Missouri In SEC East Driver's Seat After Wild Early Games
In a matter of minutes, the entire landscape of the division changed.
It started with Missouri's impressive 36-17 victory of Florida, even despite not having the services of James Franklin (the player) at quarterback.
And then in Knoxville, Tennessee rallied to beat South Carolina on a field goal as time expired to give the Vols their first win against a Top 25 team in quite a long time.
But it wasn't over there. In Nashville, Vanderbilt was busy coming back from a 27-14 deficit in the fourth quarter to knock off an injury-plagued Georgia team, 31-27.
And with all of that, the still undefeated Missouri Tigers find themselves in complete control of the SEC East.
Whew. Let us all take a deep breath for a second.
Coming into the day, the consensus seemed to be that Missouri would not be able to hang on to their spot because of Franklin's injury. But backup quarterback Maty Mauk came out and led the Tigers to 500 yards of total offense. And if you want to know just how much Missouri dominated the game, Florida only finished with 151.
While that was a big story in and of itself, Gary Pinkel's team certainly has to thank Tennessee and Vanderbilt for the help.
When Connor Shaw left the game after a knee injury for South Carolina, the team simply wasn't the same. Steve Spurrier might not have been the same either since he had some rather questionable calls in the second half as well. That allowed the Vols to gain some momentum and eventually come up with a game-winning drive that gave Butch Jones his first signature win with the school.
A quarterback injury was also the theme in Nashville, as Vandy lost starting quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels in the first half. But Patton Robinette came in and helped the Dores capitalize on a few Georgia mistakes to come from behind and win.
Needless to say, if you're a fan of college football (especially the SEC), this was one of the wildest four hours in recent memory.
And we are just now starting the afternoon games. Let the madness continue.