The third week of college football offers a lot in terms of College Football Playoff implications, especially in the SEC.
While some SEC fans will tune in to see who wins the Florida-Kentucky game, here are this week’s games that will count at the end of the year:
1. Ole Miss at Alabama (9:15 p.m., ESPN)
The Rebels won last year, at a time when college football in Mississippi was at an all-time high. Following Ole Miss’ 23-17 win, both the Rebels and Mississippi State were ranked in the top five. As it turned out, neither Mississippi school would make the playoffs — Alabama did.
Mississippi State lost last week to LSU and now all eyes are on the Rebels, who have put up a combined 149 points in their first two games. Can they win in Tuscaloosa?
Also, will Alabama pick this game to play just one quarterback? The Tide seem unsure of themselves when it comes to the most important position on offense. That’s not a good sign. Then again, have they been bluffing all along?
2. Auburn at LSU (3:30 p.m., CBS)
Here’s where we find out what Jeremy Johnson can do. Johnson struggled against Louisville, and struggled so mightily last week that Tigers fans were wondering if Auburn was going to lose to Jacksonville State.
The out-of-conference tests are over, and now it’s time to see what type of team Auburn has in its SEC opener — on the road, no less.
With LSU, the Tigers are coming off an impressive season-opening win over Mississippi State in Starkville. Questions still remain about LSU quarterback Brandon Harris’ ability to lead the offense, but Auburn will likely stack the box to try and slow down Leonard Fournette. This one could come down to whichever quarterback has the better game.
3. South Carolina at Georgia (6 p.m., ESPN)
If ever there was an opportunity for Bulldogs fans to enjoy an easy victory over Steve Spurrier, this is the year. The Gamecocks edged out a win in their season opener against North Carolina before losing to Kentucky last week. They are a 16.5-point underdog in Athens. Spurrier knows this and is recalling 2007, when his team upset No. 11 Georgia, 16-12.
The Bulldogs have uncertainty at the quarterback position – much like the Gamecocks with Connor Mitch’s injury – and must rely on the run game.
This game is shaping out to be a grind for both teams, with defense and the running games playing the main factor.
This may not be a Georgia blowout.