#10 Florida Gators vs. Toledo Rockets: Florida suspends 5 players before the game but it makes no difference as the Gators win 24-6. Quarterback Jeff Driskel gives a solid performance while junior tailback Mack Brown runs like a Mack Truck gaining 124 yards on the ground coupled with two touchdown runs. Florida’s new defense replaces eight starters from last season but looks much the same.
#5 Georgia Bulldogs @ #8 Clemson Tigers: A special teams blunder is the difference between these two evenly matched teams. Georgia botches a field goal attempt in the 4th quarter and Clemson wins the game 38-35. Star Bulldogs RB Todd Gurley (strained quad) and WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee) get injured in the 1st quarter after celebrating Gurley’s 75 yard td run.
Kentucky Wildcats vs. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (in Nashville, TN): Former SEC coach Bobby Petrino denies UK’s new coach his first victory. The Hilltoppers defeat the Wildcats 35-26.
Missouri Tigers vs. Murray State Racers: Mizzou displays both an air attack and a ground game on this day pounding the Racers 58-14. Quarterback James Franklin throws for 318 yards and three touchdowns. Running back Henry Josey runs for 113 yards on 13 carries.
South Carolina Gamecocks vs. North Carolina Tar Heels: UNC scores their only touchdown of the game after phantom facemask call to make it 17-7. UNC is ready to go home but lightning delay keeps the Tar Heels in Columbia an extra two hours. USC rolls 27-10. Clowney and USC’s entire defense look out of shape and will need to condition better for next week’s matchup against the Bulldogs in Athens, Georgia.
Tennessee Volunteers vs. Austin Peay Governors: Volunteers welcome in new coach Butch Jones by beating Austin Peay 45-0. Running back Rajion Neal runs for 141 yards and a score. Quarterback Justin Worley goes 11 for 13 and passes for three touchdowns.
Vanderbilt Commodores vs. Ole Miss Rebels: SEC Game of the Week! Two evenly matched programs duke it out with the road team pulling out a win in the end. Rebels senior RB Scott lets the rest of the SEC know the team has more on it than just highly recruited freshmen talent by running 75 yards for the game winning touchdown! Rebels freshman 6’ 3’ wide receiver Laquon Treadwell looks impressive.
#1 Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Virginia Tech Hokies (in Atlanta, GA): The Hokies outgain the Crimson Tide in total offense by accumulating 212 yards to the Tide’s 206 yards. It doesn’t matter as wide receiver Christion Jones catches a touchdown pass while also returning both a punt and a kickoff back for two more touchdowns. Bama’s defense puts out another stellar performance. Bama wins 35-10.
Arkansas Razorbacks vs. Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns: Razorbacks running back Jonathan Williams scatters for 151 yards and quarterback Brandon Allen tosses for another 230 yards as Arkansas racks up 522 yards on total offense. Arkansas triumphs 34-14. Bret Bielema gets his first W as Hogs coach.
Auburn Tigers vs. Washington State Cougars: Teams put up a total of 46 points in the first half and nine in the second half. Auburn wins 31-24 in a tale of two different halves. Running back Corey Grant garners 146 yards on the ground which included a 75 yard td run. Head Coach Gus Malzahn gets his first W as a Tiger.
#12 LSU Tigers vs. #20 TCU Horned Frogs: Coach Les Miles wins the war of words yet again as the Tigers topple the Frogs 37-27. Wide receivers Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham both haul in over 100 yards as quarterback Zach Mettenberger completes half of his passes (16 of 32). LSU’s defense plays well after having to replace quality players from last year’s squad.
Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. #13 Oklahoma State Cowboys (Houston, TX): The Bulldogs hang tough but lose quarterback Tyler Russell to injury in the third quarter. The Cowboys go on to win the game 21-3. Mississippi State’s offense sputters as they convert only 2 of 16 first downs. Just like previous seasons, the Bulldogs defense remains the strength of the team.
#7 Texas A&M Aggies vs. Rice Owls: Johnny Halftime comes in to start the third quarter with engines all go passing for three touchdowns in route to a 52-31 victory. Like Florida, A&M suspends 5 players before the game but all goes well for the Aggies. The second string defense gets some much needed work in anticipation for the Alabama matchup in two weeks.
SEC Power Poll (Week 1)
- Texas A&M – There’s a new sheriff in town and his name is Manziel!
- Alabama – Offense looked anemic with new o-line.
- South Carolina – I can see Clowney running on the treadmill now.
- LSU – Offense will be an improvement from last season.
- Georgia – Defense went through the fire, should win next game.
- Florida – Quarterback spot is still shaky.
- Ole Miss – Highly recruited class gets things started the right way!
- Vanderbilt – Gutsy performance by receiver Jordan Matthews.
- Missouri – Offense was impressive – Pinkel hopes it is here to stay.
- Mississippi St. – Offense has a ways to go but will need a healthy Russell.
- Auburn – After last season, Auburn is happy with any win.
- Arkansas – Power game looked similar to another school, Wisconsin.
- Tennessee – Has a good running back in Neal.
- Kentucky – Really?
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