SEC: 12 Week One Notes From Around the Conference

The SEC mostly feasted on weaker competition in Week One. However, a few teams in the conference made national statements with their wins. In total, SEC teams went 13-1 overall.

Week two will see mostly non-conference games again, with the exception of two.


Texas A&M 59, Northwestern State 7 (Thursday)

An auspicious debut for new head coach Jimbo Fisher. The Aggies were led by junior running back Trayveon Williams. Williams rushed for 240 yards and three touchdowns.

Mississippi 47, Texas Tech 27

I can’t say how wrong I was about Ole Miss enough. After Week One, it appears the Rebels got the better end of the quarterback stick. Jordan Ta’amu threw for 336 yards and 2 TDs in the win over the Red Raiders.

South Carolina 49, Coastal Carolina 15

You can read my full recap of this game HERE.

Georgia 45, Austin Peay 0

This game went so well for the Governors that they cut the length of the fourth quarter to ten minutes. The good news for Georgia is that no one got hurt.

Kentucky 35, Central Michigan 20

The Chippewas were game for a half. The Wildcats pulled away late. Benny Snell rushed for 125 yards and two scores. Kentucky is hoping to end their three-decade-long losing streak to Florida on Saturday.

West Virginia 40, Tennessee 14

The lone blemish on the SEC record this week was this shellacking. The Vols had no answer for West Virginia QB Will Grier. A lone bright spot for Tennessee was RB Tim Jordan. Jordan rushed for 118 yards and scored once.

Auburn 21, Washington 16

This was the game of the week in college football. Auburn’s defense smothered Huskies QB Jake Browning for most of the day. The Tigers notched five sacks and had one interception.

Arkansas 55, Eastern Illinois 20

The collegiate home of Sean Payton, Tony Romo, and Jimmy Garoppolo was no match for the Razorbacks. A successful SEC coaching debut for Chad Morris. Ty Story won the Arkansas QB battle and finished with 261 yards, and three TD passes.

Missouri 51, UT-Martin 14

Drew Lock had his usual performance against an inferior opponent. He threw for 289 yards and 4 TDs. Senior WR Emanuel Hall caught four balls for 171 yards and a pair of scores.


Florida 53, Charleston Southern 6

You can read our own Bradley Walker’s breakdown of this game HERE.

Mississippi State 63, Stephen F. Austin 6

No Nick Fitzgerald, no problem for Miss State. Sophomore QB Keytaon Thompson had himself a day in his stead. Thompson threw for 364 yards and five TDs. He added another 109 yards on the ground and two touchdowns.

Vanderbilt 35, Middle Tennessee State 7

It was a ho-hum four score win for the Commodores. QB Kyle Shurmur (son of NY Giants HC Pat) threw for 170 yards and two touchdowns.

Alabama 51, Louisville 14

The national nightmare is finally over. Alabama started Tua Tagovailoa at quarterback, and we can all finally get some rest. The Tide offense looked unstoppable with the sophomore at the reins. This is terrible news for the rest of the SEC.

LSU 33, Miami (FL) 17 (Sunday)

One of the biggest shockers of the weekend came when LSU thoroughly handled Miami. I guess the U wasn’t back after all. Joe Burrow wasn’t splashy at QB. Nick Brossette looked great carrying the football. The best news for the Bayou Bengals was placekicker Cole Tracy. Tracy is a transfer from Assumption College (Division II). He went 4/4 on field goals, including a 54-yarder.


Mississippi State @ Kansas State 11 am ESPN

Nevada @ Vanderbilt 11 am SECN

Arkansas State @ Alabama 2:30 pm ESPN2

Georgia @ South Carolina 2:30 pm CBS

Southern Illinois @ Mississippi 3 pm SECN

East Tennessee State @ Tennessee 3 pm SECN

SE Louisiana @ LSU 6 pm ESPN2

Wyoming @ Missouri 6 pm ESPNU

Clemson @ Texas A&M 6 pm ESPN

Arkansas @ Colorado State 6:30 pm CBSSN

Alabama State @ Auburn 6:30 pm SECN

Kentucky @ Florida 6:30 pm SECN

Check back every week for my SEC recap.

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