I’ve said it before and I’ll likely be saying it again next week: Texas A&M is not a good football team right now. The Aggies have looked sluggish all season. Many praised them for their response to the Appalachian State defeat, but Miami was exposed as a fraud just a week later. Texas A&M got lucky against Arkansas before being beaten once again—rather, demolished—by Mississippi State in Starkville.
A trip to Alabama now awaits the Aggies, who can kiss their College Football Playoff aspirations goodbye as they probably pick up their third loss on the season. If it wasn’t for Mel Tucker and Michigan State’s total implosion, a lot more people would be talking about the horrible job being done by Jimbo Fisher this season.
Florida probably could have beaten Eastern Washington 100-3 if it’d wanted to on Sunday. The Gators gave their fans something to cheer about after a tragic week for the state following the landfall of Hurricane Ian. The 56-17 scoreline isn’t indicative of the demolition job that went on at the Swamp as the home team let up massively late on.
Florida is a hard team to read at this moment in time. The potential is very obviously there for Billy Napier’s men, they just haven’t quite figured it all out yet. Losses to Kentucky and Tennessee mean the Gators won be challenging for an SEC East crown this year, but it won’t be long before they’re back contending for a spot in Atlanta each year.
Mississippi State has looked like one helluva football team outside of three quarters in Baton Rouge. The Bulldogs have all of the weapons to succeed under Mike Leach, there are just questions about whether or not they can compete with the best of them after their loss to LSU. Mississippi State will continue to climb the rankings as long as the Bulldogs keep winning though. An impressive win over Texas A&M brings them up a couple of spots.
Can you really demote a team for losing to Alabama after keeping it close for three quarters? Arkansas put up a good fight for the majority of the game. Unfortunately for the Razorbacks, they’re not on the same level as the Crimson Tide. Arkansas needs to be more consistent going forward if it wants to be viewed as a top-tier SEC contender.
Kentucky is a really hard team to put a finger on. The Wildcats have gotten off to one of their best starts in program history this year. Just when they had the opportunity to make a statement to the rest of the country, they beat themselves. Kentucky was within striking distance of Ole Miss, but because the Wildcats tripped up due to a couple of self-inflicted mistakes, they drop out of the SEC’s Top 5 teams for the time being.