Another weekend of college football is in the books. It was an eventful weekend in college football and fans had the opportunity to learn plenty about what is going on in the SEC. We will look at which teams took a step forward this weekend, and which teams had a weekend to forget.
The teams that took a step forward are at an elementary number two. Georgia and Alabama each had impressive victories and more than proved that they are the best in the SEC, at this point in the season. The Georgia Bulldogs proved to be rude hosts for the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Georgia defeated Mississippi State 31-3 and was in control of the game from the beginning. With the victory over Mississippi State, Georgia laid claim to leading the SEC Eastern Division.
As for the Alabama Crimson Tide, it was a dominating performance from the SEC’s best team. The Crimson Tide outgained the Commodores 67-78, in what turned into a 59-0 out of Vanderbilt. If you turned the game off in the first quarter, I would not be surprised, because by then it was 21-0 Alabama. Vanderbilt learned a valuable lesson this weekend, and that is; do not poke a grizzly bear with a stick. To beat Alabama, and Nick Saban, it is best to try and catch them off guard and not to call them out all weekend.
The teams that had a weekend forget in the SEC are numerous. Arkansas, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, and Mississippi State all had weekends to forget. Arkansas continues to prove the hiring of Bret Bielema has been a mistake. To win at Arkansas, a coach has to be able to out scheme other coaches, because the recruiting will continue to be middle of the pack. It was a tough loss in the U-Haul bowl against Texas A&M, falling 50-43 in overtime.
For the Wildcats of Kentucky, it was another heartbreaking loss to Florida. The Gators have now beaten Kentucky 31 games in a row. Kentucky may have taken a step back this weekend, but for the most part, have played well this season. In any event, most Kentucky fans are now already looking forward to basketball season.
As for the two teams that suffered the most lopsided losses in this weekend’s games. For the Commodores of Vanderbilt, it was a reality check against the Crimson Tide. While Vanderbilt has improved tremendously, they are still a long way away from competing against Alabama. Vanderbilt can go one of two ways, either this loss will unite them to play better, or they will start to sink quickly. With Mississippi State, the loss to Georgia was a tough one on the road. The Bulldogs should be able to bounce back, but a difficult loss to Georgia will test them as the midway point of the season approaches.
What we can take from all of this is that the SEC may not be as solid as the past few years. Alabama is still clearly the class of the conference, but the rest of the conference is a bit of a jumbled mess. Look for the news to be interesting this week as the schedule begins to get interesting for most of the conference.
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