Deep in the heart of the Southland, Southeastern Conference football is still hearing the tremors from ole Rocky Top as the Volunteers snapped the fifteen-year curse of Alabama. Down in the Magnolia State, Lane Kiffin and his Rebels kept the train going with their win over Auburn. Kentucky and LSU returned to the win column with wins over their cross-divisional rivals. All the while, Arkansas and Georgia handled business against lesser competition.
For the folks on Rocky Top, Saturday night was filled with sweet cigar smoke as the Volunteers were able to topple Alabama for the first time in over fifteen years. In just two short years, Tennessee has returned to College Football glory, and their win on Saturday was further validation that Volunteers football was indeed back from the dead. It wasn’t easy, but Tennessee ended the Alabama streak on Saturday night by sealing the deal with a beautiful field goal kick as time expired. What ensured was pure pandemonium. All across the state of Tennessee, the Vol Nation joined together to celebrate one of the biggest nights in Tennessee Football history. Tennessee Football had longed for the night that the Third Saturday In October had meaning again. Saturday afternoon was that day. In the midst of cigar smoke billowing from Neyland Stadium, the ghost of yesteryear told the stories for this generation to embrace and enjoy.
Just north of Knoxville, Tennessee, in Lexington, the Kentucky Wildcats bounced back against Mississippi State. Kentucky came into the matchup with Mississippi State needing a win after dropping two straight to Ole Miss and South Carolina. Respectfully, Kentucky was without star quarterback Will Levis against South Carolina the week prior due to an injury against Ole Miss. However, Will Levis was back for Kentucky on Saturday, and the Wildcats looked like the Kentucky Wildcats team that many expected to see throughout the season. Kentucky has a bye week before heading to Knoxville on the 29th of this month to take on the red-hot and smoking Tennessee Volunteers.
Down in the Swamp, it was all LSU as the Tigers dominated the hometown Florida Gators. From the opening kick-off, LSU imposed their will on the Gators, ruining the homecoming festivities for Billy Naption and the Gator Nation. LSU will return home next weekend as they get ready to host Lane Kiffin and the undefeated Ole Miss Rebels.
Deep in the heart of Dixie, Ole Miss took care of Auburn and Bryan Harsin to snap a six-game losing streak dating back to the Hugh Freeze days in Oxford. Like their counterparts to the north in Knoxville, Ole Miss is undefeated and seems to have the Lane Train rolling with full steam ahead as they enter the back half of the season. Folks around Oxford, Mississippi, have started to ponder thoughts of playing for an SEC Championship and maybe even reaching the 2022 College Football Playoffs. Vaught Hemingway was rocking on Saturday, and with two home games remaining for Ole Miss, a bid to Atlanta could be within the grasp of Lane Kiffin and his Rebels. As it stands, Ole Miss is in sole possession of the first place in the SEC West race. A win over Alabama on November 12th would all but secure the Rebels in the SEC Championship Game with the likely opponent of Tennessee or Georgia.
Saturday was a special day in the Southeastern Conference, and, with no signs of stopping, as fans, we will be in for a treat as this season spirals to the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta.