Are you ready to impress your friends and strangers this weekend when you sit down on your couch or barstool to watch Week 6 action in the SEC?
We’ve got you covered with 10 schedule facts pertaining to this week’s matchups throughout the conference.
TENNESSEE – TEXAS A&M
Texas A&M’s 5-0 (3-0 SEC) start isn’t a result of fattening up on inferior out-of-conference opponents — save for a 67-0 blanking of Prairie View A&M. The Aggies are the lone team in the nation with four wins over Power 5 programs, knocking off UCLA, Auburn, Arkansas and South Carolina. If Texas A&M defeats Tennessee in Week 5 at Kyle Field, it’ll mark the first time since 1994 that the Aggies began a season with a 6-0 mark.
Ten-hut, hut hike!
Tennessee leaves Neyland Stadium in Week 6 for a road contest at Gen. Robert R. Neyland’s alma mater Texas A&M. The game between the No. 9 Volunteers and No. 8 Aggies marks the third contest between two schools ranked in the AP Top 10 at Kyle Field since Texas A&M joined the SEC beginning with the 2012 season. The Aggies had previously played host to just four showdowns among teams ranked in the AP Top 10 in its history — including 1915 campaign, Neyland’s lone year in College Station.
ALABAMA – ARKANSAS
Arkansas is on a roll when it comes to beating ranked opponents after claiming upset wins in four of its last five games against teams inside the AP Top 25 under head coach Brett Bielema. How do we know they were upsets? None of those triumphs came when the Razorbacks themselves were ranked.
When Arkansas plays host to No. 1 Alabama in Week 6, it’ll mark the first game in Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium between two ranked teams since 2011. Bielema’s program last defeated a top-ranked squad in 2007 when it used three overtimes to topple LSU in Baton Rouge. You have to go back to 1981 to find the last Hogs team to knock off a No. 1 foe, dropping Texas in Fayetteville.
Three of Arkansas’ last five contests against No. 1 teams were against Alabama.
How important is every Alabama game? Since the Crimson Tide’s loss to LSU in Week 10 of the 2010 season, Nick Saban’s program has played in just three regular season games that didn’t come with national title implications. Those games, naturally, were the final three games of that year — going 2-1 with a loss to Auburn in the Iron Bowl. The Tide went on to beat a one-loss No. 7 Michigan State in that season’s Capital One Bowl.
FLORIDA – LSU
SEC East slayers
The SEC East isn’t fond of playing LSU. The Tigers have lost to the division just twice since the 2010 season, going 14-2 over that time frame. The only teams to beat LSU were Georgia in 2013 and No. 10 Florida, this week’s opponent, in 2012. Ed Orgeron inherits a program that is 24-9 against the East going back to the 2005 campaign (22-2 regular season, 2-1 SEC Championship game).
Let’s go streaking!
LSU enters its Week 6 contest against Florida winners of three-straight over the Gators. A win for the Tigers would match the program’s longest winning streak against Florida, matching the stretch between 1977 and 1980. The Gators also went four contests without a win over the Tigers in the first four meetings between the two programs, in which LSU went 3-0-1 between 1937 and 1954. On the flip side, Florida once defeated the Tigers nine-consecutive times between 1988 and 1996.
AUBURN – MISSISSIPPI STATE
Pack your bags, finally
Auburn hits the road for the first time in Week 6, becoming the last SEC team to pack its bags and get on the bus this season. Technically, Ole Miss has yet to play a “true” road game in another team’s house as it played the first contest against Florida State at a “neutral” site at Orlando’s Camping World Stadium. The Tigers are 79-38-6 all-time in road openers. It’s the latest that Auburn’s played its first road game since heading to Fayetteville on Oct. 15 of the 2005 season.
Not quite as big
The Week 7 tilt between Auburn and Mississippi State is the Tigers’ first trip to Starkville since the 2014 season. That game between No. 2 Auburn and No. 3 Mississippi State was the highest matchup ever between ranked teams at Davis Wade Stadium, and vaulted the victorious Bulldogs to No. 1 in the AP Top 25 for the first time in program history. This year’s contest is the 90th between the two teams and comes with considerably less postseason implications, with Auburn holding a 61-26-2 edge in the series.
GEORGIA – SOUTH CAROLINA
Home sweet home
Georgia owns a 48-18-2 all-time series record over South Carolina, but the Gamecocks have the upper hand of late when playing host to the Bulldogs. Kirby Smart is tasked with earning Georgia’s first win in Columbia since the 2008 campaign. The Week 6 matchup on Oct. 8 is also the latest in the season the two programs have played each other since squaring off on Nov. 1, 1980 — a 13-10 Georgia win in Athens.
KENTUCKY – VANDERBILT
Breaking the knot
The best word to describe the Kentucky and Vanderbilt rivalry is parity. The all-time series between the Wildcats and Commodores is knotted at 42-42-4 — including a 5-5 record in their last 10 meetings. Someone will take the edge in the series when the two programs meet in Week 6 at Commonwealth Stadium, where Kentucky holds a 23-15-2 advantage. The game will also mark the 101st anniversary of the first homecoming for the Wildcats football program, during which time Kentucky is 49-21 when welcoming back their alumnus.