SEC Capsules: Nov. 3

TEXAS A&M (6-2, 3-2 SEC) AT MISSISSIPPI ST. (7-1, 3-1)

Time: Noon.

TV: ESPN2.

Skinny: Mississippi State's defense has to do a 180 this week, going from Alabama's power game to the Aggies' wild-wild-west attack. Texas A&M has scored at least 58 points in four of eight games.

Key players: Bulldog cornerback Johnthan Banks is a finalist for both the Chuck Bednarik and Jim Thorpe Awards. He faces one of his longest days of the season against A&M's prolific offense.

Line: Texas A&M by 7.

MISSOURI (4-4, 1-4) AT FLORIDA (7-1, 6-1)

Time: Noon.

TV: ESPN.

Skinny: Quarterback Jeff Driskel will expect less hostility from Missouri's defense after a five-turnover, five-sack disaster in the loss to Georgia. Mizzou won the only prior meeting, the 1966 Sugar Bowl.

Key players: James Franklin will start at QB for the Tigers for the first time since he sprained his knee early in October.

Line: Florida by 16.

VANDERBILT (4-4, 2-3) AT KENTUCKY (1-8, 0-6)

Time: 12 p.m.

TV: ESPNU.

Skinny: Vandy eyes a three-game win streak for the first time since early 2011 and a third SEC win in a season for the first time since 2008.

Key players: Kentucky freshman J.D. Harmon picked off two Missouri passes last week so you can bet Vandy QB Jordan Rodgers knows his number.

Line: Vanderbilt by 8.

TULSA (7-1) AT ARKANSAS (3-5)

Time: 12:21 p.m.

TV: WVLT.

Skinny: Tulsa hasn't lost since opening day at Iowa State. Arkansas has won the last 17 meetings in the rivalry dating to 1976.

Key players: Dennis Johnson is the SEC's active career leader in all-purpose yards with 4,928 and ranks fifth among active players nationally.

Line: Arkansas by 6.

NEW MEXICO ST. (1-7) AT AUBURN (1-7)

Time: 12:30 p.m.

TV: CSS.

Skinny: A meeting of the win-starved. The visiting Aggies are winless since beating Sacramento State on opening day. Auburn has lost five straight since its win over Louisiana-Monroe on Sept. 15.

Key players: Freshman Jonathan Wallace makes his first start at QB for Auburn. After throwing two TD passes last week against Texas A&M, he may be compared to Pat Sullivan in the current climate.

Line: Auburn by 22.

OLE MISS (5-3, 2-2) AT GEORGIA (7-1, 5-1)

Time: 3:30 p.m.

TV: WVLT.

Skinny: Georgia controls its own destiny in the SEC East. Mark Richt might have a challenge getting his team back to business after the ginormous victory against Florida but he'd better find a way. Ole Miss can be trouble if the Dawgs aren't focused.

Key players: The heat is on Ole Miss left tackle Emmanuel McCray to keep sackmeister Jarvis Jones from dismembering Rebels' QB Bo Wallace.

Line: Georgia by 13 1/2.

ALABAMA (8-0, 5-0) AT LSU (7-1, 3-1)

Time: 8 p.m.

TV: WVLT.

Skinny: LSU owns a school-record 22-game home winning streak and is 36-1 in home night games under Les Miles. The Tigers are top-10 nationally in total, scoring and rush defense — but still give the edge to Alabama, which leads the nation in all three categories.

Key players: LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger has been sketchy at best in his first season as starter. He'll have to play the game of his life tonight and get a whole bunch of help to avoid being intimidated by the best defense in college football.

Line: Alabama by 10.

Mike Strange

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