Kentucky 29, Missouri 7
Somehow, Kentucky keeps on finding ways to put the pieces together. WR Lynn Bowden might have only completed 3-of-7 passes at quarterback for 54 yards, but in the sloppy conditions, he ran for 204 yards and two scores on 21 carries to pull off the win. Essentially, UK took what Wyoming did in Mizzou’s opener – keep the ground game going and get production from the quarterback spot on the ground – and made it all go.
Missouri wasn’t able to get much going in the rain, and now, after the ugly loss ti Vanderbilt the week before, the team has hit a major lull. The offense has gone stagnant, and the run defense is getting gashed. Kelly Bryant completed just 10-of-19 passes for 139 yards and a score. The Cats got pressure on him; the Tigers couldn’t get to Bowden.
Mizzou gets two weeks off, and it couldn’t come at a better time. The team is playing gassed, and it needs to find the offensive pop again with Georgia and Florida up next. Kentucky now can really and truly think about going bowling. With Tennessee, at Vanderbilt, UT Martin and Louisville, winning out isn’t out of the question, either.
Alabama 48, Arkansas 7
As expected, the timing of the Tua injury couldn’t have been better. The rest of the Crimson Tide stepped up, was perfect, and put away Arkansas after the first few drives. Mac Jones completed 18-of-22 passes for 235 yards sand three scores, Jerry Jeudy caught seven passes for 103 yards and two scores, and Najee Harris ran for two touchdowns. However, the day was about the D …
Arkansas QB Nick Starkel didn’t get to have a whole lot of fun. The Texas A&M transfer completed just 5-of-19 passes or 58 yards with three picks, and freshman John Stephen Jones hit 6-of-7 throws for 49 yards and a touchdown in garbage time. Arkansas was never in the game – it was dealing with a humming team that rallied around the loss of its star quarterback. The Hogs managed just 213 yards of total offense.
Ankle watch is on. Forgetting that it’s a bad way to phrase that, but the focus of the next two weeks will be on Tagovailoa’s injured leg. On the plus side, Jones was more than comfortable in the attack, and he got a live scrimmage to gear up. LSU comes in next, then it’s at Mississippi State, Western Carolina, at Auburn. It’s a two-game season with a possible SEC Championship appearance – the team is still getting better, while …
Arkansas is getting worse. Playing Alabama will do that, but now at 2-6, it’s going to take something special for the Hogs to come up with anything other than a wipeout season. The offense isn’t a differentiating factor in any way, but on the plus side, three of the last four games are at home. Mississippi State, WKU, Missouri – there’s no reason to not be able to bomb away enough to at least be competitive in two of those, as long as the picks stop.