The first week of the college football season is finally in the books and some of the SEC teams were even more impressive than some originally believed.
On the other side of the coin, some teams didn’t perform up to snuff.
Who will be step and impress this week? Let’s find out.
5. Ole Miss Rebels
The Rebels played a nobody, as many others did in Week 1, but they still looked pretty impressive. Clemson transfer QB Chad Kelly got the start for the Rebels and he had a terrific game, throwing for 211 yards and two touchdowns as well as scoring on a 20-yard rushing play. Jaylen Walton provided a big spark out of the backfield as he ran the ball only three times, but had 65 yards and two touchdowns on those carries.
Defensively, Trae Elston played very well for the “Landsharks”. He had a huge 93-yard interception return for a touchdown while Robert Nkemdiche made an impact on both sides of the ball as he caught a 31-yard touchdown pass while recording six tackles.
The Rebels have more of a challenge in Fresno State this week, but I’d look for them to be just as dangerous.
4. Auburn Tigers
The Tigers looked dominant defensively in the early-goings of their 31-24 win over Louisville in the Georgia Dome. However, the previous number one team didn’t do enough for me to keep them at that spot, especially on the offense.
Jeremy Johnson struggled in only his third start as an Auburn Tiger. He threw three interceptions in the contest, two of which led to scores that almost allowed the Cardinals to tie the game up late. Running back Peyton Barber had a good first showing as he rushed for 106 yards on the day.
Defensively, the Tigers were beaten up by the mobile freshman quarterback Lamar Jackson.
They will need this week against Jacksonville State to prepare for LSU the next week.
3. Georgia Bulldogs
I couldn’t really keep the Bulldogs at number two, but that wasn’t any fault of their own.
Georgia was shacked with a cupcake game against Louisiana-Monroe, but Virginia transfer quarterback Greyson Lambert looked impressive in his return to his home state. He threw for 141 yards and two touchdowns on just eight completions as he was 74.5 percent on the day.
The rushing game was impressive as Nick Chubb and Keith Marshall both rushed for two touchdowns apiece and the former led all rushers with 120 yards on the ground. The Bulldogs’ defense played well, but that would be expected against a Sun Belt team. They play their first SEC game of the year as they travel to Vanderbilt.
2. Texas A&M Aggies
The Aggies had easily one of the most impressive victories of Week 1 as they dominated the Arizona State Sun Devils 38-17 in Houston. Wide receiver Christian Kirk was easily the star of the game as he caught passes for 106 yards and a touchdown while showing glimpses of former Aggie receiver Mike Evans.
Defensively, the Aggies played well as they held Mike Bercovici to under 200 yards passing.
They will be able to get some extra practice on the field this week as they host Ball State.
1. Alabama Crimson Tide
There is really one thing I need to say about the Crimson Tide: DERRICK FREAKING HENRY.
Henry won the SEC Offensive Player of the Week while only getting thirteen carries. He rushed for 147 yards and three touchdowns and he looked like the beast his size says he is.
The quarterback situation for the Tide has been solved as well as Jake Coker looked impressive throwing for 213 yards and a touchdown.
The defense is going to have step again this week as the Tide welcome in Brent Stockstill and the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders. Stockstill had a terrific game throwing for over 300 yards and three touchdowns.
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