Week two of the SEC football slate will kick off on Saturday with matchups and storylines to watch out for all day long. The type of storylines that will leave you on the edge of your seat yearning for more.
For those of you who are living under a rock, here’s a few things you might’ve missed. Mike Leach took his group of Maroon bulldogs into Baton Rouge and plundered away a 44-34 win over the defending champs.
Staying with the Magnolia state, the Ole Miss Rebels came up short against the boys from Gainesville. The 51-35 defeat was an impressive debut for the Lane train and the boys in powder blue. For the first time since the Hugh Freeze era, Ole Miss football seemed fun again.
Next up, down on the plains, the Auburn faithful saw the rebirth of Bo Nix in their 29-13 win over Kentucky. A game in which Nix threw for 233 yards and three touchdowns. For Kentucky, the rebound game for Terry Wilson didn’t go as planned with three turnovers for the Wildcats offense.
Another stellar storyline that somehow played out in favor of the team from Rocky Top. Coach Pruitt and his Volunteers found a way to pull off a miracle 31-27 win over South Carolina in Columbia.
Down in Aggieland, it was Texas A&M holding off the visiting Vanderbilt Commodores by a score of 17-12 in a less than stellar season opener for Jimbo Fisher.
As far as the two top teams in the conference, both Alabama and Georgia struggled early but pulled away from Missouri and Arkansas for a combined score of 75-29.
Now on to the week two storylines to keep an eye out for as Saturday inches closer.
First, we head up on up Rocky Top, where the Tennessee Volunteers will welcome the Missouri Tigers to Neyland Stadium. Here’s what I’ll be watching for in the early kickoff on the SEC Network. Can Coach Pruitt and this Tennessee keep the ball rolling on Saturday after the win in Columbia and avoid the big win hangover that has been this programs Achilles heel over the last several years. Last week Jarrett Guarantano threw for 259 yards and one touchdown in the air and ran for 12 yards and one touchdown. I expect Gurantano to come out with the same fire on Saturday as he leads his team against a depleted Mizzou defense.
Next up, we make the trip south to Starkville, Mississippi, where the pirate himself will look to prove that last week’s win over LSU was no fluke. The Bulldogs will have the opportunity to showcase the air raid offense against the Razorbacks from Fayetteville. Watch out for K.J. Costello after last week’s 623 yards and five touchdown game against the Tigers. Costello will be looking to insert his name into the Heisman conversation with a big game against Arkansas.
Lastly, we make our way down to Auburn, Alabama, where the Auburn Tigers will take on the Georiga Bulldogs in the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry. This early in the season with a ten-game conference schedule, Saturday is a must-win for both programs. If you lose, you’ll likely be out of the college football playoffs. If you win, your hopes for a playoff birth is still alive for another week.
If week one in the SEC was any implication for how this season will go, then this season will be one for the record books. Each week will be different and full of surprises.