'We start 2-0 in the SEC this year? Oh, really?'
Want to know how the SEC will turn out week-by-week before it happens? Don't we all. So we hooked up the closest thing college football fans have to a time machine and will simulate each week of the season using EA's NCAA Football '13. Please keep in mind that it's all in good fun and we're not saying this is how it actually will happen. Though that would be pretty cool and a little bit eery.
Both of the SEC's newest members are acquitting themselves well in the first season in the conference, with Missouri and Texas A&M very much alive in the hunts for their respective divisions. But Georgia is still in the driver's seat for a shot at the national championship for the time being, even if the Dawgs have a couple of big showdowns looming.
TEXAS A&M 24, ARKANSAS 21
Very quietly, the Aggies have begun their first season in the SEC at 5-0, including a 2-0 mark in conference play. The latest win comes against former SWC foe Arkansas, which is now 0-2 in the league, which probably has the entire Hog nation going crazy and planes flying with banners calling for JohnL Smith to be shown the door. The Aggies essentially shut down the Arkansas passing game, allowing just 197 yards, while the teams combine for seven turnovers.
GEORGIA 13, TENNESSEE 3
Ah, now this is the kind of SEC East game we've started to expect. The teams combine for 496 yards, with Georgia winning the game with just 61 passing yards. There's just one turnover -- by Tennessee -- so it's not like the teams are fumbling the ball left and right. It's just another week of bad offense or WORLD-CLASS defense in the most scoring-averse division in college football.
ALABAMA 21, OLE MISS 17
The Tide wins this one on a late touchdown, believe it or not. Alabama just narrowly outgains the Ole Miss offense, 324-307, and wins despite committing the game's lone turnover. Ole Miss actually converts more first downs than Bama, 20-17, but that doesn't count when the Tide has more points at the end.
SOUTH CAROLINA 31, KENTUCKY 10
The Gamecocks bounce back from their first loss of the season by churning out 404 yards of total offense and scoring 17 unanswered second-half points to defeat the Wildcats. Not Connor Shaw has a solid day, going 22-of-37 for three touchdowns and 247 yards. Kentucky's quarterbacks do not, throwing two interceptions and completing just 10 of 29.
Missouri 33, UCF 27 (OT)
LSU 45, FCS Southeast (Towson) 7
4 Florida State
5 Southern Cal
16 South Carolina
23 Texas A&M