All-in-all, it was a pretty blah weekend for the Southeastern Conference and SEC football. Although, there was a little bit of excitement.
By in large, the SEC football teams who were supposed to win, did and those supposed to lose, well, they did too.
Week 4 in the Southeastern Conference saw very little in the way of surprises.
But, that’s not stopping us from breaking down each game the week in one sentence (or, maybe two if it really requires it).
No. 23 California 28, Ole Miss 20
One sentence: It certainly was an odd finish in Oxford after referees ruled Elijah Moore never brought the ball across the end zone plane, resulting in the No. 23 Golden Bears holding on for a win.
What it means: While the officiating crew may have been correct, it doesn’t take the sting away from the Rebels starting the season 2-2. Seat’s getting a little warm in Oxford.
No. 2 Alabama 49, Southern Mississippi 7
One sentence: Tua Tagovailoa’s line was 17-for-21 with 293 yards and five touchdowns which is likely enough said.
What it means: The train keeps rolling in Tuscaloosa as Alabama will host Ole Miss next weekend in what will likely be the Rebels’ third loss of the season.
No. 4 LSU 66, Vanderbilt 38
One sentence: The spread offense is really working in Baton Rouge as the Tigers get 418 yards in the air — 398 from quarterback Joe Burrow.
What it means: It kind of makes you wonder why the Bayou Bengals never used the spread offense before?
No. 8 Auburn 28, No. 15 Texas A&M 20
One sentence: Auburn’s defense allowed just 56 yards rushing by the Aggies, but did give up 335 yards passing, oh, and 17 fourth-quarter points.
What it means: The Tigers seemed to play not to lose, rather than to win and they almost paid for it. Texas A&M, on the other hand, well, it’s going to be a struggle for the Aggies.
No. 9 Florida 34, Tennessee 3
One sentence: New starting quarterback Kyle Trask nearly eclipsed the 300-yard mark in passing in his first start under center in seven (yes, SEVEN) years.
What it means: If this keeps up, I don’t really see a light at the end of the tunnel for Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt.
Mississippi State 28, Kentucky 13
One sentence: This was really more of a ‘meh’ game where Mississippi State did have two rushers — Garrett Shrader and Kylin Hill — run for 100 yards each with Shrader rushing for 125 and Hill for 120.
What it means: Well, Kentucky has a long road ahead of it, as does Mississippi State, but the Aggies’ run game was pretty impressive against the Wildcats’ defensive line.
Missouri 34, South Carolina 14
One sentence: The Gamecocks’ offense looked abysmal with just 271 yards of total offense, while Missouri has rattled off three straight wins after losing their season-opener at Wyoming.
What it means: The South Carolina offensive line leaks like a sieve, allowing four sacks and allowing its run game just 16 net yards.
San Jose State 31, Arkansas 24
One sentence: Arkansas quarterback Nick Starkel had five (count ‘em FIVE) interceptions against a Spartan team whose defense gave up 487 yards of total offense.
What it means: It was a not-so-impressive showing for Arkansas, who now has to go on the road and face a very mad Texas A&M team this weekend.
No. 3 Georgia 23, No. 7 Notre Dame 17
One sentence: This was a very good game, except for the 16 unanswered points Georgia rattled off in the third and fourth quarters.
What it means: Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm struggled throwing the football against a very good Notre Dame defense. Wonder what that means when he faces Florida in a couple of weeks?
This is a relatively light week in the SEC, but Alabama, Florida, Auburn and Texas A&M are all in action.