Saturday starts a brutal stretch for three SEC teams


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Three SEC teams start their gauntlets Saturday, and Kentucky, Ole Miss and Tennessee’s next stretch is brutal. Kentucky and Tennessee face top 10 programs, while Ole Miss travels to Texas, a team that just dropped out of the top 25 due to a loss against BYU.

Here is how the schedule sets up for each team over the next four or five games:


  • Sept. 14: #7 Louisville
  • Sept. 28: #18 Florida
  • Oct. 5: at #13 South Carolina
  • Oct. 12: #1 Alabama

Buzz: Kentucky sits 1-1 heading into four games against top 20 opponents, including two national championship contenders in Louisville and Alabama. Signs of life were shown Saturday, and what an upset it would be if the Cats could catch any of the four sleeping.

Ole Miss

  • Sept. 14: at Texas
  • Sept. 28: at #1 Alabama
  • Oct. 5: at Auburn
  • Oct. 12: #6 Texas A&M
  • Oct. 19: #8 LSU

Buzz: Ole Miss could realistically pull off three wins in the next five games. Texas is beatable; Auburn is very comparable; and the Rebels took LSU and Texas A&M down to the wire last season.


  • Sept. 14: at #2 Oregon
  • Sept. 21: at #18 Florida
  • Sept. 28: South Alabama
  • Oct. 5: #9 Georgia
  • Oct. 19: #13 South Carolina
  • Oct. 26: at #1 Alabama

Buzz: What a brutal six-game stretch for Butch Jones and 2-0 Tennessee. This exact stretch is why most have Tennessee missing a bowl game. Back-to-back road trips against Oregon and Florida are nasty, and following South Alabama, the Vols face three top 10 caliber teams. Tennessee will be overachieving with two wins, but you have to think as well as they’re playing there is a strong possibility it happens.

Photo Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports



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  • It’s worth noting that none of the SEC’s legitimate threats to win the conference and compete for a BCS bowl slot have any such tough stretch. Neither Alabama nor A&M play Florida, Georgia or South Carolina. Stated differently, the three powers in the East, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, miss two of the three powers in the East. (Woe to LSU I guess.) That will happen when a 14 team league plays only eight conference games and, therefore, only has to schedule only two teams from its opposite division. What a sham.

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