Georgia football SEC Week 4 roundup: What DawgNation needs to know
With two big upsets, a Top 5 showdown and two COVID-19 postponements, Week 4 was the busiest one yet in the 2020 SEC season. 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
South Carolina 30, No. 15 Auburn 23
Kentucky 34, No. 18 Tennessee 7
Arkansas 33, Ole Miss 21
No. 11 Texas A&M 28, Mississippi State 14
No. 10 Florida vs. LSU PPD
Vanderbilt vs. Missouri PPD
What does all of that mean for Georgia? Here is all of what DawgNation needs to know:
Next Game’s Opponent:
How they fared: The Wildcats pulled another big surprise this weekend with a dominating, 34-7, victory against No. 18 Tennessee in Knoxville.
What UK did well: Kentucky’s defense was outstanding, holding Tennessee to 4.3 yards per play and forcing four takeaways. Volunteers quarterback Jarrett Guarantano threw two Pick-6’s, leading to his benching. Kentucky also held Tennessee to 3 for 12 on third-down attempts.
What UK did not do well: The Wildcat offense didn’t fare all that much better than Tennessee’s. The Wildcats rushed for 187 yards but like the Volunteers, didn’t reach 300 total yards. Two of Kentucky’s four touchdowns were defensive scores, and the Wildcats scored another three points from a drive that started in Tennessee territory.
The big stat lines: Running back Christopher Rodriguez Jr. led the Wildcats with 73 rushing yards and a touchdown. While it was a modest total, Rodriguez’s 73 yards was the most yards from scrimmage for any Wildcats player.
DawgNation Outlook: The Wildcats are on a two-game winning streak, but the Bulldogs will now play Kentucky on Oct. 31 instead of next Saturday. Maybe with the bye week, Kentucky cools off.
Week 7 opponent
DawgNation Outlook: With 19 positive COVID-19 tests among its players, the SEC postponed Florida’s matchup with LSU to the final Saturday of the regular season. On Saturday, Gators coach Dan Mullen announced he has tested positive for the coronavirus.
The Gators will have a second straight bye week next Saturday before facing Missouri on Halloween and then Georgia on Nov. 7.
Week 8 opponent
DawgNation Outlook: Due to Vanderbilt’s shortage of scholarship players because of COVID-19 quarantining, the SEC postponed Missouri’s Saturday matchup with Vanderbilt to Dec. 12. The Tigers will play Kentucky next week and then visit Florida on Halloween.
Following those two games, Missouri will have a bye on Nov. 7 and then host Georgia on Nov. 14.
The Rest of the Schedule:
Mississippi State (Week 9): Since a surprising Week 1 victory against the defending champions, Mississippi State has lost three straight, including a 14-point loss to Texas A&M on Saturday. Coach Mike Leach benched quarterback K.J. Costello after he threw for only 99 yards in the first half.
South Carolina (Week 10): For the first time since 1933, the Gamecocks defeated the Auburn Tigers, 30-22, on Saturday. The big upset ended an eight-game losing streak for South Carolina against Auburn.
Vanderbilt (Week 11): The Commodores’ matchup with Missouri became the SEC’s first COVID-19 postponement this week just before the conference also postponed the Florida-LSU showdown. Vanderbilt will have next weekend off as well and then end the season playing seven straight Saturdays. The Commodores will visit Georgia on Dec. 5.
Arkansas (Week 1 win): The Razorbacks continue to play well and make Georgia’s struggles from Week 1 look more acceptable. Behind six interceptions, including a Pick-6 with under four minutes to play, Arkansas improved to 2-2 with a double-digit victory against Ole Miss.
Auburn (Week 2 win): Both of Georgia’s wins the past two weeks suddenly don’t look so great. The Tigers suffered a shocking 8-point loss to South Carolina on Saturday. Quarterback Bo Nix averaged just 5.8 yards per pass and threw a touchdown with 3 interceptions.
Tennessee (Week 3 win): As previously mentioned, Guarantano struggled as well, throwing two Pick-6’s in an upset loss. Things might only get worse for Tennessee with Alabama up next.
The Rest of the SEC:
TEXAS A&M: Isaiah Spiller rushed for 114 yards and two touchdowns while Kellen Mond threw for a pair of scores as well in the Aggies’ 28-14 victory against Mississippi State.
LSU: The Tigers visit to the Swamp was postponed until Saturday, Dec. 12.
OLE MISS: On a Saturday where quarterbacks struggled across the conference, Matt Corral may have turned in the worst performance behind center. Corral needed 38 attempts to reach 200 passing yards and threw six interceptions, including a Pick-6 when trailing by 5 with under four minutes remaining in a 33-21 loss to Arkansas.