SEC Matchups: Oct. 13

AUBURN (1-4, 0-3) AT OLE MISS (3-3, 0-2)

Time: 12:21 p.m.


Skinny: Somebody's got to claim an SEC win. Last week, Ole Miss' defense faced the SEC's most prolific offense in a loss to Texas A&M. This week, it's slow dance time. Auburn is last in scoring and yards.

Key Players: Auburn's offense is so inept, coach Gene Chizik, a defensive guru, is getting involved. It might not matter whether Kiehl Frazier or Clint Moseley starts at quarterback. Chizik wants Tre Mason to get more carries.

Line: Ole Miss by 4 1/2.

ALABAMA (5-0, 2-0) AT MISSOURI (3-3, 0-3)

Time: 3:30 p.m.


Skinny: Vanderbilt comes into Columbia and gets a win. Wait until the Missouri faithful gets a load of Alabama.

Key Players: Missouri quarterback James Franklin has a sprained knee. He's the lucky one. Backup Corbin Berkstesser has to face the nation's most intimidating defense.

Line: Alabama by 21 1/2.

FLORIDA (5-0, 4-0) AT VANDERBILT (2-3, 1-2)

Time: 6 p.m.


Skinny: Vandy's stock is up after a win at Missouri. But Florida's stock is up more after beating LSU.

Key Players: Vanderbilt's Jordan Matthews leads the SEC with 35 catches and 486 receiving yards. But he doesn't hang out in the end zone. The Commodores three TD passes are the fewest in the league. Matthews should keep an eye peeled for head-hunting safety Matt Elams.

Line: Florida by 7.

KENTUCKY (1-5, 0-3) AT ARKANSAS (2-4, 1-2)

Time: 7 p.m.


Skinny: The Razorbacks started the long road back at Auburn last week. Their recovery will pick up steam against the hapless Wildcats who wouldn't have any luck at all without bad luck.

Key Players: Both teams have bad defenses and anemic rushing attacks. At least Arkansas has quarterback Tyler Wilson and receiver Cobi Hamilton, the SEC's top pass-catch combo.

Line: Arkansas by 18 1/2.

SOUTH CAROLINA (6-0, 4-0) AT LSU (5-1, 1-1)

Time: 8 p.m.


Skinny: After the way South Carolina hammered Georgia, the fact that LSU is favored is a tribute to its defense (because the Tigers' offense stinks) and to the mystical powers of Death Valley after dark.

Key Players: Gamecocks' defensive terror Jadeveon Clowney has six sacks. LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger might as well wear a bull's-eye behind an injury-riddled offensive line.

Line: LSU by 2 1/2.

TEXAS A&M (4-1) AT LA. TECH (5-0)

Time: 9:15 p.m.


Skinny: Thanks to a weather-related reschedule from Sept. 31, the Aggies head to Shreveport against a seriously upgraded opponent. Louisiana Tech is ranked for the first time since 1999 and off to its best start since 1975. Texas A&M also jumped back into the Top 25 after a comeback win at Ole Miss.Key Players: Louisiana Tech QB Colby Cameron has thrown 13 TD passes and zero interceptions. But unlike A&M's Johnny Manziel, he's not a threat on the run.Line: Texas A&M by 7 1/2.

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VolGrad writes:

Tennessee 38 State 27

Go Vols! This is Big Orange Country!!!

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