College Football: SEC Week 8, What We Learned

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What we learned in the SEC during Week 8 of the 2016 college football season

College Football; Leonard Fournette

LSU running back, Leonard Fournette

Why hello Leonard, We’ve missed you.

It’s good to have you back.

He broke the school rushing record on his eighth carry of the night. Fournette rushed the ball 16 times for 284, and 3 touchdowns.

LSU is rolling under Ed Orgeron and demolished a struggling Ole Miss squad Saturday Night in Death Valley.

LSU will get ‘Bama in a big way on November 5, after a bye next weekend.

LSU and Alabama will play at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge. Game time is to be determined, but will be announced this week.

LSU fans chanted, “We Want Bama,” Careful what you wish for, you might just get it.

What we learned: LSU and Fournette are back and legit.

College Football: Alabama defeats Texas A&M

Alabama rolls in Tuscaloosa Saturday after rolling the Aggies.

 Good Lord, Alabama is good, really, really good.

With Saturday’s demolishing of Texas A&M, Alabama now sports the longest winning streak in the FBS, with 20 consecutive victories. The Tides’ last loss came against Ole Miss on September 19, 2015.

The Bama faithful had some nervous moments on Saturday during its 33-14 victory over No. 6 Texas A&M. The Crimson Tide trailed briefly in the second half for the first time since the Ole Miss shootout.

Lane Kiffin, despite being a scumbag, was masterful in his play calling Saturday and handed a dose of humble pie to Defensive mastermind, John Chavis. Kiffin used misdirection to confuse Texas A&M’s defense and he found ways to create space with the vertical game.

Listen, Alabama ain’t losing, unless they completely fall apart against LSU and the Tigers play their A++ game.

What we learned: Alabama is the New England Patriots of college football.

College Football: Jake Bentely

South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley attempts a pass against UMass

South Carolina’s offense finally showed a pulse Saturday, for about 2.5 quarters, then offensive coordinator Kurt Roper, went full-blown conservative. Freshman quarterback Jake Bentley was a big reason why the Gamecocks showed some life offensively. Bentley tossed the rock for two touchdowns and 201 yards Saturday in his college debut to lead the Gamecocks to a 34-28 victory over UMass. Bentley sure looked the part, he was calm, composed and the team seemed to respond well to his leadership, but we’ll know a lot more Saturday night when Josh Dobbs and his Vols’ come to Columbia. Bentley may very well be the future at quarterback for the Gamecocks, but McIlwain will play a big part as well, he’s simply too talented and this offense will be at its best with both playing at a high level.

The Gamecocks may have found a way to score some points, but unless the defense and special teams play better than it did Saturday, it won’t matter much this season.

What we learned: Bentley gives the Gamecocks a chance to win, immediately.

Austin MacGinnis connected on a 51-yard field goal to give Kentucky the victory over MSU and keep their elusive bowl berth hopes alive for Mark Stoops.

Stephen Johnson was 17-33 for 292 yards, two touchdowns, and one fumble that could have haunted this team for a long time had the game gone in the other direction. Thankfully, it didn’t. The fumble has haunted Johnson all season, he’ll need to solve the problem moving forward if the Cats’ hope to make a bowl game for the first time since 2010.

Mississippi State (1-3 SEC) fell to 2-5 for the first time since 2008, the final season under Sylvester Croom. The offense played well enough to win in the second half, but, ultimately the defense failed the Bulldogs late. This was Dan Mullen’s first loss to Kentucky since taking over as MSU head coach.

What we learned: Kentucky is a road win @ Mizzou away from Bowl eligibility, unless they stumble against Austin Peay in Lexington, which, with Kentucky, is quite possible.

College Football: Auburn crushes Arkansas

Auburn offensive lineman Alex Kozan (63), Auburn quarterback Sean White (13), Auburn defensive back Joshua Holsey (15) and Auburn linebacker Deshaun Davis (57) celebrate their 56-3 win over Arkansas Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, during the second half at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala. (Julie Bennett/jbennett@al.com)

Auburn destroyed Arkansas 56-3 giving Auburn their largest margin of victory over a ranked team in program history.

The Tigers finished the game with 542 yards rushing. Pettway led the way with 197 yards on 27 carries. Sean White finished 6/11 for 77 yards and one touchdown. Auburn is 5-2 starring at a matchup against a struggling Ole Miss team that was torched by Fournette Saturday night. Hugh, good luck stopping the bus.

What we learned: Gus found his bus.

College Football: Missouri losses at home to MTSU

Middle Tennessee State cornerback Michael Minter celebrates as he runs off the field following the Blue Raiders’ 51-45 win over Missouri on Oct. 22, 2016. Jeff Roberson, AP

Rick Stockstill and his Blue Raiders get their first SEC win since defeating Vanderbilt in 2005.

The score was 51-45, in Columbia, on homecoming. Mizzou’s defense isn’t the same this year. Why they made a change in the defensive scheme this off-season is beyond me.

What we learned: Mizzou stinks and could lose out.

 

 

 

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One Response to College Football: SEC Week 8, What We Learned

  1. #1cockfan says:

    Don’t understand why gamecocks took foot off the gas pedal in second half. Don’t like to question Muschamp’s game day coaching ability but the embarrassing lack of intensity on both sides of the ball could have easily cost us the game.
    All my gator friends are not surprised

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