Week 1

SEC Week 1 Rankings & Quick Takes


What happened in all the Week 1 SEC games? Where are all the teams ranked, and what’s the quick take on each game? Check out the SEC rankings and analysis.


SEC Week 1 Rankings, Predictions & Quick Takes

SEC rankings will be done and changed on the fly each weekend after the games are over and the Quick Takes are up.

How are the SEC predictions so far? SU: 9-3, ATS: 6-6

1. Alabama (1-0)

Final Score: Alabama 52, USC 6
Prediction: Alabama 27, USC 20, Alabama -10.5
Up Next: Western Kentucky

Quick Take: It’s okay to test out a true freshman at quarterback against a team like USC when you have the offensive line to take care handling everything up front. It took about a quarter to get into lather, but the interior of the Bama front was destroying the USC tackles, and everything worked fine from there. The defense did its part, too, showing off even more speed at linebacker than normal. This was a fast and athletic USC team, but Alabama proved it’s a fast, athletic, and physical team at the highest of levels.
Alabama destroys USC: 5 Things That Matter

2. LSU (0-1)

Final Score: Wisconsin 16, LSU 14
Prediction: LSU 23, Wisconsin 17, LSU -9.5, o/u: 44.5
Up Next: Jacksonville State

Quick Take: What went wrong? The two tremendous lines couldn’t generate enough of a push and couldn’t provide any power. Leonard Fournette ran for 138 yards, but no one else did much of anything – Derrius Guice was a non-factor. The O line couldn’t get Fournette free outside of one big run, and the D line didn’t generate enough pressure throughout the game. LSU was the far better team, but it got outplayed and outcoached.
Wisconsin shocks LSU: 5 Things That Matter

3. Georgia (1-0)

Final Score: Georgia 33, North Carolina 24
Prediction: Georgia 37, UNC 17, Georgia -2.5, o/u: 54.5
Up Next: Nicholls State

Quick Take: It wasn’t always pretty, and it took a little while to finally breathe easily, but overall it was a good game for the Bulldogs to see what they’ve got. Nick Chubb can’t run the ball 32 times a game, but on his repaired knee, the team knows he can. Jacob Eason can handle himself under the pressure, the defense did a great job against a decent passing team, and under the pressure of having to come through in the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs got the win for Kirby Smart.
Georgia beats North Carolina: 5 Things That Matter

4. Tennessee (1-0)

Final Score: Tennessee 20, Appalachian State 13 OT
Prediction: Tennessee 44, ASU 17, Tennessee -20.5, o/u: 57.5
Up Next: Virginia Tech (in Bristol)

Quick Take: The Volunteers looked awful. The offensive line didn’t generate a push, QB Joshua Dobbs was lousy, Jalen Reeves-Maybin got booted after a targeting call on special teams, and it took a few a few missed kicks and a miraculous fumble recovery to survive. Tennessee should’ve lost this game, and didn’t. It’ll take the win and it won’t matter how it all looks if the team keeps on winning, but it’s not doing much of that if it plays like this against the Hokies next week, or against Ohio or Florida to follow.
Tennessee beats Appalachian State: 5 Things That Matter

5. Ole Miss

Final Score: Florida State 45, Ole Miss 34
Prediction: Florida State 34, Ole Miss 24, FSU -4.5, o/u: 57
Up Next: Wofford

Quick Take: This really might be a special Florida State team – there’s no reason to get too into a twist over the loss, especially if the team can bounce back in two weeks when Alabama comes to town. Against Wofford, though, the offense has to figure out how to help Chad Kelly. A running back needs to emerge, and the line has to do a stronger job of protecting the franchise star. If Kelly isn’t fantastic every week, Ole Miss is in trouble against the SEC big boys.
Florida State stuns Ole Miss: 5 Things That Matter

6. Texas A&M (1-0)

Final Score: Texas A&M 31, UCLA 24 OT
Prediction: Texas A&M 27, UCLA 24, Texas A&M -2, o/u: 56.5
Up Next: Prairie View A&M

Quick Take: It wasn’t the lights-out explosive offense of the Johnny Manziel years, but it was balanced, solid, and it did the job against a UCLA defense with a solid defensive front and excellent secondary. Trevor Knight wasn’t all that accurate – he only completed 22-of-42 passes – but he showed the veteran moxie to handle the situation just fine. Trayveon Williams and Keith Ford were a nice 1-2 rushing tandem, the fabulous receiving corps did its part, and A&M can breathe a sigh of relief. It would’ve been ugly if it didn’t hang on and pull it out.
Texas A&M survivs UCLA: 5 Things That Matter

7. Florida (1-0)

Final Score: Florida 24, UMass 7
Prediction: Florida 48, UMass 7, Florida 35.5, o/u: 50
Up Next: Kentucky

Quick Take: Uh oh. It was 10-7 in the fourth quarter against what might be the worst team in college football. Luke Del Rio was okay with the dink and dunk passing game, but the power running attack fell flat. The D wasn’t going to let this get too interesting, allowing just 187 yards and giving up just one third down conversion, but on a night honoring Steve Spurrier, the offense was supposed to roll. Most interesting to note considering the issues of last year, Eddy Pineiro hit all three of his field goal attempts including a 49-yarder.

8. Auburn (0-1)

Final Score: Clemson 19, Auburn 13
Prediction: Clemson 37, Auburn 30, Clemson -7.5, o/u: 59
Up Next: Arkansas State

Quick Take: The defense did its part to keep the high-powered Clemson offense in check and from taking over, but the AU offense was just plain weird. The constant rotation of quarterbacks killed the continuity, and the consistent going for it on fourth downs was a problem when points were there to be taken on field goals. Kerryon Johnson was the only part of the running game that worked, and the passing game was ugly, but even with all the problems, Auburn had two shots in the end zone for the win. The Tigers proved they could play with the No. 2 team in college football – but they could’ve won.
Clemson gets by Auburn: 5 Things That Matter

9. Arkansas (1-0)

Final Score: Arkansas 21, Louisiana Tech 20
Prediction: Arkansas 37, Louisiana Tech 17, Arkansas -26, o/u: 53.5
Up Next: at TCU

Quick Take: The Hogs pulled it out, but they needed to work way too hard to do it. There might be some key replacements taking over, but Louisiana Tech was starting 13 new starters and it managed to hang around until late. Austin Allen was okay, but his two interceptions gave the Bulldogs life. While the O controlled the clock and managed to bust through late – powering for three fourth down conversions on the day – the yards just weren’t there. It was a frustrating game with TCU coming up next. Arkansas needs to get ready for a shootout, but it didn’t show off the weapons.

10. Missouri (0-1)

Final Score: West Virginia 26, Missouri 11
Prediction: West Virginia 27, Missouri 23, WVU -10, o/u: 50
Up Next: Eastern Michigan

Quick Take: On the plus side, the offense moved the ball. It wasn’t as painful as it was last year, but there were lots and lots of passes that didn’t lead to enough scores. Drew Lock completed 23-of-51 throws for 280 yards and a score, and receivers emerged with J’Mon Moore and Chris Black each coming up with over 100 yards, but the O didn’t get into the end zone until the fourth quarter. The bigger disappointment was the defense that allowed almost 500 yards of West Virginia offense. There wasn’t enough pop on offense – the D will have to be back up to last year’s snuff to carry the attack until it’s ready.

11. South Carolina (1-0)

Final Score: South Carolina 13, Vanderbilt 10
Prediction: South Carolina 20, Vanderbilt 17, Vandy -3.5, o/u: 42.5
Up Next: at Mississippi State

Quick Take: The Gamecocks got win over an SEC on the road – there are no real complaints. Okay, so maybe the offense wasn’t efficient against a nasty Vanderbilt defense that allowed just 308 yards, but having a kicker in Elliott Fry who could connect from 48 and 55 yards out made up for the mistakes. It looks like the two quarterback system will continue with Perry Orth hitting 11-of-19 passes and Brandon McIlwain, while dynamic, just not there as a passer.
South Carolina beats Vanderbilt: 5 Things That Matter

12. Vanderbilt (0-1)

Final Score: South Carolina 13, Vanderbilt 10
Prediction: South Carolina 20, Vanderbilt 17, Vandy -3.5, o/u: 42.5
Up Next: Middle Tennessee

Quick Take: The Commodores gave one away because the offense still just isn’t working. The defense did its part, especially against the run, and Ralph Webb helped pace the ground attack with 97 yards, but Kyle Shurmur just couldn’t find anything deep completing just 8-of-22 passes for 73 yards. They have to figure out how to open it up a bit more, but South Carolina’s defense is vastly improved. Vandy had it, but it got beaten on two huge field goals, and with them, likely their bowl chances.
South Carolina beats Vanderbilt: 5 Things That Matter

13. Kentucky (0-1)

Final Score: Southern Miss 44, Kentucky 35
Prediction: Kentucky 41, Southern Miss 27, Kentucky -6.5
Up Next: at Florida

Quick Take: Ugh. Where was the defense in the second half? Southern Miss is supposed to have a great offense, but it wasn’t expected to run the ball as easily as it did with two 100-yard rushers taking over the game. UK came up with three picks, and the offense got a huge day out of Drew Barker with 323 yards and four touchdown passes, but the D couldn’t hold as USM rallied for the shocker. The offense just never had the ball as USM ground out the game keeping the ball for over 40 minutes.

14. Mississippi State (0-1)

Final Score: South Alabama 21, Mississippi State 20
Prediction: Miss State 48, South Alabama 13, MSU -29.5, o/u: 56.5
Up Next: South Carolina

Quick Take: The Bulldogs left the door open. They started out fine, but they didn’t do enough to put the game away in the first half and couldn’t do anything in the second. Nick Fitzgerald was awful to start the game, and while Damian Williams completed 20-of-28 passes, they didn’t go anywhere – the passing game came up with just 143 yards. The O couldn’t convert enough third down chances, the time of possession was all on the other side, and Westin Graves missed two field goals including the chip shot game-winner. This loss doesn’t matter if MSU beats South Carolina next week, but it’s embarrassing.