Week 4 marks the beginning of conference play for several SEC teams. Need to know which ones are worth watching? Here’s a look this week’s top four games.
- Tennessee at Florida, 3:30 p.m., CBS: It might not have the same mystique as it once did, but Florida-Tennessee remains one of the most storied rivalries in SEC history. The Gators hold a 25-19 advantage in 44 meetings, including a 10-game winning streak dating back to 2005. But Tennessee is a program on the rise with a talented young roster that continues to gain experience. Florida will be without cornerback Jalen Tabor and quarterback Treon Harris who were suspended earlier this week. Both teams received votes in this week’s AP Poll and the winner could make next week’s Top 25.
- Mississippi State at Auburn, 7:30 p.m., ESPN2: Auburn coach Gus Malzahn ended the “Jeremy Johnson project” by benching the preseason Heisman hopeful for redshirt freshman Sean White earlier this week. It may have been a panic move, but considering the Tigers’ outlook for 2015 is “College Football Playoff or bust,” last week’s blowout loss to LSU was unacceptable. Both teams enter with a 2-1 record — both lost to LSU — and are looking to stay relevant in a tough SEC West division.
- No. 25 Missouri at Kentucky, 7:30 p.m., SEC Network: Should Missouri still be ranked? That’s the question facing the undefeated Tigers following a 9-6 win against UConn in Week 3. But whether its Maty Mauk calling out Missouri fans, tailback Russell Hansbrough’s health status or an inability for the team to find a No. 1 receiver, Missouri has several problems to address before its first conference game. Kentucky — despite coming off a loss to Florida — looks like an improved team capable of an upset win.
- No. 14 Texas A&M vs. Arkansas, 7 p.m., ESPN: In the preseason, this seemed to be the marquee game of Week 4. But with Arkansas coming off disappointing losses to Toledo and Texas Tech, Texas A&M is favored by a touchdown. But who knows? Maybe the Razorbacks will play up to their competition and shock the world with an upset win. Either way, it’s still more intriguing than this week’s non-conference matchups.