Ole Miss 41, New Mexico State 3
Ole Miss needed this. After three straight losses and four in the last five, this cleansed the palate before closing out against LSU and at Mississippi State. The Rebels were able to move the ball without any issues in the first half, got up easily, and cruised from there because …
The running game was supposed to work against the miserable Aggie D, and it did. It was expected to run for over 400 yards, and it ripped off 447 yards and five scores. QB John Rhys Plumlee ran 12 times for 177 yards and two scores, and Snoop Conner ran 13 times for 109 yards and two touchdowns.
Plumlee and the passing game worked, too. He hit 11-of-17 passes for 124 yards and spread the ball around well. There wasn’t any drama, and the team and fans finally got to have some fun again.
Georgia 27, Missouri 0
That’s what Georgia does. It wasn’t anything special, and it wasn’t anything spectacular, but the Dawgs got up, Missouri didn’t have any offense, and so it was a slow, methodical blowout win. Jake Fromm only hit 13-of-29 passes for 173 yards and two scores, the running game only came up with 166 yards, and Georgia Pickens made two touchdown grabs. That was all they needed to do, because …
Kelly Bryant was out, and Mizzou didn’t go anywhere. The running game was held to 50 yards, Taylor Powell strutted in place of Bryant, and Connor Bazelak had a few moments, but the drives didn’t lead to points. Mizzou is now on a painful power outage of 21 points total in the last three games.
The Tigers can still make some noise. They’ll close out with a win over Arkansas – they won’t have a losing season – but screwing up Florida next week and beating Tennessee will have to the goal now.
Georgia has the big date at Auburn up next. Win that and the College Football Playoff dream really is on. Texas A&M, and the rivalry game at Georgia Tech won’t be easy, especially considering the lack of overall explosiveness. But the Dawgs keep on rolling – the defense has been incredible.