What happened this weekend? Here’s everything you need to know about Week 11 of the SEC season.
SEC Week 11 Roundup, Rankings, Bowl Projections & What You Need To Know
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SEC Week 11 Rankings
1. Alabama (9-0)
2. LSU (6-3)
3. Auburn (7-3)
4. Texas A&M (7-3)
5. Arkansas (6-4)
6. Tennessee (7-3)
7. Florida (7-2)
8. Ole Miss (5-5)
9. Georgia (6-4)
10. Kentucky (5-5)
11. South Carolina (5-5)
12. Mississippi State (4-6)
13. Missouri (3-7)
14. Vanderbilt (4-6)
SEC Week 11 Roundup
Alabama 51, Mississippi State 3
Prediction: Alabama 40, Mississippi State 6, Alabama -29
Quick Take: So much for being exhausted after the LSU game. Alabama dominated from the start, not letting Mississippi State breathe with a 30-0 first half and the best game yet out of Jalen Hurts in a Heisman-caliber season. He completed 28-of-37 passes for 347 yards and four scores with a pick, and he ran for a team-high 100 yards and a touchdown. ArDarius Stewart did his part with a dynamic eight catches for 156 yards and three scores and he and Hurts were hot early as part of an offense that didn’t let up. The Bulldogs weren’t even alive, with Nick Fitzgerald swarmed over completing 10-of-33 passes for 145 yards and pick, and running 11 times for 15 yards – MSU never stood a chance.
Ole Miss 29, Texas A&M 28
Prediction: Texas A&M 37, Ole Miss 26, Texas A&M -20
Quick Take: And welcome to the start of the Shea Patterson era. While the Texas A&M collapse will be what marks the game to some extent – the Aggies’ third loss in four games – this was about the future of Ole Miss football. Patterson was thrown to the wolves with the loss of Chad Kelly, and the legend begins, throwing for 338 yards and two scores with a pick, while running for 64 yards.
Gary Wunderlich’s game-winning field goal in the final seconds capped off a 23-point fourth quarter, and now, with Vanderbilt and Mississippi State to close, bowl eligibility is back on. Meanwhile, Jake Hubenak was fine in place of Trevor Knight for the A&M offense, completing 16-of-27 passes for two touchdowns with a pick, but the running game didn’t work. The Ole Miss run defense has been a disaster, but it showed up when it had to.
LSU 38. Arkansas 10
Prediction: LSU 23, Arkansas 20, LSU -7
Quick Take: LSU is one of the best teams in college football right now. Alabama is a whole lot better, and it showed last week, but the Tigers proved against Arkansas just how fantastic they are. The O line destroyed the Arkansas defensive front, paving the way for 98 yards and three Leonard Fournette scores, and 252 yards and two touchdowns from Derrius Guice, with a 96-yard dash playing a big role for a ground game averaging 7.6 yards per carry.
After being so sharp last week against Florida, the Hogs just weren’t strong enough in any phase to make up for the porous defensive front. Austin Allen couldn’t throw his way out of the funk, and the ground game stalled outside of one big, meaningless Devwah Whaley run. This was LSU showing just how good it really is, but the Hogs got blown away for the second time in a few weeks. Worse yet, it came on the final home game of the year.
Florida 20, South Carolina 7
Prediction: Florida 24, South Carolina 13, Florida -11.5
Quick Take: And there’s Florida bouncing back in a big way. It’s not that South Carolina is all that dangerous, but it’s been playing better and better with QB Jake Bentley taking over the helm. But Florida took over early on, with Austin Appleby coming up with a special performance with Luke Del Rio out. He completed 17-of-21 passes for 201 yards and two scores with a pick, while Jordan Scarlett helped settle things down with 134 yards. The Gators might have been sloppy with three turnovers and ten penalties, but it didn’t matter – the defense picked up the slack by getting behind the line time after time, stalling drive after drive.
Tennessee 49, Kentucky 36
Prediction: Tennessee 31, Kentucky 23, Tennessee -13
Quick Take: You don’t ask questions at this point if you’re Tennessee. You just take the win, and you move on. However, even though it’s quite possible Florida loses to LSU and the Vols win out to get to the SEC title game, they can’t get there if the defense keeps playing like this.
Kentucky ran at will with five players tearing off 72 yards or more as the O ran for 443 yards and four scores, averaging over eight yards per pop. Fortunately for Tennessee, the Kentucky defense was even worse. The Vols ran for 376 yards and four scores averaging over nine yards per carry, with Alvin Kamara taking off for 128 yards and two scores, and Joshua Dobbs carrying the team on his back with 147 yards and two rushing scores, and hitting 11-of-17 passes for 223 yards and three scores with an interception.
Again, just take it, Tennessee. After all the drama, there’s still going to be an SEC East title to go grab.
Georgia 13, Auburn 7
Prediction: Auburn 26, Georgia 17, Georgia -10
Quick Take: Give Georgia credit defensively, but this was mostly about how Auburn’s offense was way too banged up. QB Sean White was playing hurt, and it showed, completing 6-of-20 passes for 27 yards with a pick, and Kamryn Pettway couldn’t go thanks to a leg injury. But the Bulldogs did their part, too, not letting the Auburn offense breathe in the second half, and allowing just 164 yards overall for an attack that looked unstoppable at times over the last several weeks.
And now, Auburn’s SEC and College Football Playoff dreams are gone, and Georgia is bowl eligible.
Nick Chubb ran for 101 yards, Jacob Eason didn’t throw any picks and cranked up 208 yards. Even if it wasn’t pretty, and even if it took a pick six and the offense only came up with six points, the Bulldogs pulled off the shocker to change the SEC season and the national title chase. Even more than that, Kirby Smart has his first really, really big win.
Missouri 26, Vanderbilt 17
Prediction: Vanderbilt 20, Missouri 16, Missouri -3.5
Quick Take: Mizzou might be playing out the string, but it came up with something big to build off of. Drew Lock was mistake free throwing for 294 yards and two scores, Damerea Crockett ran for 154 yards and a score, and the Tigers got a real, live win over a team pushing for a bowl game. Vanderbilt actually got the offense working – everyone moves on the Mizzou D – but it wasn’t enough. The stall-ball style only worked so well, but the Tigers managed to take advantage of their opportunities, and now they have an SEC win for Barry Odom.
SEC Week 11 Bowl Projections
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
Allstate Sugar Bowl
Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
AutoZone Liberty Bowl
AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl