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College Football Around the SEC: Getting into Conference Play

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Week 3 is the last round of out-of-conference games for awhile. Tennessee-Florida, LSU-Missy State, Kentucky-South Carolina highlight the SEC slate.

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I assume this guy's name is either Gamey or Cocky.
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We are starting to get into conference play with a couple of good ones coming this week.

Win-Loss Record key:
  • SEC - conference record
  • P5 - non-SEC record against Power 5
  • MM - record against Mid Majors/Non-Power 5 FBS but projected bowl participant
  • CC - record against cupcakes, FCS and perennial FBS doormats (subject to my whims).

EAST:

Georgia Bulldogs (2-0: SEC 0-0, P5 1-0, MM 1-0, CC 0-0)

So, you have seen Tennessee's ridiculous trash can and Texas A&M's regrettable pimp cane. Now UGA has spiked shoulder pads introduced this season by none other than defensive coordinator Mel Tucker, former Alabama assistant. It's so sad.

Samford at Georgia 6:30/7:30 SECN

Florida Gators (0-1: SEC 0-0, P5 0-1, MM 0-0, CC 0-0) - LAST WEEK'S GAME CANCELLED

Northern Colorado is one thing. Florida-Tennessee is another. Despite the ravages of Hurricane Irma, this game will go on as scheduled. Apparently, new AD Scott Stricklin learned a lesson from the Florida-LSU debacle from a year ago. Stricklin said the decision was made after meeting with local officials. The Gators’ stadium sustained minor damage to signage.

Tennessee at Florida 2:30/3:30 CBS

Tennessee Volunteers (2-0: SEC 0-0, P5 1-0, MM 0-0, CC 1-0)

It was around this time ten years ago when the grumbling around Vols coach Phil Fulmer began. On the third Saturday of September 2007, the Gators would hand UT a 59-20 beat down in the Swamp. A month later, Alabama would follow suit with a 41-17 pummeling that would begin a ten year winning streak against Rocky Top, a streak which continues today. The Vols finished the season 10-4 but the damage was done. The following season was 5-7 and the door for Fulmer.

Tennessee at Florida 2:30/3:30 CBS

Kentucky Wildcats (2-0: SEC 0-0, P5 0-0, MM 1-0, CC 1-0)

Last season's success for the Wildcats came from their fine stable of running backs. However, Stanley "Boom" Williams and Jojo Kemp are gone and it's all Benny Snell's show. Against Southern Miss, the 'Cats managed 78 yards on 35 carries for a 2.2 ypc average. They gained 207 against Eastern Kentucky, but it was Eastern Kentucky. In two games against Power 5 opponents with pretty prolific offenses (NC State & Mizzou), the South Carolina defense has yielded only 133.5 yards per game and only two TDs on the ground.

Kentucky at South Carolina 6:30/7:30 SECN

South Carolina Gamecocks (2-0: SEC 1-0, P5 1-0, MM 0-0, CC 0-0)

What did I tell you? No respect for the Gamecocks who were the underdog in their first two games. After two weeks away from home, SC returns to Williams-Brice and this time they are a favorite by -6½. Of course they will lose, right?

Kentucky at South Carolina 6:30/7:30 SECN

Missouri Tigers (1-1: SEC 0-1, P5 0-0, MM 0-0, CC 1-0)

Mizzou is 114th in scoring defense giving up 37 points per game. Yikes! Purdue has scored 28 and 44 in two games.

Purdue at Missouri 3pm/4pm SECN

Vanderbilt Commodores (2-0: SEC 0-0, P5 0-0, MM 1-0, CC 1-0)

The Commodores defense has given up a grand total of 6 points and an average 118.5 total ypg on the season, third best among FBS.

Kansas State at Vanderbilt 6:30/7:30 ESPNUESPNU

WEST:

Auburn Tigers (1-1: SEC 0-0, P5 0-1, MM 1-0, CC 0-0)

Auburn is 8th in the nation in total defense allowing only 179.5 ypg. They have allowed 21 points on the young season. The other side of the ball is a different story. Against Clemson, they ran 66 plays and gained only 117 yards. That is a paltry 1.77 yards per play.

Mercer at Auburn 3pm/4pm SECN

Texas A&M Aggies (1-1, SEC 0-0, P5 0-1, MM 0-0, CC 1-0)

Texas A&M catches a break in the schedule as they face FBS's worst rush defense in La-Lafayette. The Ragin' Cajuns have given up 767 rushing ypg and 11 TDs against lowly Southeastern Louisiana and Tulsa.

Louisiana-Lafayette at Texas A&M 11am/noon SECN

Arkansas Razorbacks (1-1: SEC 0-0, P5 0-1, MM 0-0, CC 1-0)

In case you missed it, Arky kicker Cole Hedlund missed two field goals against TCU, one from 23 yards and one from 20 yards. That is the distance that they bring some kid in from the stands during timeouts to kick for their tuition! Lost in this derp is the fact that the Razorbacks TWICE got down to the goal line and could not punch it in. In two trips inside the Horned Frogs’ 5-yard line, the Hogs gained 1 yard on five plays. Arkansas was 4-14 on third down conversions in that game.

Arkansas is off.

Mississippi State Bulldogs (2-0: SEC 0-0, P5 0-0, MM 1-0, CC 1-0)

WR Malik Dear tore an ACL back in April and could return this weekend against LSU. Five months to recover is pretty amazing but seems to be the norm these days. 20 years ago, it sometimes meant the end of some poor guy's career. Last season, Dear had 23 catches for 264 yards and two scores.

LSU at Mississippi State 6pm/7pm ESPN ESPN

Ole Miss Rebels (2-0: SEC 0-0, P5 0-0, MM 1-0, CC 1-0)

The NCAA Committee on Infractions hearing began on Monday in Covington, Kentucky across the Ohio River from Cincinnati. The proceeding were held behind closed doors with two armed guards at the doors and wrapped Tuesday evening. Hugh Freeze, Matt Luke, Ross Bjork, Barney Farrar, Chris Kiffin, and yes Mississippi State linebacker Leo Lewis were all on hand for testimony. It typically take 6-8 weeks for a ruling to come down. Mark your calendars!

Ole Miss at Cal 9:30/10:30 ESPN ESPN

LSU Tigers (2-0: SEC 0-0, P5 1-0, MM 0-0, CC 1-0)

Pass rusher Arden Key has been given the green light and will make his season debut this Saturday. Ed Orgeron plans to start the All-SEC junior who had off-season shoulder surgery.

LSU at Mississippi State 6pm/7pm ESPN ESPN

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Alabama Crimson Tide (2-0, SEC 0-0, P5 1-0, MM 1-0, CC 0-0)

Alabama and CSU agreed to this game way back when Jim McElwain was still coach of the Rams. Now former UGA offensive coordinator Mike Bobo heads up that team. Bobo would probably rather forget the last two times he faced the Crimson Tide. 2008 was the Blackout game. 2012 was the classic SEC Championship Game that ended off the tips of C.J. Mosley's fingers.

Colorado State at ALABAMA 6pm/7pm ESPN2

WEEK 4 SEC GAMES:

  • Arkansas vs. Texas A&M (Arlington) 11am/noon ESPN
  • UMass at Tennessee 11am/noon SEC Network 
  • Alabama at Vanderbilt 2:30/3:30 CBS - Brad Nessler & Gary Danielson
  • Louisiana Tech at South Carolina 2:30/3:30 SEC Network
  • Florida at Kentucky 6pm/7pm ESPN2, ESPNU or SEC Network 
  • Syracuse at LSU 6pm/7pm ESPN2, ESPNU or SEC Network
  • Auburn at Missouri 6pm/7pm ESPN2, ESPNU or SEC Network

#ROLLTIDE!