SEC Rewind: Week 11
Here is what we saw from my best games of the SEC
Alabama-31 vs. Mississippi State-24
The Tide had to sweat it out to survive in Starkville. Alabama struggled to break away from Mississippi State for three quarters before finding its stride to close out the game with 2 fourth quarter touchdowns. Give credit to Mississippi State, their game plan was excellent, but just wasn’t enough to hold off the Tide. Mississippi State controlled the line of scrimmage and attacked Alabama’s weak point of their defense with 4 of 7 defensive linebackers out. However, Alabama capitalized and hurt the Bulldogs through the air with Calvin Ridley because Mississippi State’s weak point is their secondary defense. Most of the big plays from Alabama came from Ridley.
Truth be told, Mississippi State just showed the Auburn Tigers that Alabama is a bit vulnerable right now in their defense and it can be used as a point of attack. This set the stage for a very exciting “Iron Bowl” on Nov. 25 at Jordan-Hare.
Alabama-40 vs. Georgia-17
The Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry” is traditionally one of the best games on the college football calendar. It was a classic for Auburn, but a disaster for Georgia as the home team battered the then ranked No. 1 Bulldogs 40-17. Georgia scored on its first possession, but after that it was all Auburn. The Tigers completely dominated the line of scrimmage against Georgia. The Bulldogs’ run game was shut down by the Auburn’s defense. Auburn front wall manhandled a Georgia offensive line and running game that had imposed its will on every previous opponent. The Bulldogs finished with 46 yards rushing – 233 yards below their season average. Auburn forced Georgia into consistent third-and-longs, making QB Jake Fromm uncomfortable from start to finish.
The Tigers’ game plan was more aggressive and RB Kerryon Johnson’s performance on Saturday was super-human. His combination of patience, vision and power has made him a contender for the SEC’s offensive player of the year. Johnson carried 32 times for 167 yards, surpassing 1,000 yards for the season. Auburn controls its own destiny with the “Iron Bowl” date with Alabama still on the schedule.
That game will decide the SEC West Champion and potential College Football Playoff implications.