The Gamecocks became the latest side to travel to Lexington and return home with a loss. Mark it down as a missed opportunity for Will Muschamp’s team to prove they belong in the conversation to be the SEC East’s second-best team.
It was a particularly rough day for Jake Bentley. He threw three interceptions against the tough Kentucky defense. It may be time to admit that South Carolina is much closer to the bottom of the SEC than the elite group of teams at the top.
Dan Mullen doesn’t have the Florida offense clicking on all cylinders yet, but his defense was lights out in the Gators’ 13-6 win at Mississippi State. Giving up 98 yards passing and just 104 on the ground is a really good formula to win every week.
The rushing game is still a bit of a concern in Gainesville. Mullen’s offense only managed to produce 118 yards on 34 carries. It was enough to grind out an ugly win, but it’s something that needs to improve if the Gators want to challenge the best teams in the SEC.
The Aggies were oh so close into falling for a classic trap game. Kellen Mond through two interceptions that allowed Arkansas to keep this game painfully close. Fortunately for Jimbo Fisher and company, they had just enough to escape with a victory.
Trayveon Williams deserves most of the credit. He carried a huge load for the offense. Putting up 29 carries and 152 yards isn’t something he can do every week, but credit the talented running back for grinding out the win against the Razorbacks.
We’re sure some Tigers fans are upset to see their team drop one spot after a win, but this has been coming for a while. The Auburn offense just hasn’t looked good this season. Jarrett Stidham may have cost himself more money than anyone in college football with his mediocre play this season.
In the end, Auburn still deserves to be considered a good team, but struggling to beat Southern Miss at home doesn’t bode well for their chances of challenging the SEC elite. This is destined to be a mediocre year on the Plains.