Biggest story line for each SEC team in Week 3
With four conference games on the schedule for this week, we’re getting back into the thick of the 2015 college football season.
Here is a look at the biggest story line for each SEC team entering Week 3:
Story line: Will the Crimson Tide defense slow down an Ole Miss offense that averages 74.5 points per game enough to exact its revenge for last season’s 23-17 loss in Oxford?
Alabama fans have revenge on their minds after Ole Miss took down the Crimson Tide at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in 2014.
Story line: How will the Razorbacks bounce back from an embarrassing loss to Toledo?
It was an ugly scene in Little Rock on Saturday, and Arkansas doesn’t get any breaks with Texas Tech coming to town. Can the Hogs pick of the pieces and put the non-conference loss behind them?
Story line: What in the world went wrong against Jacksonville State in Week 2, and how can the Tigers fix it in time for Saturday’s trip to LSU?
Most folks are still trying to figure out how the Tigers escaped Jordan-Hare Stadium with a win against an FCS opponent last week, but Auburn must put those struggles behind them quickly, as a trip to Death Valley for its SEC opener looms.
Story line: How will the new-look Gators perform against on the road against a SEC opponent?
Florida coach Jim McElwain is 2-0 in his first two games in Gainesville, but it is time to take his show on the road for a meeting with a Kentucky squad that is still sour from a triple-overtime loss at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium last season.
Story line: How do the Bulldogs avoid last season’s outcome in the Georgia/South Carolina rivalry game?
Georgia is again considered the SEC East favorite, and they again possess a more talented team than the Gamecocks. But those factors did not prevent South Carolina from grabbing a 38-35 win in this game last season.
Story line: Is this finally the year that the 28-game losing streak to Florida comes to an end?
It is time to get rid of all of those ugly losing streaks, right Kentucky fans? Last week the Wildcats disposed of a 22-game road losing streak with a win at South Carolina. This week, they take aim at the Florida losing streak.
Story line: Leonard Fournette, by himself, was just enough offense to beat Mississippi State on the road in Week 2. Will he have more help against Auburn in Week 3?
Auburn is a team that has struggled quite a bit offensively in the early portion of the season, but it is still a team considered capable of putting some points on the scoreboard. Will LSU have enough complementary pieces to the Fournette-first attack to secure a win on Saturday?
Story line: Can the Bulldogs establish a consistent rushing attack against Northwestern State?
In what is likely to be a glorified scrimmage at Davis-Wade Stadium on Saturday, the Bulldogs are likely to focus on getting things right with a running game that struggled to get going against LSU in Week 2.
Story line: Can the Tigers get the running game going without the services of starting RB Russell Hansbrough?
Hansbrough, who played just one snap against Arkansas State and has just seven carries on the season, has been ruled out of Saturday’s game against UConn according to the Kansas City Star. The Tigers rank last in the SEC in rushing offense, averaging just 119 yards per game.
Story line: Just how real is this offensive explosion? And can it continue to work against No. 2 Alabama?
The Rebels have set off the offensive fireworks against UT-Martin and Fresno State in the first two games of the 2015 season, but is that a product of Chad Kelly and an improved offense or the of the soft non-conference schedule? We’ll find out soon with the Crimson Tide coming to town.
Story line: Can the Gamecocks rebound from a close loss to Kentucky, and the loss of QB Connor Mitch, to avoid an 0-2 start in SEC play?
The Gamecocks pulled out a close win against North Carolina in Week 1, but were not as fortunate in another close one against Kentucky in Week 2. Without the services of his starting QB due to a shoulder injury, coach Steve Spurrier is going to need a big-time performance from his squad to grab a win in Athens.
Story line: Can the Vols stay avoid injury and use this game against Western Carolina to effectively have two weeks to prepare for Florida?
After last week’s gut-wrenching overtime loss to Oklahoma, Vols fans are worried about one thing and one thing only: beating Florida on Sept. 26 for the first time since 2004.
Story line: Things are in really good shape right now. Don’t change a thing.
Sure, every team has its little things to work on and get better at, but the Aggies look primed for the start of SEC season. Nevada will provide a decent test, but most Texas A&M fans are getting anxious to see what their team looks like when stacked up against the SEC West elite.
Story line: Can the Vanderbilt offense find a way to finish drives?
With 785 yards of total offense through two games and just two touchdowns to show for it, the Commodores offense has been maddeningly frustrating for Vanderbilt fans. Some of it stems from turnovers due to poor decision-making on the part of QB Johnny McCrary, who should have ample opportunity to show improvement against a weak Austin Peay squad.