Week 3 was an extremely busy week in the SEC. We’re here to provide you with a quicker-than-ESPN recap on all things SEC on each week of this series built around the framework of the 2020 Georgia football schedule.
Consider’s this your weekly need-to-know on all things SEC. Just served up for the appetite of the discriminating Georgia reader.
This Week’s Scores
No. 3 Georgia 44, No. 14 Tennessee 21
No. 2 Alabama 63, Ole Miss 48
No. 21 Texas A&M 41, No. 4 Florida 38
No. 13 Auburn 30, Arkansas 28
Missouri 45, No. 17 LSU 41
South Carolina 41, Vanderbilt 7
Kentucky 24, Mississippi State 2
What does all of that mean for Georgia? Here is all of what DawgNation needs to know:
Next Week’s Opponent:
How they fared: The Rebels took it to Alabama at home in Oxford. Ole Miss built leads of 7-0, 14-7 and 21-14 before falling in an avalanche of Fantasy Football numbers for the Tide. Nick Saban’s program saw itself tied with Ole Miss at 42 with 11:31 left to play but scored three more times in a 63-48 thriller.
What Bama did well: Junior QB Mac Jones completed 88 percent of his passes for 417 yards and two touchdowns. Senior RB Najee Harris ran 23 times for 206 yards and five scores. Senior receiver Devonta Smith had 13 catches for 164 yards and a score. Junior WR Jaylen Waddle had six catches for 120 yards.
What Bama did not do well: The Rebels ran for 268 yards and threw for another 379. Those numbers were extended through 9 of 17 conversions on third down and a 4 for 4 effort on fourth down. Ole Miss was so proficient at moving the ball that Nick Saban wondered after the game if the home team knew some of Alabama’s defensive signals.
The big stat lines: The game broadcast said the 647 yards that Alabama gave up were the most ever surrendered by the program to an unranked opponent. The Tide also had just one punt and one fumble. Aside from that, they scored touchdowns on 9 of their 11 drives.
DawgNation Outlook: That offensive onslaught has to have Georgia fans feeling a lot better about being able to score on the Tide in Tuscaloosa next week. Georgia will bring perhaps the nation’s top defense next week for that game. Former top 50 safety Jordan Battle had 11 tackles against Ole Miss but was ejected for targeting and will miss the first half against UGA next week.
Week 5 opponent
How they fared: Kentucky surprised most of the conference with an easy 24-2 win against Mike Leach and Mississippi State.
What UK did well: The Wildcats took control of this game with their defense. Kentucky had a Pick-6 for one score and then set up another 2-yard scoring drive after another 76-yard interception return down to the Mississippi State 2. K.J. Costello was picked off four times by the Wildcats.
What UK did not do well: It was an off final score considering that the Wildcats built a 14-0 lead and won handily despite just an 8-for-20 night through the air from QB Terry Wilson. He threw for just 73 yards and also led the team with 50 rushing yards.
The big stat line: Mississippi State threw the ball 70 times against Kentucky but was held to just 275 passing yards and was picked off six times.
DawgNation Outlook: These clearly appear to be a pair of Jekyll-and-Hyde teams that Georgia will see in November. Both teams are now 1-2 for the season.
Week 7 opponent
How they fared: The Gators appeared as though they were going to pull away on multiple occasions at College Station on Saturday, but a late fumble ultimately doomed Florida to a three-point loss. The Gators gave up 10 points in the final five minutes, including the game-winning field goal after turning over the ball at midfield with 3:40 to play in the fourth quarter.
What UF did well: Quarterback Kyle Trask had another strong performance, throwing for 312 yards and four touchdowns with zero interceptions. Florida also went 6 of 9 on third down while averaging 9.8 yards per pass.
What UF did not do well: Dan Mullen’s running game was stuck in the mud most of the afternoon. Florida averaged just 3.8 yards per rush and gained only 90 yards on the ground. The Gators defense also had a subpar day, yielding 543 yards and allowing Texas A&M to convert on 12 of 15 third-down attempts.
The big stat line: While Trask posted 312 passing yards and four touchdowns, wide receiver Kadarius Toney recorded seven receptions for 92 yards and hauled in two of those four scores.
DawgNation Outlook: Florida’s passing game is better than it was last year, but against the vaunted Georgia defensive front, it’s hard to imagine the Gators running the ball well. Trask will likely have to be a one-man show when Florida and Georgia meet on the first Saturday of November.
Missouri (Week 8): The Tigers stoned LSU at the goal line on four straight plays to pull off an upset against the defending champions. Quarterback Connor Bazelak threw for 406 passing yards and four touchdowns.
Mississippi State (Week 9): As stated above, the Bulldogs were intercepted six times in a humbling 24-2 loss for the “Air Raid” offense at Kentucky. Starting QB KJ Costello has now gone from the hero of the big LSU upset to getting pulled on the road in the SEC at Kentucky.
South Carolina (Week 10): Running back Kevin Harris ran for 171 yards and two touchdowns to led the Gamecocks over the Commodores, 41-7. South Carolina outgained Vanderbilt, 485-249.
Vanderbilt (Week 11): The ‘Dores averaged under 4.2 yards per play in a 34-point loss to South Carolina. Running back Ken Seals rushed for 72 yards.
Arkansas (Week 1 win): The Georgia win against the Razorbacks two weeks ago is looking better each week. Arkansas nearly upset Auburn, as quarterback Feleipe Frank threw for 318 yards and four touchdowns.
Auburn (Week 2 win): The Tigers rushing attack tallied 259 yards, including 146 rushing yards from Tank Bigsby, while averaging 6.3 yards per rush attempt in a two-point win against Arkansas. Receiver Anthony Schwartz recorded 10 catches for 100 yards and a touchdown.
The Rest of the SEC:
TEXAS A&M: The Aggies posted 543 yards, including 338 passing yards from Kellen Mond in an upset victory against Florida. Running back Isaiah Spiller rushed for 174 yards and two touchdowns.
LSU: The defending champs fell to 1-2 for the first time in more than 25 years, but it wasn’t quarterback Myles Brennan’s fault. He threw for 430 yards and four touchdown44
OLE MISS: Ole Miss ran the ball a shocking 57 times for 268 yards and four scores against Alabama, but fell in a 63-48 shootout in Oxford. Redshirt sophomore QB Matt Corral continues to perform like an ALL-SEC quarterback. He completed 21 of his 28 passes for 365 yards and two scores against the Crimson Tide.