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Inside the SEC

Observations

• Georgia goes against its second consecutive opponent from South Carolina after handling Clemson 45-21 in the season opener. No player in this young season has had a game like the Bulldogs’ Todd Gurley did against the Tigers, with 198 rushing yards and a 100-yard kickoff return for one of his four touchdowns.



• Louisiana State freshman running back Leonard Fournette has been criticized for striking the Heisman Trophy pose after scoring against Sam Houston State. Let him have fun. He’ll probably get a few more chances to do it again Saturday against Louisiana-Monroe.



• The SEC’s reputation as the country’s top conference is carrying a lot of weight as pundits predict each week who will make up the four-team college football playoff. Alabama, Georgia and Auburn all get mentioned fairly consistently.



• Rock Hill Northwestern High product Justin Worley seems to be anchoring himself as Tennessee’s starting quarterback. Although he didn’t play especially well in the preseason, Worley has done everything the Vols have needed in their two victories, including completing 22 of 38 passes for 247 yards and a touchdown (and a rushing score, as well) against Arkansas State. Tennessee needs more of that Saturday against Oklahoma.



Number to know

27 Consecutive victories by Florida against Kentucky.

Three to watch

No. 6 Georgia at No. 24 South Carolina, 3:30 p.m. (WBTV, Ch. 3)

The Gamecocks’ season comes down to one game, and the season is just three games old. A loss to the Bulldogs and South Carolina can’t reasonably expect to win the SEC Eastern Division.

Kentucky at Florida, 7:30 p.m. (SEC Network)

Kentucky is 2-0 (that’s how many victories the Wildcats had all last season). The Gators beat Eastern Michigan 65-0 last week in what was their season opener, after their game two weeks ago against Idaho was canceled due to heavy rains.

Tennessee at No. 4 Oklahoma, 8 p.m. (WSOC, Ch. 9)

Sooners coach Bob Stoops loves to take verbal jabs at the SEC. Now his team back that up on the field. Tennessee (2-0) and Oklahoma (2-0) have never met in a regular-season game.

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