Unlike last week, the SEC East has a quieter weekend than the West. Three SEC teams have a bye in Florida, Georgia and Missouri, while one conference game and two non-conference games take center stage.
Here’s what to watch for in the SEC East Saturday:
#7 Louisville at Kentucky
Player to watch: QB Max Smith
Opponent to watch: QB Teddy Bridgewater
Buzz: The battle of the Governor’s Cup ensues Saturday. On paper, it’s a huge mismatch, with a national championship contender against a team that lost to WKU. But there’s something magical about rivalries and the ability of the lesser to play to the upper. Teddy Bridgewater has been special through two weeks and currently leads the Heisman race, and some view this season as the furthest the two programs have ever been apart from one another. Can Mark Stoops pull off a miracle, or will Louisville roll like status quo?
Tennessee at #2 Oregon
Player to watch: RB Rajion Neal
Opponent to watch: QB Marcus Mariota
Buzz: Oregon’s offensive execution has been nearly flawless through two weeks, and the Ducks currently sit second nationally in scoring offense (62.5 ppg) and have yet to yield a turnover. Tennessee has been living off turnovers at +7, and it will take a near perfect game to keep the Vols in the game. Red zone play will be extremely important for Tennessee on both sides of the ball, as Oregon has been very good in the money zone through two weeks. What a huge upset that could change the landscape of college football, but I just don’t see it going that way.
Vanderbilt at #13 South Carolina
Player(s) to watch: WR Jordan Matthews (Vanderbilt), RB Mike Davis (South Carolina)
Buzz: This game has a low sex appeal, but it has the potential to be an upset waiting to happen. In order for the Commodores to take that big step as a program, it’s time to knock off a top 25 team. But USC plays so well at home (32-5 over the last five years), and Williams-Brice is a significant home field advantage. The Commodores’ offense is good enough to gash the Gamecocks’ defense, but Mike Davis should have another big day, as the Commodores are giving up 145 yards per game.
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