Best SEC Games for Week 10
Week nine in the SEC did not feature any jaw-dropping games. Every game played out exactly like it was suppose to, which left little room for any excitement. However, if you missed any of the action, get caught up below:
- Auburn gave Ole Miss all it could handle, but the Rebels survived by a final score of 27-19.
- Texas A&M defeated South Carolina 35-28 behind the arm (and legs) of new starting quarterback Kyler Murray.
- Georgia's offense struggled, and Florida took advantage. The Gators topped the Bulldogs, 27-3, in a game that likely sealed the SEC East for Jim McElwain and company.
- Tennessee bounced back nicely as they put on an offensive showcase in their 52-21 win over Kentucky.
Week nine may prove to be more important down the road. For now, week nine will be viewed as a warmup weekend for what week 10 has in store.
SEC fans be warned. This could be some of the best SEC football you will see all season.
**Note: All stats, unless otherwise noted, are courtesy of cfbstats.com**
Ole Miss returns home to Oxford after narrowly surviving a road trip to The Plains. The Rebels have responded well following their loss to Memphis a few weeks ago, but Arkansas is a team that should not be overlooked.
Ole Miss cannot afford to underestimate any opponent from here on out. It can win out and make it to Atlanta despite being ranked behind two SEC West schools. The Rebels currently lead the conference in scoring offense, so they appear to be in good shape on that side of the ball. The real key will be on defense. Ole Miss is loaded with defensive talent despite inconsistencies. They will be tested against an Arkansas offense that is averaging over 450 yards per game.
Meanwhile, the Razorbacks are certainly capable of pulling the upset in Oxford. A 4-4 record does not look good on paper, but this team is much better than what the record shows. All of its losses were close games, which includes a narrow defeat against Alabama. Arkansas has relied on a heavy passing game than in recent years, and this has allowed it to be more balanced. This team has struggled at times defensively, but Robb Smith has a good track record of having his defense prepared for big games.
This game will not have the same amount of hype as other games this week. However, Ole Miss controls its own destiny, so this game is very important.
This game suddenly became interesting following some impressive week nine perfomances. Auburn's defense may have surprised a few people last week by playing well against the SEC's top offense. This week, it will face off against another potent offense that is now led by a true freshman quarterback.
Kevin Sumlin is not shy when it comes to changing quarterbacks in the middle of the season. He did it last year, and he is doing it again this year. For now, it seems like a smart decision. Kyler Murray's stat line in his first career start included 223 passing yards, 156 rushing yards, and two total touchdowns. Murray will be facing a pass rush that has already improved dramatically with the return of Carl Lawson to Auburn's defensive line. This game could prove how good Murray really is.
Auburn's struggles this season has caused many to give up on the team. However, last week's performance against Ole Miss proved that this team is still dangerous despite its record. The defense still ranks dead last in the SEC, but it displayed some positive signs last weekend. One primary concern is on offense. Gus Malzahn's fast paced, run-heavy offense has been the bread and butter for this team in recent years. It will need a major offensive spark if it plans on beating Texas A&M.
Last year, Auburn was a heavy favorite to take down a struggling A&M team, but the Aggies shocked the Tigers behind the arm of a true freshman quarterback. Will the tables turn in this year's version or will a freshman quarterback get it done for Kevin Sumlin once again?
This is the game that everyone has been waiting for. It may not be the "Game of the Century", but it's still a huge game with championship implications. We certainly feel comfortable saying that is the game of the week in college football because there is so much on the line.
Alabama has put itself back in position to make it to this year's playoff. It just has to win out and hope for the best. The Crimson Tide has proven that it can win in dominant fashion, but it tends to save the dominant wins for road. Now more than ever the Tide must play its best football under the lights of its home field. This matchup ultimately boils down to how well the nation's best running back plays against the SEC's best rush defense.
LSU is fortunate enough to have superstar Leonard Fournette. He has carried the team all season, but Fournette may have very little to do with the outcome of this game. The Tigers will have to find an identity through the air because that is where points are scored on a stingy Alabama defense. Speaking of defense, LSU can possibly take control of the game by attacking some the Tide's offensive inconsistencies. There is no telling what the Mad Hatter has in store for this one.
The winner of this game could very well end up in the playoff. Sometimes games of this magnitude get overhyped and lead to disappointment. This will not be one of those games. In other words, schedule your weekend plans around this game.