What happened this weekend? Here’s everything you need to know about Week 9 of the SEC season.
SEC Week 9 Roundup, Rankings, Bowl Projections & What You Need To Know
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SEC Week 9 Rankings
1. Alabama (7-0)
2. Texas A&M (7-1)
3. Auburn (6-2)
4. LSU (5-2)
5. Tennessee (5-3)
6. Florida (6-1)
7. Arkansas (5-3)
8. Georgia (4-4)
9. Ole Miss (3-5)
10. Kentucky (4-3)
11. South Carolina (3-4)
12. Missouri (2-5)
13. Vanderbilt (4-4)
14. Mississippi State (3-5)
SEC Week 8 Roundup
Auburn 40, Ole Miss 29
Prediction: Auburn 37, Ole Miss 30, Auburn -4.5
Quick Take: Auburn kept the production rolling with 307 yards and three scores thanks to a huge day from Kamryn Pettway, taking off for 236 yards and a score on big run after big run, and with Sean White coming up with yet another solid performance completing 15-of-22 passes for 247 yards and a score with no picks. The Tiger O had to keep rolling to make up for the problems in the secondary against an epic day from Chad Kelly. He’s the entire Rebel offense, throwing for 465 yards and three scores and running for a team-high 40 yards, but the attack couldn’t keep up in the second half. Auburn’s D might have given up 570 yards, but it also generated stop after stop late – and was helped by a huge Evan Engram drop – to keep the Rebels from getting back in the game.
South Carolina 24, Tennessee 21
Prediction: Tennessee 31, South Carolina 14, Tenn. -13.5
Quick Take: All is lost for the Vols. You can’t lose to South Carolina, and Tennessee did just with the season now a total disaster, especially with the easy month of November ahead. Joshua Dobbs came up with a horrible day through the air, completing just 12-of-26 passes for 161 yards and a score with two picks. Give credit to South Carolina’s defense for rising up and creating the key stops, while the offense finally produced. Rico Dowdle ran 27 times for 127 yards and a score, and Jake Bentley completed 15-of-20 passes for 167 yards and two scores to keep bowl hopes alive.
Texas A&M 52, New Mexico State 10
Prediction: Texas A&M 50, New Mexico State 13, A&M -43.5
Quick Take: The A&M Aggies bounced back from the Alabama game with a nice and easy layup, getting 204 yards and two scores out of Trevor Knight and getting several different parts involved in the blowout. But if this is ever remembered as anything more than a scrimmage to add another win onto the pile, it’ll be the Christian Kirk game. He only caught five passes for 36 yards and a score, but he returned two punts for two scores, breaking the game open.
Florida 24, Georgia 10
Prediction: Georgia 23, Florida 20, Florida -7.5
Quick Take: The Gator defense did its job as the offense methodically took advantage of its chances. Georgia’s ground game went absolutely nowhere, with Nick Chubb running for 20 yards on nine carries, and the team as a whole finishing with just 21 yards on 19 runs. The quarterbacks weren’t anything special – Jacob Eason struggled, finishing with 143 yards, while Luke Del Rio threw for 131 – and neither offense could move the ball, but Florida converted its third down plays, dominated the clock, and the defensive front owned the Georgia offensive line.
Kentucky 35, Missouri 21
Prediction: Missouri 37, Kentucky 31, Missouri -4.5
Quick Take: The Missouri defense just isn’t getting any better. Kentucky rolled at will in the first half with an unstoppable ground game that finished with 377 yards thanks to 192 yards and two scores from Benny Snell and 182 yards and a touchdown from Boom Williams. The Tiger defensive front getting shoved around isn’t new, but UK isn’t supposed to do that. Drew Lock threw for 220 yards and two touchdowns for the Tigers, but it was way too little, way too late. Mizzou ended up having the ball for just over 20 minutes, Again, the lack of any run defense – even though the Tigers hung out behind the line – proved to be a killer.
Mississippi State 56, Samford 41
Prediction: Mississippi State 44, Samford 27
Quick Take: Nick Fitzgerald came up with 417 passing yards and five scores, and he ran for 119 yards and two scores as Mississippi State had to work way, way, WAY too hard to come up with what was supposed to be an easy win. The Bulldog secondary got destroyed by Devlin Hodges and the Samford passing game, giving up 468 yards and four scores, but it had just enough key moments with three picks to slow things down. MSU turned it over three times on its own, and the D ended up allowing 627 yards of total offense.
SEC Week 9 Bowl Projections
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
Allstate Sugar Bowl
Goodyear Cotton Bowl
Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
AutoZone Liberty Bowl
AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl