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A crazy day around the SEC was bound to happen, we were due some type of craziness, which is exactly what we got.
The Kentucky Wildcats delivered in a big way on Saturday night, defeating Florida and providing fireworks in ‘The Swamp’. Tennessee won in overtime at Pittsburgh and KJ Jefferson led Arkansas to the win over South Carolina.
Alabama Comes Up Big With The Pressure Cooking
The one game that most folks around the country laughed at this past week turned out to be one of best games of the day. Alabama looked lethargic at times against Texas, struggling to put together consistent offensive drives, while the Longhorns lost starting quarterback Quinn Ewers.
Once Steve Sarkisian had to put in the backup, most thought this game was over, but Hudson Card was ready for the challenge. Credit to the Longhorns for giving the Tide’ everything they wanted and then some. But Bryce Young had other plans, leading his team down the field for the game winning score.
Yes, Alabama looked human against Texas, but Nick Saban will find numerous ways to elevate this team after the close win. It might’ve taken a last minute drive to finish the Longhorns, but somehow the Tide’ found a way to win. Alabama will be fine, but it did give opposing teams a glimpse at how you can beat the Tide.
It’s one thing to win a game on some wild fluke play at the end of regulation, but App State controlled this game from the start.
QB Chase Brice went 15 of 30 for 134 yards and one touchdown. But it was the Aggies offense that looked abysmal, with QB Haynes King only passing for 97 yards and the team only rushing for 66 yards.
We’ve seen this Jimbo Fisher led team play bad before, but this was different. There wasn’t a moment in this game that anyone thought the Aggies were in control or anywhere near it.
Texas A&M just doesn’t look confident. The defense looked bad, the offense couldn’t muster any yards and the coaching staff looked incompetent at times. The Aggies will host Miami next week, in a must-win game.
The Vols entered this game looking for their first non-conference top-25 road win since defeating Miami in 2004. Nothing was going to come easy for Tennessee on Saturday night, as Pittsburgh sent this game into overtime thanks to the Vols offense stalling.
There were times where the connection between Hendon Hooker and Cedric Tillman seemed unstoppable, but the third quarter came and the Vols offense didn’t look the same.
Even with starting quarterback Kedon Slovis on the sidelines, the Panthers found a way to tie it up towards the end of regulation. Thanks to Hendon Hooker’s TD pass in overtime — and the defense collapsing Pitt’s offensive line — the Vols got out of Pittsburgh with the win.
A lot of areas where Tennessee can get better, but a road win is something you’ll take, no matter how it comes. For all the talk about the Vols offense, it was the defense that saved the day. Next up, the Vols host Akron, before a huge showdown with Florida in two weeks.
KJ Jefferson was in command of this game, while going 18-of-21 for 162 yards and 1 touchdown. It was the rushing attack from Raheim Sanders that took down the Gamecocks, as he ran for 156 yards and two touchdowns.
Yes, Spencer Rattler had a good game in the box score, throwing for 376 yards and 1 touchdown, with an interception, but South Carolina struggled with consistency.
Saturday proved that Sam Pittman and the Razorbacks will give everyone on their schedule a tough game, while the Gamecocks struggle to find some type of identity on both sides of the ball.
The Razorbacks will host Missouri State next weekend, before a huge matchup with Texas A&M in two weeks.
Kentucky Goes Into Gainesville And Grabs The Blue-Collar Win
How about the Kentucky Wildcats? Going into Gainesville and defeating Florida without its starting running back and on the back of their defense.
This was such a gritty win for Mark Stoops and his team tonight, winning 26-16.
Credit to the Cats’ defense for holding Anthony Richardson to 14-of-35 for 143 yards, 2 interceptions and only 4 rushing yards. Beating Florida in back-to-back years, while also making a statement to the SEC East, the Wildcats have shown that they are a team that can beat you multiple ways.
Kentucky’s defense forced two turnovers, two fourth down stops, a pick-six and didn’t give up a single point in the final 35 minutes.
Congrats to Mark Stoops for passing Bear Bryant for all-time wins in Lexington, thanks to Will Levis and this group of players.
Florida has been brought back down to reality after the win over Utah in the season opener. I think the Gators have talent, but lack depth, which showed Saturday night. Next up, Kentucky will host Youngstown State, while the Gators will host South Florida.
Other Teams Of Note
LSU defeats Southern 65-17, improving to 1-1 on the season. The Tigers will face Mississippi State next weekend.
I still don’t trust the quarterback situation with TJ Finley or Robby Ashford. Bryan Harsin will need to make a decision going forward. Next up, Auburn will host Penn State in a massive game on the Plains.
Mississippi State defeats Arizona 39-17: 16 hours after the first game of Saturday morning, the Bulldogs wrapped up the day with a win over the Wildcats in Tucson. Will Rogers had an impressive night with four touchdown passes and will head back home with a 2-0 record. Next up, Mississippi State will travel to Baton Rouge to take on LSU. The Bulldogs will have a great opportunity at the win.
Ole Miss defeats Central Arkansas 59-3: The only takeaway from this game will be the health of Luke Altmyer going forward. After an injury sidelined the QB, Jaxson Dart entered the game and could be the starter for the Georgia Tech game next Saturday. We’ll see what Lane Kiffin says this week.
Just another crazy Saturday in the SEC, with next week sure to bring us more fireworks.