Listed below are issues to observe in Week 3 within the Southeastern Convention:
GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 14 Tennessee at No. 3 Georgia. One among two league matchups between ranked groups, the Vols latest run of success will face its most tough check so far. Tennessee (2-0 SEC) has gained its final eight video games and has opened this season with stable victories at South Carolina and at residence over Missouri to proceed their longest profitable streak because the 1998 nationwide champions gained 11 straight video games. Georgia (2-0) has additionally began strongly and moved into the highest three after a convincing 27-6 win over then seventh-ranked Auburn. The Bulldogs have gained 5 of their final six video games with Tennessee at residence and the previous three general within the sequence. It would possible be arduous to shock both teaching employees on this one. Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt was defensive coordinator for Georgia whereas Vols offense coordinator Jim Chaney served the identical function for the Bulldogs below Kirby Sensible from 2016-18. Tennessee offensive line coach Will Pal did that job at Georgia for 4 seasons below Mark Richt.
MATCHUP OF THE WEEK
Florida’s combo of QB Kyle Trask and TE Kyle Pitts vs. Texas A&M’s cross protection. The fourth-ranked Gators have averaged 44 factors a recreation, largely because of the Trask-Pitts connection. Trask has thrown a SEC-leading 10 landing passes, six of them to Pitts, the robust, cell and elusive tight finish who leads the Soccer Subdivision in TD catches. The pair have led Florida to scoring 35-plus factors in consecutive SEC video games for the primary time since 2012. The Aggies (1-1) are tenth within the SEC in cross protection, permitting greater than 290 yards by way of the air. They gave up 435 passing yards in a 52-24 loss final week to No. 2 Alabama and must enhance in a rush to decelerate the Gators.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
LSU quarterback Myles Brennan is on a record-setting tempo in his first season as starter for the defending nationwide champions. Brennan has probably the most passing yards (682), completions (50) and landing passes (seven) of any Tiger in his first two video games as QB1. Brennan performed in 10 video games final season because the backup to Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow, passing for 353 yards and a landing. The Seventeenth-ranked Tigers (1-1) paly at residence towards Missouri (0-2) on Saturday.
Mississippi (1-1) and first-year coach Lane Kiffin is the newest ex-Nick Saban assistant attempting to interrupt the Crimson Tide coach’s 20-0 mark when dealing with former staffers who turned head coaches. Kiffin spent three seasons as Saban’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 2014-16, serving to win the 2015 nationwide championship. Some imagine Ole Miss’ explosive offense (the Rebels are third within the SEC in scoring at 38.5 factors a recreation) may give Alabama some issues. The Tide have given up 294 yards passing a recreation this season.
South Carolina receiver Shi Smith has grow to be the newest Gamecocks broad out to make a significant impression. Smith, a 5-foot-10, 190-pound senior, leads the SEC in catches with 22 for 225 yards and two touchdowns. Smith follows former Gamecocks and present NFL gamers in Alshon Jeffrey, Pharoh Cooper and Deebo Samuel as play-making receivers. South Carolina (0-2) performs at Vanderbilt (0-2) on Saturday.
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