Only five more regular-season games remain in the SEC’s COVID-19 Conference-Games only schedule.
Here is my midseason awards for both teams and players.
BEST TEAM – Alabama
Undefeated Tide keeps rolling, defeating opponents by 22 PPG, and outgaining them by 140 yards per game.
SURPRISE TEAM – Arkansas
Hogs ended their 20-game conference losing streak and would be 3-1 if not for a botched call at Auburn.
DISAPPOINTING TEAM – LSU
Losing at home to Mississippi State gets worse every week. Pass defense is awful and couldn’t score on four tries from the one-yard line at Missouri.
MOST FORTUNATE/LUCKIEST TEAM – Auburn
What does it say about a team when the SEC concedes mistakes which would have reversed wins against Arkansas and Ole Miss? Instead, War Eagle is 3-2, which includes their first loss against South Carolina since 1933.
BOY, WERE WE WRONG ABOUT THEM – Tennesee
Since taking an eight-game win streak and leading 21-17 heading into the half at Georgia…POOF!!!!!!
Opponents have outscored the Vols 99-25 since, and whatever hopes existed to join the East’s elite have disappeared.
BEST TEAM OUTSIDE OF ALABAMA – Texas A&M
Jimbo Fisher’s boys caught a lousy break facing Saban’s wrecking crew in Week 2. Kellen Mond and the defense increase in confidence every week. Victory over Florida could vault Aggies to finish 9-1 and a spot in the CFB Playoff.
MOST ENTERTAINING TEAM – Ole Miss
What else do you expect from a Lane Kiffin coached team? Between their offensive firepower and Kiffin fined for sending out a negative Twitter post about the officiating, it’s the most fun a 1-4 team can create.
MVP: RB Najee Harris, Alabama
Harris leads the SEC in rushing yards (595), TD (14), and yards from scrimmage (742). He’s scored a TD in each of his last 12 games, totaling 1,368 rushing yards and 26 TD over that span.
BEST PLAYER: WR DeVonta Smith, Alabama
Smith’s production and ability to consistently make plays – great plays – makes him the best playmaker in College Football today.
BEST FRESHMAN: RB Tank Bigsby, Auburn
Despite rushing for 46 yards in the Tigers’ first two games, Bigsby’s impact over the last three games is phenomenal. The Freshman from Lagrange, Georgia, totaled 386 yards rushing and two TD’s while averaging just under six YPC (5.8) over that span.
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BIGGEST SURPRISE/IMPROVEMENT: WR Elijah Moore, Ole Miss
Perhaps it’s a bit of a stretch to call Moore’s production this season a surprise after posting solid numbers his first two seasons at Ole Miss. However, Moore’s improvement this season is noticeable. His 47 receptions and 591 receiving yards both lead the SEC.
MOST UNDERRATED PLAYER: RB Kevin Harris, South Carolina
The Gamecocks Sophomore RB ranks second in the conference in rushing yards (535), TD (9), and yards from scrimmage (634).
BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER: LB Azeez Ojulari, Georgia
Ojulari’s speed and presence single-handedly defeated Tennesee and has stood out among his peers. His three sacks, two fumble recoveries rank among the best in the conference.