Troy (0-3) at No. 13 Georgia (1-1, 0-1 SEC)
WHEN: Noon Saturday
WHERE: Sanford Stadium (92,746), Athens, Ga.
TV: SEC Network
SERIES: Georgia leads 1-0.
BETTING LINE: Georgia -40.
STAT THAT MATTERS: Despite ranking No. 12 in the conference in passing offense, Georgia’s Hutson Mason has been efficient, completing 34 of 48 attempts for 322 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions.
NOTES: In what was an instant classic last Saturday, Georgia fell to South Carolina 38-35. The Bulldogs are starting a three-game stretch. ... Troy quarterback Brandon Silvers suffered a concussion in the second half of last week’s 38-35 loss to Abilene Christian last Saturday. Dontreal Pruitt, who completed 9 of 17 passes for 99 yards in a backup role last week, would start if Silvers is held out. ... Troy’s loss last week was only its eighth in 80 games under coach Larry Blakeney when the Trojans scored at least 35 points. ... Georgia has averaged 272.5 yards rushing in two games against Top 25 teams. ... Georgia is 53-10 in nonconference games under coach Mark Richt, including 36-1 at home since 2001. ... Todd Gurley has 15 career games with at least 100 yards rushing, including each of his two games this year. ... Gurley’s 39 career touchdowns ranks second in school history, behind Herschel Walker’s 52 from 1980-82. ... Knowshon Moreno scored three touchdowns in Georgia’s 44-34 win over Troy in 2007.
Florida (2-0, 1-0 SEC) at No. 3 Alabama (3-0, 0-0)
WHEN: 2:30 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Bryant-Denny Stadium (101,821), Tuscaloosa, Ala.
SERIES: Alabama leads 22-14.
BETTING LINE: Alabama -14.5
STAT THAT MATTERS: Alabama’s defense is allowing only 4.8 yards per play. Florida, through two games, is averaging a mere 4.3.
NOTES: The matchup features two of the SEC’s top receivers — Florida’s Demarcus Robinson and Alabama’s Amari Cooper. Robinson leads the conference with 169.5 yards per game after only two games, while Cooper is the SEC’s total leader with 454 yards on 33 catches. Both will need to be utilized effectively, considering the Crimson Tide and Gators rank No. 2 and No. 3 in the SEC in total defense. ... Florida is the only team in the nation scheduled to face the preseason No. 1 (Florida State) and No. 2 (Alabama) teams. ... The Tide has won the last three meetings by a combined 101-29 after losing two in a row by double-digit margins. ... Neither defense has allowed a rushing touchdown. ... Alabama’s 1,705 yards is the most the Tide has had since getting 1,844 to open the 1973 season and the program’s second-highest total. ... Cooper is one touchdown catch shy of the school’s career record of 18 set by Dennis Homan from 1965-67. ... Alabama S Landon Collins will face a team that includes his younger brother Gerald Willis, a freshman Florida defensive lineman.
No. 6 Texas A&M (3-0) at SMU (0-2)
WHEN: 2:30 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Ford Stadium (32,000), Dallas, Texas.
SERIES: Texas A&M leads 44-29-7.
BETTING LINE: Texas A&M -33
STAT THAT MATTERS: SMU has allowed 210.5 yards per game through the air this season. The Aggies’ Kenny Hill has averaged 364.7 passing yards per game.
NOTES: Hill, a sophomore, has completed 81 of 117 passess for 1,094 yards, 11 touchdowns and no interceptions. He is the first A&M quarterback with 1,000 yards passing in the first three games of a season. He has thrown 139 career passes without an interception, including 117 this season. ... SMU redshirt freshman QB Kolney Cassel makes his first career start with Neal Burcham likely out for the season with an elbow injury. Cassel was limited by injury to five games as a senior in high school, then redshirted last season before playing in the first two games this season. ... SMU, which opened the season with a 45-0 loss at then-No. 10 Baylor, is playing two Top 10 teams in the same season for the first time since 1989, when the Mustangs played at No. 1 Notre Dame and No. 9 Arkansas.
Indiana (1-1) at No. 18 Missouri (3-0)
WHEN: 3 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Faurot Field (71,004), Columbia, Mo.
TV: SEC Network
SERIES: Indiana leads 6-3-2.
BETTING LINE: Missouri -13.
STAT THAT MATTERS: Despite Maty Mauk’s impressive start, Missouri’s offense still ranks No. 12 in the SEC, gaining only 405.7 total yards of offense per game.
NOTES: There’s been no stopping Mauk, a sophomore, who has gone 48 of 77 for 647 yards, 12 touchdowns and three interceptions. Last weekend against Central Florida, Mauk threw four TD passes, and his 78 points accounted for leads the nation. He leads the country with 13 total touchdowns (one rushing). ... Indiana’s pass defense ranks No. 95 in the nation, allowing 267.5 yards per game. ... Missouri won 45-28 last year in Bloomington. ... The Tigers own the country’s longest active takeaway streak at 47 games. ... Indiana is averaging 574 total yards per game. ... Indiana’s Tevin Coleman has rushed for at least 100 yards in four consecutive games. He averages 9.3 yards per carry and leads the country with 218.5 rushing yards per game.
Northern Illinois (3-0) at Arkansas (2-1)
WHEN: 6 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium (72,000), Fayetteville, Ark.
SERIES: Arkansas leads 1-0.
BETTING LINE: Arkansas -14.5
STAT THAT MATTERS: Arkansas has scored 47.7 points per game through three games in 2014.
NOTES: After a season-opening loss at Auburn, the Razorbacks have bounced back with easy wins against nonconference foes, outscoring their opponents 122-35 over the past two games. ... Arkansas has the SEC’s No. 4 scoring offense in the SEC.
No. 14 South Carolina (2-1, 1-1 SEC) at Vanderbilt (1-2, 0-1 SEC)
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
WHERE: Vanderbilt Stadium (40,350), Nashville
TV: SEC Network
SERIES: South Carolina leads 19-4.
BETTING LINE: South Carolina -21.5
STAT THAT MATTERS: Vanderbilt’s defense is 13th in the SEC, surrendering 414.7 yards per game.
NOTES: After being embarrassed by Texas A&M in the season opener, South Carolina has bounced back, including getting a statement win against Georgia in Columbia last weekend. Gamecocks senior quarterback Dylan Thompson continued his incredible 2014 against the Bulldogs, completing 70 percent of his passes for 271 yards while throwing for three TDs and one interception. ... Vanderbilt is still searching for a reliable option at quarterback. The Commodores QBs have combined to throw one touchdown and five interceptions. ... South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier is looking for his 202nd win as an SEC coach, which would put him behind only Paul “Bear” Bryant for most wins in the SEC. Spurrier is 19-2 all-time against Vanderbilt. ... This is the Gamecocks’ first road trip this season. ... The Gamecocks have won five straight in this series. ... Vanderbilt is playing its fourth straight game in Nashville. ... Ralph Webb ran for a career-high 116 yards vs. UMass, the most by a Vanderbilt freshman since 2009. Webb ranks seventh in the SEC with 281 yards rushing.