It’s time again for another edition of the Fetch Football Forum. In this week’s edition we’ll take a look at the Dawgs’ domination, the Volunteers’ scare with the Zips, and the running joke that has become the Arkansas Razorbacks.
Georgia: 48-3 victory over Vanderbilt. Although the win did come against a subpar Commodores team (honestly, is there any other type?), the Bulldogs looked nearly flawless in a game that tied the school record for the largest margin of victory over Vandy. The driving force of the game was Aaron Murray, who completed each of his first twelve passes and ended the game with 250 yards and 2 touchdowns. If Georgia can continue to play as well as they did in this game as the season progresses, expect the team to be in the thick of the national title hunt.
Florida: 38-0 victory over Kentucky. Much like the Georgia win, Florida looked excellent against a not-so-excellent opponent. The win, which was secured in the second quarter when the Gators outscored the Wildcats 21-0, gives Florida its 26th consecutive win over the Wildcats and helped propel the team up to 11th in the AP Poll, the team’s highest ranking since the fifth game of the 2010 season.
South Carolina: 31-10 victory over Missouri. At what level of domination were the Gamecocks on against Missouri on Saturday? Well, banged up quarterback Connor Shaw threw a grand total of 1 incomplete pass and managed to throw for 249 yards and 2 touchdowns in a game that seems to verify the belief that South Carolina has what it takes to make a run for the SEC East title and perhaps even more.
LSU: 12-10 victory over Auburn. Well, it wasn’t exactly what you would call a “beautiful” win for the Bayou Bengals, but the defense did its job just like it did in so many games last year and helped bail out the offense, which gave up two fumbles in the game. LSU’s next true test comes two weeks from now, when they head to The Swamp to challenge Florida in an important conference matchup.
Ole Miss: 39-0 victory over Tulane. The Rebels played very well against the Green Wave on Saturday, as they rushed for 304 yards in a victory that was the team’s largest victory over an FBS school since it beat UAB by 35 in the middle of the 2009 season. With all of the gimmie games now out of the way for the Rebels, it’s time to see how good this team really is (Rebel Nation, don’t get your hopes up).
Alabama: 40-7 victory over Florida Atlantic. Hallelujah! The Crimson Tide has beaten another Sun Belt team!
Mississippi State: 30-10 victory over South Alabama. The Bulldogs breezed through this game, although some credit is due to the Jaguars, which only gave up ten second half points to the SEC West team. Mississippi State now sits at 21st in the AP Poll, its highest ranking since it sat at #17 when it faced off with the Crimson Tide two years ago.
Texas A&M: 70-14 victory over South Carolina State. The Aggies took complete control of this game in the first half when they outscored the Bulldogs 49-7. Next up for the Aggies is a game against the Arkansas Razorbacks, which will provide the team with an excellent chance of earning its first SEC victory.
Tennessee: 47-26 victory over Akron. Volunteers head coach Derek Dooley’s blood pressure was probably very high at the halftime of this game, as Tennessee found itself tied at 23 with the Zips, a squad that had just one victory a year ago. Thankfully for Dooley and Company, the Volunteers outscored former SEC head coach Terry Bowden’s team 24-3 in the second half, successfully avoiding what would have been the most embarrassing loss under Coach Dooley.
Auburn: 12-10 loss to LSU. Yes, their offense still looks as polished as one you would see at a pee wee football game, but the Tigers’ defense looked considerably better, as they held an LSU offense that had averaged around 47 points per game to just 12. The loss is still not easy to swallow, but it did show some promise and should get a tad bit of heat off of head coach Gene Chizik.
Missouri: 31-10 loss to South Carolina. The Tigers hopefully knew how tough their first season in the SEC would be, because so far the results have not been pretty (outscored 72-30). The team’s main issue so far against conference opponents seems to be maintaining the conditioning needed to win in the toughest conference, as they have managed a total of seven points in the fourth quarter in their two SEC losses.
Arkansas: 35-26 loss to Rutgers. Don’t get me wrong, the Scarlet Knights are no slouch, but for an SEC team with this much talent to lose to a team like Rutgers is just unbelievable. So goes the Hogs under another game by John “Why So Serious?” Smith, which brings to mind a great warning to any athletic directors looking for a head coach: “Never hire a coach with an ‘L.’ in his name, because many of those may soon follow.”
Vanderbilt: Unfortunately for Commodores head coach James Franklin, this Vanderbilt squad looked like the lovable losers that fellow SEC teams had grown accustomed to wholloping week in and week out. It’s going to take a lot of doing and a few upsets if the Dore are going to manage a winning season this year.
Kentucky: 38-0 loss to Florida. The Wildcats looked lifeless in a game that followed a week in which the senior “leaders” basically said they would be playing for each other, not so much for much maligned head coach Joker Phillips. Welp, I’d say that just about does it.