The great thing about getting into October is all the SEC games occurring every weekend. Through September (5 weeks) there were only 12 SEC vs. SEC games played, but in just the first two weekends of October we have 11. Mississippi State, however, is not one of them as we welcome in Bowling Green from the MAC (6 pm, FSN). Here is what’s in store today in the SEC..
11 am – #25 Missouri at #7 Georgia (-7), ESPN
Georgia was Mizzou’s first SEC game last year (grown man football) and they were handled in Columbia, 41-20. This year’s game is in Athens, and while the Bulldogs are ranked 7th in the country, they have experienced a number of season-ending injuries to key players. The Tigers, however, are riding high off a win against Vanderbilt and find themselves at 5-0. This will be an interesting matchup as we try to find out whether or not Missouri is for real.
11:21 – #14 South Carolina (-6) at Arkansas, SEC Network
Spurrier had a lot of trouble beating the Hogs during Bobby Petrino’s tenure in Fayetteville (1-3). UPig has also won 6 of the last 7 against South Carolina in Arkansas. We’ll see if the Clowney drama has any affect on USC, a team that hasn’t been playing particularly well the last few weeks against teams like Central Florida and Kentucky. The Razorbacks have lost three straight now and are on the verge of a deep losing slide, we’ll see if they can stop that today.
1:00 – Western Carolina at Auburn, ESPN3.com
You don’t see too many of these mid-afternoon televised games any more – most of them are at night in September. But with a FCS game it can happen, and Auburn will be 5-1 after this game. Impressive start for Gus Malzahn. This game will be a good tune-up for their trip to College Station next week.
2:30 – #17 Florida at #10 LSU (-7), CBS
I don’t feel like anyone really thinks Florida might win this one. It’s strength against strength with the Gator’s D vs. LSU’s O. At only -7 I would be hard pressed not to take the Bengal Tigahs at home in this one…if I were a betting man.
6:00 – #1 Alabama (-27) at Kentucky, ESPN2
Well this is not going to be something I want to watch. The best vs. the worst in the SEC.
7:30 – #9 Texas A&M (-6) at Ole Miss, ESPN
This could be a good game if Ole Miss plays as well as they can. A&M’s defense is not very good, but they have had an off week to correct some things. Manziel will likely be Manziel though, and last year in Oxford that was enough to overcome six Aggie turnovers.