UMass (0-2) at Vanderbilt (0-2)
WHEN: 11 a.m. Saturday
WHERE: Vanderbilt Stadium (39,790), Nashville, Tenn.
SERIES: Vanderbilt leads 2-0.
BETTING LINE: Vanderbilt -17
STAT THAT MATTERS: Through two games, Vanderbilt’s offense has totaled only 445 yards, or 222.5 total offensive yards per game. The Commodores average 3.9 yards per play.
NOTES: The term “ugly” doesn’t truly define the Commodores first two games of the 2014 campaign. Vanderbilt currently ranks No. 13 in total defense in the SEC while being ranked No. 14 in the conference in total offense. The Commodores’ starting quarterback, former LSU backup Stephen Rivers, has completed only 18 of 50 pass attempts for 246 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. The competition should get easier against UMass this Saturday, and head coach Derek Mason needs it.
UCF (0-1) at No. 20 Missouri (2-0)
WHEN: 11:01 a.m. Saturday
WHERE: Faurot Field (71,004), Columbia, Mo.
TV: SEC Network
SERIES: Missouri leads 1-0.
BETTING LINE: Missouri -9.5
STAT THAT MATTERS: Last week against Toledo, Maty Mauk threw for a career-best 325 yards and five touchdowns.
NOTES: Anyone who was concerned with Missouri’s offense under sophomore quarterback Mauk has zero reason to fret after the first two weeks of the regular season. After downing South Dakota State 38-18 in the season opener, the Tigers’ offense stayed red hot in a 49-24 victory at Toledo. Mauk had a game to remember last Saturday, finishing with six total touchdowns — five through the air and one rushing. ... Central Florida, coming off a 12-1 season in which it won the Fiesta Bowl, is trying to rebound after losing its opener to Penn State 26-24 in Ireland. Missouri defeated Toledo 49-24 last week and is looking to start 3-0 for the seventh time in the last nine seasons. ... Missouri owns the nation’s longest takeaway streak at 46 games. . Last week, Mauk became just the third Missouri player to account for six touchdowns in a game (5 passing, 1 rushing), joining Terry McMillian in 1969 and Corby Jones in 1997. . Central Florida has won two consecutive games against ranked opponents and is 4-2 in its last six matchups with teams currently in the SEC, ACC, Big Ten or Big 12. The Tigers defeated the Knights 21-16 in Orlando in 2012 in the schools’ only other meeting.
Arkansas (1-1) at Texas Tech (2-0)
WHEN: 2:30 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Jones AT&T Stadium (60,454), Lubbock, Texas
SERIES: Arkansas leads 27-8.
BETTING LINE: Texas Tech -2
STAT THAT MATTERS: Arkansas ranks third in the SEC in rushing offense, totaling 648 yards and seven touchdowns on 69 attempts.
NOTES: After getting blasted by Auburn 45-21 in the season opener, the Razorbacks decided to take their anger out on Nicholls State. Arkansas rocked the Colonels 73-7, a modern school record and the 15th highest single-game scoring total in SEC history. Arkansas will travel to battle an old rival when it takes on Texas Tech. The Razorbacks will again rely on the rushing attack. ... Texas Tech’s high-octane passing game has been inconsistent and slow to start. The Red Raiders aim to change that against their toughest opponent to date after getting two wins by combined 11 points. The Razorbacks are looking for back-to-back wins for first time since September 2013. They beat Nicholls State 73-7 last week to break a 10-game losing streak. ... Arkansas RB Alex Collins is averaging 99.5 yards rushing per game. He leads the SEC and is ranked third in the nation with four carries of at least 20 yards. He’s second in the league with three touchdowns rushing.
UL-Lafayette (1-1) at No. 14 Ole Miss (2-0)
WHEN: 3 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Vaught-Hemingway Stadium (60,580), Oxford, Miss.
Series: Ole Miss leads 3-0.
BETTING LINE: Ole Miss by 27.
NOTES: Ole Miss has had a relatively smooth first two weeks of the season, beating Boise State and Vanderbilt by wide margins. The Rebels would like that to continue during their home opener at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Louisiana-Lafayette is trying to bounce back in a big way after a 48-20 home loss to Louisiana Tech last weekend. The Ragin’ Cajuns were picked to win the Sun Belt Conference by the league’s coaches during the preseason. ...
Ole Miss has its highest ranking in The Associated Press poll since 2009, when the Rebels were No. 4 early that season. ... Ole Miss has a 28-1-2 record all-time against current members of the Sun Belt. ... The Rebels have allowed just eight points per game so far this season, which ranks fifth nationally and second in the Southeastern Conference. ... Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace has 7,047 career passing yards, which ranks second in school history. No. 1 is Eli Manning at 10,119. ... Louisiana-Lafayette is coming off three straight 9-4 seasons, which is the most successful stretch of football in school history. ... Ragin’ Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth is from Louisville, Mississippi, and was the receivers coach at Mississippi State in 2009 and 2010.
Mississippi State (2-0) at South Alabama (1-0)
WHEN: 3:05 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Ladd-Peebles Stadium (33,471), Mobile, Ala.
SERIES: MSU leads 1-0.
BETTING LINE: Mississippi State -14.5
STAT THAT MATTERS: On the road in 2013, Dak Prescott had a 118.94 QB rating with five touchdowns and five interceptions. He had a 135.25 rating with five touchdowns and two interceptions at home.
NOTES: So far, so good for State and junior quarterback Prescott in 2014, who have started 2-0 after two home games. The Bulldogs go on the road for the first time, an area where State failed last season. MSU finished 2013 with a 2-4 record away from Starkville, Miss. ... The Bulldogs have found offensive success, totaling more than 500 yards of total offense in three straight contests dating back to last season.
No. 6 Georgia (1-0, 0-0 SEC) at No. 24 South Carolina (1-1, 0-1)
WHEN: 3:39 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Williams Brice Stadium (80,250), Columbia, S.C.
SERIES: Georgia leads 47-17-2.
BETTING LINE: Georgia -5.5
STAT THAT MATTERS: In the season opener against Clemson, Georgia’s Todd Gurley averaged 13.2 yards on 15 carries.
NOTES: This is a game for early control of the Southeastern Conference’s Eastern Division. The Gamecocks were the consensus pick to take the East during the summer until their opening-game, 52-28 embarrassment against Texas A&M. Georgia took on front-runner status with its decisive, 45-21 victory over Clemson. ... Georgia has struggled scoring points at Williams-Brice Stadium, averaging just over 11 its past seven trips here. The offensive drought hasn’t hurt the Bulldogs, though, who’ve got a 4-3 mark at South Carolina since 2000. ... Since 1992, Georgia has opened SEC play against South Carolina each season but one. ... While Georgia and South Carolina have generally battled for the top of the SEC East in recent years, the winner of this game the past three years has not reached the SEC title game.
Southern Miss (1-1) at No. 3 Alabama (2-0)
WHEN: 5 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Bryant-Denny Stadium (101,821), Tuscaloosa, Ala.
SERIES: Alabama leads 33-6-2.
BETTING LINE: Alabama -47.5
STAT THAT MATTERS: The Alabama passing offense has completed 51 of 71 pass attempts for 680 yards, averaging 340 yards per game. This ranks fourth in the conference.
NOTES: This is the first meeting for these two teams since the Tide’s 30-21 victory in 2005. Alabama holds an 18-2-1 record in Tuscaloosa in a series that was played each season from 1992-2005. ... This is the highest ranked team Southern Miss has faced since a 21-6 loss to No. 2 Florida in the 1997 opener. The Golden Eagles haven’t faced a Top 25 team since losing 56-13 at Nebraska on Sept. 7, 2013. ... Southern Miss just snapped an 11-game losing streak with a 26-20 win over FCS Alcorn State. ... The Tide has three sacks in each of its first two games after averaging 1.7 last season.
Kentucky (2-0) at Florida (1-0)
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Florida Field (88,548), Gainesville, Fla.
TV: SEC Network
SERIES: Florida leads 47-17.?BETTING LINE: Florida -17.5
STAT THAT MATTERS: Florida’s defense stayed dominant in its season opener, forcing five turnovers and scoring a touchdown on an interception return.
NOTES: After harsh wet weather forced their first scheduled game to be canceled, the Gators opened with a 65-0 victory over Eastern Michigan. The win was Florida’s largest margin of victory since 1997, and it totaled 665 yards of offense. Junior quarterback Jeff Driskel went 31-of-45 pass attempts for 248 yards and a touchdown.
Tennessee (2-0) at No. 4 Oklahoma (2-0)
WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium (82,122), Norman, Okla.
SERIES: Series tied 1-1.
BETTING LINE: Oklahoma -20.5
STAT THAT MATTERS: Opponents are only averaging 4.2 yards per play against the Volunteers’ defense through the first two games of the season.
NOTES: The Sooners need a convincing win to help strengthen the Big 12’s case against the Southeastern Conference when it comes time for the playoff conversation. Oklahoma’s pride is on the line, too, since coach Bob Stoops has been vocal in saying the SEC isn’t so much better than everyone else. Tennessee has a golden opportunity to return to past glory in Butch Jones’ second year. ... If there’s one thing Tennessee has thrived on thus far in 2014, it’s defense. The Volunteers have been stout, holding foes to a 22.6 percent conversion rate on third downs. Last Saturday against Arkansas State, Tennessee allowed only 4 of 17 attempts. Overall, Tennessee ranks fifth in the conference in total defense, allowing 287.5 yards per game. ... Oklahoma has won six straight games dating back to last season. ... Oklahoma is 37-2 against nonconference teams at home under Stoops. ... In the last meeting between the teams, Oklahoma beat Tennessee 26-24 in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 1, 1968. ... Oklahoma CB Zack Sanchez has four interceptions in his past five games. ... Tennessee’s last road win over a ranked opponent came against No. 10 Georgia on Oct. 7, 2006.
Rice (0-1) at No. 7 Texas A&M (2-0)
WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Kyle Field (102,500), College Station, Texas
SERIES: Texas A&M leads 50-27-2.
BETTING LINE: Texas A&M -35.5
STAT THAT MATTERS: Kenny Hill is 206 passing yards away from becoming the first Aggies passer to throw for 1,000 yards in the first three games of the season.
NOTES: Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin has never started a season 3-0, but with the sophomore Hill at quarterback, the perfect start appears certain. A&M’s passing offense has been borderline unstoppable — Hill is 61 of 86 for 794 yards and seven touchdowns. He has yet to throw an interception, with a 175.4 QB rating and averaging 397 yards per game. ... The first meeting between these teams was in 1914 and they met every year until 1995. ... A&M has won 17 in a row over the Owls, with Rice’s last win coming in 1980. ... The Aggies set a record for a college game in Texas last week with a crowd of 104,728. ... The last win by Rice over a ranked team came when the Owls beat No. 21 BYU 27-14 in 1997. ... Texas A&M allowed less than 100 yards rushing in both of its first two games. ... Six Aggies have at least 100 yards receiving in 2014 led by Malcome Kennedy’s 170.
The Associated Press contributed to this report