The SEC had some huge games this week and our SEC Week 3 Review covers all the highlights. Things got sticky in The Swamp as Bama were run close by Florida.
Whilst the flattering score of 34-0 win over New Mexico looks good on paper, The Aggies were mediocre at best. Jimbo Fisher will want more out of his team going forward. Zach Calzada threw for 275 yards and three touchdowns and made some huge plays but was still wobbly at times. He threw one pick and struggled going through his progressions. Whilst he has a cannon he needs to be finding the right guy on the throws, not just the guys going deep. They need to stop making silly mistakes and conceding penalties if they want to beat a surging Arkansas next week.
Southeast Missouri State got rolled over by Mizzou 59-28 in a one sided affair. The Tigers only played their starter Connor Bazelak for one half as they scored 38 unanswered points. After the half SEMO got back into the game slightly and then scored 21 points in the fourth quarter. Mizzou had pulled all their starters by this point. Four Missouri players scored their first career touchdowns Saturday and this confidence will help as they face a tough Boston College next.
Kentuky came from a fourth quarter deficit of 16-14 to beat The Mocs 28-23. Will Levis threw two interceptions before throwing a fourth-quarter touchdown pass to Izayah Cummings to set up the comeback. The Wildcats then returned a 95 yard interception to seal the deal. Kentucky was almost upset by a good FCS team and will need to do better next week against South Carolina in a game they often dominate.
Tennessee had one eye on next week and the trip to The Swamp as they brushed aside The Golden Eagles 56-0. Hendon Hooker looked good and scored four touchdowns on the day. He will need all that skill plus some luck next week when The Gators welcome The Vols to Florida.
In another game where the team has one eye on next week’s fixture, The Razorbacks looked confident in what could have been a trap game. Between the win agonist Texas and the upcoming game against Texas A&M, this could have been a banana peel. It wasn’t as Arkansas beat GS 45-10. Sam Pittman has The Razorbacks dialed in and KJ Jefferson has looked much more settled as the games get ticked off. There is a fair chance that Arkansas rolls The Aggies next week if they start hot.
This punt return was madness. Not only was it a bad call by the officials but there should also have been a penalty because two Memphis players both had a number 4 jersey on. Memphis eventually walked away 31-29 winners after a 51 yard FG with less than two minutes to go. This was a wild game so I suggest watching the fourth quarter highlights.
There really wasn’t much to see here except a dominant display by the country’s best defence. Georgia beat SC 40-13. JT Daniels was back under centre for The Bulldogs after missing the game last week with injury. He looked great going 23 of 31 for 303 yards and three touchdowns. Georgia travels to Vandy next up and should blast past The Commodores with ease. They may even push Bama harder for that top AP Poll spot.
LSU got out to an early lead that extended to 35-7 at the half. Max Johnson had a game 372 yards and a career-best five touchdowns. He threw to 10 receivers and incorporating some young talent was on full display in the 49-21 win. For once Boutte wasn’t the guy and it proved even in a down year for The Tigers they have some talent coming through. They Travel to Mississippi State next up.
Ole Miss won 61-21 in a Matt Corral record setting night. Corral ran for four touchdowns and passed for three scores, finishing 23 of 32 for 355 yards. Seven touchdowns is just ridiculous for the new IMO number one Quarterback in this class. Ole Miss are scoring at will right now and will look to continue that run against Alabama who are next up for The Rebels.
This is the first time these schools have ever met and Stanford got the dub in a 41-23 win. Stanford QB Tanner McKee ran for a touchdown and threw for two more as he had an effective night for The Cardinal. Things don’t get any easier for either of these teams as Stanford faces UCLA and Vandy crumbles to Georgia.
What a game, what a Whiteout. Penn State was welcoming Bo Nix who did not travel well according to most analysts. Penn State were consistent throughout the contest scoring a touchdown in each quarter. They then had to stand up on defense twice in the 4th quarter to deny Auburn in the 28-20 win, Sean Clifford completed 28 of 32 passes for 280 yards and two touchdowns and once more Jahan Dotson was superb. He is staking his claim to being one of the most elite Wide Receivers in the class. Tank Bigsby was the star for Auburn as he went 23 for 103 and two scores on the ground. Auburn looks to bounce back against Georgia State next.
This one may go down as one of Dan Mullen’s biggest errors under the biggest of spotlights. Bama shot out to a 21-3 lead in the first quarter and it looked like the route was upon us. Bryce Young looked good and then something happened. The Gators took a hold of the game and started the comeback which ended just short of completion late in the fourth. After scoring a touchdown Florida went for the game tying two point conversion. Mullen called a back corner fade when play action was obviously the call to make. Bama held on to win 31-29 in a game that showed that perhaps Bama can be beaten.
Written by Jordan Merritt @Jordm87