The SEC has six games on the schedule this weekend. Only one of the games is a non conference battle. Three teams have a bye as they prepare for big games next week. Notably, Florida and Georgia have extra time to prepare for their showdown in Jacksonville. Texas A&M also gets a breather after sustaining three straight losses.
Earlier in the week, Georgia submitted paperwork for Todd Gurley’s reinstatement. After missing two games, Gurley has become a sympathetic figure in college football. Fortunately, Georgia was able to dominate their two opponents while Gurley sat out. If all goes well, Todd Gurley could be back in time for their game against Florida.
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Three of the four top ranked SEC teams are on the road Saturday. Only Alabama faces a team that has a losing record entering Saturday’s game. However, if Tennessee pulls off the monumental upset over Alabama, they’ll reach the .500 mark too. Still, the task looks fairly daunting given the way Alabama’s defense has played.
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Auburn is the lone top five team playing at home. They are facing a South Carolina team that has been downright disappointing from the start. In fact, you could blame South Carolina for Texas A&M’s demise. If they weren’t so inept defensively in the season opener, the Aggies may have had realistic expectations early in the season.
UAB Blazers vs. Arkansas Razorbacks
The Razorbacks felt like they beat Alabama a couple weeks ago. Even though they were on the short end of the scoreboard, there was some Arkansas momentum coming into the Georgia game. That quickly dissipated as Georgia put up 38 points in the first half. Now the Razorbacks are on a three game losing streak with UAB coming to town. This should be the last game that Arkansas is the favorite this season.
Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. Kentucky Wildcats
Jameon Lewis is back healthy for Mississippi State and he should be ready to go. Without Lewis in the lineup, the Bulldogs’ receiving corps has not missed a beat. As a two touchdown favorite, Mississippi State finds their team in a different position. Let’s see how they come out the gate as No.1 team in the country. For Kentucky, it’s a chance to let the country know how far they’ve come in two short seasons. If the Wildcats can pull the upset, they’ll be in contention for the SEC East title.
Vanderbilt Commodores vs. Missouri Tigers
Missouri answered their shutout loss to Georgia with a trouncing of Florida. Now they return home to take on Vanderbilt in a much needed SEC East contest. Don’t sleep on an upset in this spot though. Missouri has lost their last two home games.
Ole Miss Rebels vs. LSU Tigers
Although Les Miles said it, opponents dreams don’t always come to die in Tiger Stadium. The Tigers already lost to Mississippi State earlier this season, now they get the other undefeated team from the Magnolia State. This is the most pivotal match up in the SEC West on Saturday. Ole Miss’ defense has been lights out for their opponents, and the offense has been staying away from mistakes. That must continue if they remain undefeated.
Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Tennessee Volunteers
Is it surprising that Alabama is becoming a title contending favorite suddenly? The Crimson Tide are riding the momentum of that Texas A&M win. Tennessee doesn’t run the ball well, and Alabama has the second best rush defense in the country. It’s hard to see where Tennessee can pull the upset. However, it’s best if they start by containing Amari Cooper in the passing game.
South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Auburn Tigers
Auburn might be right back in the SEC West division lead with a win on Saturday. South Carolina is out of the SEC East race with three losses, but they are still good enough to beat Auburn outright.