• Two quarterbacks in contention to start for Tennessee against Florida are from Charlotte-are high schools: Rock Hill Northwesterns Justin Worley and Butlers Riley Ferguson. Worley has started the first three games with mixed results. A decision on the starter might not be made until gametime Saturday.
• Vanderbilt plays winless Massachusetts in Foxboro, Mass. Wonder how many fans will be knocking around Gillette Stadium?
• This is a decent-enough week in the SEC, with Tennessee-Florida and Auburn-LSU serving as compelling matchups. It gets really good again next week, however, with Mississippi traveling to Alabama and LSU playing at Georgia.
• If Alabama goes undefeated, A.J. McCarron would become the winningest quarterback (by percentage) in league history. McCarron is 27-2 (93.1 percent) in his career, while the Crimson Tides Jay Barker was 35-2-1 (93.4) from 1991-94.
• Georgias game Saturday against visiting North Texas offers the Bulldogs a momentary respite from Top 10 opposition. They opened the season against Clemson and South Carolina, then are host to LSU next week. Anything the Bulldogs get this season will be well earned.
• Open dates this week go to Kentucky, Mississippi and South Carolina. The Gamecocks play at Central Florida on Sept. 28.
Number to know
340 Former SEC players on NFL opening-day rosters.
Three to watch
Tennessee (2-1, 0-0) at No. 19 Florida (1-1, 0-0)
3:30 p.m. (CBS, WBTV, ch. 3)
This once nationally prominent rivalry has lost much of its sizzle in recent years, but theres still enough venom between these schools to make things interesting. The Gators took last week off after losing to Miami, while the Volunteers were not-unexpectedly embarrassed at Oregon 59-14.
Auburn (3-0, 1-0) at No. 6 Louisiana State (3-0, 0-0)
7:45 p.m. (ESPN)
Auburn is slowly clawing its way back to respectability and would take another step in that direction with an upset in Death Valley. Auburns Tigers won their SEC opener against Mississippi State.
Colorado State (1-2) at No. 1 Alabama (2-0)
7 p.m. (ESPN2)
The post-Johnny Manziel portion of the Crimson Tides schedule begins with a nonconference game against the Rams. Colorado State prepared for its trip to Tuscaloosa in fine fashion by beating Cal Poly 34-17 last week.
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