We are a third of the way through the college football season (I know, it’s sad to think about) and things are about to go to the next level as conference play really kicks in. The biggest game of the week takes place Between the Hedges, but the SEC schedule has a few questions lingering in the other league match-ups.

Quick Hitters

South Carolina at UCF

In a surprising trip to Florida, the Gamecocks will end UCF’s undefeated streak. South Carolina 31-17

South Alabama at Tennessee

Rocky Top gets a feel good win as they prepare for Georgia next week. Tennessee 38-10

Arkansas St. at Missouri

Quietly, Missouri has built a 3-0 record. They will pad their stats some more this Saturday. Mizzou 48-20

UAB at Vanderbilt

Vandy welcomes in UAB as a tune up game for a surprisingly important conference match-up with

Missouri the following week. Vandy 38-24

Conference Showdowns

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Texas A&M at Arkansas

Arkansas had a nice run that came to an end last week against Rutgers. The Hogs are in for a rough stretch the rest of the season and it all starts with a visit from the Aggies. Through four games, it is clear the Aggies won’t put up much resistance on defense, but that won’t matter against Arkansas. A&M will be able to name their score in this one. The Aggies roll 45-24.

Florida at Kentucky

It has been a tough week in Gainesville. Not only has Florida lost their starting quarterback Jeff Driskel, they have lost their best defensive player in Dominique Easley. Luckily for Florida they get to break in new players against Kentucky. All eyes will be on new Gator quarterback Tyler Murphy in his first start. There are those out there who believe the Florida offense will be fine, or maybe improve, with Murphy taking over the reins. I don’t buy that for a second, but the answers won’t be revealed against this Kentucky squad. Florida gets some meaningful reps from their new starters and an easy conference win. Gators 31-13

Ole Miss at Alabama

In one of the worst scheduling moves in the conference, Ole Miss travels to Tuscaloosa for the second straight year. Alabama has to breathe a little easier getting the Rebel (Black Bears) at home. The Tide has yet to play a complete game this season, and it has hurt the perception of their invulnerability. Facing a confident Ole Miss team is not what the doctor ordered for that situation. Ole Miss will be able to challenge all of the weaknesses that this Alabama team has shown on defense through the early part of the season. With the struggles the Alabama offense has shown, it is anyone’s guess how they will look against a competent SEC defense. In the end, Alabama will be able to out athlete Ole Miss, but not before suffering a scare along the way. Alabama 34-31

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LSU at Georgia

The best game in the country is also the toughest to pick. Georgia and LSU are two programs that mirror each other in the history of the SEC. This year, they are almost reflections of one another. In the world of spread offenses, both run traditional balance attacks that pound the run, but can give the explosive down field play. Both teams are young on the defensive side of the ball and have run into trouble with that youth. If this game were played in Baton Rouge, or a neutral field, I would pick LSU without a doubt. I think they are a better overall team than Georgia. The Tigers have been extremely balanced and have been attacking defenses on the ground and in the air efficiently. On defense, they have been solid early in every game, but suffered breakdowns later. Even with that said, LSU has played better on defense than Georgia. However, Georgia has a far more experienced line and quarterback. Working at home, where they can communicate better, they could steal the edge. On the flip side, LSU doesn’t have as much experience in both of those areas. The offensive line has played well so far, but they are young, and this is their first road SEC game. While Zach Mettenberger has played well this year, will his inexperience and emotions affect his play? Those things would not be a factor if this game was not in Georgia. In the end, I think LSU’s defense will be able to make one more play than Georgia, but these teams are so even it could easily go the other way. LSU 38-37