Best SEC Games for Week 4
So much has already happened in college football, and we are only four weeks into the season.
The drama in college football starts in the SEC because popular opinion says that the best teams in the country are located in the south. The drama continues to play out but the "best conference" tag is starting to wear off after a few rough performances over the past two weeks.
Let's bring you up to speed just in case you missed any SEC action in week three:
- Five turnovers proved to be Alabama's demise as it lost to Ole Miss for the second year in a row, 43-37.
- Missouri intercepted Connecticut's fake field goal attempt in route to a 9-6 victory.
- LSU's ground game was too much for Auburn to handle as Les Miles and company pulled away with a 45-21 win.
- Arkansas fell to Texas Tech 35-24 for its second loss in as many weeks.
- Florida survived a road trip to Kentucky as it defeated the Wildcats, 14-9.
In other words, your favorite SEC team is either playing really well or really poorly. There is still a lot of football to be played so now is not the time to give up on any teams.
Week four has the makings for another excellent week of college football especially in the SEC:
**Note: All stats, unless otherwise noted, are courtesy of cfbstats.com**
The battle for the SEC East is wide open. Georgia remains the favorite to win the division but anything can happen in conference play. This year's matchup between Florida and Tennessee could have huge implications on who takes the division if Georgia falters.
Tennessee's momentum slowed down a bit after an overtime loss to Oklahoma despite having a 14 point lead at halftime. There is still plenty of reason to believe that Vols will make a serious run in the SEC due to the offense's high ceiling of potential. Josh Dobbs will get better, while Jalen Hurd and Alvin Kamara may be the best running back duo in the conference.
Florida also has the potential to make a run in the division, but it has a lot more ground to cover. So far, the Gators have continued Will Muschamp's legacy by being ranked second in total defense for the conference. The offense is still struggling to score, but they have established trust in Will Grier, who has completed over 68 percent of his passes this season.
Tennessee will be the favorites heading into Saturday's matchup. It is never easy to win in "The Swamp", so it will be interesting to see how the Vols adapt to a rowdy atmosphere. This is a great opportunity for Jim McElwain to grab his first big time win as Florida's head coach.
This game may not have the same hype it had before the start of the 2015 season. However, both teams are looking for fresh starts, and they are also seeking respect in the SEC.
The biggest story line heading into the matchup is the changing of quarterbacks at Auburn. Jeremy Johnson's poor performance against LSU left Gus Malzahn with no choice but to start Sean White. White has not attempted a collegiate pass, so Malzahn will still rely on the run. With Johnson out, the Tigers' biggest concern now will be figuring out how to slow down Dak Prescott.
The hype around Prescott has cooled down from last season, but he is still one of the best players in the conference. He has accounted for over 900 yards of total offense and seven touchdowns for the Bulldogs. The focus for Saturday will be how well Mississippi State's defense matches up against Auburn's ground game.
This matchup has the potential to be a high scoring game if both defenses fail to stop key playmakers. Overall momentum favors the Bulldogs, but will Sean White prove to be the missing piece Auburn need all along?
This game does not have a lot of flash behind it, but it certainly has a lot of importance. Missouri has won the SEC East the last two seasons, so all of its conference games will be under the microscope to see if they can run the table in the division once again.
Kentucky played poorly against Florida and missed an opportunity to knock off the Gators. Patrick Towles threw two interceptions and only completed eight passes in the loss, so it is hard for one to believe that the Wildcats can knock off Missouri. Hope is not yet lost because Stanley Williams is averaging eight yards per carry. If Towles gets it together then the Wildcats could prove to be a dangerous team.
Missouri also played poorly last week, but they were fortunate enough to escape with a narrow victory over Connecticut. A usually consistent Maty Mauk has barely completed 50 percent of his passes and has already thrown four picks this season. Defense can get the job done, but Gary Pinkel will have to figure out his offensive dilemma before the Tigers enter the heart of their SEC schedule.
This year's statistics show that this might be a slow developing, low-scoring game. It is still important to note that this game could prove to have been a significant game later in the year. If Missouri loses then the SEC East race will ultimately be narrowed down to two teams.