SEC Quick Thoughts, Takes On Every Game: Week 5

SEC Quick Thoughts, Takes On Every Game: Week 5


SEC Quick Thoughts, Takes On Every Game: Week 5


South Carolina 24, Kentucky 7

This is when Kentucky really, really missed Terry Wilson. The Gamecocks were able to bother Sawyer Smith all game long with constant pressure and one of the best performances of the season from a defense that generated four sacks and was in his face all game long. UK needed a ground game to carry the load, and it wasn’t there, finishing with just 115 yards, to go along with Smith’s 11-of-32 performance for 90 yards and a pick.

Ryan Hilinski was good enough. He wasn’t consistently accurate, but he didn’t need to be – he got the ground game that Smith didn’t. The USC offensive line was terrific, blasting away for Tavien Feaster and Rico Dowdle – they each ran for 100 yards – and the D took care of the rest. Kentucky finished with just nine first downs and 212 yards of total offense.

This isn’t going to quite turn around the South Carolina season, but it was a must-win with Georgia and Florida up next. The first win over an FBS team keeps bowl hopes alive with Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Appalachian State all winnable, but the Gamecocks have to sweep those three and come up with a massive upside somewhere else – at Texas A&M is the easiest other game.

Kentucky doesn’t have a do-or-die game against Arkansas next week, but lose, and it’ll probably take a clean sweep of Tennessee, Vanderbilt, UT Martin and Louisville to get to six wins.

Florida 38, Towson 0

And that’s why you play Towson. Florida didn’t need a week to get everything sharpened up in a light scrimmage, but it got it. Kyle Trask hit 18-of-20 passes with two scores and ran for a touchdown – one of his misses was a drop – the backups got in, and there wasn’t any drama in a go-through-the-motions performance. The defense come up with three takeaways, and pitched the shutout, but …

The offensive line had a rough day. The Tigers were able to get into the backfield way too often, generated a good pass rush, and held its own relatively well against the run. It wasn’t a miserable performance – the Gators were able to bust off a few big runs – but the line wasn’t a force. The quarterbacks played just fine under the pressure.

And now it’s Game On. The Gators got their warm-up in, and now Auburn comes to town on a roll. With the trip to LSU to follow, and with three straight games away from Gainesville, the light and breezy part of the schedule is over. They got to this point unbeaten, but with Gameday in town, the hype is there.

Texas A&M 31, Arkansas 27 | Vandy 24, NIU 18
Auburn 56, Miss St 23 | Alabama 59, Ole Miss 31

NEXT: Auburn 56, Mississippi State 23; Alabama 59, Ole Miss 31


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