Around the SEC: Saturday, Sept. 6 _lowres

Associated Press photo by BUTCH DILL -- Arkansas huddles before a play as the rain falls during the second half of a game Aug. 30 at Auburn in Auburn, Ala. Auburn defeated Arkansas 45-21.

Florida Atlantic (0-1) at No. 2 Alabama (1-0)

WHEN: 11 a.m. Saturday

WHERE: Bryant-Denny Stadium (101,821), Tuscaloosa, Ala.

TV: SEC Network

SERIES: Alabama leads 1-0.

BETTING LINE: Alabama -40

STAT THAT MATTERS: Even with the poor passing Saturday against West Virginia, RBs T.J. Yeldon and Derrick Henry helped contribute to 288 yards on the ground — the third-best rushing attack in the SEC to open the 2014 campaign.

NOTES: Though Alabama beat West Virginia 33-23, the Mountaineers were within 20-17 at halftime. Tide senior quarterback Blake Sims was unimpressive, finishing 24 of 33 for 250 yards and an interception. If Sims struggles in the next few weeks, Jacob Coker could emerge as the starter after transferring from Florida State in the offseason.

Nicholls State (0-1) at Arkansas (0-1)

WHEN: 3 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium (72,000), Fayetteville, Ark.

TV: SEC Network

SERIES: First meeting


STAT THAT MATTERS: The Razorbacks averaged a mere 5.47 yards per play against Auburn.

NOTES: It looked as though Arkansas could potentially get its first SEC win in two seasons under Bret Bielema against Auburn, but Auburn pulled away 45-21. It was an abysmal day for the Arkansas offense after combining for 328 total yards Saturday, the second-worst this early in SEC. That being said, the Razorbacks have a rebound game set up against Nicholls State.

San Jose State (1-0) at No. 5 Auburn (1-0)

WHEN: 6 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Jordan-Hare Stadium (87,451), Auburn, Ala.


SERIES: First meeting

BETTING LINE: Auburn -31.

STAT THAT MATTERS: Auburn has scored 30 or more points in 11 consecutive games, which is a school record.

NOTES: If anyone doubted Auburn’s ability to run after losing running back Tre Mason to the NFL, senior Cameron Artis-Payne quieted those fears against Arkansas last Saturday. Artis-Payne had 26 attempts for 177 yards and a touchdown, averaging 6.8 yards per carry. The Tigers totaled 302 yards on the ground against the Razorbacks, and they shouldn’t show any mercy against San Jose State.

UAB (1-0) at Mississippi State (1-0)

WHEN: 1:05 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Scott Field (61,337), Starkville, Miss.


SERIES: First meeting

BETTING LINE: Mississippi State -28

STAT THAT MATTERS: Mississippi State totaled 550 yards of offense against Southern Miss, 349 through the air and 201 on the ground.

NOTES: State didn’t waste any time downing Southern Miss in the season opener, defeating the Golden Eagles 49-0. In a year when many expect junior quarterback Dak Prescott to be a force in the SEC West, the Sulphur native had an impressive debut, setting career highs in passing yards (284) and touchdown passes (four) in the victory. He’ll be looking to stay hot against Conference-USA opponent UAB.

No. 15 Ole Miss (1-0) at Vanderbilt (0-1)

WHEN: 3:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: LP Field (67,000), Nashville, Tenn.


SERIES: Ole Miss leads 48-38-2.

BETTING LINE: Ole Miss -20

STAT THAT MATTERS: The Rebels are no strangers to opening conference play on the road, doing so in 10 of the previous 12 seasons. Ole Miss will try to start the season 2-0 for the third straight year.

NOTES: It wasn’t the quickest start for Ole Miss senior quarterback Bo Wallace in the season opener against Boise State, but he recovered nicely in a 35-13 victory. Wallace finished 25 of 36 for 387 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions. Two Ole Miss receivers finished with more than 100 yards — junior Cody Core (110) and sophomore Laquon Treadwell (105). Vanderbilt only gave up 207 yards through the air against Temple, though, and may give the Rebels and Wallace their first test of the season.

Lamar (1-0) at No. 9 Texas A&M (1-0)

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Kyle Field (106,511), College Station, Texas.

TV: SEC Network

SERIES: First meeting


STAT THAT MATTERS: Kenny Hill’s 511 passing yards set a Texas A&M single-game passing record, formerly set by Johnny Manziel.

NOTES: Johnny who? When Johnny Manziel left the Aggies and headed to the 2014 NFL draft following his junior season, many A&M fans wondered how coach Kevin Sumlin could replace the former star. Hill, a sophomore, calmed those concerns with his performance against South Carolina. Hill passed for a whopping 511 yards and three touchdowns after going 44 of 60.

Eastern Michigan (1-0) at Florida (0-0)

WHEN: 3 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field (88,548), Gainesville, Fla.

TV: SEC Network

SERIES: Florida leads 1-0.

BETTING LINE: Florida -37.5

STAT THAT MATTERS: Florida is 80-27 all-time in season openers, including 65-7 at home.

NOTES: With their season opener against Idaho was canceled because of poor weather conditions, Gators fans have yet to see their squad in action — other than a long, wet kickoff return. Florida wants to recover from a poor 2013 campaign. Gators junior quarterback Jeff Driskel will hope to stay healthy for the entire 2014 campaign, an issue that has plagued his career.

Ohio (1-0) at Kentucky (1-0)

WHEN: 2:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Commonwealth Stadium (62,093), Lexington, Ky.


SERIES: Kentucky leads 3-2.

BETTING LINE: Kentucky -12.5

STAT THAT MATTERS: Kentucky’s 656 yards of total offense ranked No. 2 in the SEC behind Texas A&M following the first week.

NOTES: The 2013 campaign was a year to forget, so coach Mark Stoops decided to turn the page in the 2014 season opener against UT Martin. Kentucky scored 59 points last Saturday, with 656 yards of total offense. Wildcats sophomore quarterback Patrick Towles was electric, completing 20 of 29 passes for 377 yards and a touchdown.

No. 24 Missouri (1-0) at Toledo (1-0)

WHEN: 11 a.m. Saturday

WHERE: Glass Bowl (26,000), Toledo, Ohio


SERIES: Missouri leads 1-0.

BETTING LINE: Missouri -4.5

STAT THAT MATTERS: Missouri is 5-1 in nonconference road games since 2006, and the Tigers will look to improve to 2-0 for the seventh time in nine seasons.

NOTES: Last Saturday, Missouri sophomore quarterback Maty Mauk had a quality opening outing against New Hampshire. In a 54-20 victory, Mauk finished 13 of 21 for 178 yards and three touchdowns. And junior running back Russell Hansbrough had an impressive start, rushing for 126 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries.

East Carolina (1-0) at No. 21 South Carolina (0-1)

WHEN: 6:00 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Williams-Brice Stadium (80,250), Columbia, S.C.


SERIES: South Carolina leads 12-5.

BETTING LINE: South Carolina -16.5

STAT THAT MATTERS: Though Kenny Hill’s performance stole the show last Saturday, the Gamecocks also surrendered 169 yards and four touchdowns on the ground against Texas A&M.

NOTES: While everything seemingly went right for Texas A&M, the opposite could be said for Steve Spurrier’s Gamecocks in week one. South Carolina’s defense looked gutted without Jadeveon Clowney in the trenches, surrendering 680 yards of total offense. Lucky for Spurrier, East Carolina should be a nice bounce-back game.

Arkansas State (1-0) at Tennessee (1-0)

WHEN: 12:01 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Neyland Stadium (102,455), Knoxville, Tenn.

TV: SEC Network

SERIES: Tennessee leads 1-0.

BETTING LINE: Tennessee -16

STAT THAT MATTERS: Tennessee has 12 consecutive nonconference victories at home after defeating Utah State in week one.

NOTES: Of all the teams known for making waves on defense in the SEC, Tennessee was the squad that emerged as the top unit after the first week. The Volunteers allowed only 244 total yards to Utah State in a 38-7 victory, and that solid defensive play should continue with Arkansas State making an appearance in Knoxville.