This weekend was filled with cupcake games, but we did learn a lot about a few teams. South Carolina went to Missouri in the battle of the “Columbia’s” and proved what I was saying last week, the Gamecocks can easily finish in the top half of the East. Auburn traveled to Clemson where they looked inept on offense at times in a 14-6 loss, and Georgia traveled to South Bend to take on Notre Dame where they escaped with a 20-19 victory over the Fighting Irish. Mississippi State also showed that their defense is for real in a dominating 57-21 win in Ruston over Louisiana Tech.
14. Missouri (Last week: 14)
Missouri jumped out to a 10-0 lead early against South Carolina, but that’s about all they would get. Missouri struggled to stop South Carolina throughout the game and failed to put up points in the redzone in a 31-13 loss.
13. Ole Miss (13)
Ole Miss trailed UT Martin late in the second quarter until a Shea Patterson touchdown pass gave the Rebels a 17-16 lead going into halftime. Ole Miss would end up pulling away in the second half, but this team didn’t show any reason why they should be ranked higher than they were last week. We will find out a lot about this team this week when they travel out to take on Cal.
12. Kentucky (11)
Eastern Kentucky gave the Wildcats all they could handle and more last weekend. Eastern Kentucky would even take a 16-10 lead in the third quarter before the Wildcats scored the final 17 points of the game to pull away for a 27-16 victory. Kentucky looks like a six win team right now at best.
11. Arkansas (10)
Arkansas welcomed TCU to Fayetteville this past weekend where TCU would come out with a 28-7 victory. Arkansas struggled to stop the run all game and had trouble punching it in the endzone. Arkansas was just simply pushed around all game long on both sides of the ball. You can feel Bielema’s seat warming up all the way from Starkville.
10. Vanderbilt (12)
Don’t look now, but Vandy has possibly been the most impressive team in the East outside of South Carolina. The Commodores are playing lights out defense, and Kyle Shurmer has looked very good through two games this year. This weeks game against Kansas State should be a lot of fun to watch.
9. Texas A&M (8)
The Aggies got tested the week by FCS Nichols in a game where they went into the fourth quarter tied 14-14. A&M would then score the last ten points of the game to win 24-14. For the second week in a row, A&M struggled to move the ball which doesn’t bode well for a team that is supposed to be built on offense.
8. South Carolina (9)
South Carolina has looked like the most impressive team in the East so far outside of maybe Georgia. The Gamecocks traveled to Missouri where they took care of business 31-13. Deebo Samuel is a big play threat that has had a kickoff return for a touchdown in both games this season. This week they will welcome Kentucky to their place for the home opener.
7. Tennessee (7)
Tennessee opened their home slate last weekend with a shellacking of Indiana State 42-7. I’m still not sold on this team completely. They have question marks on the defensive side of the ball, Dormady looks inconsistent and they have lost their top wide receiver for the season. We should get a much better feel for this team this weekend when they travel to Gainsville to take on Florida.
6. Mississippi State (6)
Mississippi State traveled to Ruston for a potential trap game against Louisiana Tech. The Bulldogs would shrug off a slow start to win the ball game 57-21. The defense showed that they are for real this past weekend as well. La Tech’s only two touchdowns came on a 3 yard drive and a touchdown with :23 left in the game. Defensive Lineman Jeffery Simmons also scored two touchdowns in the blowout win. The Bulldogs will welcome LSU to Starkville this weekend in a big game for both teams.
5. Florida (5)
Florida was unable to play their game against Northern Colorado due to Hurricane Irma. The Gators will host Tennessee this weekend in Gainsville.
4. Auburn (2)
Auburn traveled to Death Valley this past weekend to take on the Tigers of Clemson. In a game where the offense struggled, Stidham was sacked eleven times. While some of that can be attributed to the strength of Clemson’s defensive front, the Auburn offensive line will have to be better as the season progresses if they want to have a shot at a SEC West championship.
3. LSU (3)
LSU did what they were supposed to do against Chatanooga. The Tigers took care of business in a 45-10 beating. Danny Etling has looked efficient through two games and hasn’t turned the ball over. Derrius Guice has looked like a 1st team All-SEC back through two weeks. The Tigers will travel to Starkville this weekend for their first SEC test of the season.
2. Georgia (4)
Georgia traveled to South Bend to take on Notre Dame in a defensive battle that the Bulldogs won 20-19. Georgia started true freshman Jake Fromm in Jacob Eason’s absence. Fromm would play pretty well, completing 16-29 of his passes for 141 yards, a touchdown and an interception. The biggest difference in the game was Georgia’s defense keeping Notre Dame out of the endzone, the Irish would be forced to kick four field goals and only scored one touchdown.
1. Alabama (1)
Alabama played host to Fresno State in a game that would see the Tide winning 41-10. The game was never in doubt as Bama would jump out to a 14-0 lead and never looked back. The Tide will play host this weekend to Colorado State.