SEC 3 Quick Thoughts On Each Game, What Mattered: Week 2

SEC 3 Quick Thoughts On Each Game, What Mattered: Week 2


SEC 3 Quick Thoughts On Each Game, What Mattered: Week 2


Vanderbilt at Purdue, Texas A&M at Clemson, USM at Miss St
Murray St at Georgia, Charleston Southern at South Carolina
UTM at Florida, WVU at Missouri, BYU at Tenn, Arkansas at Ole Miss

LSU 45, Texas 38

Joe Burrow, 471 yards. The new offensive look worked more than fine as LSU went on the road and rolled when it had to. Burrow was cool, calm, and collected as he made big play after big play, connecting with Justin Jefferson for three touchdowns as part of a receiving corps with three 100-yard targets. If there’s some nitpicking to do …

The defense? For the most part, if the O can do THIS, the D should be able to hold serve enough to take care of the rest. However, it couldn’t handle Sam Ehlinger bombing away – he went for over 400 yards with four scores – against a loaded group of NFL defensive backs. But whatever …

LSU just went on the road and beat a top ten team. As impressive as it looked, now the Tigers have to be considered for the top three in the rankings, if not higher. Again, the defense was just okay, but the Florida game is at home, and if the attack can keep doing this, there shouldn’t be any other issues until going to Alabama. More importantly overall, LSU has a cushion. Now, it can lose once along the way, and even if it doesn’t win the SEC title, it might be in the argument to be considered among the four best teams at the end.

Alabama 62, New Mexico State 10

One play, one 75-yard touchdown from Henry Ruggs. Bama came out sharp against a painfully overmatched team, and it kept on rolling with two TDs from Ruggs, three touchdowns from Jerry Jeudy, and a nice and easy day to get ready for South Carolina.

Tua Tagovailoa wasn’t perfect – he hit 16-of-24 passes with three touchdowns and no picks – but there’s been absolutely no drama in any way so far after the first quarter against Duke. The defense got in some good work, but it took a fluky break – the official got in the way – for the Aggies to set up their only TD.

The preseason isn’t over with the trip to South Carolina at least a potential battle, but the goal now is to not get bored. It’s a long season, and the team has to keep on tuning up without wearing down. Keep it fun, enjoy the process.

Kentucky 38, Eastern Michigan 17

It was a very, very wrong tackle that did it, too. Just when it seemed like Kentucky was going to be ready and tuned for Florida, down goes QB Terry Wilson to a knee injury. He was good before getting hurt, but now it appears to be the Sawyer Smith show going forward. He threw two touchdown passes, but the running game will have to do even more.

They have the offensive balance, but Florida will make it all about Smith. The ground game rolled for 239 yards and three scores, and the passing attack went for 222 yards and two touchdowns, but now things have changed.

The secondary had a few problems with EMU trying to come back, but there wasn’t any concern outside of the Wilson injury. The seven penalties are too many, and now, ball control will really matter – UK had the ball for 33 minutes. They’ll be able to play the underdog role now – just how they like it.

NEXT: Murray State at Georgia, Charleston Southern at South Carolina

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