As a child, I eagerly anticipated getting my hands on Mom’s September issue of Southern Living so I could devour the “All South” college football preview. These were simpler times before the days of sports websites, internet message boards, and other 24/7 college football coverage. Therefore, I'm delighted to write two weekly columns for the site covering SEC football this year. On Mondays, I will recap Saturday’s action and give you my SEC Power Poll and Player of the Week. On Fridays, I will preview the upcoming weekend’s best games and make my predictions. I hope you enjoy the season!
Game of the Week: Texas A&M 31, UCLA 24 (Overtime)
Texas A&M held off a late rally by UCLA to earn their first home win over a Top 20 ranked opponent since joining the SEC in 2012. The Aggies led 24-9 late in the fourth quarter, but UCLA scored two touchdowns and a two point conversion in the final four and a half minutes to force overtime. Texas A&M quarterback Trevor Knight ran for a touchdown on fourth and goal from the one yard line and clinched the victory when Aggie defensive back Justin Evans batted down UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen’s fourth down pass at the goal line.
Player of the Week: Nick Chubb, Georgia
Chubb returned to action after suffering a catastrophic knee injury against Tennessee last October. He carried the ball 32 times for 222 yards and two touchdowns, including a 55-yard touchdown run that sealed Georgia’s 33-24 victory over North Carolina.
SEC Power Poll
- Alabama (1-0) – defeated Southern California 52-6
- Georgia (1-0) – defeated North Carolina 33-24
- Texas A&M (1-0) – defeated UCLA 31-24 (OT)
- Ole Miss (0-1) – lost to Florida State 45-34
- Tennessee (1-0) – defeated Appalachian State 20-13 (OT)
- LSU (0-1) – lost to Wisconsin 16-14
- Florida (1-0) – defeated Massachusetts 24-7
- Arkansas (1-0) – defeated Louisiana Tech 21-20
- Auburn (0-1) – lost to Clemson 19-13
- South Carolina (1-0) – defeated Vanderbilt 13-10
- Mississippi State (0-1) – lost to South Alabama 21-20
- Kentucky (0-1) – lost to Southern Mississippi 35-44
- Vanderbilt (0-1) – lost to South Carolina 13-10
- Missouri (0-1) – lost to West Virginia 26-11