While preparing for the 2015 football season and all the great action that will take place, it’s fun to first take a gander in the rearview. Last season had its share of upsets and barn-burners, but there were also plenty of SEC football scores that were downright blowouts in 2014. And here’s the thing: they weren’t all against the conference’s also-rans.
When tracking the top-10 biggest SEC football blowouts from 2014, there were some pretty interesting inclusions. For instance, Ole Miss, LSU and Tennessee each found themselves on both sides of a rout. The Tigers were shellacked by Auburn, 41-7, in Week 6, and then turned around and pasted Kentucky in Week 8 to the tune of 41-3. Ole Miss, on the other hand, has two 30+ point dominations on the list, but was also waxed 30-0 by Arkansas in Week 13. Whereas Tennessee eviscerated Kentucky, while also taking it on the chin against the aforementioned Rebels.
Both members of the SEC Championship also made the list with shutouts – Alabama for its demolition of Texas A&M, and Missouri for its defeat at the hands of Georgia. As far as punching bags go, Kentucky (three) and Vanderbilt (two) make up half the list. Georgia and Ole Miss, each with two, tied for the most blowouts.
Now, without further ado, here’s a list of the top 10 blowouts from last season, with a brief synopsis below.
Note: all blowouts are for conference play only – no directional schools in this lot
Biggest SEC Football Blowouts
1) Alabama over Texas A&M: 59 points (59-0, Week 8)
At this point in the season Alabama was coming off a Week 6 upset to Ole Miss and a scant, one-point win over Arkansas (who, at the time, had never won an SEC game under Bret Bielema). Texas A&M was on a two-game skid, but was a trendy upset pick given its spread offense that was thought to give Bama fits. A punishing, 35-point second quarter and a 45-0 lead at halftime showed this one was over before it even got underway. Alabama would ride the momentum all the way to the Sugar Bowl; Texas A&M would continue searching for identity in an uneven season.
2) Mississippi State over Vanderbilt: 51 points (51-0, Week 13)
Fresh off its first loss of the season, Mississippi State bounced back with an absolute trouncing of Vanderbilt. The halftime score was 37-0, and Clanga had notched its first double-digit win season since 1999.
3) Ole Miss over Vanderbilt: 38 points (41-3, Week 2)
Not that Vandy was expected to win this game, but the absolute obliteration showed just what kind of a team Hugh Freeze would be trotting out last season. It was a demoralizing home loss for Vandy, who would lose by a combined score of 92-3 against the state of Mississippi in 2014.
3) LSU over Kentucky: 38 points (41-3, Week 8)
After narrowly escaping Gainesville with a victory, LSU returned home to lay waste to its second SEC East opponent of the season. The Tigers rode a career day from Terrence Magee to route Kentucky by 38 points.
5) Auburn over LSU: 34 points (41-7, Week 6)
The scoring chart to Auburn’s rout of LSU looks eerily similar to the LSU-Kentucky blowout. Auburn put it on the Bayou Bengals early and often, with LSU only scoring at the end of the first quarter. At this point in the year, Nick Marshall looked to be ever the Heisman Trophy candidate, while LSU’s quarterback situation was in disrepair.
5) Georgia over Missouri: 34 points (34-0, Week 7)
In hindsight, this could be the most perplexing game on the entire list. Missouri won the SEC East despite getting shut out by Georgia. This was the Tigers last loss of the season until they played Bama in the SEC Championship Game. At the time, Georgia appeared a given to collect the division … then they lost to Florida in the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party. Even stranger with this game is how down and out Missouri was considered, at the time having lost two of three – the shutout to UGA and a home loss to Indiana.
5) Tennessee over Kentucky: 34 points (50-16, Week 12)
Kentucky played competitive ball early in the season, and then once Week 8 hit, the wheels came off. First was the aforementioned LSU contest, then a romp against Georgia (stay tuned), and this punisher against Tennessee. Tennessee’s decimation cemented the idea that Butch Jones has the Volunteers on the path to restoration, and that 2015 might just be their breakout, comeback season.
8) Georgia over Kentucky: 32 points (63-31, Week 11)
Once again we have Kentucky getting steamrolled. However, this time it appeared to be a game at the half. After going down 21-0 in the first quarter, the Wildcats stormed back with a 24-point second and were down 35-24 at the half. It looked like there was a shootout in the works. Alas, a goose egg in the third quarter did Kentucky in. The Wildcats were outscored 42-0 in the first and third quarters combined.
9) Ole Miss over Tennessee: 31 points (34-3, Week 8)
Ole Miss had its way not only with the SEC East, but the entire state of Tennessee. After routing Vanderbilt at home in Week 2, Hugh Freeze’s Landshark defense came cocked and loaded against Tennessee in Week 8. The Vols led 3-0 in the second half before being systematically destroyed and outscored 34-0 the rest of the way. Ole Miss beat the SEC’s two Tennessee teams by a combined score of 75-6 in 2014.
10) Arkansas over Mississippi: 30 points (30-0, Week 13)
After languishing for much of Bret Bielema’s first two seasons, Arkansas came on hard and heavy on the backend of 2014. First they got Bielema off the SEC schneid with a 17-0 victory against LSU in Week 12 (snapping a 17-game conference losing streak). Then they came back with another doughnut against Ole Miss. The victories would help propel Arkansas into a Texas Bowl berth, where they would topple former Southwest Conference rival Texas.