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 7 action in the SEC?
We’ve got you covered with 10 schedule facts pertaining to this week’s matchups throughout the conference.
ALABAMA — TENNESSEE
The Alabama and Tennessee rivalry is famously known as the “Third Saturday in October.” But the calendar gods don’t always align it so. The Week 7 matchup between the Crimson Tide and Volunteers marks just the seventh time since 1995 that the series has been contested on the actual third Saturday of October. That could behoove the Vols, who are 4-2 on the third Saturday in October during that time frame.
Streak the quad
The Week 7 tilt between Alabama and Tennessee will be the 99th meeting between the two storied programs. The Crimson Tide hold a 53-37-8 edge in the series that dates back to 1901 and has been played every year since 1928, save for during the World War II years. A win for Alabama will extend the Tide’s current winning streak over the Vols to 10 games — one shy of matching the 11-game streak they owned between 1971 and 1981.
ARKANSAS — OLE MISS
Arkansas leads the all-time series between Ole Miss in a rivalry that began in 1908. The exact record, however, is a bit of a disputed subject. Arkansas claims a 34-27-1 edge over the Rebels, while Ole Miss lists the series at 33-28-1. The point of contention is the Nov. 13, 1914 game in which the Rebels won 13-7 at Little Rock’s West End Park. That game was forfeited in the Razorbacks’ favor after Ole Miss’ alleged use of an ineligible player.
Hill to climb
Ole Miss doesn’t enjoy going into Donald W. Reynolds Razorbacks Stadium. Not only does Arkansas hold a 10-2 all-time record in Fayetteville against the Rebels, but it has won those dozen games by an average of 30.5 to 11.6. The last time Ole Miss climbed The Hill and came away with a win was in 2008 when wide receiver Mike Wallace helped lead the Rebels to a 23-21 victory.
FLORIDA — MISSOURI
History is on Florida’s side when the No. 18 Gators play host to Missouri in Week 7. Save for the 2014 contest in which neither team appeared in the AP Top 25, the higher ranked program has won each of the five previous matchups, including the 1966 Sugar Bowl.
- 2015: No. 11 Florida 21, Missouri 3
- 2014: Missouri 42, Florida 13
- 2013: No. 14 Missouri 36, No. 22 Florida 17
- 2012: No. 8 Florida 14, Missouri 7
- 1966: No. 6 Missouri 20, Florida 18 (Sugar Bowl)
Missouri’s Week 7 contest against Florida in The Swamp will mark the second-consecutive tilt that the Tigers play in their opponent’s homecoming game — the first coming in Week 5 at LSU. For the Gators, it’ll mark the first time they’ve played in the 4 p.m. (EST) time slot since the creation of the SEC Network in 2014.
LSU — SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI
Try somewhere else and a different month
LSU has made it mighty difficult for non-SEC teams to waltz into Death Valley and emerge victorious. The Tigers haven’t lost to an out-of-conference foe at home since 2000 when Alabama-Birmingham knocked off LSU 13-10 in Les Miles’ first season in Baton Rouge. That’s an undefeated streak of 46 games. The last current Conference-USA team to beat the Tigers, however, was none other than Southern Mississippi in 1994, two years before the conference was created.
LSU is equally tough in the month of October. Ed Orgeron’s (interim) program have rattled off 17-straight wins during the month, since losing to No. 1 Florida on Oct. 10, 2009.
Games postponed or cancelled because of weather is nothing new for LSU. The cancellation (perhaps) of Week 6’s contest with Florida because of Hurricane Matthew was the Tigers’ third game impacted by weather in the last two years.
LSU games impacted by severe weather (according to LSUSports.net)
- Dec. 5, 1964 vs. Florida: moved from Oct. 3 to Dec. 5 — Hurricane Hilda
- Sept. 10, 2005 vs. Arizona State: moved from Baton Rouge to Tempe, Ariz. — Hurricane Katrina
- Sept. 26, 2005 vs. Tennessee: moved from Saturday to Monday — Hurricane Rita
- Oct. 29, 2005 vs. North Texas: moved from Sept. 3 — Hurricane Katrina
- Aug. 30, 2008 vs. Appalachian State; moved from 4 p.m. to 10 a.m. — Hurricane Gustav
- Nov. 15, 2008 vs. Troy: moved from Sept. 6 — Hurricane Gustav
- Sept. 5, 2015 vs. McNeese Game: canceled (lightning)
- Oct. 10, 2015 vs. South Carolina: moved from Columbia, S.C. to Baton Rouge (flooding)
- Oct. 8, 2016 at Florida: postponed indefinitely — Hurricane Matthew
GEORGIA — VANDERBILT
Speaking of Hurricane Matthew, Georgia’s matchup against South Carolina in Week 6 was the first time since 1945 that the Bulldogs have played a regular season game on a Sunday. All told, Georgia has played six contests on Sunday during that time frame going 5-1.
Georgia’s Sunday games
- 2016 vs. South Carolina, 28-14
- 2000 vs. Virginia, 37-14 in Oahu Classic
- 1991 vs. Arkansas, 24-15 in Independence Bowl
- 1989 vs. Michigan State, 34-27 in Gator Bowl
- 1978 vs. Stanford, 25-22 loss in Blue Bonnet Bowl
- 1945 vs. Chattanooga, 34-7
Georgia during the week since 1945
- Monday 3-3
- Tuesday 5-1-1
- Wednesday 2-2
- Thursday 9-1
- Friday 19-7-2
MISSISSIPPI STATE — BRIGHAM YOUNG
Mississippi State will cross the Mississippi River for its first game out West since losing to Oregon in 2002 at Autzen Stadium. The Bulldogs’ Week 7 tilt against Brigham Young is the third meeting with the Cougars, with the visiting team winning in both 2000 and 2001.