Around the SEC: Week 4

Story posted September 29, 2021 in Sports, CommRadio by Jack Dempsky

Alabama and Georgia continue to dominate as they seem on course to meet up in the SEC Championship Game.
Elsewhere in the conference. Florida bounced back from its loss to Alabama by crushing Tennessee.

LSU and Kentucky narrowly escaped defeat from SEC opponents Mississippi State and South Carolina, respectively.

Auburn still seemed to be in State College until the 4th quarter of its game against Georgia State when it finally prevailed.

Here are the latest headlines around the SEC.

Arkansas is a Top-10 Team in the Country

Under second-year head coach Sam Pittman, the Arkansas Razorbacks have only improved.

A few weeks back, they dominated Texas. This past Saturday in Arlington, Texas, they controlled most of the game against previously No.7 Texas A&M.

The Razorbacks won 20-10, but would have likely scored more if not for the injury to quarterback KJ Jefferson.

The defense of Arkansas easily handled backup quarterback Zach Calzada and the Aggie offense, holding Calzada to a 29.9 QBR.

Stud running back Isaiah Spiller kept the Aggies in the game with a 67-yard touchdown run, but it was not enough to keep up with Arkansas.

The Razorbacks jumped from No. 16 to No. 8 in the latest AP poll, and now get the tough task of going on the road to No. 2 Georgia.

Collision Course to Meet in Atlanta?

The top two ranked teams in the country continued to show why they are at those respective rankings.

While some of the other top-10 teams in the country struggled, Alabama and Georgia each put up over 60 points against Southern Miss and Vanderbilt, respectively.

Alabama ran the opening kickoff back for a touchdown, and never looked back against a Southern Miss team that had no business being on the field with the Crimson Tide.

Georgia put up one of the most dominant total performances of all time in its win against SEC foe Vanderbilt.

The Bulldogs scored 35 points in the first quarter alone, as it was the only quarter that quarterback JT Daniels played in the game.

Vanderbilt was held to 77 total yards, as Georgia put up 62 points in the game.

Both teams face much tougher tasks this week, as Alabama has a home bout with No. 12 Ole Miss, and Georgia faces red-hot No. 8 Arkansas.

Looking Ahead

This upcoming weekend is one of the best weekends of games in terms of SEC matchups.

The explosive offense of the No. 12 Ole Miss Rebels, led by Heisman candidate Matt Corral and head coach Lane Kiffin, travel to Tuscaloosa to face the top-ranked Crimson Tide of Alabama.

The Arkansas Razorbacks face their toughest test yet, as they proceed inside the hedges to face No.2 Georgia. College Gameday will be in Athens, GA, for the top-10 matchup between the Razorbacks and the Bulldogs.

In other matchups, No.11 Florida travels to Lexington to face the undefeated Kentucky Wildcats. No.15 Texas A&M looks to rebound against a struggling Mississippi State squad. Tennessee and Missouri square off in a matchup between 2-2 opponents. No.22 Auburn travels to Death Valley at night to face the LSU Tigers. South Carolina and Vanderbilt face non-conference opponents in Troy and UCONN, respectively.

Saturday will prove to be a key day in the SEC, with multiple matchups with playoff implications taking place.
 

Jack Dempsky is a first-year majoring in Business Management. You can contact him at jmd7563@psu.edu

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