Sunday, September 25, 2016
Bilo's College Football Week 4 PASS/FAIL Reports: SEC
The news is much the same as it has been in the SEC. Alabama is dominant again, Florida knows how to choke, Georgia is not as talented as they should be at key positions, and Ole Miss can still explode on offense. Here are my final week 4 grades for the SEC:
PASS: Alabama, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Auburn, Missouri, Vanderbilt, Kentucky
Alabama ran up a 41-0 lead at the half against overmatched Kent State, and the Tide then coasted to a 48-0 win at home.
Trevor Knight passed for 2 TDs and ran for 2 more, and the Aggies used a 28-7 run in the second half to run away from Arkansas. The Aggies rolled up 591 yards of offense, and converted 8/12 3rd downs.
Chad Kelly passed for 2 TDs, and ran for one more as Ole Miss rolled out to a 31-0 lead at the half over Georgia. The Rebels averaged 8.4 yards per play in the 45-14 blowout win.
Tennessee trailed 21-3 at the half, and then exploded for 35 points after the half, and held Florida to just 7 points after the half to win 38-28. Tennessee broke an 11 game losing streak to Florida in the win.
Despite a struggling offense, Auburn used 6 FGs to hold off LSU and win 18-13. Daniel Carlson’s 6 FGs broke a 34 year old Al Del Greco record for Auburn.
Drew Lock passed for 5 TDs, and Missouri racked up a 58-0 lead at the half in a 79-0 win over FCS Delaware State. Lock passed for 402 yards in the win.
Vanderbilt won in OT over Western Kentucky when WKU coach Jeff Brohm decided to go for 2 before they had to, thinking about grabbing the win instead of strategizing long term. The attempt failed, and Vandy avoided the upset loss at home.
Kentucky didn’t get much scoring, but needed little as the defense carried the day in a 17-10 SEC win. The win snaps a 6 game losing streak in SEC play for the Wildcats.
FAIL: Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, LSU, Mississippi State, South Carolina
Arkansas gave up 591 yards in the loss to open SEC play this week, and the loss snapped the 3-0 start to the season. If Arkansas is to rebound, defense will have to step up.
Georgia showed that they have a major talent gap in SEC play, and was solidly and soundly beaten by Ole Miss. Kirby Smart will have to do some rebuilding, especially on the line on offense, and at QB.
Florida had Tennessee nailed down at the half, leading 21-3, but then imploded after the half to have an 11 game winning streak against the Vols snapped.
LSU has struggled on offense all season, especially with the QB situation being just awful. This week, they scored just 13 points at Auburn, and this loss cost Les Miles his job. Miles was fired today, and now Ed Orgeron is interim coach.
Mississippi State did win, but gave up 35 points to U Mass on the road. U Mass has hardly been a juggernaut, and it seems like MSU is barely doing what they have to do to win.
South Carolina continues to struggle on offense, scoring just 10 points in an SEC loss to Kentucky. The Gamecocks averaged just 2.6 yards per carry in their loss.