Tennessee (2-1, 0-0 SEC) at No. 12 Georgia (2-1, 0-1)
WHEN: 11 a.m. Saturday
WHERE: Sanford Stadium (92,746), Athens, Ga.
SERIES: Tennessee leads 21-20-2.
BETTING LINE: Georgia -17
STAT THAT MATTERS: Tennessee’s passing defense ranks No. 4 in the SEC, allowing only 214 yards per game through the air.
NOTES: Georgia will begin its stretch of two contests against weaker conference opponents on Saturday as the Bulldogs battle the Volunteers in Athens, Ga. Next weekend, the Bulldogs will face off against Vanderbilt before playing at Missouri in a key SEC East week seven matchup. So now is the time for Georgia to balance its offensive attack. ... Georgia RB Todd Gurley should be well-rested after carrying the ball only six times in last week’s 66-0 rout of Troy. He established himself as a leading Heisman Trophy contender by rushing for 198 yards and three touchdowns in a season-opening victory over Clemson, and did nothing to hurt his standing with a 131-yard performance against South Carolina. ... Georgia has won four straight in the series, including a 34-31 overtime victory in Knoxville last season. ... Another victory by the Bulldogs would match their longest winning streak in the series. They also won five in a row from 1909-1924. ... Tennessee’s last victory over a ranked team on the road was a 51-33 victory against then-No. 10 Georgia in 2006. ... Bulldogs WRs Malcolm Mitchell (knee), Justin Scott-Wesley (reported suspension) and Jonathon Rumph (hamstring) will all sit out their fourth straight game. ... Tennessee has lost its SEC opener nine years in a row.
Vanderbilt (1-3, 0-2) at Kentucky (2-1, 0-1)
WHEN: 11 a.m. Saturday
WHERE: Commonwealth Stadium (62,093), Lexington, Ky.
TV: SEC Network
SERIES: Series tied 41-41-4.
BETTING LINE: Kentucky -17.
STAT THAT MATTERS: Kentucky junior running back Braylon Heard is currently averaging 11.1 yards per carry.
NOTES: No one can deny that the Wildcats have given fans a reason to watch this season. After taking Florida to overtime in Gainesville, Kentucky had last weekend off. Whether it’s been from the running back or the quarterback position, Kentucky has found production on the ground in 2014. Junior rusher Braylon Heard and sophomore signal caller Patrick Towles have combined to rush for 250 yards and three touchdowns through three games — neither had a single rush for the Wildcats last season. In total, 84 percent of Kentucky’s ground game has come from players who never saw the field in 2013. They’ll be looking to continue that production against Vanderbilt’s No. 11 rushing defense.
Arkansas (3-1, 0-1) at No. 6 Texas A&M (4-0, 1-0)
WHEN: 2:30 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: AT&T Stadium (80,000), Arlington, Texas.
SERIES: Arkansas leads 41-26-3.
BETTING LINE: Texas A&M -8.5.
STAT THAT MATTERS: Arkansas sophomore running back Alex Collins ranks first in the SEC with 490 yards rushing.
NOTES: In a game featuring the SEC’s two highest-scoring teams, Texas A&M goes for its first 5-0 start since 2001, when current coach Kevin Sumlin was then in his first season as an Aggies assistant head coach and receivers coach for R.C. Slocum. Arkansas will try to stay undefeated in AT&T Stadium, the NFL home of the Dallas Cowboys owned by Jerry Jones, who was on the Razorbacks’ undefeated 1964 team. Arkansas has won the previous three games against A&M there, and beat Kansas State in the 2012 Cotton Bowl. ... Arkansas coach Bret Bielema is looking for his first SEC victory in his second season with the Razorbacks. ... The Aggies have thrown for 405 yards per game with 16 touchdowns, while Arkansas has 325 yards rushing per game with 17 rushing scores. ... Aggies QB Kenny Hill has averaged a TD pass every 10.7 attempts. That is ahead of Johnny Manziel’s pace of a TD every 11.6 attempts last season on his way to a school-record 37 TD passes. .. Texas A&M averages 55.3 points per game, nearly a touchdown better than Arkansas’ 48.8 points per game. ... After returning to campus for the 2012 and 2013 games, the Aggies and Razorbacks are resuming neutral-site meetings that are set to go until 2024 in Arlington.
Louisiana Tech (2-2) at No. 5 Auburn (3-0)
WHEN: 3 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Jordan-Hare Stadium (87,451), Auburn, Ala.
TV: SEC Network
SERIES: Auburn leads 11-0-1.
BETTING LINE: Auburn -32.5
STAT THAT MATTERS: Louisiana Tech has allowed 141.8 rushing yards per game in 2014, ranking No. 61 in the nation.
NOTES: Saturday could be a special occasion for Auburn fans. The Tigers will aim for their 300th victory in Jordan-Hare Stadium, which is in its 75th year. Auburn will look to improve after a shaky victory at Kansas State the previous Thursday, and the Tigers will start by trying to regain their 2013 rushing offense. Thus far in 2014, Auburn has averaged 262.7 yards per game, ranking it No. 4 in the SEC. Senior running back Cameron Artis-Payne continues to be a force in the Tigers’ backfield, averaging 5.5 yards per carry and 117.3 yards per game. ... Auburn has won 24 consecutive home games against nonconference opponents. ... Louisiana Tech: RB Kenneth Dixon. He has run for 404 yards and five touchdowns in the first four games and collected eight catches. Dixon faces a defense that has been stingy against the run.
Missouri (3-1, 0-0) at No. 13 South Carolina (3-1, 2-1)
WHEN: 6 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Williams-Brice Stadium (80,250), Columbia, S.C.
SERIES: Series tied 2-2.
BETTING LINE: South Carolina -5.5
STAT THAT MATTERS: The Gamecocks rank No. 13 in the SEC in pass defense, allowing 311.5 yards per game through four games.
NOTES: The game is for control of the Eastern Division. Missouri surprised the usual East suspects a year ago by advancing to the title game. South Carolina is 2-0 in the East, and defeating the Tigers for a third straight time would give them a strong foothold in the seven-team division. ... After a season-opening loss against Texas A&M, the Gamecocks have been on the rise, winning their past three games, including wins over Georgia and Vanderbilt. ... Mizzou was upset by Indiana at home last weekend in a game in which Maty Mauk was 29 of 48 for 331 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. But he’ll be facing a pass defense that ranks second-to-last in the SEC. ... Mauk leads the SEC with 14 touchdown passes, but he also is among the league leaders in interceptions (four) and sacks taken (six). ... Missouri has won its last six road games, including a 5-0 mark last year on the way to the SEC championship game.
Memphis (2-1) at No. 10 Ole Miss (3-1)
WHEN: 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Vaught-Hemingway Stadium (60,580), Oxford, Miss.
SERIES: Ole Miss leads 47-10-2.
BETTING LINE: Ole Miss -19
STAT THAT MATTERS: At home this season, Bo Wallace has completed 82.1 percent of his pass attempts, throwing for four touchdowns with only one interception.
NOTES: This is only the second time since 1970 that Ole Miss has cracked the top 10, and Ole Miss is trying for its first 4-0 start since 1970. Wallace, 71 of 94 for 1,023 yards, nine TDs and four interceptions has had a big role. He leads the nation with a 75.5 pass completion percentage. ... Memphis already had trouble with one of the nation’s other elite quarterbacks: UCLA’s Brett Hundley went 33 of 44 for 396 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-35 win over Memphis on Sept. 6. ... Memphis LB Tank Jakes, a 5-foot-11, 227-pound senior, has been one of the nation’s most productive defensive players this season with 27 tackles, including nine for a loss and four sacks in three games. ... Memphis is off to its best start since 2004, which is also the last time the Tigers beat the Rebels. ... Memphis has lost 13 straight games to nationally ranked opponents. ... The Tigers rank 25th nationally and lead the American Athletic Conference with 242.7 rushing yards per game. ... The Rebels have scored 132 points through three games, which is the most since scoring 145 in 1935.