LSU, Auburn pick up major upset wins against ranked SEC opponents


Two ranked SEC schools fell in the early half of Saturday’s schedule of college football games. 

While Texas A&M avoided a letdown against Missouri after upsetting Alabama last week, No. 17 Arkansas and No. 20 Florida both ran into some trouble in the early afternoon.

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The Razorbacks were hosting Auburn and were hoping to avoid a third consecutive loss after being ranked in the AP top 10 two games ago when they took on Georgia. Auburn stepped up with a big game from Bo Nix and was able to catch Arkansas on a bad day.

Arkansas quarterback KJ Jefferson (1) slips past Auburn defenders J.J. Pegues (89) and Derick Hall (29) as he runs the ball during the first half of an NCAA football game Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, in Fayetteville, Ark.

Arkansas quarterback KJ Jefferson (1) slips past Auburn defenders J.J. Pegues (89) and Derick Hall (29) as he runs the ball during the first half of an NCAA football game Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, in Fayetteville, Ark.
(AP Photo/Michael Woods)

Nix was 21-for-26 with 292 passing yards, two passing touchdowns, a rushing touchdown and an interception. The rushing touchdown came with 2:30 remaining in the game and put things out of reach. Demetris Robertson led Auburn with two catches for 81 yards and a touchdown, including a 71-yard touchdown pass from Nix.

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Auburn quarterback Bo Nix (10) slips past Arkansas defensive lineman Eric Gregory (50) as he runs for a touchdown during the second half of a college football game Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, in Fayetteville, Ark.

Auburn quarterback Bo Nix (10) slips past Arkansas defensive lineman Eric Gregory (50) as he runs for a touchdown during the second half of a college football game Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, in Fayetteville, Ark.
(AP Photo/Michael Woods)

Arkansas QB K.J. Jefferson was 21-for-35 passing for 228 yards and two touchdowns. Both TD passes went to Treylon Burks, who finished with nine catches for 109 yards. Arkansas rolled up 460 total yards. But Auburn won the game, 38-23.

LSU’s Ed Orgeron found himself going into a big game against Florida on the hot seat. He and the Tigers desperately needed a win. The Tigers came into the game against the Gators with three losses, including two straight to Auburn and Kentucky.

On Saturday, LSU got big stops against a potent Florida offense. Tyrion Davis-Price also put together a huge game and led LSU to the upset victory.

LSU running back Tyrion Davis-Price (3) runs for a touchdown in the first half of a game against Florida in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021.

LSU running back Tyrion Davis-Price (3) runs for a touchdown in the first half of a game against Florida in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021.
(AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)

Davis-Price finished with 287 rushing yards on 36 carries and three touchdowns. Max Johnson was 14-for-24 with three touchdown passes, including the go-ahead TD pass to Jaray Jenkins with 3:30 left in the game.

Florida’s Anthony Richardson was 10-for-19 with 167 passing yards and three TD passes. Emory Jones added a touchdown pass as well. The quarterbacks were intercepted two times each.

Florida quarterback Emory Jones (5) is pressured by LSU defensive end BJ Ojulari (8) in the first half of a game in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021.

Florida quarterback Emory Jones (5) is pressured by LSU defensive end BJ Ojulari (8) in the first half of a game in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021.
(AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)

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Arkansas and Florida may both drop out of the Top 25 come Sunday.

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