Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

SEC Previews

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

SEC Previews

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Byline: Garry Smits


No. 15 Auburn (5-2, 3-1) at Ole Miss (3-4, 1-3), 7:15 p.m. (SEC Network): Auburn's ground game has been overwhelming opponents, and the Tigers set the SEC single-game record last week with 543 yards in a 56-3 victory over Arkansas. Auburn leads the SEC and is third in the nation with 302.0 yards per game. Ole Miss, on the other hand, is last in the SEC and 113th in the nation in run defense, allowing 226.9 yards per game. Ole Miss' offensive strength, the play-making of quarterback Chad Kelly, is countered by Auburn's third-ranked pass defense in the SEC, and a tie for third in the fewest TD passes allowed. That's a formula for the Tigers to beat the Rebels for a second year in a row after losing five of six during one stretch.


Kentucky (4-3, 2-2) at Missouri (2-5, 0-3), Noon (SEC Network): The Wildcats started the season 2-0 and in game three lost quarterback Drew Barker for the season. But junior college transfer Stephen Johnson led a 62-42 victory over New Mexico State, and UK has won four of five games, with the only loss coming at Alabama. Kentucky can win four SEC games for the first time since 2006 and win three league games in a row for the first time since 1999. Missouri, on the other hand, is reeling from a devastating three-game losing streak in which it has been outscored 133-66 and lost to Middle Tennessee 51-45 last week. Missouri is 3-1 against the Wildcats since joining the SEC.

Samford (6-1) at Mississippi State (2-5), 3:30 p.m. (SEC Network): A battle of Bulldogs might not favor the one from Mississippi. MSU has lost three in a row, the last two by a combined nine points, 28-21 to BYU in overtime and 40-38 to Kentucky. Samford is on a four-game winning streak and is 4-1 in the Southern Conference. MSU is 16-1-1 vs. Samford, with the only loss coming in 1909 when the it was known as Howard University. …

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