10 schedule facts about Week 5 in the SEC
There’s not a lot of marquee matchups that’ll be in the national spotlight in the early portion of the day, but Tennessee and Georgia will get a lot of attention in the afternoon before an intriguing nightcap.
In a few instances, this week will serve as a test for teams like Tennessee, Texas A&M and Ole Miss to see if they can build on very impressive Week 4 performances.
Let’s take a look at 10 interesting tidbits about Week 5 of the SEC schedule:
- There are three non-conference games involving SEC teams this week. Auburn will look to improve its all-time record vs. UL-Monroe to 10-0, while Ole Miss hosts Memphis with revenge in mind after last season’s tremendous upset at the Liberty Bowl. As for the other …
- Arkansas will play FCS Alcorn State this weekend in what will be the first-ever meeting between each of the programs.
- The SEC’s three non-conference opponents have a combined record of 5-4 entering the fifth week of the 2016 college football season, with Memphis (3-0) serving as the only undefeated team among them after destroying Bowling Green in Week 4, 77-3.
- Following Week 4’s heavy slate that included three conference games between ranked SEC teams, there is only one this week — No. 11 Tennessee at No. 25 Georgia.
- Vanderbilt (2-2) could use a big-time upset in hopes of saving its season, but history says it probably won’t come in Week 5. The Commodores are 1-24 in their last 25 games against Florida, losing by an average of 20.8 points each time.
- It’s been a long, long time since Tennessee has started a season with five straight wins. In fact, you have to go all the way back to 1998 — a year in which coach Phillip Fulmer led the program to a 5-0 start before finishing 13-0 with a national championship. The Vols are 0-4 in their last four trips to Athens but will be looking to put an end to that streak on Saturday.
- Texas A&M won the only meeting at Williams-Brice Stadium between the Aggies and South Carolina in 2014. In fact, this is just the third meeting all-time for the two programs, with A&M winning last season’s matchup, too, 35-28.
- Just how likely is it that Kentucky pulls off the incredible upset at No. 1 Alabama this weekend? Not only does the Crimson Tide boast a 36-2-1 all-time record against its SEC East foe, but it’s 22-1 overall as the home favorite since 2013 … UK enters at 1-13 as the away underdog during that time.
- LSU will host Missouri (0-1 all-time) in its first game without Les Miles as head coach since the 2004 season. Interim coach Ed Orgeron went 3-21 in the SEC during his three years with Ole Miss (2005-07) and lost to Missouri twice, but he did take USC to a 6-2 record as the Trojans’ interim in 2013, even winning his debut game.
- Vegas currently lists Alabama (-35) as the biggest SEC favorite this week, but Auburn (-33) isn’t far behind. You can see the rest of the lines here.