No.7 Arkansas Razorbacks (1-0)
The Arkansas Razorbacks (1-0) opened the Chad Morris era with a 55-20 win over Eastern Illinois (0-1). The Hogs put up 433 yards of total offense with 353 coming thru the air. However the Hogs only managed 80 yards on the ground. The Arkansas defense allowed 357 yards of EIU total offense with 127 yards allowed on the ground and 230 yards allowed thru the air.
Coach Chad Morris was very successful among the Texas high school ranks and was working on turning the SMU program around when the Hogs snatched him up. There is no doubt the Morris offense will find success in the SEC but Arkansas will have to be more effective in its run game to get there. This Saturday the Hogs will be on the road to take on Colorado State.
No.6 (18) Miss State Bulldogs (1-0)
The Miss State Bulldogs (1-0) ushered in the Joe Moorhead era with a 63-6 rout over Stephen F Austin (0-1). The Bulldogs produced 618 yards of total offense with 398 yards coming thru the air and 220 yards on the ground. The Bulldogs defense was solid allowing only 254 yards of SFA total offense giving up 177 yards thru the air and just 77 yards on the ground.
Coach Joe Moorhead was very successful at Penn State with the offense he wants to use in the SEC. How it will translate into SEC wins remains to be seen but they certainly got off to a good start this past Saturday. We will get a better idea of what to expect from MSU as they face Kansas State this Saturday with their QB Nick Fitzgerald back from a one-game suspension.
No.5 Texas A&M Aggies (1-0)
The Texas A&M Aggies (1-0) opened the Jimbo Fisher era in College Station with a 59-7 blowout win over Northwestern State (0-1). The Aggies put up a whopping 758 yards of total offense with 503 yards coming on the ground and 253 yards thru the air. The A&M defense allowed only 251 yards in total Northwestern State offense giving up 230 yards thru the air and just 21 yards on the ground.
There is little doubt Jimbo Fisher will have a great season but we really can’t be sure all the pieces are there. While Jimbo did inherit a very talented roster from former coach Kevin Sumlin there are some gaps in the starting line-ups on both sides of the ball which will take some time to fill and develop. However, the Aggies seem to be off to a good start. Good thing too because this Saturday they host No.2 ranked Clemson in College Station.