Week 4, for many teams, represents the start of some brutal SEC schedules. I know, we’ve already had some SEC matchups but this week is when you start to get into the “meat” of the schedule. Games mean more. Wins mean everything.
Here is a look at this weekend’s slate of games for the SEC….
11:21AM CT Georgia (1-2, 0-1 SEC) at Ole Miss (1-2, 0-1 SEC) – We are dubbing this as the “Hot Seat Bowl”. Both coaches are feeling the heat this year after early conference losses. Ole Miss fans have the most to complain about after shelling out a hefty contract to Houston Nutt. Richt has been here before and a win, in Oxford, is a must if the Dawgs are going to try and compete against South Carolina and Florida this year.
2:30PM CT No. 14 Arkansas (3-0, 0-0 SEC) at No. 3 Alabama (3-0, 0-0 SEC) – By far the biggest conference game this weekend. The Hogs will try and avenge a heart breaking loss from last year but will have to do it on the road – a daunting task. Look for both teams to open the playbooks in this one as the SEC’s best offense squares off against it’s best defense.
6:00PM CT Vanderbilt (3-0, 1-0 SEC) at No. 12 South Carolina (3-0, 1-0 SEC) – Vandy looks for another signature SEC win after embarrassing Ole Miss 30-7 last week while USC looks to further solidify itself as the top team in the East. Vandy has looked impressive, thus far, but will have to win on the road against one of the most talented teams in the conference to be considered a contender.
6:00PM CT No. 15 Florida (3-0, 1-0 SEC) at Kentucky (2,-1, 0-0 SEC) – Kentucky will try and slow down what appears to be another fast Florida team when these division foes face off in Commonwealth Stadium. Kentucky’s rushing attack will look to burn some clock and keep Florida’s playmakers off the field. A win at home would be huge for the Wildcats but that won’t be easy.
6:00PM CT Florida Atlantic (0-2) at Auburn (2-1, 1-0 SEC) – After beating Mississippi State, Auburn dropped a tough game against Clemson last week. The Tigers will look to score early and often against an opponent allowing 42.5 pts a game. Auburn needs a confidence booster heading into a matchup with No. 12 South Carolina next week and get it against an over-matched Florida Atlantic team.
6:00PM CT Louisiana Tech (1-2) at Mississippi State (1-2, 0-2 SEC) – After playing Auburn and LSU, the past two weeks, MSU gets a break from SEC play and squares off against a LaTech squad scoring 33 pts a game. Already down 0-2 in conference play, Dan Mullen’s squad needs to regroup, get a win at home, and get ready for next week’s road trip to Athens to face the Georgia Bulldogs.
7:00PM CT No. 2 LSU (3-0, 1-0 SEC) at No. 16 West Virginia (3-0) – A win against West Virginia would give the LSU Tigers 3 wins over Top 25 teams in the first 4 weeks. An impressive feat. College Gameday will be at Mountaineer Field for the matchup but we don’t see this being too close. LSU’s defense is looking stout and the offense is starting to come together….slowly. A win here will put LSU on the fast track to Atlanta until November, when they face Alabama and Arkansas.