Here’s a look at the three best SEC games this weekend.
Trust us: “Best” is a relative term. The SEC as a whole is down again, and that means that the majority of games on any given weekend aren’t exactly must-see TV except for the fan bases of the schools involved. (And in some cases, there are fan bases that aren’t exactly enamored with what is going on this season, anyway.)
3. South Carolina (4-2) at Tennessee (3-2)
When/TV: Noon, ESPN
The skinny: Is this Butch Jones’ last stand? The Vols had a bye last week and presumably have changed some things. For sure, they are changing quarterbacks, from Quinten Dormady to redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano. Still, you’d think UT coaches realize their best chance to consistently move the ball is to ride RB John Kelly like a horse; Kelly needs 25 touches. He can do some damage against South Carolina’s run defense. Conversely, can the Gamecocks take advantage of the Vols’ rancid run defense? RB Rico Dowdle seems to be healthy, which is good news for South Carolina. Gamecocks QB Jake Bentley, WR Bryan Edwards and TE Hayden Hurst can do some damage, too.
2. Texas A&M (4-2) at Florida (3-2)
When/TV: 7 p.m., ESPN2
The skinny: Both are coming in off home losses. But A&M’s loss to Alabama was considered a “good” one, while the Gators’ loss to LSU was nothing but ugly. Texas A&M is relying on a true freshman quarterback – and has an advantage at the position over the Gators because Kellen Mond is better than UF redshirt freshman Feleipe Franks. Suspensions and injuries have really hurt the Gators, and if RBs Malik Davis and Lamical Perine are stymied, Florida will struggle to score. The Gators’ secondary will need to focus on A&M WR Christian Kirk. Potentially a bigger problem is that Florida has struggled to consistently set the edge against the run, and the Aggies love to get outside with Mond and RB Trayveon Williams.
1. Auburn (5-1) at LSU (4-2)
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