Who's hot, who's not in the SEC: Week 12
In a week with more nonconference games than matches inside the conference, one would have expected most teams to show off with some hot performances. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen very much.
Here’s a look at which teams blazed through Week 12 and which teams stumbled:
- Ole Miss is back in business. Chad Kelly was back in Swag Kelly mode against LSU, throwing for 280 yards, rushing for 81 yards, and scoring two touchdowns in the air and on the ground. While LSU’s Brandon Harris found success connecting with his receivers, the Rebels defense made the job as difficult as possible, attacking LSU’s weak offensive line and grabbing two interceptions. Most importantly, the defense achieved its top objective of controlling Leonard Fournette. The Rebels are still hanging on to their thin SEC Championship Game hopes.
- Brandon Allen and Dak Prescott. Both quarterbacks put on an impressive performance when they went head-to-head on Saturday, racking up more than 100 combined points in Mississippi State’s 51-50 victory. Prescott is doing it all for the Bulldogs, finishing with 508 passing yards and five touchdown passes, plus 46 rushing yards with two more touchdowns on the ground. Allen’s numbers are just as impressive, with 406 yards and seven touchdowns passes.
- Alabama the unstoppable. Nothing is getting in the way of the Crimson Tide’s rolling momentum right now, and Auburn most likely won’t change that next Saturday. Alabama dismantled Charleston Southern 56-6 and led 49-0 at halftime. Even the backups were successful. The Tide’s backup running backs ran for 153 yards and two touchdowns.
- Florida’s offense. Gator fans could not be more pleased with the 10-1 won-loss record, but the poor offensive performances of late have them frustrated and angered for good reason. Florida was unable to generate any points on offense until late in the third quarter, and then it was up to the defense to not only stop Florida Atlantic, but score some points themselves with three timely turnovers. An unreliable offense was a defining trait of the failed Will Muschamp era at Florida. Now it’s up to first-year coach Jim McElwain to turn this offense around.
- South Carolina and Georgia. These SEC East teams are also on the list due to their struggles with nonconference opponents. Similar to Florida, Georgia needed overtime to finally put down in-state foe Georgia Southern. The Bulldogs struggled on offense, so much so that even Georgia coach Mark Richt decided to call it quits early before halftime, electing to take a knee instead of using the remaining 40 seconds to try for more points. While Georgia ultimately won, South Carolina did not. While the Gamecocks offense struggled to run the ball, and their defense could not stop The Citadel from doing the same in a shocking 23-22 loss.
- The LSU Tigers. Not to beleaguer the point, but LSU’s fall from grace has been swift and painful to watch, and the finger of blame cannot be pointed in just one direction. The team has as many problems as it used to have Leonard Fournette rushing yards. With a weak offensive line, struggling defense, and a head coach who’s rapidly losing respect, the 2015 season couldn’t end soon enough for the Tigers.