Best SEC Games for Week 7
The SEC's week six schedule was, unfortunately, a slow weekend in terms to overall excitement.
A "slow weekend" is not always a terrible thing. Every conference game, regardless of ranking, is very important especially when referring to the SEC. If you missed of the action in week six, here is what you need to catch up on:
- The most exciting game of the weekend took place in Knoxville where Tennessee overcame a 21-point deficit to defeat Georgia, 38-31.
- Florida survived a tough road environment and took down Missouri, 21-3.
- A slow start was capped off by a strong finish for Alabama as the Crimson Tide beat Arkansas. 27-14.
- South Carolina managed to hang around with LSU despite a last minute change of venue. The Tigers pulled away in the second half and secured a 45-24 victory over the Gamecocks.
Week seven in the SEC has the potential to be one of the more exciting weekends of the season. The fans who enjoy watching conference games between two ranked opponents will have a lot to look forward to this Saturday.
Here are the top three games to watch in the SEC for week seven:
**Note: All stats, unless otherwise noted, are courtesy of cfbstats.com**
This year's meeting between Alabama and Texas A&M is much more than just a top-10 matchup. This game could play a huge role in deciding who wins the SEC West. With so much on the line, you can expect both teams to play up to their full potential on Saturday.
Alabama was firing on all cylinders in Athens two weeks ago but struggled on Saturday against Arkansas. The Tide's offense failed to capitalize on multiple scoring opportunities, and turnovers continue to be a problem. Jake Coker has thrown six interceptions so far this season. The last Tide quarterback to have six interceptions through six games? Spencer Pennington in 2004. Alabama has to limit its mistakes if they plan on surviving a trip to College Station.
Texas A&M still has to be on top of its game come Saturday because a "struggling" Alabama football team is still a very good football team. The Aggies will need to figure out a way to move the ball against the best defense in the SEC. It is a tough feat, but it is definitely possible with an offense that averages over 480 total yards per game. You should expect to see Kyle Allen spreading the field and throwing the ball to his favorite target, Christian Kirk.
This game could go either way, and there is no way of predicting what will happen. You should not expect the Tide to win by a 59-0 margin like it did last season, but you definitely should tune into this matchup.
You can never call it a slow week in the SEC when there are two top-10 games on the lineup. The announcement that Will Grier will be suspended for the remainder of the season makes this game even more interesting because quarterback play could be an issue for both teams.
Grier's suspension really hurts Florida. However, this team is more than capable of surviving without him. Backup Treon Harris is a mobile quarterback with big-game experience, which will allow the offense to add more emphasis to the ground game between him and Kelvin Taylor. On defense, the Florida faithful should remain optimistic because the Gator's have one of the nation's best pass rushing teams. That's not a bad thing to have when facing Leonard Fournette.
LSU has been carried through the season by Fournette. He is a spectacle that cannot be described with just one word but will come a time when Fournette will face a hard-nosed SEC defense that slows him down. That could be the case this weekend, which means the Tigers would have to rely on quarterback Brandon Harris. Harris has more than 20 pass attempts in just one game this season, so how will he perform if the pressure falls on his shoulders?
This game has the makings to be a good, old-fashioned battle between two teams that are not afraid to run it straight at you. Both defenses are geared for tough ground games, so the team with the most success through the air will likely win this one.
This game does not have the same flash as the other top games on Saturday, but it could still have important implications in deciding who wins the SEC East should Florida falter.
Georgia has seen better days. A team that was once poised for big time postseason appearances is now trying to avoid its third loss. To make matters worse, the Bulldogs lost star running back Nick Chubb to a lower leg injury last Saturday. Despite these unfortunate events, this team still has a lot to play for. They key to overcoming their problems will be finding consistency in the passing game, which will be difficult to do against Missouri's defense.
Missouri has quarterback troubles of their own. Maty Mauk started the year but has since been suspended for an undisclosed amount of time. This opened the door for Drew Lock, and he is currently struggling to find a rhythm with just a 56.5 completion percentage. The silver lining for the struggling Tigers is on defense, where they give up very few yards and force a lot of turnovers. They match up well against a Georgia team that has struggled on offense as of late.
Fans are usually too quick to jump to conclusions in regards to conference championships. It appears that Florida has a strong hold of the SEC East, but there is still a lot of football to be played. This will be one to keep an eye on.