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Around the SEC: Week 2

Arkansas won a game? Arkansas won a game.

NCAA Football: Arkansas at Mississippi State Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

On October 28, 2017, Arkansas beat Ole Miss 38-37 on a late field goal by Connor Limpert. That actually was the Razorbacks’ first SEC win that season, snapping a five-game conference losing streak, but before Saturday it was also Arkansas’s most recent SEC win.

1071 days and 20 losses later, Arkansas finally broke the losing streak with a 21-14 win at Mississippi State. That came a week after the Razorbacks had a surprisingly strong first-half defensive performance against Georgia, and a week after Mississippi State went on the road and beat the defending national champs. Arkansas didn’t score after its first drive of the second half, but managed to hold on for dear life against the Bulldogs.

That somehow overshadowed what was supposed to be the marquee game of the evening, a top-10 showdown between Georgia and Auburn that turned out to be a bit of a dud. The Bulldogs dispatched the Tigers by a 27-6 score, and that game was essentially never in doubt. I’m still not completely sold on the Georgia offense, but the defense appears to be extremely strong. College and Magnolia viewed the game as a complete disaster for Auburn.

The early games weren’t particularly exciting. Florida built a 38-14 lead over South Carolina in the third quarter and coasted to a 38-24 final score that saw Will Muschamp for some reason bleeding out the clock in the fourth quarter while trailing by two scores. Tennessee, meanwhile, had a very easy time beating Missouri 35-12. Rock M Nation thinks that game confirmed that this is, in fact, a rebuilding year.

Alabama confirmed that it is, until further notice, the best team in the SEC with a 52-24 drubbing of Texas A&M. CBS’s decision to make that the feature game on Saturday looked a bit questionable with Georgia-Auburn looking like a better matchup on paper, but then again, that wasn’t a very good game either. Good Bull Hunting is kind of meh on Kellen Mond but doesn’t think his backup did anything to impress in garbage time, either.

And in the wildest game of the day, Lane Kiffin got his first win as Ole Miss’s head coach in a 42-41 overtime triumph at Kentucky, after Matt Ruffalo went COLLEGE KICKERS (!) in the extra period. A Sea of Blue is not impressed with Mark Stoops chasing the refs off the field after the game, pointing out correctly that the officials were not the ones who gave up 42 points or missed an extra point. It is my position that Kentucky is simply paying in advance for the calls they will, in fact, get at Rupp Arena this winter.

This Week’s Schedule

(All games on Saturday. Times listed are Central.)

  • 11:00 AM: Florida at Texas A&M (ESPN)
  • 11:00 AM: South Carolina at Vanderbilt (SEC Network)
  • 2:30 PM: Tennessee at Georgia (CBS)
  • 3:00 PM: Arkansas at Auburn (SEC Network)
  • 5:00 PM: Alabama at Ole Miss (ESPN)
  • 6:30 PM: Mississippi State at Kentucky (SEC Network)
  • 8:00 PM: Missouri at LSU (ESPN)