Want to look like a genius among your friends and strangers this weekend when you sit down on your couch or barstool to watch Week 4 action in the SEC?
We have you covered with 10 schedule facts pertaining to this week’s matchups throughout the conference.
10. All I want is a win for my birthday
If there ever was a year for No. 14 Tennessee to break its losing streak to No. 19 Florida, this would be it. The Gators have owned — owned! — the Volunteers for 11 consecutive seasons, dating to 2004. The contest is the first since the 2012 season in which both programs are ranked and undefeated. The game marks the 95th anniversary of Neyland Stadium, to the day — opening its doors on Sept. 24, 1921.
Prior to the Florida-Tennessee matchup, ESPN’s College GameDay will present its weekly morning program on the campus at Rocky Top. It’s the ninth time that GameDay will roll its trucks into either Knoxville or Gainesville for the SEC contest, making it the most-covered rivalry in the history of the iconic show. Florida has made 37 appearances on GameDay, the most of any team in the nation, playing host 12 times. Only Alabama, which has played host 15 times, has more. The last time the two faced off, Kenny Chesney visited The Swamp. He went 5-5 on his guest picks and incorrectly chose the Volunteers to defeat the Gators.
8. For the record, it’s Kent State
Nick Saban might not get calls from the Kent State alumni association asking for money. Not the way the Alabama coach has treated his former school, going 2-0 against the Golden Flashes. Saban is 1-0 against Kent State with Alabama. Saban’s Toledo squad defeated the Golden Flashes 28-14 in his lone season on the Rockets sidelines in 1990. Saban is 14-1 against current Mid-American Conference foes, with his lone loss against Central Michigan. Plus, who are we kidding? Of course the Kent State alumni association tries to hit him up for money.
7. Farm battle
A Texas A&M victory against Arkansas is anything but a certainty. The Razorbacks have won three consecutive games against ranked opponents, all of them coming on the road. Since losing to No. 1 Alabama in Week 6 in 2015 at Bryant-Denny Stadium, the Hogs have reeled off road wins against No. 19 Ole Miss, No. 9 LSU and No. 15 TCU. Bret Bielema’s program holds a 41-28-3 record against the Aggies. Head coach Kevin Sumlin and Texas A&M never have lost to Arkansas in four games since joining the SEC during the 2012 season.
6. Remember us?
Georgia and Ole Miss have not played since the 2012 season. That might be OK with the Rebels, who have lost 10 straight to the Bulldogs dating to 1996. The winning streak is Georgia’s longest active versus an SEC foe. It is two shy of equaling the longest in program history, which also was set against Ole Miss between 1977 and 1988. The Bulldogs also formerly owned 11-game win streaks against Vanderbilt (1974-84) and a 10-game stretch against Kentucky (1978-87). The longest run of futility by a team against Georgia is Mercer, which lost 22 consecutive between 1892 and 1941.
5. Move over, McClendon
Les Miles needs 1 win to tie the LSU record for most victories in SEC play with 65, which is held by former coach Charles McClendon. Miles is 8-3 against Auburn, making him the winningest LSU coach versus the Alabama school. That’s twice as many wins against Auburn as McClendon (4-0) had.
4. Might want to bring a sweater
Mississippi State doesn’t often travel north of the Mason-Dixon Line. The Bulldogs hit the road to New England in Week 4 to face Massachusetts at Foxborough’s Gillette Stadium. It’ll mark the first time Mississippi State has headed to the Northeast since facing Syracuse on Sept. 6, 1986. The Bulldogs won that contest, 24-17. The three-game series between Dan Mullen’s program and the Minutemen will continue in Starkville in 2017 and 2020.
3. Bowling for wins
Vanderbilt owns a 3-1 series edge over Week 4 opponent Western Kentucky. This week’s matchup will be the first time the Commodores travel to Bowling Green, Ky. Prior to last year’s contest, in which Western Kentucky won when Vandy couldn’t convert a potential game-winning 2-point conversion, the two programs last met during the 1931, 1932 and 1935 seasons. The Commodores won those three contests by a combined 90-6 margin.
2. One for the road
Texas A&M’s 29-16 win against Auburn in Week 3 continued a trend in which the road team dominates the rivalry. Since Texas A&M joined the SEC in 2012, the road team has won all five contests between the schools, with three of those games at Auburn.
1. Enjoy it while it lasts
Kentucky’s contest against South Carolina likely will be the last in a streak of games against non-ranked opponents in the AP Top 25. The Wildcats’ Week 4 contest against the Gamecocks will be their 12th consecutive game against a non-ranked foe. That run will come to a halt in Week 5, when Mark Stoops’ program heads to Tuscaloosa to face No. 1 Alabama. The last ranked team the Wildcats faced was No. 25 Missouri nearly a year ago. Considering that Mizzou finished 5-7 (1-7 SEC) in 2015, the last truly ranked squad Kentucky played arguably could be its tilt against No. 24 Louisville to close the 2014 regular season. Unfortunately, Stoops and the Wildcats couldn’t capitalize, going 3-9 during that stretch.
Bonus fact: Kentucky’s 381 yards rushing and 311 yards passing last week against New Mexico State marked the first time in program history the Wildcats eclipsed the 300-yard mark on the ground and via the air in the same game.