As the notion of the SEC being the undisputed top conference in college football is nowhere near in doubt, there is a missed chance for perfection during Week hands down the college football season.
A 14-0 weekend for the conference, obviously rare in potential, was another from completion before Florida State thwarted LSU’s extra point attempt following a late rally in New Orleans. Still, the conference exposed completely with the favorites looking after business not to mention underdog Florida upending top 10-ranked Utah. Paired with Georgia’s demolition of Oregon, and the SEC narrative is really as strong as ever as the Pac-12 perception sinks by when.
The Grove Report looks back at the entire SEC slate before turning the page to Week 2.
Utah State 0, No. 1 Alabama 55
There is not much tangible to recap beyond expectation. Reigning Heisman winner Bryce Young threw for five touchdowns and ran for another on a night where things just looked possible for all three phases of football for Nick Saban’s squad. The Tide defense looks as effective as any unit nationally, allowing just 136 total yards and three third-down conversions to an Aggie team that already had a casino game (and a win) under its belt. Fall into line the Bama-Georgia title game already.
No. 11 Oregon 3, No. 3 Georgia 49
So much for a letdown after claiming that national title following the 40-year drought. If anything, Georgia looked nearly as good contrary to the Ducks since it had at any point in 2021 — a scary thought given the dominant defense and offense that improved with each passing week. Stetson Bennett looked in complete control, throwing for 368 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for another. Even with out a dominant backfield, the offense looked efficient in whatever it attempted. And yea, the replacements on the defense will undoubtedly be just fine, just ask Bo Nix. The former Auburn passer wraps up his college career 0-4 against UGA, tossing two more interceptions on the way Saturday.
No. 7 Utah 26, Florida 29
The overall game of your day in the SEC finished as a launchpad victory for Billy Napier in his first game at the helm in Gainesville. While UF hung around and also led for a chunk of amount of time in that one, it felt such as a matter of time before a self-imploding Utah would click and finishes drives. It never happened, and an opportunistic, yet vulnerable, Florida defense took advantage with a set of turnovers forced within their own end zone like the game-winning interception by Amari Burney. On the other hand, the Anthony Richardson hype immediately feels warranted as his dual-threat display (106 yards rushing, three touchdowns) immediately vaults him in to the Heisman conversation.
No. 23 Cincinnati 24, No. 19 Arkansas 31
As physical and back-and-forth a casino game as there is to start the growing season, K.J. Jefferson and Raheim Sanders guided a frequent Arkansas offensive attack to a reliable victory. Each time the Bearcats made plays, especially through the air, the Hog duo was ready and ready to answer. Both combined for 179 yards rushing and Jefferson added 223 more through the air, including three scores. Arkansas was stout contrary to the UC running game, making the talented Bearcats one-dimensional on the way. It was sufficient in order to avoid a shootout feel in Fayetteville.
Miami (Ohio) 13, No. 20 Kentucky 37
The Will Levis hype train is off to a solid start. The Penn State transfer tossed a trio of touchdowns to open the 2022 season for Kentucky, each from within the 10-yard line. He finished up with a 300-yard effort despite very little help from the united kingdom running game, which didn’t register a double-digit yard rush in the win. The Wildcat defense also limited big plays, via the run and the pass, forcing a turnover on the way.
Troy 10, No. 21 Ole Miss 28
The initial half Ole Miss come up with was similar to the 10-win team from 2021, however the second half left for plenty to be desired round the offense all together. The jury continues to be from the quarterback room, too, after Jaxson Dart’s subpar Rebel debut, including one score and something bad interception. The defense and the running game, conversely, looked strong. Zach Evans debuted for 130 yards and freshman Quinshon Judkins provided the energy in his 87 yards of work, including a score. The Rebels looked great in stopping the run, too.
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Ball State 10, Tennessee 59
That UT offense continues to are advertised, especially with QB1 as Hendon Hooker accounted for four touchdowns (two passing) in the blowout win. The Vols also rushed for 200 plus yards as a team, showing more balance than last season provided onlookers. The defense forced three turnovers, including one on the initial play from scrimmage. That one was never in doubt, because the Vols were up 45-0 in the next half prior to the Cardinals got on the board.
Memphis 23, Mississippi State 49
Another star SEC quarterback looked the part Saturday in Will Rogers, who continues to push for MSU passing records along with his play. This time around out, he tossed five touchdown passes, including four from 20-plus yards out. A lightning delay of three hours wouldn’t decelerate this MSU passing attack, as Rogers hit a career-high 450 yards before yielding to a reserve. It’s already his sixth 400-yard game as a Bulldog. The house team’s defense worked perfectly, particularly in the initial half, holding a usually-exciting Memphis offense to significantly less than 50 yards by halftime.
Georgia State 14, SC 35
Spencer Rattler kicked off his Carolina career having an up-and-down effort Saturday, accounting for just one score and two interceptions from the gates despite flashes along with his mobility and live arm. Thankfully for USC, the defense and special teams were within their best form, as a set of blocked punts went for scores to place the overall game out of grab good. The offense must show far better on the highway at Arkansas this weekend.
Louisiana Tech 24, Missouri 52
A Thursday-nighter, Mizzou appears like a balanced offense early in the growing season, especially with new play-makers all around the field. Their top-rated rookie, Luther Burden, kicked off his college career with a receiving and rushing score. It took the offense a little get started, and the defense found the slack in early stages — a welcomed sight we’re sure for the MU faithful. Three interceptions in the initial two quarters helped flip momentum once and for all against a seemingly-worthy G5 opponent sometimes.
Mercer 16, Auburn 42
Another game influenced by an extended delay, and another game where Auburn fans are asking questions concerning the QB1 spot. Starter T.J. Finley turned it over twice while backup Robby Ashford flashed legitimate wheels and a deep ball worth more looks in totaling 168 yards in limited snaps. Luckily for either, the AU rushing attack still has future NFLer Tank Bigsby running the show, and his 147 yards and two scores paced the offense regardless of who was simply at the helm. Auburn’s defense faltered in the two-minute drill before halftime, but was strong otherwise (especially contrary to the run) until garbage time.
Elon 31, Vanderbilt 42
Think about a 2-0 Vanderbilt? Sure it had been against an FCS opponent however the ‘Dores certainly are a third of just how towards bowl eligibility, a legitimately tough hill to climb for this program. The defense didn’t arrive in the next half but VU QB Mike Wright was up to speed all quarters, scoring six touchdowns (four passing) and accounting for a lot more than 300 yards (245 passing) during his best night as a college starter. Can Vandy work to become 3-1 heading into Tuscaloosa on September 24?
Florida State 24, LSU 23
As the Florida-Utah and Arkanas-Cincy games were two of the greatest games nationally from the talent, back-and-forth and just “good” football entertainment — this LSU/FSU game was entertaining for other reasons. Both quarterbacks, Jalen Daniels for LSU and Jordan Travis for FSU, willed their offenses to production and conversions making use of their arm and legs simultaneously, but next to nothing else on either side looked clean. Fittingly, the ultimate margin was chosen a supplementary point attempt facing strain on the left side, exactly the same side LSU quit another block to previously the night time.
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