There were only five games last weekend, but SEC teams still had plenty of opportunity to make mistakes.
Several games ended up becoming sloppy slugfests, even those involving the top teams in the conference. Turnovers and defensive touchdowns dominated the day, while offenses struggled to get off the ground.
Here are the worst things of Week 6 in the SEC.
The SEC has seen its fair share of special-teams woes, but last weekend saw several kickers fail in key situations.
The obvious one took place at the end of the Texas A&M game against Tennessee. The Aggies ran the clock almost all the way down to set up a makeable field goal. Kicker Daniel LaCamera is young but had been relatively reliable. He got a good look lined up from 38 yards and missed it completely.
Mississippi State had an opportunity to get on the board during its first drive of the game after Auburn’s Sean White was intercepted. The Bulldogs drove to Auburn’s 11, where Westin Graves got a 28-yard chip shot. However, he hooked it left, which was a little too reminiscent of his first game, when MSU missed a kick from the same distance to lose to South Alabama.
Vanderbilt kicker Tommy Openshaw also missed a field goal, but it was from 49 yards as time expired in the second half.
Turnovers for days
What was with the SEC last weekend? The conference combined for an absurd 30 turnovers in five games. For comparison, the last time all 14 teams were in action on Sept. 24, the entire conference turned the ball over 18 times. It might be easy to blame this on the weather, but the conference generally avoided any interference from the hurricane.
Texas A&M and Tennessee played in one of the sloppiest games in recent SEC memory. The Volunteers lost 7 turnovers: 5 fumbles and 2 interceptions. Tennessee had done an excellent job of recovering its fumbles, but that all came to a head against the Aggies at Kyle Field. Texas A&M lost the ball 3 times. The game was decided by an errant Josh Dobbs pass that was picked off by Armani Watts in double overtime.
Arkansas also struggled to hold onto the ball against No. 1 Alabama. The Razorbacks turned over the ball 5 times against the vaunted defense. Star quarterback Austin Allen had 3 interceptions, including a pick-6. Alabama LB Tim Williams recovered a fumble and took it back for another defensive touchdown. A special-teams miscue allowed Alabama to take a 14-0 lead before Arkansas even had a chance to breathe.
Even though the losing teams had their own issues, winning teams still turned over the ball at an alarming rate. Alabama uncharacteristically lost the ball 3 times against the Razorbacks, even though Arkansas failed to take advantage. Wide receiver ArDarius Stewart had a 67-yard reception but fumbled the ball 3 yards shy of the end zone. Jalen Hurts’ 1 pick came when he was nailed on a pass attempt.
Texas A&M also constantly turned over the ball. Trevor Knight was intercepted on the first drive of the game, but Tennessee failed to take advantage. The Aggies added another interception in the second half, but Tennessee fumbled the ball a few plays later. The biggest miscue came late in the fourth. Star RB Trayveon Williams broke away for what looked to be a game-clinching touchdown run, but he fumbled embarrassingly out of the back of the end zone. Tennessee eventually scored off that play and forced overtime.
Kentucky QB Stephen Johnson had 1 interception in a narrow win against Vanderbilt. Johnson had several other balls that should have been picked off, but they were dropped by the Vandy defense.