6 SEC football streaks guaranteed* to end in 2021
Alabama has won its most recent game against every SEC team.
The length of its winning streaks varies greatly and, technically, the Tide’s 1-game streak over Auburn and LSU doesn’t even qualify as a streak.
Other teams have winning streaks and losing streaks, too. Some teams have led the SEC in specific statistical categories for multiple years.
Point being, there are a lot of active streaks in the SEC.
These 6, however, will end in 2021.
Alabama’s 31-game winning streak vs. the SEC East
Since South Carolina’s Stephen Garcia had the game of his life against Nick Saban in 2010, the Tide have ripped off the following winning streaks vs. the SEC East:
- Florida: 5 games (part of active 7-game series streak)
- Georgia: 5 games (part of active 6-game series streak)
- Kentucky: 3 games (part of active 7-game series streak)
- Missouri: 4 games (part of active 5-game winning streak)
- South Carolina: 1 game
- Tennessee: 11 games (part of active 14-game winning streak)
- Vanderbilt: 2 games (part of active 11-game series streak)
This year, Alabama travels to The Swamp for the first time since 2011.
The Tide will be favored, rightfully so, but I’ve already predicted a Gators upset in other pieces, so no need to change that tune here.
Tide fans, take solace: At least Nick Saban’s perfect streak against his former assistants will continue into 2022.
LSU’s 5-game winning streak vs. Ole Miss
Nothing is more fun than watching best-on-best, and that’s exactly what we’ll get when Matt Corral takes on LSU’s secondary.
It’s a contract year for Derek Stingley Jr., but that won’t matter to Lane Kiffin or Corral.
The ball will be in the air. Remember, last year the Tigers had to score 2 TDs in the final 5 minutes to pull out a wild 53-48 victory. And that was at home.
This is a dangerous game on the Tigers’ schedule, immediately after what promises to be a physical and emotionally draining home date with Florida. And even though the Tigers have the following week off to prepare for Bama, fans already will be looking toward that clash.
Missouri’s 2-game winning streak vs. Texas A&M
The old Big 8 rivals have met twice since joining the SEC. Nobody on either sideline was around for either game, so history won’t matter much when they collide in CoMo in Week 7.
What will matter is Texas A&M’s huge talent advantage.
Florida’s 12-game streak without a 100-yard rusher
No Gator reached the century mark last season as the offense went all-in on Kyle Trask’s right arm.
Mississippi State was the only other SEC team that failed to produce a 100-yard rusher in 2020, but the Bulldogs’ plight was much easier explained: They didn’t even try to run the ball in 2020.
Florida tried, a little bit at least, but ranked 13th in the SEC with 30.5 carries per game.
Expect that number to grow by at least 10 in 2021 as the offense is tailored to fit Emory Jones.
Florida’s backfield is loaded with candidates to crack 100 yards, and Jones is as likely a candidate as anyone.
And it obviously helps that the Gators will get 3 cracks at Group of 5 nonconference opponents, too.
Let’s make the somewhat bold prediction that Jones snaps the streak in the opener against Florida Atlantic.
Kentucky’s 25-game streak without throwing 3 TD passes
Terry Wilson threw 3 TD passes against Louisville in the 2018 regular-season finale.
No Wildcats QB has done so in the 25 games since. That’s the longest active streak in the SEC.
We know why, and the Wildcats still won plenty of games with their run-always mentality.
But that will change in 2021. There’s a new coordinator, new scheme and new quarterback (TBD).
Wildcats fans would love to see Beau Allen/Joey Gatewood/Will Levis end this streak in the opener against Louisiana-Monroe, even if it includes a wheel route to Chris Rodriguez and a bubble screen/broken tackle house call from Wan’Dale Robinson.
But the Wildcats also get Missouri and South Carolina in the first month, defenses that each allowed 20+ TD throws in 2020.
The opponent doesn’t matter nearly as much as the likelihood that this streak will mercifully end in 2021.
Georgia’s 105-game streak without a QB throwing 5 TD passes in a game
Aaron Murray threw 5 TD passes against Nebraska in the Jan. 1, 2013 Capital One Bowl, matching the program record.
No Dawgs QB has reached that mark since.
JT Daniels came close last year, though, throwing 4 TD passes in his Dawgs debut against Mississippi State.
The prediction here is Daniels tosses 5 TD passes a couple of times in 2021 and perhaps even breaks Georgia’s single-game record.
* Editor’s disclaimer: While we are certain all of these scenarios will play out exactly as described, this is not a money-back guarantee. Bet at your own risk, SEC fans.