Many SEC teams played much weaker opponents over the weekend in preparation for Rivalry Week, but Saturday night saw some big games and important upsets.
South Carolina shocked Tennessee with a dominant 63-38 win, ending the Volunteers’ chances of making the College Football Playoffs. The Gamecocks’ big win came in front of a raucous home crowd and allowed for much celebration and a field storm in Columbia.
In Fayetteville, Arkansas defeated Ole Miss. The final score was 42-27, but that’s not representative of how much control the Razorbacks had throughout the competition — heading into the fourth quarter, the Hogs led 42-6 .
Vanderbilt earned his second straight SEC win after previously not having a conference win since 2019. Fans in Nashville got to witness the unlikely as the Commodores fought hard and eventually clinched the 31-24 win over the Florida Gators.
Georgia survived a late scare from Kentucky but held on to finishing the year undefeated in the SEC. Midway through the fourth quarter, the Wildcats cut the Bulldogs’ lead to 16-6, but Georgia’s defense held its own. No more points were scored for either team.
Auburn didn’t have a great season, with a probable loss record and an ongoing coach search, but the Tigers improved to 2-1 under interim head coach Cadillac Williams after a 41-17 loss to Western Kentucky. The Hilltoppers went into the game with a 7-4 record, so it certainly wasn’t a cupcake game for the Tigers.
Texas A&M picked up its first win since September 24 by defeating the UMass Minutemen with a 20-3 win at Kyle Field. The Aggies went into the dressing room with just a 10-3 lead, causing many fans to leave, but pushed forward in the second half.
Other SEC teams that recorded dominant wins over the weekend included Alabama, LSU, Mississippi State and Missouri. The Crimson Tide knocked out Austin Peay 34-0, and LSU easily defeated UAB in a 41-10 win. MSU handed East Tennessee State a 56-7 loss, with the Bulldogs’ special teams allowing the opposition’s only touchdown. Missouri’s defense stood strong in their 45-14 win over New Mexico State.
Here is each program in this week’s Power Rankings.