SEC Rankings & Thoughts: Week 1
The rankings & thoughts for all the SEC teams after Week 1.
14. Kentucky Wildcats (1-0)
Score: Kentucky 24, Southern Miss 17
Next Up: Eastern Kentucky
– It was a dangerous game that UK got through alive. How? The run defense. Southern Miss threw for 309 yards, but the Cats stuffed the Golden Eagles allowing just 55 yards.
– However, the offense was really, really rocky. Stephen Johnson completed 11-of-20 passes for 176 yards and a score and ran for ten yards and a touchdown. The D, though, came up with three three takeaways.
– Southern Miss outgunned Kentucky 364 yards to 254.
13. Ole Miss Rebels (1-0)
Score: at Ole Miss 47, South Alabama 27
Next Up: UT Martin
– It was a fight for a while, and then Shea Patterson happened. He’s going to bomb away this year, completing 28-of-35 passes for 429 yards and four scores.
– Welcome to A.J. Brown. While D.K. Metcalf had a great game catching eight passes for 84 yards, Brown made eight grabs for 233 yards and two touchdowns.
– The pass defense was suspect, getting picked on for 204 yards as USA kept pushing late.
12. Missouri Tigers (1-0)
Score: at Missouri 72, Missouri State 43
Next Up: South Carolina
– Missouri put up 72 points, and yet it needed them. The game was never comfortable until very, very late.
– For those looking for a rebound year from the defense, Missouri State threw for 353 yards and ran for 139 more, but the Tigers stepped it up in the second half. And then Drew Lock went to work.
– Yes, it was against Missouri State, but Lock threw for 521 yards and seven scores, Damarea Crockett ran for 202 yards and two scores,
11. Mississippi State Bulldogs (1-0)
Score: at Mississippi State 49, Charleston Southern 0
Next Up: at Louisiana Tech
– Nick Fitzgerald got to work on his passing. He only had to run seven times – for 41 yards and a score – and took target practice from there, completing 16-of-29 throws for 239 yards and two scores.
– Four other Bulldogs got in some good work. All the top backs averaged over five yards per carry, getting up big early and coasting from there.
– Oh yeah, the defense. Poor Charleston Southern did absolutely nothing, coming up with just two first downs and 33 total yards. New defensive coordinator Todd Grantham had this group rocking from the start.
10. Vanderbilt Commodores (1-0)
Score: Vanderbilt 28, at Middle Tennessee 6
Next Up: Alabama A&M
– It was as good a performance as Vandy could’ve asked for. The passing game worked, with Kyle Shurmur coming up with a terrific game hitting 20-of-28 passes for 296 yards and three scores.
– Middle Tennessee keyed on Ralph Webb, and Shurmur took advantage. He came through when the team needed him. Webb ran for 49 yards and a score on 24 carries.
– The Commodores got the pass rush going. Middle Tennessee QB Brent Stockstill threw for just 166 yards.
9. South Carolina Gamecocks (1-0)
Score: South Carolina 35, NC State 28
Next Up: at Missouri
– That’s how you set the tone for a season. Take the opening kickoff for a score, get a decent day from the passing game, survive and advance.
– However, even though Jake Bentley threw for 215 yards and three scores, the running game was a total dud. USC has to be able to run for more than 31 yards on 21 carries.
– The D might have been bombed on for 415 yards, but when it had to come up with the one final stop, it did, and the Gamecocks got a special win. And yes, that was a special win – NC State is strong.
8. Texas A&M Aggies (0-1)
Score: at UCLA 45, Texas A&M 44
Next Up: Nicholls State
– There’s a chance to get this back in a hurry. With Nicholls State and Louisiana-Lafayette up next, there’s a chance to get over this with a few dominant performances before facing Arkansas. This was bad, but up until the fourth quarter, the Aggies looked great.
– The running game was amazing. Trayveon Williams ran for 203 yards and two scores on 22 carries, and Keith Ford ran 18 times for 114 yards and three scores. The Aggies ran for 382 yards and five scores averaging over six yards per carry.
– Kellen Mond will be better. He completed just 3-of-17 passes for 27 yards, and ran 15 times for 54 yards. Even with the problems throwing, he’s the likely starter going forward.
7. Tennessee Volunteers (1-0)
Score: Tennessee 42, Georgia Tech 41
Next Up: Indiana State
– Yeah, it stinks to give up 535 rushing yards, but the triple-option is a nightmare no matter what. Take the win, move on, and let this go. Everyone has a problem with what Georgia Tech does.
– Quinten Dormady proved he’s ready for primetime. Without a slew of top receivers, he completed 20-of-37 passes for 221 yards and two scores.
– Time of possession? Georgia Tech 41:27, Tennessee 18:33. It was a grind.
6. Arkansas Razorbacks (1-0)
Score: at Arkansas 49, Florida A&M 7
Next Up: TCU
– There’s the tune-up. The Hogs had this in hand early, and everyone seemed to get in some work. Austin Allen threw a pick, but he was just fine throwing for 135 yards and a score. He didn’t need to press.
– Devwah Whaley got in 12 carries for 60 yards, but Chase Hayden led the way in the blowout with 120 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries.
– The D got into a lather. Florida A&M didn’t do anything until late, finishing with 175 yards and just nine first downs.
5. Florida Gators (0-1)
Score: Michigan 33, Florida 17
Next Up: Northern Colorado
– Bright side time. Feleipe Franks wasn’t awful, He didn’t have much to work with, but he completed 5-of-9 passes for 75 yards and had a nice run. The quick decision-making wasn’t there. He needs a true tune-up game.
– The offensive line got pummeled. Michigan’s run defense dominated from the start, partly because the Gators couldn’t throw. The Wolverines teed off, and it showed. Florida netted 11 rushing yards.
– Three turnovers, nine first downs, 192 yards. Outside of two great plays from the secondary, blow this one off. Fast. Florida is better than this, but there’s still no offense.
4. Georgia Bulldogs (1-0)
Score: Georgia 31, Appalachian State 10
Next Up: at Notre Dame
– Nothing like trial by fire. The Jacob Eason knee injury cast a shadow over the rest of the game, but Jake Fromm stepped in, fired the big touchdown pass the team needed early on, and everything was fine the rest of the way. It wasn’t a perfect performance, but rookie, the keys the car are yours.
– That’s how the running game is supposed to work. Nick Chubb and Sony Michel shared the work equally, they each had a nice dash, and the Bulldog O was in control the whole way.
– The D dominated when it had to. Appalachian State’s Jalin Moore was held to just 38 yards with most of them on one carry. QB Taylor Lamb spent the game dinking and dunking.
3. LSU Tigers (1-0)
Score: LSU 27, BYU 0
Next Up: UT Chattanooga
– Even after the suspensions of LB Donnie Alexander and CB Kevin Oliver, and with Arden Key not playing, the defense put on a show. BYU was held to just 97 total yards, failed come up with a run of more than four yards, and was thoroughly dominated. BYU might be offensively challenged, but yeeeeeesh.
– Danny Etling was perfect. He didn’t have to push anything, and he didn’t have to do much, but 14-of-17 for 171 yards and no picks – that works. He was efficient, effective, and did what he was supposed to do.
– Derrius Guice couldn’t get loose, but BYU has an amazing run defense and a great group of linebackers. Even so, eh ran for 122 yards and two scores, and Darrel Williams ran for 92 yards and a score.
2. Auburn Tigers (1-0)
Score: at Auburn 41, Georgia Southern 7
Next Up: at Clemson
– Soooooo, JarrettMania? Sort of. Jarrett Stidham completed 14-of-24 passes for 185 yards and two scores and ran for a touchdown. The running game owned this – Kam Martin and Kerryon Johnson each ran for 136 yards and a score.
– How did the Tiger D do against the dangerous triple-option? Perfect. The serious ground game gained just 70 yards and threw for eight. The D was fantastic. Georgia Southern failed to convert on a third down play.
– Daniel Carlson remains a weapon. He might have missed two field goals, but he nailed a 50-yarder.
1. Alabama Crimson Tide (1-0)
Score: Alabama 24, Florida State 7
Next Up: Fresno State
– Alabama rolled by FSU: 3 Things That Matter
– Alabama beat – probably – the second-best team in the country by 17 points. It wasn’t smooth, it wasn’t great, and there were a whole slew of issues. But Alabama, you just best – probably – the second-best team in the country by 17.
– So how was the new Jalen Hurts? He was bottled up by the fast FSU defense for 55 rushing yards, and he only completed 10-of-18 passes for 96 yards, but he didn’t make any mistakes, and he hit Calvin Ridley – the only real target in the game – with the 53-yard touchdown throw to all but put it away.
– The special teams turned it around, but Andy Pappanastos missed two field goals, and J.K. Scott shanked a punt. Even Alabama has first game problems.