2. There isn’t a clear favorite to win the SEC, yet
Alabama looked good against Florida State (what a surprise), but they didn’t look great. They didn’t look like some previous Crimson Tide teams that started the season looking invincible. This Alabama team is good, but they aren’t invincible (at least not right now). LSU looked really, really impressive in their win against BYU. The Cougars never crossed the 50 yard line, and were held to just 97 yards. LSU still has plenty of questions on offense though, particularly at quarterback. Danny Etling and Myles Brennan combined for 183 yards and no touchdowns through the air.
Auburn handled its business against Sun Belt foe Georgia Southern, winning 41-7 behind Baylor transfer Jarrett Stidham‘s 185 yards and two touchdowns. For now, the West is up for grabs, but don’t be surprised if the Iron Bowl or the Alabama-LSU game decides the division.
The East, as always, is full of question marks. Florida struggled against a good Michigan team. Sure, they were missing 10 players due to suspension, but they weren’t all starters or players thought to be critical to the team’s success this year. With that being the case, the focus turns to Georgia to potentially make their first appearance in the SEC Championship Game since 2012. Quarterback Jacob Eason went down with an ankle injury and will be out indefinitely, but freshman Jake Fromm looked good in replacement.
What about Tennessee? “Their year” was supposed to be last year, but maybe it’s going to be this year. They struggled for three full quarters against Georgia Tech’s triple option, but squeezed out a win after taking their first lead of the game in double OT. Moral of the story: who wants to win the SEC this year? Anyone?