at South Carolina (3-3)
WHEN: 11 a.m. Saturday
WHERE: Williams-Brice Stadium (80,250), Columbia, S.C.
TV: SEC Network
SERIES: South Carolina leads 27-20-1.
BETTING LINE: N/A.
STAT THAT MATTERS: South Carolina ranks No. 13 in both rushing and passing defense, allowing 176.8 rushing yards per game and 264.3 yards per game through the air.
NOTES: Last weekend’s open week couldn’t have come at a better time for South Carolina, which is mired in a two-game losing skid against SEC opponents (Missouri and Kentucky), both contests being heartbreakers. One thing is for certain: the Gamecocks have their fair share of problems in every facet of the game, but their defense has certainly been among the weaker points of a once-touted squad. South Carolina ranks last in the conference in total defense, allowing 441.2 yards per game and 6.4 yards per play.
No. 21 Texas A&M (5-2, 2-2 SEC)
at No. 7 Alabama (5-1, 2-1)
WHEN: 2:39 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Bryant-Denny Stadium (101,821), Tuscaloosa, Ala.
SERIES: Alabama leads 4-2.
BETTING LINE: Alabama -11.5
STAT THAT MATTERS: Alabama junior running back T.J. Yeldon has struggled in 2014, rushing for only 452 yards and two touchdowns on 93 attempts.
NOTES: After starting off the season 5-0, Texas A&M is on a two-game losing skid (after winning a squeaker over Arkansas), albeit against two teams now in the top five: Ole Miss and Mississippi State. The Aggies defense has surrendered of 897 yards of offense in the past two games. Alabama ranks No. 3 in the SEC in total offense, averaging 500 ypg. Considering Texas A&M has the fourth-worst run defense in the conference, expect a heavy dose of T.J. Yeldon. ... Texas A&M leads the SEC in scoring and total offense, averaging 43.9 points and 564.9 yards per game. Alabama has one of the league’s stingiest defenses, giving up 15.3 points and 277.2 yards on average. ... Alabama’s 66 rushing yards against Arkansas matched the Tide’s fewest since 2010 against South Carolina. ... Tide center Ryan Kelly is doubtful with a knee injury. ... The Aggies are 6-2 in road games against Top 25 teams under coach Kevin Sumlin, including a 2012 win at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Alabama is 26-10 against ranked opponents since the start of the 2008 season. ... Texas A&M DE Myles Garrett needs one sack to break Jadeveon Clowney’s SEC freshman record of eight.
No. 10 Georgia (5-1, 3-1)
at Arkansas (3-3, 0-3)
WHEN: 3 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: War Memorial Stadium (53,955), Little Rock, Ark.
TV: SEC Network
SERIES: Georgia leads 9-4.
BETTING LINE: Georgia -3.5
STAT THAT MATTERS: Georgia freshman Nick Chubb, who stepped in for Todd Gurley in a 34-0 win at Missouri last Saturday, has averaged 5.3 yards per attempt.
NOTES: The Arkansas offensive line that averages 328.4 pounds per player. Georgia, led by LB Amarlo Herrera’s 47 tackles, are second in the SEC in rushing defense — allowing 101.7 yards per game on the ground. They’ll face the conference’s best rushing attack, with RBs Alex Collins and Jonathan Williams leading a team that averages 278.7 yards rushing per game. ... At Mizzou, Georigia totaled 379 yards and held the ball for more than 42 minutes. Chubb rushed 38 times for 143 yards and a touchdown. ... Saturday’s game is in Little Rock’s War Memorial Stadium, and it’s the only game Arkansas will play there this season after years of multiple contests there ... Last week’s shutout of Missouri was Georgia’s first on the road over a ranked team in school history ... Arkansas held Alabama to only 227 yards of total offense last week ... The Bulldogs are 7-2 against Arkansas since the Razorbacks joined the SEC in 1992. ... The Razorbacks are desperate to end a 15-game SEC losing streak.
Tennessee (3-3, 0-2)
at No. 3 Ole Miss (6-0, 3-0)
WHEN: 6 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Vaught-Hemingway Stadium (60,580), Oxford, Miss.
SERIES: Tennessee leads 44-19-1.
BETTING LINE: Ole Miss -16
STAT THAT MATTERS: The Ole Miss secondary has allowed only 193.8 passing yards per game, ranking No. 4 in the SEC.
NOTES: Ole Miss is trying to continue its best start since 1962 and stay on top of the SEC’s Western Division. Tennessee has been competitive and is trying to break through with a marquee victory under second-year coach Butch Jones. ... Tennessee has a young offensive line — including two true freshmen — that has already given up 23 sacks this season. ... Ole Miss QB Bo Wallace is the only quarterback in the SEC in the league’s top four in total offense, passing average and pass efficiency. ... The Ole Miss defense has scored four touchdowns this season while giving up only six. ... Ole Miss senior CB Senquez Golson leads the conference in interceptions with five takeaways. ... Ole Miss has lost 13 of 14 against Tennessee dating to 1984. The Rebels beat Tennessee 42-17 in 2009 in Oxford. ... Tennessee is trying for its first win against a top-three team since beating No. 3 Georgia 19-14 in 2004. ... Tennessee RB Jalen Hurd has been one of the league’s best freshmen, with 374 yards rushing and two touchdowns. ... Tennessee has played 23 true freshmen.
Missouri (4-2, 1-1)
at Florida (3-2, 2-2)
WHEN: 6 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (88,548), Gainesville, Fla.
SERIES: Missouri leads 2-1.
BETTING LINE: Florida -6
STAT THAT MATTERS: On the road, Missouri sophomore QB Maty Mauk has completed 50 percent of his passes with five touchdowns and two interceptions.
NOTES: Missouri is a seven-game winning streak on the road. Losing 34-0 at home to Georgia a week ago was a day Mauk would want to forget as he completed only 9 of 21 pass attempts and had four interceptions. He’ll be going against a Florida squad that will have a resurgence of confidence after a near-victory against LSU. Though he committed three turnovers, Gators junior quarterback Jeff Driskel proved to be a threat both in the pocket and in the run game after running a season-high 21 times.
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