SEC football off to a rough start

By BRENT MAZE,

This week was a difficult week for many SEC fans, but I think Tennessee fans had it worse than everybody in the vaunted conference.

The Volunteers were shocked by Georgia State in one of the more bizarre games that I’ve ever witnessed.

Ole Miss fans had to endure a 15-10 loss to Memphis, while Missouri and South Carolina had to endure non-conference losses. Arkansas struggled against Portland State. Mississippi State also had struggles against Louisiana Lafayette on Saturday.

It was a tough weekend for the SEC and certainly didn’t impress many around the country with our showing in these opening games.

Several of these schools are still rebuilding. Ole Miss and Tennessee are still trying to rebuild after difficulties in the athletic program. Ole Miss had to deal with sanctions from the NCAA while Tennessee is enduring internal turmoil that has been going on for many years.

Arkansas still hasn’t gotten back on track after the Bobby Petrino incident. South Carolina, who already had a difficult schedule, lost one of the games they needed to get bowl eligible.

Missouri was an absolute surprise to me. I had no idea that they’d lose that one like that.

This week, the SEC put its brand on the line again as we have two marquee matchups between Clemson and Texas A&M and LSU and Texas. The Aggies have the impossible task of beating the champs on their home turf. LSU really needs this win to help secure their spot among the contenders in 2019.

Let’s hope the SEC has a much better weekend than what it opened with.

Contact Brent at bmaze@­newtoncountyappeal.com.

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