Best SEC Games for Week 11
Week 10 was everything you could have asked for in a single week.
The SEC, in particular, was filled with the kind of chaos that fans will talk about for years to come. It was hard to keep up with all of the excitement, so here is a quick recap of some of the best conference games from last week:
- A Vanderbilt lead over Florida is what first grab people's attention on this wild Saturday. The Gators needed a late field goal to secure a 9-6 win and the SEC East division title.
- In what could prove to be college football's wildest finish, Arkansas used a lateral pass to convert on 4th and 25 in overtime against Ole Miss. The Razorbacks later scored and converted on a two-point conversion to secure a 53-52 win over the Rebels.
- Auburn may have finally found its rhythm as the Tigers upset Texas A&M 26-10 in College Station.
- Everyone's eyes were tuned in to watch Alabama take on LSU in a top-5 showdown, Alabama held Heisman frontrunner Leonard Fournette to just 31 yards, and the Tide rolled to a 30-16 win behind Derrick Henry's 210 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
It will be hard to match the excitement that we saw last week, but week 11 definitely has potential. The top three games on this week's list feature steams that are having to refocus after coming off big wins or disappointing losses.
**Note: All stats, unless otherwise noted, are courtesy of cfbstats.com**
The Deep South's Oldest Rivalry will not have as much significance as we thought it would at the beginning of the year. The preseason hype around both teams led us to believe that this regular season matchup would be a warmup SEC title game. Neither team lived up to the hype, but this is still a rivalry game with a lot on the line.
Auburn's road win over Texas A&M last week put some much needed life back in their season. The Tigers racked up a season high 443 yards of offense with Jeremy Johnson at quarterback. The defense was even more impressive as they held Kevin Sumlin's offense to just 303 total yards. This kind of sudden spark could make Auburn a real dangerous team down the home stretch. There are obviously still concerns moving forward, but Gus Malzahn has to like his chances against a struggling Georgia.
The Bulldogs' struggles started during their loss to Alabama, and it has gone downhill from there. We are entering week 11, and Mark Richt is still unsure about the starting quarterback position. This may not be as big of an issue had they not lost Nick Chubb to a leg injury. They averaged 452 yards of offense per game before Chubb's injury. They now average just over 303 yards per game. Georgia is going struggle to win out if they do not improve on those numbers.
This is more or less a battle of respect because both teams have something to prove. The fact that this is a big time rivalry makes things all the more interesting. We suggest you keep a close eye to see how everything plays out.
This game is obviously interesting because it is a top-25 matchup between two SEC West schools. It is also interesting because everyone will be waiting to see if Alabama can refocus following a big a win over LSU. Just two years ago, the Tide struggled to put away the Bulldogs after beating LSU the week before.
It is probably a little unfair to speculate that Alabama may struggle to refocus just because it happened two years ago. This is a completely different team. The Tide's offense appears to be hitting its stride with
freight trainrunning back Derrick Henry leading the way. The defense ranks third in the country, and the front seven proved that they may be the best after holding Leonard Fournette to just 31 yards. However, bottling up Dak Prescott is a completely different challenge.
Prescott's performance against Alabama's defense will set the tone for how this game will go. He has accounted for nearly 70 percent of Mississippi State's offensive yards this season. Dan Mullen is going to need to figure out how to spread the wealth a little more if he plans on keeping it close. He will also have to figure out how to slow down Derrick Henry. The Bulldogs rank 10th in the SEC in rush defense, so the pressure is likely to fall on Prescott's shoulders.
This is not the same Mississippi State team that played the Tide last season, but they are very much capable of making this game interesting. This will still be Alabama's game to lose.
Alabama will be trying to keep focus and not slip up while LSU will try to get back on track. The annual meeting between LSU and Arkansas has a history of being close so that makes things all the more intriguing.
The Tigers may have lost last week, but they are still one of the best teams in the country. LSU's success the rest of the season will hinge on Leonard Fournette's ability to bounce back from his worst performance of the season. It is also important that the defense responds appropriately, which may be tough to do against an Arkansas offense that has scored over 50 points in each of its last three games.
Quarterback Brandon Allen has been the key to the Razorback's recent offensive success. Allen has thrown for 940 yards and 11 touchdowns in his last three games. Arkansas is still dangerous on the ground. They just have less depth at the running back position due to injuries. Scoring a lot of points is always important, but slowing down Fournette will be the key. The Razorbacks are not as stacked on defense, but they do have the capability.
This game will be interesting if history truly does repeat itself. It also has the potential of being a blowout. Either way, we think this game should be in your clicker rotation.