Without a doubt, the second week of the college football season proved that the SEC may no longer be the best conference in the country, but its teams at the top of the mountain are very good.
SEC play gets underway for many teams in the conference this week, so it could be put up or shut up time just weeks into the season.
Who are the top five teams in the conference as we prepare for a new week?
Let’s take a look.
5. LSU Tigers
Leonard Fournett proved exactly why he should be considered a top candidate for the Heisman Trophy, after he went for 159 yards and three touchdowns in the team’s opening game at Mississippi State. Brandon Harris made some promising throws, but it’s understandable why offensive coordinator Cam Cameron was leery of allowing to make big throws down the field.
Penalties must be eliminated as the Tigers welcome in the Auburn Tigers in Week 3.
Defensively, LSU looked like its old self once again. Not the team that allowed for 500 yards of offense per game, but the one that was absolutely scary good up front. Defensive ends Arden Key and Randall Godchaux had a ridiculous game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs, combing for three sacks on Dak Prescott.
However, the defensive backfield got gassed as their opponents got into hurry up mode. They will have to fix that if they want to be successful.
4. Georgia Bulldogs
The Bulldogs knew that quarterback play was going to be a question entering this season as their starter, Greyson Lambert, struggled in his two seasons as Virginia. With more weapons around him, however, you’d like to believe that he would do rather well.
For the first half against Vanderbilt, that wasn’t the case as he had zero completions on his first seven throws. Lambert was benched for a short time in place of Brice Ramsey, but came back in the second half and finished the game eleven for his next fourteen passes with 116 yards.
Special teams and defense looked very strong for the Bulldogs. Isaiah McKenzie had a long punt return for a touchdown early on in the game, while Dominick Sanders made the team’s third interception of the game count as he took it to the house to preserve the victory.
The Bulldogs’ defense is on point, so let’s hope their offense gets on track as well.
3. Ole Miss Rebels
When a team scores more than seventy points in a game, you have to take notice. When a team scores more than seventy points in the first TWO games, no matter who they are playing, you look at them and think they are certainly doing something right.
The Rebels certainly are doing something right and have something special in quarterback Chad Kelly, who’s gone for nearly 600 yards and six touchdowns in his first two games.
In the first two games, the defense has returned three interceptions for touchdowns, with two of those coming from defensive back Trae Elston. Add Robert Nkemdiche being an absolute freak on both sides of the ball and you have the makings of a terrific matchup in Tuscaloosa this week.
2. Texas A&M Aggies
The Aggies are no joke. I honestly thought everyone was crazy when they said the Aggies could win the SEC this year, but they have been getting the best quarterback play in the entire conference so far courtesy of Kyle Allen. He has thrown five touchdowns in their first two games, with three of those going to Christian Kirk.
If you can stop this duo, please, be my guest and try.
Texas A&M has looked energetic on the defensive side of the ball to say the least. Myles Garrett is living up to his pre-NFL hype, while the rest of the defense is causing turnovers like crazy. Against Ball State, the defense had two touchdowns.
I’d look for this team to keep getting better as they go up against Nevada this week.
Nick Saban has had to work with what he has, but he has been doing a terrific job of it.
Derrick Henry has done something no other SEC running back has ever accomplished: run for three touchdowns in each of his first games of the season. Jake Coker has been making strides the last two weeks, but he must take a big step forward to avoid being upset by the Rebels this week.
The Tide had to step up against a very good quarterback in Brent Stockstill last week and they did exactly what they needed to do. They welcome in Chad Kelly from Ole Miss this week and they must key in on Quincy Adeboyejo if they want any chance of smothering the upset.
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