Memes! The Internet’s version of the visual one-liner.
Here’s a collection of memes from around the SEC in the run-up to Week 3 in the conference.
LSU began the season with a tough loss to Wisconsin. The Tigers are already highly motivated to prove the loss to the Badgers was a fluke. They don’t need any more provoking. In steps Kivon Coman, a safety with Mississippi State whom LSU will play host to in Week 3. Coman poked the sleeping tiger by declaring that Death Valley at night isn’t a tough place to emerge from with a win, citing the Bulldogs’ 2014 win as proof. Of course, having a superstar quarterback named Dak Prescott — who has since moved on to the Dallas Cowboys — was a boon for Mississippi State in that contest. LSU boasts a .787 winning percentage (231-61-4) under the lights at Tiger Stadium and is 40-2 during the Les Miles era at night.
Tennessee came away with a big win in Week 2 over Virginia Tech in a game hosted by Bristol Motor Speedway. Not everyone was impressed, however, with a Volunteers victory and what many dubbed to be a bit of an excessive celebration for beating a middling Hokies squad in just the second week of the season.
— SEC Memes (@TheSECMemes) September 13, 2016
Hands in the Air
You can’t pack 156,990 football-crazed people into a venue and not expect some issues, such as the ones that the Battle at Bristol encountered in Week 2 when Tennessee squared off against Virginia Tech. The race track-turned-football stadium bought 545,000 beers prior to its contest to keep its fans well-lubed. That’s the rough equivalent of 3.5 beers for everyone in attendance. The results were about as you’d expect as 18 people were arrested for various infractions. By comparison, Georgia has seen nine of its players arrested this season under first-year head coach Kirby Smart.
Hurts Don’t It
CBS Sports commentator declared on the Paul Finebaum show this week that Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts reminded him of a young Donovan McNabb, the former Syracuse and Philadelphia Eagle signal caller. But before he was an NFL star, McNabb served double duty as a backup guard for an Orange squad that lost to Kentucky in the 1996 NCAA basketball tournament. Bonus fact, McNabb and Syracuse beat Georgia and Mississippi State en route to the March Madness finals.
Left Tackle Shark
Ole Miss sent shockwaves throughout college football in Week 3 last year when quarterback Chad Kelly and the Rebels upset No. 2 Alabama. The win over the Tide was the second straight for Ole Miss over Nick Saban’s program, the first coming a year prior when pop singer Katy Perry made a memorable appearance on ESPN’s College GameDay proclaiming a win for the host school. Last year’s win was aided by the three interceptions tossed by Jake Coker. The Alabama quarterback and the Tide recovered nicely to win the second-ever College Football Playoff, but the return trip to Oxford this season comes with more than just bragging rights, including the opportunity to become the first SEC team to defeat Saban in three consecutive attempts.
Get on the Stoops Bus
Kentucky began the 2016 season in dubious fashion, blowing a 25-point lead to Southern Mississippi. But the nightmare might not be done quite yet for the Wildcats. Mark Stoops’ program — if he’s still head coach come Week 1 of 2017 — found out this week that it will conclude its home-and-home series with the Golden Eagles with a season-opening tilt at The Rock, aka M.M. Robert Stadium. Forgive Kentucky, a team that needs every win it can get to qualify for a bowl game, if it is less than enthused to face Southern Mississippi once again.
Speaking of upsets, no other SEC team went down harder last year than Arkansas did to Toledo — after head coach Bret Bielema called out Ohio State and the Big Ten for playing a weak nonconference schedule. The ebullient coach and his Razorbacks redeemed themselves in Week 2 of this season with a road win over No. 15 Texas Christian in Fort Worth. Arkansas now is 2-0 on the season and has an excellent chance of being 3-0 when it travels back to the Lone Star State in Week 4 to face No. 17 Texas A&M.