With the results below in mind, here’s a look at what we learned about each SEC team after Week 2’s college football games. It won’t be everything, but it’s some important things.
SEC Results – Week 2 – Saturday, Sept. 10
Auburn 41, Mississippi State 34 (87,451 at Auburn)
South Carolina 45, Georgia 42 (92,746 at Athens)
Ole Miss 42, Southern Illinois 24 (58,504 at Oxford)
Vanderbilt 24, Connecticut 21 (32,119 at Nashville)
LSU 49, Northwestern State 3 (92,405 at Baton Rouge)
Tennessee 45, Cincinnati 23 (94,207 at Knoxville)
Arkansas 52, New Mexico 3 (52,606 at Little Rock)
Alabama 27, Penn State 11 (107,846 at University Park, Pa.)
Florida 39, UAB 0 (87,473 at Gainesville)
Kentucky 27, Central Michigan 13 (58,022 at Lexington)
What Did We Learn In The SEC
South Carolina (2-0, 1-0 SEC): The pass defense was supposed to be improved over last year. So far, it’s not. Melvin Ingram is an even better athlete than many ever knew (i.e. fake punt TD run and recovering onsides kick on the hands team.)
Florida (2-0): The Gators are better than many thought going into the season in all phases. Just like week one, Charlie Weis continues to find ways to use his playmakers much, much better than the previous coaching staff.
Tennessee (2-0): This Tennessee offense, especially the passing game, is dynamic and even better than anyone expected, regardless of opponents. The defense is capable of big stops at key moments. Derek Dooley has a good feel for his team during games.
Kentucky (2-0): This offense is still bad. Then again, we knew that after week one. This is one of the worst 2-0 teams in the country. I won’t say THE worst because there are plenty of 2-0 posers out there right now.
Vanderbilt (2-0): The hopes of this team have been elevated after an impressive win over UConn in come-from-behind fashion.
Georgia (0-2, 0-1 SEC): Aaron Murray has been way too inconsistent. The special teams hasn’t been an advantage like it should be. Isaiah Crowell may live-up to expectations but the team may not, which will cost Mark Richt his job eventually.
Auburn (2-0, 1-0 SEC): The resolve of Auburn in close games under this coaching staff is immeasurable and underrated.
Alabama (2-0): AJ McCarron showed great poise and leadership in leading Alabama to a road win at Penn State in front of a hostile, record crowd.
LSU (2-0): Nothing really. The Tigers handled Northwestern State. At least LSU didn’t slow-dance with an inferior opponent as its been prone to do at times.
Arkansas (2-0): Arkansas isn’t showing all its cards and is still pounding bad teams. The offensive line looked dominant. If that question about the Razorbacks is answered, look out.
Ole Miss (1-1): Not much. It is such a mixed bag with this team. The team and players show flashes, then make mistakes and look bad.
Mississippi State (1-1, 0-1 SEC): Not surprisingly, the Bulldogs were not ready for prime-time at Auburn. This team is better but not good enough to handle hostile SEC environments after hearing how good they are.
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