Four SEC teams squeezed in games before the Alabama-LSU headliner at 3:30. That should tell you something about the quality of competition.
Florida got the festivities started first, and the Gators rode a 34-point second quarter to win it going away 55-14. This game saw three blocked punts, two by Florida and one by Vandy, and each team got a touchdown by returning one. The only other notable thing was that Jordan Reed, and not Trey Burton, ran the offense for Florida's scrubs in the second half.
Georgia shook off some early sleepiness and one-upped the Gators with a 35-point second quarter on the way to a 55-7 win. Aaron Murray turned in a 178 passing efficiency mark before letting Hutson Mason take over. A.J. Green led the game with six catches for 103 yards and two touchdowns.
Kentucky looked like it might have been in a little trouble early, as the Wildcats defense forgot to show up. The game was tied 14-14 with Charleston Southern outgaining the WIldcats at one point. Kentucky woke up though, stretched out to a 28-14 lead at the half, and cruised to a 49-21 win. Mike Hartline had a great game with 272 yards, and Randall Cobb went over 100 yards receiving. Donald Russell had over 100 yards on the ground, and CoShik Williams introduced himself to us all with 95 yards and three TDs rushing.
Finally, Auburn didn't look fazed at all by the distractions surrounding Cam Newton in beating Chattanooga 62-24. The Tigers rolled up nearly 500 yards in the first half as Newton and the offense did pretty much whatever it wanted to. Newton threw for 317 yards in one half of work, and strangely, only four Tigers caught passes.