Vanderbilt got off to a promising start in Week 1, playing Texas A&M to a very close loss. Week 2 was a completely different story. LSU dominated the Commodores from opening kick to closing whistle. Vanderbilt couldn’t get anything going on offense getting held to just 266 total yards to LSU’s 498. The passing game in particular struggled. Freshman Ken Seals went 11-25 for 113 yards one TD and two INTs. If there is anything to build on from a 41-7 loss it could be that the running game was serviceable. They have a shot to get their first win next week against South Carolina. Another SEC team looking for their first win of the 2020 season.
It has been a rough start to 2020 for Missouri to say the least. Opening the season against the No. 2 team in the country, Alabama football, then going on the road to face a rejuvenated Tennessee Volunteers. The results for both games were very similar. Only difference is Tennessee ran the ball more effectively and Alabama football passed more effectively. It doesn’t get any easier for these Tigers as they travel to Baton Rouge to face the LSU Tigers. It is looking like a probable 0-3 start for Missouri before they have a chance to win their first game against Vanderbilt in two weeks.
Just like Missouri, the Gamecocks can definitely argue that their 0-2 start is mostly due to their schedule. Opening against Tennessee, who is much improved in 2020, and then playing the No. 3 Florida Gators this week, is a recipe for an 0-2 start. Are the Gamecocks being undervalued thus far? To be fair to Muschamp’s squad both games have been relatively competitive. They get a chance to prove they are much better than their record suggests next week at Vanderbilt. If they can dominate the game maybe they start to move up some. If it is close or if they drop a shocker to the Commodores, they might be squarely at the bottom next week.
This is the result of two weeks’ worth of coulda, shoulda, woulda for the Wildcats. Kentucky could just as easily be 2-0 and somewhere in the top five of these rankings after two weeks. They had a fantastic ending to the season in 2019 and fans were vocal about feeling their team was being disrespected in pre-season polls. After the rebuilt schedule was released, they had a chance to prove the fans right against Auburn in Week 1. It was a back and forth battle through the first three quarters but ultimately Auburn won. Week 2 was an opportunity to right the ship and build momentum. They had opportunities to put Ole Miss away this week, but a missed PAT in OT and here they are at 0-2. Two close games that could have swung the other way. They get the other Mississippi team next week. Another seemingly close game on paper… unless that MSU team that played against LSU shows up again.