There were three top 10 teams in the SEC this week, and by the end of Saturday two of them were smarting from decisive defeats. No. 3 Ole Miss went to The Swamp and got swallowed up by No. 25 Florida in a 38-10 romp.
Ole Miss missed a chance to possibly move to the No. 1 spot in the national polls, while Florida is sure to shoot up the rankings. The Gators are 5-0 under new coach Jim McElwain, who seems like an early favorite for SEC coach of the year honors.
Let’s take a look at some of the best of “SEC Twitter” on a day when the Gators announced they were back among the top teams in the nation and the Rebels might have shown that they have work to do to be considered in that category.
Herschel Walker was in Athens for UGA-Alabama, and Florida had its own Hall of Fame running back in town for the festivities:
It's good to be back home. Go ??? pic.twitter.com/fuwkp0NNVa
— Emmitt Smith (@EmmittSmith22) October 3, 2015
Expectations were high for Ole Miss after defeating Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala., two weeks before this showdown with the Gators:
— CollegeFootballGods (@CFBGodsonFS1) October 3, 2015
The Swamp was electric for this game, and the fans gave a rousing ovation to a military hero:
— Florida Gators (@FloridaGators) October 4, 2015
There was another wonderful moment involving a member of the military:
— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) October 4, 2015
The Gators grabbed an early lead, which included a fantastic catch-and-run touchdown from the dynamic Brandon Powell. There might be something different about this Gators team, beyond just a new coaching staff and new players:
Seriously, if that’s Muschamp, Powell stumbles at the 35.
— Matt Hayes (@Matt_HayesSN) October 4, 2015
As the Gators extended their lead, their Hall of Fame running back wasn’t leaving anything to chance. He did not like a 15-yard penalty called on Florida’s special teams:
— Zack (@steelzack1) October 4, 2015
The win could have a lasting affect for the Gators, as several key recruits enjoyed the dominant win:
— Andrew Spivey (@AndrewSpiveyGC) October 3, 2015
For the Rebels, it was another perplexing loss against a top-caliber team:
— Parrish Alford (@parrishalford) October 4, 2015
Gators fans didn’t need to wait to be outside the stadium to celebrate:
— Ramsey K Hamed (@ramseykhamed) October 4, 2015
After some fun banter this past week on Twitter, Oxford, Miss., police had to pay up on a bet after the Rebels lost:
— Oxford Police Dept (@OxfordPolice) October 4, 2015
Sure, McElwain, quarterback Will Grier and that nasty defense are huge reasons why the Gators are 5-0, but let’s not forget a big factor that could continue to pay dividends as the season progresses:
— Landon Watnick (@LandonWatnick) October 4, 2015