a touchdown and Brice Ramsey completing 11 of his 14 passes for 125 yards. It was a solid tuneup for the Bulldogs before facing the mighty Crimson Tide next week.
Florida 28, Tennessee 27
OH MY GOD TENNESSEE YOU ALMOST HAD IT, GOODNESS GRACIOUS, HOW MANY TIMES CAN YOU LOSE TO FLORIDA, WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO YOU?
OHHHHHHH MY GOODNESS, TENNESSEE. OH. MY. GOODNESS.
Tennessee is going through Oklahoma all over again. They had it, with a 27-14 lead late into the 4th quarter. And they lost it. They just lost it.
Looking at the stats, Tennessee's passing game was nonexistent, Josh Dobbs throwing for 83 yards from 10 completions. They relied on the ground in this one. Josh Dobbs rushed for 136 yards from 18 carries, and Jalen Hurd rushed for 102 yards and two touchdowns from 28 carries. On the Florida side, Will Grier needs some credit. He had a great performance, completing 23 of his 42 attempts for 283 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. Also, Kelvin Taylor was a monster on the ground for the Gators, rushing for 102 yards and two touchdowns from 19 carries. It was another exciting Tennessee-Florida game and another one where the Vols wonder, "what if?"
Alabama 34, UL Monroe 0
Congratulations to Nick Saban and Alabama on avenging their loss to UL Monroe from 2007. You know they do well in revenge games. Anyways, there's nothing much to talk about here. The Crimson Tide found a good performance from Jake Coker, as he completed 17 of his 31 pass attempts for 158 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception. They didn't rely too much on the run game, producing just 137 total yards on the ground. As for UL Monroe's ground game, well.......
It was a good showing for the Tide before they have to travel to Georgia.
Texas A&M 28, Arkansas 21 (OT)
So, Texas A&M knocked off a preseason highly ranked team to open the year, followed by their beating some cupcakes while that preseason highly ranked team shows that they're not as good as people thought, and then A&M struggles against Arkansas but mounts a late game rally and wins in overtime before playing Mississippi State in week five after Mississippi State is coming off of a big, road conference win. That's what happened last year, right?
Well, that's exactly what's happening this year.
Arkansas looked as though they finally got A&M. Up 21-13 late in the 4th quarter, BUT NO. Texas A&M came back yet again and beat Arkansas in overtime yet again. The Razorbacks were led by a great performance on the ground by Alex Collins, as he rushed for 151 yards and a touchdown from 26 carries. Brandon Allen also had a good performance through the air, completing 20 of his 25 passes for 225 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. With that being said, Kyle Allen had a much better performance. He completed 21 of his 28 passes for 358 yards and two touchdowns. It was an overall sloppy showing for Texas A&M, but it was a win. They're gonna need to keep the train moving next week against State.
Ole Miss 27, Vanderbilt 16
Well, um, Ole Miss, I don't know what on earth you did. You completely wet the bed and still won. You nearly lost to Vanderbilt. Oof. The Rebels were led by a decent showing by Chad Kelly, completing 24 of his 42 passes for 321 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions. It was a meh performance from Kelly. Meh. Jaylen Walton had a solid game on the ground, rushing for 133 yards and a touchdown from 21 carries. But, it was a solid performance by the Ole Miss defense, holding the Commodores to just 322 total yards. With that being said, this was just ugly for Ole Miss. The hangover game is in full effect.
Kentucky 21, Missouri 13
Well, we learned something today. Kentucky is good. The Wildcats were led by a spectacular outing by Patrick Towles, completing 22 of his 27 passes for 249 yards and two touchdowns. It was a really good way to bounce back from a really bad game last week against Florida. It was a pretty ugly performance for Maty Mauk, completing 50% of his passes for 180 yards and a touchdown. If it wasn't any indication against UConn, Missouri's offense is horrendous. Absolutely terrible. With that being said, this is a huge victory for Mark Stoops and the Kentucky program, as its the Wildcats' first win over a top 25 opponent since 2010.
Mississippi State 17, Auburn 9
This was huge. Absolutely huge. This was a must win game for both teams, crucial to the season's future, and we got it done. It was ugly, but we got it done. First of all, Dak Prescott. I can't give him enough credit for how well he threw the ball. He completed 29 of his 41 passes for 270 yards and two touchdowns. Right now, it looks like we're going to adopt this pass-first offense with Dak. So far, it's not too bad. With that being said, I'd like for us to find a running game, but we can't. We just can't. With the exception of a solid performance by Brandon Holloway, our run game is nonexistent. Our offense line can give Dak time to throw, but they can't hold defenders off for the run game to develop. To our defense. The main reason why we won isn't because of Dak Prescott. It was our red zone defense. Auburn had four trips to the red zone. Six points, zero touchdowns. Those four stops is why we won this football game. Continuing with the defense, OH MY GOODNESS RICHIE BROWN. 13 tackles, 12 of which solo tackles, three tackles for loss, and two sacks. HAVE YOURSELF A DAY, YOU MIGHTY GOD OF THE BEARD. HAVE YOURSELF A FEAST OF TIGER AND ENJOY IT. To wrap it all up, we needed this one. If we end up having a year similar to last year, point to this victory as the reason why. First time winning in Auburn since 2007 and first time beating Auburn in consecutive years since the stretch of 1997-2000. Enjoy this one. It was gigantic.