Here’s a look at all the games involving SEC teams in Week 5 of the season.
Missouri is the only SEC team in a bye week and there are five conference games on the schedule; one of those is Georgia-Tennessee, which was seen in the preseason as one of the biggest SEC East games of the season. It also might have become a referendum on Butch Jones.
The biggest game, though, is an SEC West matchup in which the winner can call itself the second-best team in the division (for now, at least).
Here’s a look at all the Week 5 SEC games.
Vanderbilt (3-1) at Florida (2-1)
Time/TV: Noon, ESPN
The line: Florida by 10
The buzz: Last week, Florida beat Kentucky for the 31st consecutive time; this week, the Gators play a rival they’ve beaten 25 of the past 26 times they’ve played. UF is going with Luke Del Rio at quarterback, and there’s no question the offense played better after he replace Feleipe Franks last week. Vandy was on the wrong end of an epic beatdown against Alabama last week. The Commodores’ run defense was non-existent against the Tide, but Florida obviously doesn’t pose the same kind of problems. Vandy RB Ralph Webb, a Gainesville native, has rushed for just 169 yards this season, but he has gained 311 yards in his career against UF. If Webb gets going this week, that’s bad news for Florida. The Gators need to run well themselves. Florida has scored in 364 consecutive games; the FBS record is 365, by Michigan (1984-04). UF has Vandy and LSU in the next two weeks.
The pick: Florida 20-14
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