Tennessee tried once again to rally from a big second-half deficit to win a game last week, but Texas A&M turned away the Volunteers from Kyle Field with a double-overtime loss.
The Aggies and Alabama are the lone unbeaten teams remaining in the SEC, and each will try to ride that momentum into their game Oct. 22 in Tuscaloosa.
Here’s where the league stands as we look at the momentum rankings for each SEC school leading up to Week 7:
Rolling: You have to go back to last season to find a game in which the Crimson Tide didn’t score a non-offensive touchdown. In a 49-30 win over Arkansas, they did it twice. Tim Williams returned a fumble for a score and Minkah Fitzpatrick delivered a dagger in the form of a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown.
Neutral: The Alabama defense held the Razorbacks to 73 yards on the ground, which is just 4 more yards than it usually allows in a game. That total leads the SEC, too.
In reverse: Things are pretty rosy in Tuscaloosa at the moment. In a perfect world, however, this week’s Tennessee game would be at home instead of at Neyland Stadium.
Rolling: Austin Allen passed for 400 yards and three touchdowns in a 49-30 loss to Alabama. He leads the conference with 15 touchdowns and is second with 1,632 yards.
Neutral: Brooks Ellis led the defense with eight tackles last week, and he’s in the top 10 in the league with 42 for the season.
In reverse: The loss to the Crimson Tide was so frustrating that a professor screamed obscenities at coach Bret Bielema after the game. Not a great look.
Rolling: Running back Kamryn Pettway wound up with 169 yards and three touchdowns in the 38-14 win over Mississippi State last time out.
It was also the third win in a row for the Tigers, who have scored 114 points in that span.
In reverse: Bye weeks are usually welcome, but with the way Auburn has played of late, this one might not be coming at the right time.
Rolling: The extra week off has injured quarterback Luke Del Rio ready to start when Missouri visits The Swamp on Saturday.
Neutral: The Gators’ SEC East title dreams are still very much in play, whether they play the washed out game with LSU or not.
In reverse: The will-they, won’t-they dance with the Tigers over the suspended game has dominated headlines of late. It really needs to get sorted out soon.
Rolling: It took an extra day and a bit of logistical gymnastics, but Georgia took down South Carolina, 28-14, to snap a two-game losing streak.
Neutral: The Bulldogs are at their best when Nick Chubb and Sony Michel are healthy and contributing. They were against the Gamecocks, combining for 254 yards on the ground.
In reverse: The passing game was atrocious, as Jacob Eason completed only 5 of 17 for 29 yards.
Rolling: The Wildcats ran the ball with great effect in a 20-13 win against Vanderbilt. Quarterback Stephen Johnson II and three different backs combined for 258 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Neutral: Johnson continued to underwhelm through the air, with only 49 yards.
In reverse: It wasn’t a pretty win, but that doesn’t matter. Kentucky evened its record at 3-3 and still has a shot at reaching a bowl game.
Rolling: The hemming and hawing over the Florida game has taken the focus away from LSU’s offensive explosion two weeks ago against Missouri. The Tigers will try to carry it into this week’s date with Southern Miss.
Neutral: They’ll likely do without injured running back Leonard Fournette, who has already been ruled out.
In reverse: Like with the Gators, “game-gate” is generating way too much press. Arguing over this is silly. It needs to stop.
Rolling: Linebacker Richie Brown had 14 tackles, which was a bright spot in an otherwise dark day.
In reverse: A 35-0 first-half deficit in front of its home fans against Auburn is as close to a nightmare scenario as it gets for Mississippi State.
To make matters worse, the Bulldogs are in a bad spot this week. They’re coming off a disappointing loss and facing a short week and a long road trip to Provo, Utah, for a Friday night-game with BYU.
Neutral: Coming off a 42-7 pasting at the hands of LSU, last week’s bye was particularly well timed for Missouri.
The offense sputtered, producing a season-low in both yardage and points. The defense was worse, allowing LSU to break the school record for total yards in a conference game.
In reverse: A trip to Gainesville is not the ideal recipe for a team to get healthy, but that’s the task facing the Tigers this week.
Rolling: The Rebels took a two-game winning streak into its bye, and aside from Alabama and Texas A&M, there isn’t a hotter team in the SEC at the moment.
In reverse: That momentum will be tested when they visit Arkansas this week for a rematch of last year’s overtime thriller. That game featured an improbable conversion for the Razorbacks that helped them win, 53-52, and coach Hugh Freeze hasn’t forgotten it.
“I assure you if I were to see it, it would still make my stomach churn,” he said. “It was a crucial play in that game that ultimately cost us from going to Atlanta. So it was a smart play from Hunter Henry and their kids finished the game and we didn’t finish the play. It does bother you. We put everything in the trash.”
Rolling: Points were still hard to come by, but Perry Orth had a season-high 288 passing yards in the loss to Georgia.
Neutral: The defense continues to outpace the offense in the Gamecocks’ reclamation project. The Bulldogs had plenty of success on the ground, but South Carolina did hold them to just 29 yards through the air.
In reverse: Will Muschamp’s team carries three straight losses into this week’s open date. He’s saying all the right things, but this season is in danger of spiraling out of control.
Rolling: Alvin Kamara piled up 312 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns in a spectacular effort against Texas A&M.
Neutral: The Vols’ nasty habit of digging large holes for themselves finally bit them last weekend. There’s no time to wallow in self pity, either. Not with Alabama coming to town Saturday.
In reverse: The Volunteers tempted fate against Appalachian State, Florida and Georgia — and came out on top. They nearly did it again against the Aggies, scoring twice in the final four minutes to force overtime, before coming up just short.
Rolling: Running back Trayveon Williams is having quite a freshman year for the Aggies. He racked up 217 yards and a touchdown in the win against Tennessee, and leads the SEC with 704 yards on nearly 8.6 yards per attempt.
Neutral: Strong safety Justin Evans is fourth in the conference with 48 tackles, thanks in part to the team-high 11 stops he recorded against the Volunteers. He’s closing his career in College Station with a bang.
In reverse: Not much, really. With a 6-0 start that includes four conference wins, the Aggies will take a breather this week to gear up for a trip to Alabama.
Rolling: Ralph Webb posted another 100-yard game on the ground, and Ja’karri Thomas and Zach Cunningham each tallied 10 tackles in the 20-13 loss to Kentucky.
Neutral: The Vanderbilt passing game put up only 141 yards. That was below its season average of 152.3, which ranks last in the SEC.
In reverse: The Commodores did a good job keeping the Wildcats out of the end zone, but allowed 258 rushing yards. It was the third time this season that an opponent has topped 200 yards.