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SEC Week 3 Preview

Three conference contests lead this week’s slate of games as SEC play starts to pick up

NCAA Football: Indiana State at Tennessee Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

Game of the Week

#23 Tennessee at #24 Florida

Saturday 9/16, 3:30 PM, CBS

This is an intriguing SEC opener for both teams and could ultimately be important in deciding which team in a wide-open SEC East makes the trip to Atlanta. Both teams opened the season with a solid opponent, with the Vols pulling off an improbable overtime victory against Georgia Tech and the Gators being overwhelmed by Michigan. Florida is favored in this game, but it could easily go either way.

Full Schedule

Louisiana at Texas A&M

Saturday 9/16, 12:00 PM, SEC Network

The Aggies should be able to handle the Ragin’ Cajuns, but after last week’s close call against Nicholls nothing is a given.

Mercer at #15 Auburn

Saturday 9/16, 4:00 PM, SEC Network

Despite falling short against Clemson last week, the Tigers are a good team and they’re looking for a strong showing against Mercer before beginning their conference schedule next week.

Purdue at Missouri

Saturday 9/16, 4:00 PM, SEC Network

Missouri hosts Purdue with a 1-1 record and down a defensive coordinator after last week’s loss to the Gamecocks. The Tigers will have their hands full with a Purdue team that gave Louisville a scare in Week 1.

Colorado State at #1 Alabama

Saturday 9/16, 7:00 PM, ESPN2

Colorado State isn’t a bad team, but they shouldn’t be a problem for the Tide.

#12 LSU at Mississippi State

Saturday 9/16, 7:00 PM, ESPN

The Tigers head to Starkville on Saturday to kick off conference play in the SEC West. The Tigers aren’t huge favorites despite a high ranking and this should be a tough test for both teams.

Samford at #13 Georgia

Saturday 9/16, 7:30 PM, SEC Network

The Bulldogs pulled off a 20-19 victory at Notre Dame and are in a good place as they host Samford before beginning their conference schedule next week.

#18 Kansas State at Vanderbilt

Saturday 9/16, 7:30 PM, ESPNU

Neither of these teams had any trouble in their first two games, so it’s hard to know what to expect as each team faces its first real test. It should be a fun matchup and if the Commodores can pull off the win at home they’ll be off to a very nice start to their season.

Kentucky at South Carolina

Saturday 9/16, 7:30 PM, SEC Network

Both teams enter this game 2-0, although Carolina’s two wins look more impressive since they came against Power 5 teams away from home. The Gamecocks are looking to snap a three year losing streak to the Wildcats and stay atop the SEC as a handful of other teams begin conference play this week.

Ole Miss at Cal

Saturday 9/16, 10:30 PM, ESPN

The Rebels are making a long trip to face a Cal team that is off to a solid 2-0 start on the season. Both of these teams could really use a win before heading into tough conference schedules.