The SEC: What We Learned from Week 8

The Southeastern Conference has never been shy of football talent and this season has been no exception. Teams that have been labeled as an underdog like Kentucky and Ole Miss are coming in hot and making top headlines this year. Let’s take a look at what we learned from ‘Week 8 in the SEC’.

South Carolina notched its first win in almost a month.
After coming off a bye-week the Gamecocks were more than ready to see another ‘W’ in the record books this last week. The 41-10 win over Furman will certainly give South Carolina the boost of confidence it needs going into the game against Auburn on Saturday in Week 9.

Kentucky lost its second SEC game to a ‘so-so’ LSU team.
The Wildcats seemed unstoppable, until enter the bayou last Saturday against the Tigers. The larger cat took a win in this fight, 41-3. LSU held off UK from scoring in every quarter but the first and put up 17-points in the first quarter and 14 in the third.
Terrence Magee notched a career-high 220 all-purpose yards. The Tigers ran the ball 51 times for 303 yards and outgained the Wildcats 423-217.

Alabama may have had a chip on its shoulder.
Texas A&M took an absolute whooping this past Saturday, scoring not one single point. The Crimson Tide rolled into home territory and put all rumors to rest, putting up 59-points on the Aggies.
Blake Sims passed for 268 yards and three touchdowns, and he scored on a 43-yard run while leading the seventh-ranked Bama to 35 second-quarter points.
The Aggies have lost their last three games, all of those teams being in the top 10. Freshman Kyle Allen replaced Kenny Hill in the fourth quarter. Hill was 17-of-26 passing for just 138 yards (his average being around 220) and was intercepted for the sixth time in three games.

The Tigers like the taste of Gator.
Missouri came down to the swamp to put up a 42-21 win over Florida on Saturday. The Tigers scored on a kick-off return, a punt return, a fumble return and an interception return. They managed just seven first downs and 119 yards of offense.
Mizzou has now bounced back from a shutout loss at home to Georgia and held the Gators to a scoreless first half. Jeff Driskel fumbled on Florida’s first series and threw an interception in the second quarter. The quarterback completed 7 of 19 passes for 50-yards and was sacked four times. Driskel has 12 turnovers in the last four games.
It’s surprising that the Gators are not 0-5 in the SEC.

Take a look at your upcoming SEC Football Schedule this weekend.
-UAB vs. Arkansas 12 p.m. SEC Network
-Mississippi State vs. Kentucky 3:30 p.m. CBS
-Vanderbilt vs. Missouri 4:00 p.m. SEC Network
-Ole Miss vs. LSU 7:15 p.m. ESPN
This could potentially be a big match-up. The Rebels are an excellent team, but LSU could very well take them by surprise.
-South Carolina vs. Auburn 7:30 p.m. SEC Network
-Alabama vs. Tennessee 7:30 p.m. ESPN2
It’s Lane Kiffin’s big return. This will be one to watch because good game or not, Vol fans have a little bit of hostility built up between Kiffin and Bama both.

Who is ranked this week in the SEC?
No. 1 Mississippi State (6-0)
No. 3 Ole Miss (7-0)
No. 4 Alabama (6-1)
No. 5 Auburn (5-1)
No. 9 Georgia (6-1)
No.24 LSU (6-2)

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