#12 South Carolina at UFC Noon ET ABC
Coming off a bye week, the Gamecocks (2-1) are looking to avoid giving the Golden Knights (3-0) their program’s biggest win. UFC has twice in the past beaten SEC schools and two weeks ago knocked off Penn State 34-31.
“A lot of them down there say this might be the biggest game they have ever had in the history of the school,” Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier said. “Got an opportunity, if they win, to obviously, jump in the Top 25 and have a chance to maybe beat everybody on their schedule, they are that good of a team. So, it’s a huge game for all of us.”
George O’Leary has done a great job of taking UCF from an FBS also ran to one of the top programs in the American Athletic Conference and the Gamecocks can’t just show up and expect to win. However if they bring their A game, the Gamecocks are clearly the better team top to bottom and will win this game by at least a touchdown.
South Alabama at Tennessee 12:21 PM ET SEC TV
Justin Worley is back in the driver’s seat after Nathan Peterman steered the Vol offense in to the Swamp in Gainesville. This is a feel good week for the Vols as the welcome in Sun Belt foe South Alabama and look to end their two game skids. With the Vols a 20 point favorite look for Tennessee to put this game away early and then get some reps for their younger players especially the two Freshmen quarterbacks Josh Dobbs and Riley Ferguson.
*Game of the Week* #6 LSU at #9 Georgia 3:30 PM ET CBS
The LSU offense has been among the big surprises in college football through the first month of the season. Zach Mettenberger has been on fire throwing for 1026 yards and 10 Touchdowns in leading the Tigers to a 4-0 start.
As expected the Georgia offense led by Aaron Murry has been equally high powered, Murry has thrown for 1040 yards and 7 touchdowns and the UGA running attack led by 377 yards and 4 touchdowns from Todd Gurley make the Bulldogs one of the toughest offenses to contain much less stop in the country. Now these two heavyweights face off and as usual in the SEC, there is plenty to play for, as both of these teams is not only SEC but also BCS championship contenders.
“If you have a chance to win the SEC, you pretty much knows every game has national championship implications,” tight end Arthur Lynch said. “First and foremost, the goal is to win the SEC East. We’ve been SEC East champions twice. We’ve been in the SEC championship game the last two years, but haven’t had a chance to win. The next goal is to make that step. Whatever comes after that is gravy.”
Despite going on the road if Zach Mettenberger can continue his lights out play at QB and the LSU running attack has a solid performance then the Tigers could steal a win.
#21 Ole Miss at #1 Alabama 6:30 PM ET ESPN
Both Schools come into this game 3-0 and 1-0 in the SEC. For the Crimson Tide, after winning three of the last four National Championships, it’s expected. However, it is a surprise for the Rebels who are just three games into Hugh Freeze’s second season as Head Coach. Saturday’s game will go a long way in determining if Ole Miss is a contender or pretender in the SEC Western Division race. Alabama is as expected undefeated but it hasn’t been easy or pretty, so one must wonder, If the Rebels punch the Tide in the mouth how will they respond?
“We obviously have a difficult game coming up, and we need to get it right,” Saban said. “We didn’t do a very good job on third down. We couldn’t run the ball, couldn’t finish a lot of drives, and consequently (Colorado State) stayed in the game and we could never put them away.”
This game will be closer than many expect for 3 quarters of the game but in the end the Tide as they often do will find a way to score points (be it offense defense or special teams) and win.
#10 Texas A&M at Arkansas 7 PM ET ESPN2
The Aggies won’t roast the Hawgs 58-10 as if they did last year, but just because Bret Bielema has the Razorbacks, playing better doesn’t mean this game will be close. The Aggies average 50 points per game while Arkansas averages 28. Sure Belem’s physical style will win a lot of games, but just as when he was in the Big 10 what will happen when he faces SEC speed. My best guess is the same thing that happens 95% of the time when strength meets speed, speed wins.
#20 Florida at Kentucky 7 PM ET ESPNU
Florida looks to have found their quarterback of the future in Tyler Murphy.
“One man’s misfortune is another man’s opportunity,” Muschamp said. “Everybody wants it now. He’s a guy that’s worked extremely hard and cashed in on his opportunity, and I look forward to seeing him play the rest of the year.”
Still despite their apparent upgrade at QB the Gators are still mistake prone and if they turn it over 4 times like they did against Tennessee and unlike the Vols the Wildcats find a way to cash in on them this could be a much closer game than it should be.
The good news for Gator fans is that the Wildcats aren’t good enough to cash in on Florida mistakes so it might be another ugly win but it will be a win.
UAB at Vanderbilt 7:30 PM ET Fox Sports Net
The Commodores have looked average at best with a schedule aside from their two losses to #21 Ole Miss and #12 South Carolina that has been cupcake city. With a final cupcake before returning to SEC play Vandy needs to sharpen the irons if they hope to match their success from last season. I just don’t see it, sure they’ll take care of UAB and get a win but this is an average at best football team moving forward.
Arkansas State at Missouri 7:30 PM ET CSS
The schedule hasn’t been murders row but the Tigers are 3-0, playing well and most of all healthy. Arkansas State will be a good final tune up before SEC play and most importantly, a win would put Mizzou at 4-0 and in great position for a bowl game, which is key if Gary Pinkel wants to stay in Columbia.
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