What happened this weekend? Here’s everything you need to know about Week 10 of the SEC season.
SEC Week 10 Roundup, Rankings, Bowl Projections & What You Need To Know
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SEC Week 10 Rankings
1. Alabama (8-0)
3. Auburn (7-2)
3. LSU (5-3)
4. Texas A&M (7-2)
5. Arkansas (6-3)
6. Tennessee (6-3)
7. Florida (6-2)
8. Georgia (5-4)
9. Ole Miss (4-5)
10. Kentucky (5-4)
11. South Carolina (5-4)
12. Mississippi State (4-5)
13. Vanderbilt (4-5)
14. Missouri (2-7)
SEC Week 10 Roundup
Alabama 10, LSU 0
Prediction: LSU 24, Alabama 23, Alabama -7.5
Quick Take: Alabama’s defense came up with its finest performance. The D didn’t come up with any points, and it only generated one interception, but it didn’t miss any tackles – or it didn’t seem like it did – and it didn’t let the LSU offense breathe. The Alabama D line beat the LSU O line, and that was the difference throughout the game. But in the fourth quarter, the Alabama O line beat the LSU D line.
Jalen Hurts came up with one big pass, but that was it. Nothing else worked through the air, but the Crimson Tide running backs wore down the LSU defensive front, and then Hurts took over on a few key plays in the fourth to finally pull away. It was drip, drip, drip … flood. Hurts was just trying to get a few yards, but he came up with a touchdown run, and a big dash to grind down the clock. While he might need work on his passing, he showed just how valuable he could be with the entire season on the line. He seems to be doing that a lot.
Georgia 27, Kentucky 24
Prediction: Georgia 31, Kentucky 17, Georgia -2.5
Quick Take: With one kick, Rodrigo Blankenship all but ended the SEC East race. His field goal as time ran out means it’s realistically now down to Florida and Tennessee, depending on how the Wildcats do against the Vols and with the Gators still needing to face LSU. But this week, the Bulldogs were able save their own season, with the running game finally starting to work again – Sony Michel running for 127 yards and a score – and Nick Chubb adding 85 yards. And when the O needed to move, Jacob Eason got it done – he finished with 245 yards and a score.
Kentucky fell flat, but it was still there late with a shot at pulling off the win and being deep in the SEC East title hunt, but instead, the passing game didn’t fly – Stephen Johnson threw for just 103 yards with a pick. The running game picked up the slack, and the D came up with three key turnovers, but when UK needed one final stop, it couldn’t do it. The East might be realistically gone, but all is not lost in the bowl hunt, with Austin Peay still on the slate.
Mississippi State 35, Texas A&M 27
Prediction: Texas A&M 38, Miss State 17, Texas A&M -13.5
Quick Take: Texas A&M seemed to answer the College Football Playoff Washington question all on its own. The Aggies lost QB Trevor Knight to a shoulder injury and didn’t have DE Myles Garrett thanks to a high ankle sprain, and now the season is effectively over – at least in terms of playing for something huge. Jake Hubenak threw for 222 yards and two scores in relief, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a huge day from the Mississippi State lines – MSU had the ball for over 37 minutes.
Nick Fitzgerald completed 18-of-31 passes for 209 yards and two scores with two picks, and ran for 182 yards and two scores, doing everything for the Bulldogs – as always. MSU has too rough a road to get to a bowl game – at Alabama, Arkansas, at Ole Miss – but this was a nice moment in an otherwise lost year.
Auburn 23, Vanderbilt 16
Prediction: Auburn 37, Vanderbilt 13, Auburn -25.5
Quick Take: Don’t read too much into the close battle – the Vanderbilt game is a tricky four-foot putt, and Auburn drained it. Sean White didn’t start thanks to an injury, but he continued to do exactly what the Tiger offense needs – hitting 10-of-13 passes for 106 yards and a key score, taking over for an ineffective John Franklin III – and Kamryn Pettway ran for 173 of the team’s 271 yards, but it was a battle.
Vandy couldn’t run, but it stayed alive on 221 passing yards from Kyle Shurmur while managing to slow things down to keep the Tiger O off the field. The offense might not have been the killer it’s been over the last few weeks, but it doesn’t matter – win and move on. And now Auburn has the SEC West there for the taking, needing to just beat Georgia and Alabama. No biggie – both games are on the road.
Ole Miss 37, Georgia Southern 27
Prediction: Ole Miss 41, Georgia Southern 17, Ole Miss -27.5
Quick Take: It took a little while, but Ole Miss finally got over a tough start to clamp down on the Georgia Southern option attack and snap a three-game losing streak. The Eagles ran for 267 yards and had a 21-10 first half lead, but the combination of Chad Kelly and Akeem Judd took over in the second quarter. Kelly ran for two scores and threw for 227 yards and a touchdown, but he left the game with an apparent leg injury. Judd took off for 139 yards and a score, helping out the O that sputtered once Kelly got hurt. Ole Miss only had the ball for around 24 minutes, and the game was never comfortable, but it got the win it needed to have to stay alive for a bowl bid.
Arkansas 31, Florida 10
Prediction: Arkansas 23, Florida 20, Florida -5.5
Quick Take: This was the Arkansas team we’ve all been assuming Bret Bielema would create when he first took the job. It was physical, tough, and it defensively dominant. Florida had a whole bunch to do with that, converting just 1-of-11 third down tries and getting manhandled up front. There wasn’t anything happening with the downfield passing game since Luke Del Rio is such a limited factor, and the rested Hogs knew it. They teed off against the run – allowing just 12 yards on 14 carries – while the offense seemed to always have the ball. Austin Allen threw for 243 yards and a score, and Rawleigh Williams ran for 148 yards and two scores as Arkansas held the ball for almost 40 minutes.
South Carolina 31, Missouri 21
Prediction: South Carolina 27, Missouri 23, USC -7
Quick Take: Jake Bentley mania runs wild. The USC quarterback is now 3-0 as the main man for an offense that went absolutely nowhere before he took over the reins. Missouri’s defense stinks, but still, Bentley hitting 22-of-28 passes for 254 yards and two scores, and Rico Dowdle taking off for 149 yards and a touchdown, was exactly what the Gamecocks needed to overcome a rocky day from the secondary.
Drew Lock threw for 302 yards, and the running game worked, but Mizzou turned it over three times while the defense didn’t force enough stops. The Tigers couldn’t seem to keep Bentley from making a key throw, and it couldn’t get off the field, holding the ball for just under 24 minutes.
Tennessee 55, Tennessee Tech 0
Prediction: Tennessee 45, Tennessee Tech 13
Quick Take: Wow, did Tennessee need this. The program needed a palate cleansing performance, and it got it with Joshua Dobbs hitting 12-of-13 passes and three touchdowns, while the Jalen Hurd-less running game had few problems, averaging over seven yards per carry mostly due to a 73-yard dash from John Kelly. But most of all, and most telling, was how the Volunteers finally showed up in the first quarter. It was only Tennessee Tech, but the Vols still got up 38-0 in the first half. Now it’s got to carry over and the team needs this attitude over the final three games. Get another Florida loss along the way, win out, and it’s off to the SEC championship.
SEC Week 10 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