Florida took a stranglehold of the SEC East after Tennessee’s surprising loss to South Carolina last week, but the additional breathing room was short-lived.
While the Gators might win the division, the SEC East is in pieces after the Gators got blown out by Arkansas. Elsewhere, college kickers reared their ugly heads, with several specialists missing critical opportunities against major competition.
Here is a selection of the worst moments from a tremendous slate of Week 10 games:
It didn’t end up deciding any of the games, but Mississippi State, Texas A&M and Missouri each saw their fair share of kicking woes.
The former pair had a Seahawks-Cardinals situation in their game, where both kickers missed short field goals in the second half. Texas A&M drove to the Mississippi State 9-yard line and had a chance to cut the lead to 28-17, but Daniel LaCamera missed wide.
LaCamera should stay on the sidelines and take LaPictures #hailstate
— Austin Dodson (@__dodson__) November 5, 2016
Every time I turn on an A&M football game I see Lacamera miss a field goal ???? #statestatestate
— Hunter Holbrook (@12hholbrook) November 5, 2016
Just a few minutes later, Mississippi State drove to the Aggies’ 14-yard line and had a clear shot at a field goal. However, Westin Graves also missed his chance wide, prompting groans from MSU fans.
— CowbellBlisters (@CowbellBlisters) November 5, 2016
I've been too nice for too long. Get Westin Graves off of the field permanently
— Austin Whitley (@adw466) November 5, 2016
Missouri had it even worse, as kickers Turner Adams and Tucker McCann missed field goals on back-to-back drives in the fourth quarter. Adams’ miss was from 44 yards, and McCann’s miss from 31 kept the Tigers from trimming the lead back to one possession.
Luke Del Rio and Austin Allen’s start
Even though Allen is a good quarterback and Del Rio is decent, the beginning of the Arkansas-Florida game was hilarious. It took exactly one offensive play for Del Rio to throw a pick-6, returned 24 yards by Santos Ramirez. The pass wasn’t completely Del Rio’s fault, as the ball bounced right off his receiver, but the pass was extremely ill-advised.
His first INT of the season was a BIG one that got it all going… https://t.co/FqzFZ9Ij7v
— Razorback Football (@RazorbackFB) November 6, 2016
Luckily for Del Rio, his elite defense got the score back a few drives later. With 2:44 left in the first quarter, Allen threw a pick-6 to Duke Dawson, the third Florida defensive back to have a pick-6 this season, along with Teez Tabor and Quincy Wilson.
Unfortunately, that play was by far Florida’s best all day. The Gators mustered just 241 offensive yards and Del Rio added another pick later to finish with a 6.4 QB rating — out of 100 — as Allen and the Razorbacks flew past the Gators.
The SEC East
This isn’t a one-week thing — it’s the accumulation of a season. The SEC East is awful. In fact, it’s inexcusable just how bad the SEC East is.
Florida was the SEC East’s last chance this season to beat an SEC West team, but the conference moved to a pathetic 1-9 on the year. It was generally thought that the East was bad except for Florida, which was ranked No. 11 in the initial College Football Playoff ranking.
Now, even Florida looks laughable. Arkansas might be the fifth-best team in the West, only ahead of the Mississippi schools, but it wiped the floor with the unquestioned best team in the East. Success can be cyclical, but the weakness of the East gets harder to stomach every week.