SEC Report Cards, Week 13: Thumbs up to UT and cupcake beaters
As it’s time to give out report cards for SEC Week 13, we feel like we taught Underwater Basket-weaving. With five SEC teams playing FCS opponents, there wasn’t much jeopardy of bad grades. But everybody didn’t take it easy, and we’ve got a pretty good mix of marks to give out. Here at SEC Report Cards, we grade every team in the league, and then give some extra attention to the league’s best and worst offenses, defenses, and special teams. Here are the Week 13 report cards.
When you win by 63 points, it’s hard to find a lot of fault. Of course, it’s also hard to learn a lot from a game against a 3-8 FCS opponent. Still, Alabama did nothing to hurt itself in a week when other CFP hopefuls did.
Basically, once again, Auburn was dominant against an awful opponent, winning by 52 points. None of this means much in the grand scheme of things, but it was a good game for the Tigers.
A 36-point win over Arkansas that could easily have been 50+ feels a lot like a game against an FCS opponent. LSU was fine, but it is not going to see a team this bad again soon.
Mississippi State: B+
Another overmatched SEC/FCS game, though State held a humble 21-7 halftime advantage. Winning the rushing battle 372-27 counts for something.
Texas A&M: B-
Good job staying in the game by the Aggies, but their ground attack was pretty much completely hamstrung and they couldn’t put up enough points to beat Georgia.
Well, they didn’t give up. Down 56-6, Arkansas scored the last two touchdowns … which doesn’t seem like much, but it’s a fight the Razorbacks haven’t shown much of this season. Hey, it’s a start.
The Rebels were off this week.
Top grades this week for the team that pulled off a league road win with a surprisingly productive passing game.
Sure, they passed for 17 yards and thumped an FCS team anyway. But 462 rushing yards was impressive, and so were six sacks on defense.
Same deal as the other teams that played FCS teams. This was a butt-kicking, but of course, it should have been.
Survive and advance perhaps, but Georgia was held to one touchdown and 260 total yards of offense. This offense has failed to distinguish itself and doesn’t seem likely to win a shootout with LSU.
Mizzou lost at home to a Tennessee team that should have dominated the game, nearly doubling the Tigers up in yardage.
Florida, South Carolina: Incomplete
Both off pending their matchups against ACC rivals next week.
The Tigers had 260 rushing yards on 16 carries! Yes, that’s a 16.3 yards per carry average. And they also passed for 352 yards.
Hearing Jarrett Guarantano’s name mentioned with Peyton Manning’s was a little odd, but 415 passing yards will do that.
Gaining 462 rushing yards with no passing threat is no small thing. A 10.3 yards per carry average is shy of LSU’s day but still excellent.
Yes, it was an FCS team, but four interceptions, including a pick-six, and only 179 yards and 3 points allowed got the Tide on this list.
Holding Georgia to 19 points didn’t get a win, but it did get our attention. Other than a couple of big plays, the Aggies did a number on UGA.
Allowing 105 total yards and eight first downs in a shutout is pretty good work, even against an awful FCS team.
Four crucial field goals from Rodrigo Blankenship capped the day and a 41-yard kick return was also impressive.
A 49-yard punt return and a perfect placekicking day earn the honor.
Two blocked field goals and a successful fake punt kept the Tigers in the game.
Twenty carries for minus-1 yard. Granted, Georgia is stout in run defense. But that’s still something to see.
Just shy of 3 yards per carry, a sloppy game from Jake Fromm and 260 total yards isn’t what the Bulldogs wanted to see.
The Tigers gained fewer than 3 yards per carry and didn’t have a run longer than 14 yards in their home loss to UT.
No shame in losing to LSU. There is some shame in only getting the Tigers to third down five times in the game and in giving up 56 points in three quarters plus a few seconds.
Allowing 415 passing yards and 526 total yards to UT wasn’t anything impressive.
The Tigers were a little banged up, a little distracted. The defense also stayed on the field for over 40 minutes and gave up 20 points to perhaps the SEC’s worst team.
A missed extra point, a 42-yard punt return allowed, an onside kick pulled off by the other team and a fumbled punt return made for a bad day.
Low kicks became two Missouri blocks and the Tigers also converted a fake punt against the Vols.
A missed field goal gets the Razorbacks on this list.