With the results below in mind, here’s a look at what we learned about each SEC team after Week 1’s college football games. It won’t be everything, but it’s an important thing.
SEC Results – Week 1
Kentucky 14, Western Kentucky 3 (24,599 at Nashville)
Mississippi State 59, Memphis 14 (33,990 at Memphis)
Alabama 48 Kent State 7 (101,821 at Tuscaloosa)
Arkansas 51 Missouri State 7 (70,607 at Fayetteville)
Auburn 42 Utah State 38 (85,245 at Auburn)
Florida 41 Florida Atlantic 3 (88,708 at Gainesville)
Boise State 35 Georgia 21 (73,614 at Atlanta)
LSU 40 Oregon 27 (87,711 at Arlington, Texas)
Brigham Young 14 Ole Miss 13 (55,124 at Oxford)
South Carolina 56 East Carolina 37 (58,272 at Charlotte)
Tennessee 42 Montana 16 (94,661 at Knoxville)
Vanderbilt 45 Elon 14 (27,599 at Nashville)
What Did We Learn In The SEC
South Carolina: Stephen Garcia is a better quarterback than Connor Shaw and should start.
Georgia: The offensive play-calling continues to hold this team back and defense remains inconsistent.
Florida: There may be hope that Charlie Weis can have some success with this group of players on offense.
Tennessee: The passing game is much farther along than the running game, as expected.
Kentucky: The ‘Cats won’t be beating anyone outside of Nashville by playing offense like that, or lack thereof.
Vanderbilt: LB Chris Marve is still the team’s best player.
Alabama: AJ McCarron is ahead of Phillip Sims in the QB competition.
LSU: The defense is great and players always play hard and physical for Les Miles.
Arkansas: Joe Adams (2 punt returns for TDs) can make the ‘Backs even more dangerous with a special teams threat.
Mississippi State: Chris Relf may be a better quarterback after all.
Auburn: Even with decent QB play, last year’s BCS title team may drop-off even more than we thought.
Ole Miss: The Rebels are just snake-bitten and may have missed a chance at bowl eligibility.
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