Predicting Sunday's SEC headlines after Week 4 action
A well-known streak and a bevy of quarterback changes mark this week in the SEC. Three divisional matchups will begin to shape who ends up in Atlanta as conference play heats up.
Here are our headline predictions for Week 4:
Georgia at Ole Miss: Chad chews up Dawgs
The second consecutive road game, an early start in Oxford, doesn’t end well for Kirby Smart and Georgia. Chad Kelly offers a glimpse into what Georgia fans could expect in a couple years from budding star Jacob Eason with a big game from Evan Engram.
Kent State at Alabama: Jalen puts the Hurts on Saban alma mater
The Crimson Tide shift into cruise control mode behind their new freshman quarterback, who puts a second straight 100-yard rushing game in the box score. Nick Saban pulls the plug on a runaway victory as a nod to his alma mater as the Tide coast into midseason.
Florida at Tennessee: Stuff the streak
The Vols’ defense puts on an inspired effort to bottle up Purdue transfer Austin Appleby, which ends one of the most well-known streaks in the SEC: Florida’s 11 consecutive wins over the Vols.
Mississippi State at UMass: Minutemen taste another SEC defeat
The Bulldogs avoid missed chances this week as they make a rare trip to the northeast to get back on track. With an eye on next week’s bye, Nick Fitzgerald and Fred Ross hook up early and often for a lopsided win.
Delaware State at Missouri: Tigers Lock up another W
Drew Lock shakes off the interceptions he struggled with a week ago and gears up for a visit to LSU next week. J’Mon Moore takes another step to establish himself as a top receiver in the league with another 100-yard outing.
Vanderbilt at Western Kentucky: Vandy Hill-toppled on road
Tough road game for the Commodores translates into more heartache in Nashville as they drop a third game to start the season against one of the better Conference USA teams. Questions abound again for the once vaunted defense.
LSU at Auburn: Les wins Hot Seat Bowl
Home team dominance in this series takes a break this time as Danny Etling’s stardom grows in Baton Rouge. Etling’s performance has some remembering Matt Flynn under center for the Tigers as criticism of Gus Malzahn’s play-calling reaches peak levels.
South Carolina at Kentucky: Boom goes the Gamecocks
Mark Stoops continues to look for answers, this time as new quarterback Stephen Johnson struggles with turnovers in his first start. Brandon McIlwain, meanwhile, takes another step in his maturation process as Deebo Samuel shows his potential as long as he stays on the field.
Arkansas vs. Texas A&M: Aggies Gig’Em at Jerry World
Trevor Knight asserts himself as a top SEC QB, and Trayveon Williams wins a battle of young running backs. The high-scoring affair is the Aggies fifth consecutive win in the SEC series between the old Southwest Conference rivals.