3 to watch
No. 20 South Carolina (5-2, 3-2) at No. 5 Missouri (7-0, 3-0), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
The Gamecocks can’t afford another SEC loss after falling last week to Tennessee. The challenge is stiff against Mizzou, one of the country’s surprise teams.
Tennessee (4-3, 1-2) at No. 1 Alabama (7-0, 4-0), 3:30 p.m. (WBTV)
The Volunteers didn’t get much time to celebrate their victory against South Carolina before the stark reality of facing the top-ranked Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa hit them.
Vanderbilt (4-3, 1-3) at No. 14 Texas A&M (5-2, 2-2), 12:20 p.m. (WAXN)
With quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels (knee) still hurt, redshirt freshman Patton Robinette gets the start for the Commodores. Robinette played well in relief of Carta-Samuels in last week’s victory at Georgia.
Coach Steve Spurrier probably over-coached in some situations last week against Tennessee. Let’s see if he can stay out of his own way Saturday against Missouri.
Mizzou and Texas A&M have more than held their own since coming into the SEC. A&M gave college football a Heisman Trophy winner last season in Johnny Manziel, and the Tigers are unbeaten and have streaked to fifth in the national rankings.
There’s lots of quarterback drama around the league. The status of Manziel (shoulder) is uncertain. South Carolina’s Dylan Thompson will start instead of Connor Shaw (also a shoulder). And Vandy’s Robinette gets his first start as a redshirt freshman in the hostile environment that is College Station. Robinette, incidentally, initially enrolled at North Carolina and was a Morehead Scholar before changing his mind and heading to Nashville.
Number to know
44.3 Offensive points per game scored by Missouri (eighth nationally).
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