There are three clashes between ranked SEC teams staggered throughout the day Saturday, giving you no excuse to leave your couch. But the six other games provide story lines all their own.
Will Missouri quarterback Drew Lock continue putting up video game numbers? Will Auburn gives the keys to the offense to John Franklin III? Will Kentucky put a defense on the field?
Try your hand at these prop bets to test everything you know about the SEC:
(All times ET)
No. 19 Florida at No. 14 Tennessee (3:30 p.m., CBS)
Who will have more passing yards, Tennessee QB Josh Dobbs or Florida QB Austin Appleby?
Dobbs is regarded as one of the top quarterbacks in the conference, while Appleby is a graduate transfer making his first start for the Gators. However, Dobbs is averaging just 162 passing yards per game in 2016 for a struggling Volunteers offense. Appleby wasn’t a stat monster in 11 starts at Purdue, but he doesn’t need a monster performance to outperform Dobbs through the air Saturday at Neyland Stadium.
No. 17 Arkansas vs. No. 10 Texas A&M (9 p.m., ESPN)
How many Dallas Cowboys players will attend the game and be shown on camera?
Chances are there will be more than four Dallas Cowboys in the building for this one at AT&T Stadium, but not all will get air time. Arkansas alum Darren McFadden is the only lock. But if big names like Dez Bryant, Ezekiel Elliott and former Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott are in sight, they will be shown. And these guys won’t be alone. It’s important to clarify Arkansas alum and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones does not count towards the total.
No. 12 Georgia at No. 23 Ole Miss (Noon, ESPN)
Rushing yards — Georgia running back Nick Chubb
Chubb was a monster in the season opener against North Carolina with 222 rushing yards, but has since managed just 80 and 63 against Nicholls State and Missouri, respectively. Georgia coach Kirby Smart said earlier this week that the Bulldogs need to run the ball better, and considering they have one of the best backs in the country facing a porous Ole Miss run defense, that should be the focus of the offense come Saturday. But if Ole Miss comes out angry after a loss to Alabama, the Rebels could build a lead and force Georgia to lean on Jacob Eason’s arm.
Kent State at No. 1 Alabama (Noon, SEC Network)
First downs — Kent State
Twelve certainly seems like a reasonable number of first downs, but Southern California managed only 11 against the Tide defense, while Western Kentucky recorded 12. Ole Miss finished with 23 last weekend, but Chad Kelly isn’t suiting up for Kent State. This may come down to whether or not Nick Saban shows more mercy to his alma mater than he does for anyone else.
No. 18 LSU at Auburn (6 p.m., ESPN)
In which quarter will Auburn QB John Franklin run his first full series of the game?
First quarter +110
Second quarter +200
Third quarter -150
Fourth quarter +350
Sean White will start for Auburn, but coach Gus Malzahn said Franklin will be available. Does that mean he only comes in for a few read-option plays throughout the game, or will he get an opportunity to run an offense in desperate need of a spark? Expect Malzahn to go with a two-QB system early or turn the game over to Franklin after the half if LSU builds a sizable lead.
South Carolina at Kentucky (7:30 p.m., SEC Network)
Which offense records the most total yards?
South Carolina +250
Kentucky is not a good team, but the Wildcats have found ways to move the football and average 416.7 total yards per game. The Gamecocks aren’t nearly as productive (287.7 yards per game), but the Kentucky defense is ranked 122nd in the nation in total defense allowing 528 yards per game. And with freshman QB Brandon McIlwain coming into his own over the last two weeks, this could be his breakout game for the Gamecocks.
Vanderbilt at Western Kentucky (4:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network)
Passing attempts — Vanderbilt QB Kyle Shurmur
Shurmur isn’t asked to do much in a run-heavy scheme, but there may be more of a burden on his arm against a Western Kentucky defense ranked 31st in the nation allowing just 104.7 rushing yards per game. In a loss against Alabama, the Hilltoppers allowed just 124 yards rushing. And no offense to Ralph Webb, but he’s no Damien Harris. What makes this a tough call is Vandy let Shurmur throw the ball just 26 times in a 38-7 loss to Georgia Tech instead of trying to close the gap via the pass. Is Saturday the day Vanderbilt tries something new?
Mississippi State at Massachusetts (3:30 p.m., ESPN3)
Rushing yards — Mississippi State
The Bulldogs are not a passing offense, but the Minutemen are stout against the run. UMass is 53rd in the nation allowing just 132.3 rushing yards per game. Florida managed just 107 yards on the ground earlier this season against the MAC school. Mississippi State is 54th in the nation averaging 195 yards per game rushing, and QB Nick Fitzgerald is capable of rushing for more than he passes.
Delaware State at Missouri (4 p.m., SEC Network)
Passing yards — Missouri QB Drew L0ck
There are several factors in this game that could keep Lock from having a field day against FCS Delaware State. The Hornets allow over 300 yards per game on the ground, and Missouri’s offense is 89th in the country in rushing. So a nice day for the offensive line and running backs could be a nice boost moving forward. Also, the starters may not make it through the third quarter if the Tigers are well ahead. However, Lock threw for 450 yards in a 61-21 win over Eastern Michigan and needs a 481-yard performance to break the single-game record for Missouri. Lock is the draw for Missouri fans, and the coaching staff may give them exactly what they want after a tough loss to Georgia a week ago.