We know your time is precious. So, to help streamline your college football watching experience, we’ve ranked all 12 games in the SEC during Week 2 according to watchability.
It’s a bit of a hair-of-the-dog-type week in the conference after a wild opening slate of games that saw 11 ranked teams clash head to head. Week 2 in the SEC takes on a less urgent feel with four FCS schools on the schedule.
Here’s a look at each contest, using our unique rating scale of one-to-Verne. Verne being the best, naturally.
All games take place on Sept. 10; times are Eastern Standard Time
12. Middle Tennessee State (1-0) vs. Vanderbilt (0-1, 0-1 SEC)
Watchability Rating: 1 Blue (sad, not the color) Raider
Kickoff: 4 p.m., SEC Network ALT
It’s probably too early to get excited, but Middle Tennessee State enters its Week 2 matchup against Vanderbilt with the nation’s No. 1 scoring defense (tied with four other teams). Vanderbilt’s offense ranks near the bottom after its opening loss to South Carolina in which the Commodores tallied just 10 points and 242 total yards. It all adds up to more yawns than offense.
11. Eastern Michigan (1-0) vs. Missouri (0-1)
Watchability Rating: 1 Low-Flying Eagle
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m., SEC Network ALT
Both Missouri and Eastern Michigan enter Week 2 with just one victory in their last eight games dating back to the 2015 season. The good news for one of them is that they’ll get a much-needed check in the win column. The emergence and growing confidence of quarterback Drew Lock, plus the Tigers’ tough defense should prevent utter chaos from breaking out in Columbia … for now.
10. Prairie View A&M (1-0, 1-0 SWAC) vs. No. 20 Texas A&M (1-0)
Watchability Rating: 1 Pitied Fool
Kickoff: Noon, SEC Network ALT
This game moves to No. 1 on the list if Prairie View A&M’s most famous football player comes out of retirement to play. Seeing that we don’t expect Mr. T. to suit up at age 64, we’ll have to settle for Texas A&M’s Myles Garrett as our infinite source of entertainment in the contest between the Aggies and Panthers. Texas A&M jumped into the AP Top 25 with its win over UCLA in Week 1. We pity the fool who thinks that Prairie View has a chance to pull out a win in Kyle Field.
9. Wofford (1-0) vs. No. 19 Ole Miss (0-1)
Watchability Rating: 1 Terrier
Kickoff: 4 p.m., SEC Network
Ole Miss dips into the SoCon (Southern Conference) to play host to Wofford in the Rebels’ home opener. The Terriers’ running game has some bite and the school boasts the incumbent SoCon Defensive Player of the Week in S Jaleel Green. But No. 19 Ole Miss is expected to correct a few facets that caused their collapse against Florida State, courtesy of a mismatch of talent in the first-ever meeting between the Rebels and Terriers.
8. Nicholls State (0-0) vs. No. 9 Georgia (1-0)
Watchability Rating: 2 200-yard Games
Kickoff: Noon, SEC Network
This one is worth watching to see if Nick Chubb 2.0 can rush for more than 100 yards for the 15th time in his 21-game career, or, better yet, his fourth 200-plus yard effort. Chances are high he hits at least one of those marks against the Nicholls Colonels. Otherwise, expect to see Kirby Smart’s Bulldogs continue their torrid pace to begin the season.
7. Arkansas State (0-1) vs. Auburn (0-1)
Watchability Rating: 2 Former Coaches
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m., SEC Network
Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn — plus offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee — gets a shot to face his former team when the Tigers take on Arkansas State in Week 2 action. Malzahn’s program is coming off a loss to Clemson in a game it kept close until the very end. The RedWolves, on the other hand, rank No. 115 in total offense and No. 117 in the nation in total defense after Week 1. Someone’s going to get their first win. For Malzahn’s job security sake, it best be Auburn.
6. Western Kentucky (1-0) vs. No. 1 Alabama (1-0)
Watchability Rating: 3 Hills to Top
Kickoff: 3:30 p.m., ESPN2
Western Kentucky’s loss of Brandon Doughty doesn’t diminish this potential high-flying affair as the Hilltoppers have replaced the departed quarterback with Mike White. All White did was throw for 517 of Western Kentucky’s 552 yards in Week 1 against Rice. Alabama has one of the more dynamic offenses in the nation, having rolled No. 20 Southern California last week by a 52-6 margin. The result should be an afternoon of firepower during the Crimson Tide’s home opener.
5. Jacksonville State (1-0) vs. No. 21 LSU (0-1)
Watchability Rating: 3 Les Miles Job Rumors
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m., ESPNU
Jacksonville State gave Auburn an overtime scare last year. Can the Gamecocks do the same to a potentially reeling LSU squad? The answer might not be as clear-cut. Jacksonville State is the lone college football team in either the FBS or FCS to go undefeated in conference play the last two years. LSU should handle Jacksonville State, but don’t be surprised if the game is closer than you expected … or hoped.
4. South Carolina (1-0, 1-0 SEC) vs. Mississippi State (0-1)
Watchability Rating: 3 Kicks Wide Left
Kickoff: 7 p.m., ESPN2
South Carolina versus Mississippi State. The former won on a late field goal while the latter had their hearts’ ripped out in Week 1, thanks to a missed kick as time expired. This isn’t the biggest heavyweight matchup we’ll encounter in the SEC this year, but this has a chance to be a quality game as both squads stand to really benefit from a victory. The Gamecocks can surpass their conference win total from last year, while the Bulldogs can begin rehabbing their image after losing to South Alabama to kick off the season.
3. Kentucky (0-1) vs. Florida (1-0)
Watchability Rating: 3 Decades
Kickoff: 3:30 p.m., CBS
Will this be the year that Kentucky finally beats Florida? Tune in to see if the Wildcats can snap the longest active losing streak in the nation between two schools that annually play one another. The last time Kentucky beat Florida was in 1986 when Galen Hall was still the coach of the Gators. Both programs appear to have found some answers they desperately needed at quarterback — Drew Barker at Kentucky, Luke Del Rio for Florida. You’ll have to tune into CBS, however, to find out whether Barker is enough to break the three-decade-long stranglehold that the Gators have over the Wildcats.
2. Arkansas (1-0) at No. 15 Texas-Christian (1-0)
Watchability Rating: Verne
Kickoff: 7 p.m., ESPN
Arkansas and Texas Christian rekindle their old Southwest Conference ties in Week 2 with a battle at Fort Worth’s Amon G. Carter Stadium. The Razorbacks hold a 43-23-2 all-time record over the Horned Frogs, but it’s TCU which will have the edge, courtesy of a high-powered offense. The Horned Frogs defense — which yielded 41 points last week to South Dakota State — could allow Arkansas to make this a game. And a rather entertaining one at that. If Arkansas can shake off its slow start from Week 1 against Louisiana Tech and pull off the road win, the Razorbacks can almost assure themselves a spot in or around the AP Top 25 come Sunday.
1. Virginia Tech (1-0) vs. No. 17 Tennessee (1-0)
Watchability Rating: Verne
Kickoff: 8 p.m., ABC
As far as watchability goes, Tennessee’s Week 2 contest with Virginia Tech has the chance to be the most viewed in college football history, if promoters get their way. The two programs will play an historic game at Bristol Motor Speedway, where they hope to draw close to 150,000 people in attendance. The Volunteers proved entertaining, yet susceptible in Week 1 against Appalachian State, meaning they could have their hands full once again with a Hokies squad that downed Liberty in Week 1.
Plus, watching two football teams duke it out likely beats the last battle you watched go down on the infield of a NASCAR track.