Week 3 SEC Recap:
No. 1 Alabama 48, No. 19 Ole Miss 43
The Fighting Saban’s fell behind early and it appeared the “revenge” game against Ole Miss would be an afterthought, but once again the Rebels’ failed to sustain an early big lead and came up short in Oxford. The Crimson Tide came out with the road victory against a top-20 opponent, but it wasn’t freshman quarterback, Jalen Hurts, best performance tossing the ball. Hurt completed 12 of 19 passes, but the bulk of those completions came on dink & dunk screen passes – something Ole Miss likes to run. Hurts was the Tide leading rusher with 142 yards.
The Crimson Tide faces Kent State next weekend and then a Kentucky team in shambles.
No. 15 Tennessee 28, Ohio 19
The Bobcats have never beaten a top 25 team and still haven’t. Ohio, a 27.5 point underdog gave the Vols’ all they wanted in Knoxville, but their shortcoming was a direct result of failing to recover any of Tennessee’s five fumbles. The Bobcat offense didn’t help matters by settling for short field-goal attempts after moving the ball well between the 20’s, rather than punching the ball in for six.
The Volunteers are flawed and once again struggled despite being a heavy home favorite against an undermanned Bobcat team. A win is a win, but the Vols’ need to shore up some issues quickly or the lofty expectations this team carries will become nothing more than another lack-luster season by Butch Jones. The Volunteers have a HUGE game against the hated conference rival, Florida Gators, Saturday, a game Butch Jones desperately needs to win in order to gain some credibility with the Vol faithful. Jalen Tabor and Jalen Hurd, both have been jawing back & forth all off-season, so expect this to be an all out slug fest. Tennessee lost cornerback Cam Sutton and linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin to injuries, while the Gators are likely to be without QB, Luke Del Rio.
No. 16 Georgia 28, Missouri 27
Mizzou was sniffing a huge Top- 20 SEC win at home over the Dawgs’ after controlling most of the game, but let freshman phenom, Jacob Eason, convert on fourth-and-10 for a go-ahead TD with less than 90 seconds remaining. Mizzou came out and completed a deep pass to WR, J’Mon Moore, but Georgia DB, Juwuan Briscoe, punched the ball out, recovering the fumble and securing Kirby Smart’s first road SEC win as the Georgia head coach. The Dawgs’ won, but the bigger concern was the chunk plays the defense gave up against a below average SEC offense and star running back, Nick Chubb, was a non-factor. The Dawgs’ will need to shore some things up before heading to Oxford next week to face Swag Kelly and his Rebels’ or things will get ugly quick.
No. 17 Texas A&M 29, Auburn 16
This was a huge SEC West game for both teams and would give us a better picture of how the two teams really stack up. Kevin Sumlin and his Aggies went into a hostile environment in Jordan-Hare and pulled the road “upset,” against Auburn. The Aggies offense wasn’t all that impressive, but the “Gus Bus,” AKA, Auburn’s offense, once again struggled throughout the game, compiling a measly 16 points and nine punts. Listen, this one is simple, the Tigers’ just don’t have any playmakers on the offensive side of the ball, until that changes, the offensive struggles on the plains will continue.
No. 20 LSU 23, Mississippi State 20
Les Miles, once again tried his very best to give another game away late, but the LSU defense made a stand and Fournette was able to salt this one away. Leonard Fournette ran for 149 yards and two TDs, while QB Danny Etling provided the Bayou Bengal faithful something they haven’t seen in years, a QB.
No. 23 Florida 30, North Texas 0
The Gators crushed a minor Texas school like they should and now turn their attention to the Vols’. The trouble, it appears they’ll be without starting QB, Luke Del Rio, after suffering a knee injury on what I thought, was a dirty, low cheap shot by the Mean Green.
No. 24 Arkansas 42, Texas State 3
The Hawgs’ pulled off a big road victory vs. TCU in Week 2 and Arkansas returned home and rolled Texas State. The Razorbacks took care of business and now turn their attention to the Aggies.
South Carolina 20, ECU 15
This was a huge win for South Carolina and Muschamp. Sure it was against a directional school from North Carolina, but the Pirates’ always play the role of giant killers and had knocked off NC State the prior week. It started off quickly for the Gamecocks, which jumped out to a quick 17-0 lead, before the offense packed it in and headed home. On paper, the Gamecocks had no business being in this game, let alone winning the game, but ECU failed to convert TD’s in the red zone and turnovers plagued the Pirates all day. The Gamecocks will head to Lexington next week for their 3rd SEC road trip in 4 games, something unheard of in the SEC, but will need more than 20 points if they hope to pull off the road win in Lexington.
#Gamecocks Freshmen accounted for:
43% of rushing yards
67% of receiving yards
70% of points
100% of passing yards
100% of return yards
— Rob Proffitt (@BreakinDownFilm) September 18, 2016
Georgia Tech 38, Vanderbilt 7
Total domination by the Ramblin’ Wreck from Georgia Tech. Webb was effective at times but had too little help, while the Commodore defense struggled to contain the option.
Kentucky 62, New Mexico State 42
The Wildcats’ got their first win of the 16′ season, but it was a shootout against a New Mexico State team that lacked D1 FBS talent. Drew Barker left the game with a leg injury and his status moving forward is unknown at this time.
GT’s Week 3 SEC power Rankings:
- Texas A&M
- Ole Miss
- Mississippi State
- South Carolina
SEC Football Week 3 Coaches Hot Seat: Below are the 4 SEC football coaches whose seats burn hottest in Week 3.
4. Derek Mason, Vanderbilt
3. Gus Malzahn, Auburn
2. Mark Stoops, Kentucky
1. Les Miles, LSU
♦ If Butch Jones doesn’t beat the Gators Saturday, he’ll find his name on the list.