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SEC Week 9 — Three Best SEC Games

Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel

It’s the final weekend of October and quite a few SEC teams have a bye this week before heading into the stretch run of the season. The Florida-Georgia or Georgia-Florida game, however you would like to say it, highlights this weekend slate of SEC games.  Here are my top 3 SEC games this weekend.

Tennessee vs. South Carolina – 7:15pm – ESPN2

The Vols are coming off a bye and now entering the easy portion of their schedule; their final five games includes games against South Carolina, Tennessee Tech, Kentucky, Missouri, and Vanderbilt.  Tennessee should win-out.  The Vols would have their first 10-win season since 2003.  Tennessee should be able to run the ball effectively against South Carolina, even without Alvin Kamara. The South Carolina’s rush defense is only managing (211.1 per yard).  However, South Carolina did receive an offensive boost from their true freshman QB Jake Bentley against UMass, but it will be different throwing the ball against Tennessee.

Auburn vs. Ole Miss – 7:15pm – SEC Network

Things sure have changed on the “Plains” in Auburn.  The Tigers had a very stout defense, but could not get the offensive side of the ball moving.  Well, that has changed. Auburn has run four in a row and in a very dominant fashion especially in their 56-3 win over Arkansas last week. The Tigers’ rushing attack being led by Kamryn Pettaway is punishing opponents’ defenses right now.  Ole Miss is coming off a very tough loss against LSU and will need their QB Chad Kelly to have a huge game for any chance to stop the rush attack of Pettaway. The Rebels’ run defense is last in the SEC and 113th nationally (226.9 yards)

Florida vs. Georgia – 3:30pm – CBS

It’s the “World Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party”, called Florida-Georgia or Georgia-Florida.  The Gators now controls its own destiny in the SEC East, is looking for its third consecutive victory over Georgia. Both teams are coming off bye weeks.  Georgia has struggled to run the ball offensively this season and if QB Jacob Eason must win the game with his arm, the Gators’ defense has playmakers that could make it a miserable day for Eason. The Gators’ defense is holding their opponents’ quarterbacks to a 37.9 completion rate. Florida has outrushed Georgia in the past two games in this series.  Can the Bulldogs’ RBs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel create some running lanes against this Florida defense?

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