Week 7

SEC Rankings & Quick Takes After Week 7


What happened in all the Week 7 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 7 Rankings & Quick Takes

How are the SEC predictions so far? SU: 48-13, ATS: 24-31-1

1. Alabama (7-0)

Final Score: Alabama 49, Tennessee 10
Prediction: Alabama 45, Tennessee 34, Bama -13
Up Next: Texas A&M

Quick Take: It was about as perfect a performance as Alabama could’ve liked. The O line dominated, paving away for 438 yards and five scores, the defense dominated, keeping the Vols to just 163 yards of total offense, and the special teams – at times – dominated, with a punt return for a score. Once again, Tennessee came out sluggish, but Alabama wasn’t going to let the game get interesting with the foot pressed firmly on the gas in the second half.

2. Texas A&M (6-0)

Up Next: at Alabama

3. Arkansas (5-2)

Final Score: Arkansas 34, Ole Miss 30
Prediction: Ole Miss 45, Arkansas 40, Ole Miss -7.5
Up Next: at Auburn

Quick Take: While the Hogs gave up 30 points and had to hold on for dear life, this turned into a nice day for the defense, stuffing everything the Rebels tried to do, outside of Chad Kelly’s balling ability. Rawleigh Williams was brilliant, tearing off 180 yards on 27 carries, and Austin Allen kept the pressure on with three touchdowns and 229 yards under pressure against the Rebel defensive front. Holding on to the ball for almost 41 minutes, this was the way it’s supposed to work for the Arkansas O.

4. Ole Miss (3-3)

Final Score: Arkansas 34, Ole Miss 30
Prediction: Ole Miss 45, Arkansas 40, Ole Miss -7.5
Up Next: at LSU

Quick Take: The defense couldn’t get off the field and the offense couldn’t crank up enough production to go on long marches – even though the O isn’t built for big drives. Chad Kelly did what he could – completing 18-of-39 passes for 253 yards and a score with a pick, and leading the team with 89 rushing yards and two touchdowns – the team needed more. Evan Engram was Evan Engram with 111 yards and a score on seven catches, but the running game couldn’t do much of anything when Kelly wasn’t taking off.

5. Tennessee (5-2)

Final Score: Alabama 49, Tennessee 10
Prediction: Alabama 45, Tennessee 34, Bama -13
Up Next: at South Carolina (Oct. 29)

Quick Take: The Vols are banged up – star LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin is out for the year with a shoulder problem – but the loss to the Crimson Tide went beyond injuries. The lines were crushed, there wasn’t any room for the running game, and Joshua Dobbs wasn’t close to coming up with the game the Vols needed, completing just 16-of-27 passes for 92 yards with a pick. The run defense wore down over the second half, there were breakdowns on all sides, and it got ugly. The team desperately needs a break, and it’ll get it for the next two weeks.

6. Florida (5-1)

Final Score: Florida 40, Missouri 14
Prediction: Florida 26, Missouri 16, Florida -13.5
Up Next: Georgia (Oct. 29)

Quick Take: The Gators got time off, and it showed with an uneven performance. However, if you can win 40-14 despite committing 11 penalties and losing four turnovers, you’ll still take it. The Florida D did its part when it had to. Drew Lock wanted to bomb away, but he threw two pick-sixes to turn the game into a rout – the Gator ground game handled everything else, keeping the ball for almost 37 minutes. Lamical Perine and Jordan Scarlett each ran for over 100 yards behind an O line that cranked up the production throughout the final three quarters. How was Luke Del Rio after coming back? Lousy. He completed 18-of-38 passes for 236 yards with a touchdown and three picks.

7. Auburn (4-2)

Up Next: Arkansas

8. LSU (4-2)

Final Score: LSU 45, Southern Miss 10
Prediction: LSU 41, Southern Miss 20, LSU -25
Up Next: Ole Miss

Quick Take: it took a little while, but then it all came together as Derrius Guice ripped up the Golden Eagle for 162 yards and two scores – Leonard Fournette wasn’t needed. The Tigers averaged 7.5 yards per carry, Danny Etling threw three touchdown passes and kept hitting on big plays – Malachi Dupre caught three passes for 100 yards and a score – and the O exploded for big play after big play after a 10-10 halftime tie. It might not have been great for 30 minutes, but the Tigers blew up and responded in a huge way when they had to.

9. Kentucky (3-3)

Up Next: Mississippi State

10. Vanderbilt (3-4)

Final Score: Vanderbilt 17, Georgia 16
Prediction: Georgia 28, Vanderbilt 13, Georgia -14
Up Next: Tennessee State

Quick Take: It’s the Zach Cunningham game. The star Commodore linebacker cranked up 19 tackles including the brilliant stop on 4th-and-1 to seal the win. He was all over the field, and he and the defense needed to be to make up for the miserable day from the offense. Kyle Shurmer completed just 7-of-18 passes for 109 yards, and the running game came up with 62 yards averaging under two yards per carry, but the Commodores were able to slow the game to a crawl, took advantage of their opportunities, and no matter how it looked, they won. They beat Georgia at Georgia – don’t ask how.

11. Georgia (4-3)

Final Score: Vanderbilt 17, Georgia 16
Prediction: Georgia 28, Vanderbilt 13, Georgia -14
Up Next: Florida (Oct. 29)

Quick Take: Really? Yeah, the running game struggled – Nick Chubb and Sony Michel combined to average under 2.5 yards per carry – but to run a receiver, Isaiah McKenzie, on the 4th-and-1 play to save the day was bizarre. But this loss was more than that. The defense did its part – Vandy gained just 171 yards – and Jacob Eason bounced back from the bad day against South Carolina to throw for 346 yards and a score with no picks. It wasn’t enough. The team just can’t come up with a consistent performance, and this week, it proved costly.

12. Missouri (2-4)

Final Score: Florida 40, Missouri 14
Prediction: Florida 26, Missouri 16, Florida -13.5
Up Next: Middle Tennessee

Quick Take: Ugh. Missouri was able to run well – with Damarea Crockett taking off for 145 yards and Ish Witter adding 82 more – but Drew Lock and the passing attack was awful. He completed just 4-of-18 passes for 39 yards and two pick-sixes against the swarming Gator D. The defense forced four takeaways, and was fine at times, but the blowout was on in the first half. The Tigers had their moments – they kept fighting – and there’s still hope for a bowl bid with Middle Tennessee, Kentucky, South Carolina, and Vanderbilt up next.

13. Mississippi State (2-4)

Final Score: BYU 28, Mississippi State 21, 2OT
Prediction: BYU 31, Mississippi State 27, BYU -7.5
Up Next: at Kentucky

Quick Take: Finally, someone else got in some of the rushing work. Nick Fitzgerald ran for two scores, but Aeris Williams took off for 82 yards on 21 carries to keep the offense in the game. There just wasn’t enough pop in the second half, failing to come up with a score before finally getting back on the board in overtime. The defense did its part by keeping red-hot BYU RB Jamaal Williams to just 76 yards, but it couldn’t hold on late.

14. South Carolina (2-4)

Up Next: Massachusetts