It is Week 3 of the college football season and this week slate of games in the SEC could be arguably called the “SEC West Saturday Showdown”. One of the games in the SEC West is the most anticipated rematch of the season. Here are my top 3 games out of the SEC this week.
- Mississippi State vs. LSU-7:00 pm-ESPN2
Mississippi State has seemed to solve it quarterback issue, but LSU has not yet. Sophomore QB Nick Fitzgerald played well against South Carolina, including setting a record of 195 rushing yards in a single-game by a Bulldog QB. On the other hand, for LSU Brandon Harris was pulled from last week game against Jacksonville State for QB Danny Etling. Etling did give the Tigers a boost in the game and LSU got the win. I am sure that Etling will start this week. He was inconsistent at times in the game later, but end it was a win for LSU.
Leonard Fourentte did not play last week; so I do expect him to have a huge game against the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs will have big task of keeping Fournette and the LSU running game in check. Don’t expect this game to be a “walk in the park” for LSU. I think it will closer than you think. The Bulldogs have only beaten LSU once in Baton Rouge at night, but that was with the QB Dak Prescott, who hold 38 Mississippi State school records and now playing on Sundays with the Dallas Cowboys
- Texas A&M vs. Auburn-7:00 pm-ESPN
The Auburn offense got going last week against Arkansas State and looked pretty well. Auburn put up 700 + total yards of offense against Arkansas State. Now, we know that this will be not the case against Texas A&M defense. However, it’s impressive for Auburn and going interesting to see how the offense performs against the Aggies’ defense. The Tigers’ running game looked really well, but the offense is still trying to figure out a consistent offense. We already know what the Auburn defense can do.
Texas A&M has steady quarterback in Trevor Knight, along with depth at the wide receivers and solid group of running backs. Knight solid and performed well in the last two games. The Aggies’ offensive line will definitely have to keep the Tigers pass rush and protect QB Trevor Knight. This game will be a test this see if this much improved run defense of Texas A&M is for real. So, it will come down to the Tigers’ defensive line against the Aggies’ offensive line.
- Alabama vs. Ole Miss-3:30 pm-CBS
Here is the game that everyone in the SEC has been waiting for…it’s Alabama vs Ole Miss!! The Rebels have beaten the Crimson Tide two in a row. The question is…Can the Rebels make it three in row? The last teams to beat a Nick Saban coached team three times in a row was Michigan and Purdue.
OB Chad Kelly does gives the Rebels the best chance to pull another upset against the Crimson Tide. He will definitely have to play at a high level to make this win happen. Kelly and the rest of the Rebels’ offense looked really great in the first half against Florida State, but struggled during the second half of the game. The Rebels will need to be firing on all cylinders to win this game.
Alabama’s defense might be as talented as the 2015 version, but nevertheless it still a really good defense and will ready to shut down the Ole Miss’ offense. The defensive front for the Crimson Tide will be waiting to cause havoc for the Rebels’ offensive line. If that happens; it has the potential to get ugly for Ole Miss because they like to speed the offense quickly as possible. The one thing that can hurt the Crimson Tide is rushing attack. Alabama running game struggled at times against Western Kentucky. Will QB Jalen Hurts pass more against the Rebels? It will be up to Jalen Hurts to handle a very SEC hostile environment against Ole Miss’ defense that going to be ready to make sure they take advantage of him being a freshman QB.