Another week has come and gone in the college football season. The SEC consistently gives the sport amazing games, moments, and players. Here are my five biggest takeaways in the conference from week ten.
1. Down Goes Florida
In the annual Georgia-Florida rivalry matchup, the Bulldogs came out with a victory as widely expected. It was the combined play of Jake Fromm and the Georgia defense that sealed the win and most likely the SEC East crown.
The Gators gave an adorable effort against the Bulldogs, but the overall talent of Kirby Smart’s team was just too much for Dan Mullen’s crew. Kyle Trask actually played pretty well under center, but the ground game went nowhere for the offense.
The biggest highlight from the game, however, was this beautiful flop from a Georgia offensive lineman.
— Toomer (@MagnoliaToomer) November 2, 2019
Moving forward, the Gators are now eliminated from the playoff race. Their fate is sealed with missing the SEC Championship game and by having two losses.
As for Georgia, they still have hope! Their one loss is absolutely terrible so they will have to win the SEC to get into the playoff, but at least they still have a way into the final four. It doesn’t seem likely that they would beat LSU or Alabama, but you never know with college football.
2. Auburn Survives a Scare
Ole Miss gave the Tigers a run for their money, but in the end Auburn prevailed with a tight 20-14 victory. The Rebels were able to keep it close because of their defense holding Bo Nix and company to just two offensive touchdowns.
However, their offensive performance left much to be desired. Quarterback John Rhys Plumlee had less than 100 yards passing and less than 100 yards rushing. Yea…Ole Miss isn’t that great this year.
This was Nix’s game. Despite not throwing any touchdowns, he didn’t throw any interceptions and he completed 30 of 44 passes for 340 yards. While he still has freshman mistakes and bad games, it is apparent that Nix will be a force in the SEC for years to come.
The highlight of this game was another absolutely hilarious play this time from Derrick Brown who was trying to come onto the field. He made it just in time, and he decided to keep finish the play as well.
Ole Miss: “Phew, finally a play without Derrick Brown on the fie— pic.twitter.com/pLB8cdHC2J
— Barstool Auburn (@WarDamnStool) November 3, 2019
Overall, we all know that Auburn’s fate is already sealed. Their two SEC losses will keep them out of the conference championship and the playoffs. But it will be interesting to see how they will compete with Georgia in two weeks at home. Keep your eyes on that one.
3. Tennessee Rising
Don’t look now folks, but the Volunteers are just two games away from a bowl game. Yes, they had an absolutely terrible start to the season. But it’s not about how you start. It’s about how you finish.
Despite losing four of its first five games, Tennessee has since won three of its last four contests which includes Saturday’s beatdown of defending C-USA champion UAB.
And in case you haven’t already sensed a trend here, this game had its own absolutely hysterical play:
My single favorite play from Tennessee's win over UAB.
Down 23-0, WR dives for first down marker, celebrates, then sadly realizes he's still 10 yards short of the actual marker. pic.twitter.com/L61TqHgFdg
— Jesse Simonton (@JesseReSimonton) November 3, 2019
Of course, this Saturday the Volunteers are traveling to Lexington to play Kentucky in what is a critical game for the bowl chances of both Tennessee and the Wildcats. Both teams have just four wins. The Volunteers must win two of their last three, and Kentucky must win two of its last four.
In summary, whoever wins this game will probably make a bowl game. The loser has got a lot of work to do. If Tennessee losses they must beat Vanderbilt and Missouri back-to-back. If Kentucky losses, then they will have to beat either Vanderbilt on the road or Louisville at home (they are beating Tennessee-Martin).
Who knows who will win this game, but if Bowden catches fire again then the Wildcats should cruise to a win.
4. Arkansas Is……Not Good!!
I’m gonna keep this brief. Arkansas got embarrassed by a not-so-great Mississippi State team 54-24 yesterday.
I was dead wrong on the Razorbacks. I went out on a limb and predicted that they would win six games before the season started . Look, you are bound to be incredibly wrong when you have lots of sports predictions. That is the case here, and I’ll own up to it.
They won’t beat LSU or Missouri to end the season so honestly this Saturday’s game at home against WKU might decide just how quickly Head Coach Chad Morris gets fired. A loss to the Hilltoppers and I don’t see anyway he isn’t fired by Sunday morning.
— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) November 2, 2019
Arkansas is historically a top 25 program in wins, bowl appearances, you name it. It also has top-notch facilities and donors. How in the hell did this happen? It's more than just poor hires.
— WarMachine2013 (@WarMachine2013) November 2, 2019
As you can see, Morris being fired is only a matter of time. It thought it would be Derek Mason who would be fired first in the SEC, but Morris is easily the leader in the clubhouse now.
5. The Game of the Year
Now that we have covered the big stories from this week….LET’S LOOK AHEAD TO THE BIGGEST GAME OF THE YEAR!!!
The historic 8-0 vs. 8-0 doubleheader is set.
Penn State at Minnesota Noon ET (ABC)
LSU at Alabama 3:30 ET (CBS)
First time in AP Poll history.
— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) October 28, 2019
This is the matchup that the college football world has been waiting for ever since LSU unveiled its new pass-happy offense. Joe Burrow is the best quarterback in the sport thus far and Tagovailoa should be good to go in this one.
What will the result be? Well, the Crimson Tide have the obvious advantage with this being played at home. But Burrow won’t let the crowd get to him, and Alabama’s defense is suspect this season in my opinion.
Personally, I think that LSU will win this game. The stakes are HUGE here. The loser will not make the SEC Championship game. Depending on what exactly happens elsewhere in the sport, this might be an elimination game for the playoff especially if Georgia wins the conference championship.
We could go through all the possibilities here, but what we do know is that the winner is probably going to be guaranteed a playoff spot. The sports world will be watching for what will be the biggest college football game in 2019.