SEC defenses flexing after 2020 championship game shooting
(AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski)Southeastern Conference defenses are stealing the show for some of the top contenders after a season when the league championship game featured stratsopheric offensive stats. League competition ended last season with Mac Jones and Alabama outlasting Florida's Kyle Trask 52-46 in a championship game shootout. 7 Texas A&M — which both had strong defenses last season as well — have stymied opposing offenses in 10-3 and 10-7 wins, respectively. “We like to look at ourselves as one of the top defenses in the country,” Texas A&M defensive back Antonio Johnson said. — The Gators are trying to revive a defense that allowed 30.8 points a game in 2020, the school’s most in more than a century.wftv.com
Spiller helps No. 21 A&M top No. 4 Florida 41-38
“Now I want to see what do you follow up with?”Isaiah Spiller rushed for 174 yards and two touchdowns, and No. 21 Texas A&M beat fourth-ranked Florida 41-38 on Seth Small’s 26-yard field goal as time expired Saturday. Spiller helped get the Aggies get into position for Small’s decisive kick, sending A&M to its first win over a top-five team since a 41-38 victory over No. Florida led 28-24 early in the fourth when Spiller struck again, running 19 yards for a touchdown on a fourth-and-2 play. Spiller bounced off several defenders before waltzing into the end zone and then hitting the Florida fan section with a Gator chomp.