Matt Corral and Kyle Trask combined to throw for 869 yards and 10 touchdowns for their Ole Miss and Florida offenses, respectively.
That’s the topic sentence for an SEC Week 8 roundup that saw two of the three games feature a team that Georgia still has to play in the 2020 season.
Vanderbilt did put up 35 points on Kentucky, but that final score is somewhat of an illusion. The Commodores tacked on a pair of late touchdowns to turn a 38-21 gap into a three-point final result.
The games all featured some Big 12/Pac 12 level scoring but there was one score which summed up the weekend best.
COVID-19 postponements 4, Scheduled SEC games 3
That’s how we kick off this week’s quicker-than-ESPN recap. The premise here is that each week this recap is 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. 1 Alabama at LSU, ppd
No. 5 Texas A&M at Tennessee, ppd.
No. 12 Georgia at Missouri, ppd.
No. 24 Auburn at Mississippi State, ppd.
No. 6 Florida 63, Arkansas 35
Ole Miss 59, South Carolina 42
Kentucky 38, Vanderbilt 35
What does all of that mean for Georgia? Follow along for what DawgNation needs to know:
Next Scheduled Opponent (we think):
Mississippi State (2-4)
How the Bulldogs fared: Mississippi State was not able to face Auburn this weekend.
What Mississippi State has done well in 2020: The Bulldogs, as expected, are throwing the ball well under first-year coach Mike Leach. They average 303 yards per game through the air. The boys from Starkville are actually decent on defense in giving up only 360 yards per game.
What Mississippi State has not done well in 2020: There is not much offensively beyond Leach’s “Air Raid” attack. Mississippi State ranks 12th in the SEC in total offense. Why are their 11 offenses in the SEC ranked higher than Mississippi State? The biggest reason is the Bulldogs are only averaging 21 rushing yards per game.
The big stat lines: The Bulldogs rank fourth in the conference in yards allowed per game largely due to holding teams to only 233 yards per game through the air. They are sixth in scoring defense at 25 points allowed per game. Stanford transfer K.J. Costello has completed 65 percent of his passes, but he’s thrown for just 10 touchdowns with 14 interceptions.
DawgNation Outlook: Will Georgia face Mississippi State this week? Will a jumbled-up reschedule take place? This matchup would allow the Bulldogs a chance to test out their passing game against a unit that has held teams back in the area so far. Georgia’s beleaguered pass defense will a chance for redemption with Leach and his crew.
Week 10 opponent
How the Gamecocks fared: South Carolina lost by 17 on the road at Oxford, but it was a one-score game until an Ole Miss touchdown with 6:09 to play in the game.
What South Carolina did well: Run. The. Football. Georgia native Kevin Harris had 25 carries for 243 yards and five touchdowns. He now leads the SEC in rushing. The Gamecocks had 39 carries for 318 yards against Ole Miss. That’s 8.2 yards per rush attempt.
What South Carolina did not do well: Play. Defense. Ole Miss stacked up 708 yards on South Carolina, including 518 yards through the air. The fact that the Rebels also paired that stat line up with 195 yards on the ground is striking.
The big stat lines: Shi Smith continues to impress with the highlight catches. He had 10 catches for 117 yards and a touchdown. Collin Hill completed 17 of his 28 passes for 230 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Georgia native Ernest Jones had 18 tackles for Carolina from his LB position.
DawgNation Outlook: South Carolina is struggling defensively against teams that present a potent passing offense. The fact the Gamecocks ground out so many rushing yards holding the ball for almost 30 minutes and still gave up 708 yards makes a point that maybe rushing offenses can no longer be a major key to a win against prolific passing teams.
Week 11 opponent
How the Commodores fared: Vanderbilt found itself in a shootout with Kentucky. It put a lot of mascara on its sixth straight loss thanks to a pair of late touchdowns.