SEC Rankings & Quick Takes After Week 4

SEC Rankings & Quick Takes After Week 4

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SEC Rankings & Quick Takes After Week 4


What happened in all the Week 4 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 4 Rankings & Quick Takes

How are the SEC predictions so far? SU: 33-9, ATS: 17-20

1. Alabama (4-0)

Final Score: Alabama 48, Kent State 0
Prediction: Alabama 48, Kent State 6, Alabama -44
Up Next: Kentucky

Quick Take: RB Damien Harris got hurt with an apparent knee injury, but as it turns out, he appears to be okay. That’s all that matters in a game like this – the key parts have to stay healthy. It wasn’t going to be close, and Alabama could’ve hung 75 on the board if it really cared, but losing Harris matters. Joshua Jacobs ran for 97 yards and two scores, and Jalen Hurts was fantastic again – he hit 16-of-24 passes for 164 yards and a score, and ran for 54 yards and a touchdown – but you play a game like this to not get anyone hurt.

2. Tennessee (4-0)

Final Score: Tennessee 38, Florida 28
Prediction: Tennessee 20, Florida 17, Tennessee -7
Up Next: at Georgia

Quick Take: It just seems like the team needs a little bit of confidence. It’s all there when it comes to talent, experience, and the ability to win games against anyone in the country, but it needs positive momentum. Once that starts, it’s impossible to stop with this team. The O line could stand to be a bit stronger, and putting together a full 60 minutes was nice, but the Vols are 4-0 going into Georgia with a chance to all but end the SEC East race. This was the hurdle they had to overcome.

3. Texas A&M (4-0)

Final Score: Texas A&M 45, Arkansas 24
Prediction: Arkansas 30, Texas A&M 27, Texas A&M -6
Up Next: at South Carolina

Quick Take: For a guy who’s not supposed to be Johnny Manziel-like sensational, Trevor Knight is playing a whole lot like a Heisman candidate. He threw for an ultra-effective 225 yards and two scores, and ran for 157 yards and two touchdowns, highlighted by a 62-yard dash. Arkansas was supposed to have the running attack, but between Knight and Trayveon Williams – who ran for 153 yards and two scores – A&M outgained the Hogs 366 yards to 120, averaging ten yards per pop. It took a while to get there, but this was a major statement moment that this is the clear-cut No. 2 team in the SEC West.

4. Ole Miss (2-2)

Final Score: Ole Miss 45, Georgia 14
Prediction: Ole Miss 30, Georgia 24, Ole Miss -7.5
Up Next: Memphis

Quick Take: And there’s the Chad Kelly game. No problems this week in the second half after a great start, with the Rebels keeping their foot on the gas in the third quarter, helped by a brilliant day from Kelly. There’s still no ground game, but as long as Kelly is doing that – and the defense is owning third downs and making plays – the Rebels should go on a run.

5. Florida (3-1)

Final Score: Tennessee 38, Florida 28
Prediction: Tennessee 20, Florida 17, Tennessee -7
Up Next: at Vanderbilt

Quick Take: Austin Appleby turned out to be just fine. He completed 23-of-39 passes for 286 yards and three scores with a pick, and he ran for 24 yards. Tell Florida fans that these would be his stats, and the Gators would be up 21-3 at halftime, and they’d have thought a win was a lock. No one could’ve ever thought the defense would meltdown like it did with the secondary getting on the bus early. There’s still time to get back in the race with the Vols having to deal with Georgia, Texas A&M and Alabama in the next few weeks.

6. Arkansas (3-1)

Final Score: Texas A&M 45, Arkansas 24
Prediction: Arkansas 30, Texas A&M 27, Texas A&M -6
Up Next: Alcorn State

Quick Take: The game was tied at 17, and all Arkansas needed to close out a long, LONG drive was a half a yard to take the lead. Instead, the Hogs ran a jet sweep that was sniffed out – going against everything a Bret Bielema offense is supposed to be about. Trevor Knight found Josh Reynolds for a 92-yard score, and ball game. Arkansas had to keep being something it’s not, Austin Allen threw for 371 yards with the running game out of the equation in the fourth quarter, and it turned into a rout.

7. Auburn (2-2)

Final Score: Auburn 18, LSU 13
Prediction: LSU 26, Auburn 17, LSU -3.5
Up Next: ULM

Quick Take: Just take the win, and move on. If you had told Auburn before the season it would beat LSU, you think there’s be any whining whatsoever about how it happened? So Auburn settled for six field goals and didn’t get into the end zone. So it needed a nanosecond and a quick-twitch clock operator to get the call to save the day. It’s a win helped by a fantastic day from the defense, a good enough day from Sean White, and a Lou Groza-winning evening from Daniel Carlson.

8. LSU (2-2)

Final Score: Auburn 18, LSU 13
Prediction: LSU 26, Auburn 17, LSU -3.5
Up Next: Missouri

Quick Take: LSU should never have been in the position to need one extra second to begin with. Leonard Fournette only ran the ball 16 times, Danny Etling only hit 15-of-27 passes, and the team made too many mistakes early on. This is still one of the most talented teams in college football, but without solid quarterback play, and without an O to find the receivers, LSU is 2-2 and in the midst of a total disaster.

9. Georgia (3-1)

Final Score: Ole Miss 45, Georgia 14
Prediction: Ole Miss 30, Georgia 24, Ole Miss -7.5
Up Next: Tennessee

Quick Take: The Bulldogs appeared to be overdue for a clunker. Jacob Eason struggled, but he didn’t get any help from the receivers, while the running game didn’t get much of a chance to roll – hurt worse by the loss of Nick Chubb to an ankle injury. Beat Tennessee next week, and this loss doesn’t matter.

10. Missouri (2-2)

Final Score: Missouri 79, Delaware State 0
Prediction: Missouri 58, Delaware State 6
Up Next: at LSU

Quick Take: Sometimes a team needs to cleanse the palate. After the way the Tigers lost to Georgia, coming up with 58 first half points, five Drew Lock touchdown passes, and a total beat down of a vastly inferior opponent was nice before going off to LSU. Three Tigers caught 100 yards worth of passes – J’Mon Moore scored four times – and the D allowed just 140 yards and came up with four takeaways.

11. Kentucky (2-2)

Final Score: Kentucky 17, South Carolina 10
Prediction: South Carolina 26, Kentucky 20, UK -2.5
Up Next: at Alabama

Quick Take: Wow, did Kentucky ever need this. With Alabama up next, the Wildcats needed something positive at home, and they got it. The run defense held the Gamecocks down, while the UK ground game was able to use Boom Williams to get 123 yards and his 43-yard score, and Ben Snell for 73 more yards to overcome a mediocre day from the conservative passing attack. Forget about running against the Crimson Tide, but for one week, the Cats looked fine.

12. Mississippi State (2-2)

Final Score: Mississippi State 47, Massachusetts 35
Prediction: Mississippi State 27, Massachusetts 10, Miss St -22
Up Next: Auburn (Oct. 8)

Quick Take: Well that was interesting. UMass has a decent D, but it wasn’t supposed to have the type of O to hang around with an SEC team. Fortunately, the MSU defense was able to settle everything down with three picks, while Nick Fitzgerald carried the offense with 299 yards and three scores, and a team-high 110 rushing yards. It would’ve been nice if this was more of a breather – this team has had enough drama.

13. South Carolina (2-2)

Final Score: Kentucky 17, South Carolina 10
Prediction: South Carolina 26, Kentucky 20, UK -2.5
Up Next:Texas A&M

Quick Take: Oh, South Carolina. The one team in the SEC the Gamecock offense should’ve worked against, didn’t. Brandon McIlwain has yet to be the dynamic playmaker and runner everyone was hoping for early on, and there isn’t any downfield passing game to make up for the lack of ground attack. The D is supposed to stuff offenses like Kentucky’s, and it didn’t. This was a game USC had to have to go bowling.

14. Vanderbilt (2-2)

Final Score: Vanderbilt 31, WKU 30 OT
Prediction: WKU 24, Vanderbilt 20, WKU -7.5
Up Next: Florida

Quick Take: Is this the season and program-changer? Vandy got a passing game for once with Kyle Shurmer throwing for 279 yards and a score, and while the vaunted defense had its problems, it stiffened up when it had to. Keep pressing, let the other team make more mistakes, and take the opportunities that are there – Vanderbilt just did that in the overtime win.

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