Things went pretty much according to plan in Week 11 of the SEC schedule — the Alabama Crimson Tide are the best team in college football, the Georgia Bulldogs are the best team that’ll be left out of the College Football Playoff, and the Arkansas Razorbacks are the lovable losers of the Southeastern Conference.
This week, an Aggies running back carried his team to victory, the Tennessee Volunteers scored an impressive upset late in the year, and one quarterback weirdly silenced his own crowd.
STUD: Trayveon Williams, Texas A&M
With the Aggies teetering on the fence of irrelevance in 2018, it was the junior from Houston, Texas that saved the season for Jimbo Fisher.
Trayveon Williams racked up 228 rushing yards on 31 carries and a 46-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter to seal a 38-24 win for Texas A&M over Ole Miss. It was Williams’ best game of the season since a 240-yard performance in their opener against Northwestern State, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.
Quarterback Kellen Mond squashed the Nick Starkel beef by accounting for four touchdowns on a day that saw the Aggies climb to 6-4 on the season with the UAB Blazers next week, and a season-defining home game with LSU remaining on their schedule.
DUD: The Arkansas Razorbacks
At 2-8, and 0-6 in the SEC, the Arkansas Razorbacks are officially a flop in head coach Chad Morris’ first season. It’s been a combination of new systems and limited talent that has led the Hogs down this dark path, but they aren’t giving up on their season just yet.
Trailing for almost the entire game, the Razorbacks actually managed two late touchdowns to only lose their final home game to LSU by a narrow 24-17 margin. Trying to find any kind of magic along the way, Arkansas broke out a jet sweep that basically sums up their whole season.
Running back Rakeem Boyd didn’t get credit for the tackle, but he sure laid a whopping hit on wide receiver Jordan Jones on this play, huh?
STUD: D’Andre Swift, Georgia
Three-straight 100-yard performances has suddenly jettisoned D’Andre Swift into the talks of elite running backs in the SEC, and he punctuated another Georgia Bulldogs win with his second long touchdown in as many weeks.
Swift’s 17-carry, 186-yard day was capped early in the fourth quarter when the sophomore from Philadelphia scampered 77 yards for the final touchdown in No. 5 Georgia’s 27-10 win over the Auburn Tigers.
The Georgia spark plug is suddenly No. 6 in the SEC with 808 rushing yards and ranks second in the conference with a nice 6.97 yards per carry average. The Bulldogs are rolling towards the SEC title game, and Swift will need to keep momentum going when they eventually face the Alabama Crimson Tide.
DUD: The Arkansas Razorbacks. Again.
Yeah, they get another Dud this week with a face mask full of football. This is slam poetry. This is abstract expressionist art. This is Arkansas Razorbacks football, and it’s such a treat to watch.
STUD: Marquill Osborne, Tennessee
Needing a win to keep postseason bowl hope alive, the Tennessee Volunteers went out and handled their business by knocking off the Kentucky Wildcats, 24-7. It took a little help from everyone to get the win, but it was a junior backup cornerback to seal the deal in Knoxville.
Playing just 19 snaps in coverage during the game, Marquill Osborne saw four passes come his way — He broke up two of them and intercepted the other two on the Wildcats last two possessions as Tennessee held Kentucky to only 262 total yards of offense.
The Volunteers rose up to knock off a really solid Kentucky team, and Osborne went out and had himself a day in the process.
BONUS STUD: Feleipe Franks, Florida
Playing for his job, the sophomore quarterback rose to the challenge, brought the Gators back from a 17-point deficit in the third quarter, and reminded Gator Nation exactly what he can do.
Earlier in the game, after Franks’ first touchdown he strangely hushed the home crowd, probably because many wanted to see him replaced. Still, Franks, who struggled in the team’s last two losses, finished the day 15-of-21 for 161 passing yards, added 16 carries for 36 yards, and accounted for three touchdowns, including the game winner with four minutes to play.
Dan Mullen’s Gators are now 7-3 and positioned for a 10-win season with games remaining against Idaho and Florida State, plus a postseason bowl game awaiting them.