• South Carolina’s week off probably came at the right time. Although the Gamecocks might have wanted to play right away to wash away the memories of consecutive losses against Missouri and Kentucky, the time away might also relax and energize them for the rest of the season. Or so coach Steve Spurrier hopes. South Carolina is host to Furman next week.
• Kentucky’s victory against South Carolina keeps the rebuilding effort of coach Mike Stoops alive. After facing Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday, the Wildcats (4-1, 2-1) embark on a schedule that includes consecutive games against Louisiana State, Mississippi State, Missouri and Georgia.
• Not a good week in Gainesville, Fla., where freshman quarterback Treon Harris is suspended indefinitely while authorities investigate sexual assault charges made against him. Also two Florida players also got in a fight over a pair of cleats. That’s plenty of distraction for the Gators as they prepared to face Louisiana State.
• Alabama (4-1, 1-1), which lost for the first time last week against Ole Miss, is at Arkansas (3-2, 0-2), which has lost 14 straight league games. The Razorbacks average 44.6 points, seventh nationally, so the Crimson Tide needs to pay attention.
• Ole Miss and Mississippi State are tied for third in this week’s Associated Press Top 25. The Bulldogs did receive two first-place votes, however.
Number to know
0 Third-down conversions (out of a possible 13) for LSU in a 41-7 loss against Auburn last week.
Three to watch
No. 13 Georgia at No. 23 Missouri, noon (CBS, WBTV, ch. 3)
With Georgia tailback Todd Gurley suspended, the complexion of the SE Eastern Division race changes dramatically. The winner between the Bulldogs (4-1, 2-1) and Tigers (4-1, 1-0) will go a long way toward deciding the East winner, although Florida and Kentucky might still have a say in things.
No. 2 Auburn at No. 3 Mississippi State, 3:30 p.m. (CBS, WBTV, ch. 3)
Without a doubt the biggest game in Starkville history. A great matchup of quarterbacks: Nick Marshall of Auburn (5-0, 2-0) against Dak Prescott of Mississippi State (5-0, 2-0), both of whom will be in the Heisman conversation.
No. 3 Mississippi at No. 14 Texas A&M, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
Ole Miss (5-0, 2-0) gets to savor its victory against Alabama just long enough to travel to College Station to face the Aggies (5-1, 2-1). A&M’s offense (which averages an SEC best 47.8 points) will have to solve a stingy Rebels defense (which allows 10.8 points, second nationally).