South Carolina 7-3 NC State
This Thursday night snoozefest told us everything we needed to know about South Carolina – their defense is talented, quick and shows no mercy but the lack of talent on the offensive side of the ball is worrying. The Head Ball Coach will need his side to run the ball much better than they did in this game and Stephen Garcia will need to make better decisions if this team is going to compete in the SEC this year.
Kentucky 42 – 0 Miami (Ohio)
In the first of the cupcake games, the Kentucky Wildcats saw off the RedHawks, scoring 6 touchdowns in the process. The Wildcat defense suffocated Miami’s offense, giving up just 188 yards and corner Trevard Lindley scored on an interception return to cap off a good start for UK.
Tennessee 63 – 7 Western Kentucky
Lane Kiffin got off to a winning start as the Volunteers Head Coach as quarterback Jonathan Crompton threw for 5 touchdowns. There were a few dodgy moments, Montario Hardesty’s fumble and Crompton’s 2 interceptions, but with a defense that held Kentucky to 83 yards and Crompton’s newly found confidence the Volunteers ran out comfortable winners.
Georgia 10 – 24 Oklahoma State
In the preseason, Georgia talked about how they wanted to step up on defense and show that they still belonged in the upper echelons after their surprising collapse last year. However, they gave up 172 yards rushing and 2 receiving TDs to Dez Bryant, suggesting that they haven’t taken the sort of strides they had hoped for.
Mississippi State 45 – 7 Jackson State
No Anthony Dixon, no problem – that was the message that Miss. St. sent out in this game. QB Chris Relf threw 3 TD passes and ran one in himself to ensure that Head Coach Dan Mullen got off to a winning start. However, 152 yards given away in penalties will be a worry to Mullen before his side face their SEC foes in coming weeks.
Auburn 37 – 13 Louisiana Tech
It may not be quite as impressive a scoreline as some of their compatriots but Auburn will undoubtedly be happy that their offense put up over 550 yards, including 301 on the ground. Gene Chizik would probably have liked his defense to play a little better, but a win’s a win.
Arkansas 48 – 10 Missouri State
With a kickoff return for a touchdown, and starting QB Ryan Mallett throwing for 300 yards and a TD the Hogs will be hopeful of a good season this year. Arkansas also converted 3 4th down attempts as Bobby Petrino looks for his team to pick up more wins and possibly a bowl game this year.
Florida 62 – 3 Charleston Southern
623 offensive yards, 9 touchdowns and a jolly nice warm-up – just as we expected really.
Vanderbilt 45 – 0 Western Carolina
With their first shutout in a while, the Commodores of Vanderbilt strolled to a win against Western Carolina thanks to 2 freshman running backs who contributed over 200 yards and 3 touchdowns. We all know Vandy’s defense is good, but is this a sign of things to come from the offense?
Alabama 34 – 24 Virginia Tech
Many had picked VT to overcome the Crimson Tide before this game, but Alabama picked themselves up from a slow start to win the game off the back of Mark Ingram’s 150 rushing yards and Greg McElroy’s 230 passing yards. If anyone doubted Alabama before this game, surely they don’t now?
LSU 31 – 23 Washington
Washington may have been on a 14 game streak without a win, but with Jake Locker under center they were always going to provide a test for LSU. The Tigers were outgained both in the air and on the ground but came up with the win thanks to the performances of Jordan Jefferson and Terrance Toliver.