Best SEC Games for Week 5
Drama in the SEC is quickly picking up steam as we move forward through the season.
Week four may have been the best week yet after a few wild finishes and a few close calls. Here is a quick recap of last weekend's events just in case you were unfortunate enough to miss any of the action:
- A 62-yard touchdown reception on 4th and 14 proved to be the nail in Tennessee's coffin as Florida knocked off the Vols, 28-27.
- Texas A&M took down Arkansas in overtime for the second year in a row by a final score of, 28-21.
- Vanderbilt put up a bigger fight than expected, but Ole Miss was able to close out a 27-16 win.
- Kentucky put a damper on Missouri's season after beating the Tigers, 21-13.
Week five has the potential to be bigger and better than its predecessor. If you do not think that it's possible then just check out the top three games to watch in the SEC this weekend:
**Note: All stats, unless otherwise noted, are courtesy of cfbstats.com**
Alabama will enter Saturday's game as an underdog for the first time since 2009. That is already a small feat for Georgia, but the Bulldogs know that Vegas odds will not help them take down the Crimson Tide.
It is obvious that Alabama has a few kinks to workout before getting back in the hunt for a playoff spot. That does not mean they do not have the talent to do it. The Tide currently boasts the best rush defense in the conference, which will come in handy when facing Nick Chubb. The offense has seen better days, but you are never in bad shape when you have a guy like Derrick Henry on your side.
Georgia, meanwhile, has cruised to a 4-0 record to start the year. Nick Chubb is doing things in Athens that have not been done since the days of Herschel Walker. Quarterback Greyson Lambert has also been breaking a few records of his own. However, the Bulldogs' key to victory will be attacking a Crimson Tide offense that is not playing up to its full potential.
By the time it is all said and done, this matchup could prove to be one of the biggest games of the year. Alabama is out to prove that its dynasty is not dead, while Georgia wants to prove once and for all that it's indeed the real deal.
A big win over Tennessee last weekend helped put Florida back on the map, but a big win on Saturday would do more than that. Although Ole Miss is already in the national conversation, a win is essential for the Rebels as they seek to prove that they are legitimate title contenders.
Ole Miss played "hungover" last Saturday, and it almost cost them, so you can expect to see a different team in 'The Swamp' on Saturday.
The Rebels' defense is a force to be reckoned with. It forces turnovers quickly and often, which gives Chad Kelly more opportunities to work his magic. Kelly's arm is a big reason why Ole Miss currently has the best total offense in the SEC.
Florida's recent success is a hot topic across the conference, but it is worth noting that the Gators have not faced a team with the same intangibles as Ole Miss.
Florida's ability to execute in big time situations is a big plus, and the Gators will need to take advantage of every opportunity that is handed to them by Ole Miss.
Tennessee found out last week that winning in 'The Swamp' is never easy. Ole Miss found out last week that they cannot afford to get a big head. The Rebels have to avoid losses, and Florida now appears to be one of the more dangerous teams on their schedule.
Texas A&M escaped Arlington with a narrow victory over Arkansas but another tough SEC West opponent awaits them this week. Meanwhile, Mississippi State has already lost a game but has shown it can give teams fits.
The Bulldogs are already living in the shadow of last year's historic season. Most of their 2014 talent is gone, but Dak Prescott remains. Prescott has accounted for 1,190 yards of offense and nine touchdowns by himself. However, a one man band cannot beat an SEC team on the road, and he certainly cannot play defense. Defense is where Mississippi State has its work cut out for them.
Texas A&M is lethal on offense because they have one of the nation's best receiving corps. Freshman Christian Kirk leads the SEC in receiving yards and a few of his teammates are not far behind. Scoring points should not be an issue. Preventing points is where the problem will arise. The Aggies have improved on defense compared to last year, but are they good enough to slow down a quarterback like Dak Prescott?
Mississippi State has not stopped playing with a chip on its should despite the lack of overall experience. A&M also plays with a little extra motivation as it seeks to prove that it can run the table in the SEC West. This game could have big implications.