Here’s a look at my three best games of Week 3 in the SEC this weekend.
All three games are in conference play and even though it’s early in the season, each of these games are considered “big games” for the teams. This weekend games can decide who is a “real contender” in their SEC divisions respectively.
South Carolina vs. Kentucky
Williams-Brice Stadium-Columbia, SC
Saturday, 7:30pm, SEC Network
South Carolina‘s 2-0 start has been quite a surprise of this early college football season so far. The Gamecocks have made sure that their two star players WR Deebo Samuel and QB Jake Bentley are making the offense work. I know that it is early, however is it possible? That the Gamecocks are looking like a potential SEC East contender.
Kentucky is also 2-0 and the Wildcats have not done anything just exceptional well. However, being able to pull off an upset win in Columbia would definitely change that. The Wildcats will need RB Benny Snell to have a “monster” game and win the battle at the line of scrimmage. It will be difficult for Kentucky’s defense to shut down Gamecocks’ WR Deebo Samuel. Samuel has been huge in South Carolina first two wins and I don’t see that changing in this game.
Mississippi State vs. LSU
Davis-Wade Stadium-Starkville, MS
Saturday, 7:00pm, ESPN
Mississippi State has its first test of the season, the LSU Tigers are coming to Starkville. The Bulldogs’ QB Nick Fitzgerald must have a “big game”- especially on the ground. If Mississippi State can’t run the ball, then it will not have a chance at the upset against LSU. LSU defense definitely want to make Fitzgerald stand in the pocket and throw the ball. Also, LSU’s LB Arden Key will be able to play Saturday night and I am sure he will be ready to cause chaos for the Bulldogs’ offense.
The Bulldogs’ defense looked much improved in the first two games under first year defensive coordinator Todd Grantham. However, Is Grantham’s 3-4 defense schemes enough to stop LSU’s powerhouse RB Derrius Guice? Guice will be a different kind of test for this young Bulldogs’ defense on Saturday night.
Each of the past three meetings have been decided by five or fewer points in the final minutes of the game. Mississippi State hasn’t beaten LSU in Starkville since 1999.
Florida vs. Tennessee
Ben-Hill Griffin Stadium-Gainesville, FL
Saturday, 3:30pm, CBS
Recovery from the “monster” Hurricane called Irma will overshadow this game in Florida and for numerous Gators fans. Hurricane Irma forced Florida to cancel their game against Northern Colorado, which means they will be a little rusty. The stadium suffer minor cosmetic damages, along with more than 60 players’ families affected by this hurricane, which means football may not be the first thing on their minds under the circumstances. The SEC and the schools decided that the game must go on. Hopefully, for a couple of hours this game can be on the minds of the Gators and the state of Florida than Hurricane Irma and its devastation. Be Strong Floridians!! You will recovery and be stronger than ever!!
So, how ready will the Gators be ready to play? Florida is still without star players RB Jordan Scarlett and WR Antonio Callaway. Coach Jim McElwain has named QB Felipe Franks, the starting quarterback. However, Florida’s offense was non-existent against Michigan. Its significant points in that game came from the Gators’ defense.
This is still a big game in the SEC East race, whoever wins take a step forward in the hunt for the divisional title and the loser got a few things to figure out. Tennessee does have some defensive issues. Can Florida take advantage of this weakness? The key to the Vols’ offense will be RB John Kelly, without star WR Jauan Jennings. The outcome of this game will depend on the mindset of the Florida Gators.