5 best games in SEC this weekend
Now it begins.
It isn’t that last weekend’s season-opening set of games across FBS weren’t good. They simply whet the appetites. Week 2 sees some actual SEC versus SEC action. Granted, one is something of a clunker. So what.
The league showed its demise is overstated in that opening weekend. With some its teams getting an opportunity to go head-to-head and another up-and-comer getting a test from recent college football royalty, this weekend should be better than last, even.
Here are the five best SEC-involved games for Saturday, September 12.
Georgia at Vanderbilt
Throwing something of a bone to the Commodores. There are three SEC intra-conference games this weekend. And with only four of the SEC-vs-anyone else games halfway appealing, the nod goes to Vanderbilt-Georgia. That said, it won’t – or shouldn’t – be a close game. Georgia looks the part of its top 10 ranking and the team in Nashville, well, they have some things to work on. But, c’mon, it’s SEC football.
Toledo at Arkansas
The Razorbacks take a moderate step up in competition this week. Toledo visits the old, literally, home of the Hogs at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. Arkansas dispatched smaller-conference borderline bowl team UTEP last week and should do the same against the Rockets. Toledo, however, is predicted to win its division in the Mid-American Conference. Ask Tennessee how it handled the predicted winner of the other division last weekend. Should be fun in the state capital, if nothing else.
Kentucky at South Carolina
The battle for fifth place? It looks that way right now. If Vanderbilt is worst team in the SEC, the loser of this game is probably second-bottom. South Carolina beat North Carolina in the Gamecocks’ opener over a week ago, but needed three interceptions, including a couple in the red zone, to do it. Kentucky beat Sun Belt Conference power (ahem) Louisiana-Lafayette by seven points. While it won’t probably be easy on the eyes, it should be competitive.
LSU at Mississippi State
The gap between the third-best game in the league and the second-best game in the league is a chasm. LSU and Mississippi State should put on an absolute show, complete with a cow bell soundtrack. The Tigers had their opener against McNeese State canceled because of rain. That leaves some questions. There has not really even been a warm-up period for LSU before it marches into Starkville. The Bulldogs, on the other hand, are the predicted last-place finisher of the West. And they’re ranked right now, anyway. Dak Prescott versus a crazy-good defense is worth the price alone.
Oklahoma at Tennessee
This is the game of the week, maybe in all of college football. Tennessee is looking to prove to everyone else it belongs in the conversation of the best teams in the SEC. The Sooners are looking to prove they aren’t cooked after a bad year last season. Oklahoma is a slight road favorite according to most in Las Vegas and with a Volunteers defense that that struggled against Bowling Green last week, it’s understandable. But Tennessee also nearly dropped 60 points against a good Falcons team. Set the DVR.