Week 8

SEC Week 8 Roundup, Rankings, Bowl Projections & What You Need To Know


What happened this weekend? Here’s everything you need to know about Week 8 of the SEC season.


SEC Week 8 Roundup, Rankings, Bowl Projections & What You Need To Know

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SEC Week 8 Rankings

1. Alabama (7-0)
2. Texas A&M (6-1)
3. Auburn (5-2)
4. LSU (5-2)
5. Tennessee (5-2)
6. Florida (5-1)
7. Arkansas (5-3)
8. Georgia (4-3)
9. Ole Miss (3-4)
10. Missouri (2-5)
11. Kentucky (4-3)
12. Mississippi State (4-3)
13. South Carolina (3-4)
14. Vanderbilt (4-4)

SEC Week 8 Roundup

Alabama’s defense is taking things to a historic level. It’s always been amazing under Nick Saban – obviously – but now it’s becoming truly dangerous. You just can’t make any sort of mistake against this D, and Texas A&M did a decent job of avoiding them, until the Bama defensive front took over. The Aggies hung around for a half, but Bama’s D was too good, Damien Harris was too good with 128 yards on the ground, and Jalen Hurts was way too good in all phases. The Crimson Tide are No. 1, and it’s not close. … The Auburn offense is blocking well now, and it showed right away in the 56-3 blowout over a gassed Arkansas. The Tigers finished with 543 rushing yards and seven touchdowns, averaging 9.5 yards per carry. There was a time when a Bret Bielema-coached team would be doing that to the other side. … LSU is hitting its stride at just the right time. Leonard Fournette came back, he ripped off 284 yards and three scores in the 38-21 win over Ole Miss, and now everyone gets two weeks off to prepare for Alabama. Chad Kelly tried carrying the Ole Miss offense, but it didn’t work – Akeem Judd and the Rebel RBs didn’t go anywhere. … Yeah, South Carolina, you found a quarterback after taking the redshirt off of Jake Bentley, and he wasn’t bad completing 17-of-26 passes for 201 yards and two scores, but it was against UMass. It was a step forward, but it was a 34-28 win, again, against UMass. Forgive the line, but slow the roll a wee bit. … And that’s about it for Missouri bowl hopes. The Tigers needed to beat Middle Tennessee at home, and instead the defense continued its year-long stance against showing up in the 51-45 loss. Drew Lock was fine throwing for 281 yards and two scores, and Damarea Crockett ran for 156 yards and four scores and Ish Witter added 121 yards, but the D was a nightmare on third downs. … Kentucky is a program in desperate need of something positive to go its way, and it got it on Austin McGinnis’ 51-yard bomb of a field goal for a 40-38 win over Mississippi State. Benjamin Snell ran well, and Stephen Johnson threw fine as the UK offense dominated, but struggled to put it away. The Bulldogs still can’t give Nick Fitzgerald enough help, relying on their QB to do everything. It’s still not working in a dud of a 2-5 campaign that’s going nowhere. … Vanderbilt got its fourth win, with Ralph Webb and Khari Blasingame rolling for over 100 rushing yards each in the 35-17 win over Tennessee State. At Auburn, at Missouri, Ole Miss, and Tennessee – that’s what the Commodores have to deal with, needing to win two more to go bowling.

SEC Week 8 Bowl Projections

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
Alabama vs. Clemson

Allstate Sugar Bowl
Oklahoma vs. Texas A&M

Goodyear Cotton Bowl
Boise State vs. Tennessee

Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl
Auburn vs. Florida State

Outback Bowl
Nebraska vs. Florida

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
LSU vs. Northwestern

TaxSlayer Bowl
Ole Miss vs. Miami

AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Kansas State vs. Georgia

Belk Bowl
NC State vs. Arkansas

AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl
Oklahoma State vs. *Missouri
*Missouri to get in on APR