SEC Matchups: Nov. 16

Tennessee running back Rajion Neal (20) is tackled by Auburn linebacker Cassanova McKinzy (8), left, and defensive end Kenneth Carter (92) in the third quarter of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

Tennessee running back Rajion Neal (20) is tackled by Auburn linebacker Cassanova McKinzy (8), left, and defensive end Kenneth Carter (92) in the third quarter of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

TROY (5-5) AT OLE MISS (6-3)

When: Noon

TV: ESPNU

Skinny: It has been a season of 3s for the Rebels, who won their first three games, lost their next three, and have won their last three.

Key players: Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace is coming off his best game: 27 completions in 34 attempts for 416 yards last week against Arkansas. Troy’s Corey Robinson leads the Sun Belt Conference in passing.

Line: Ole Miss by 28 1/2

KENTUCKY (2-7, 0-5 SEC) AT VANDERBILT (5-4, 2-4)

When: 12:21

TV: WVLT

Skinny: Vanderbilt is last in the SEC in rushing and ninth in passing, but it’s first in red-zone offense. Kentucky hasn’t won a conference game since beating Tennessee in the last game of the 2011 season.

Key players: Kentucky’s Avery Williamson ranks third in the SEC in tackles. Vanderbilt safety Kenny Ladler leads the conference with four forced fumbles.

Line: Vanderbilt by 12 1/2

NO. 25 GEORGIA (6-3, 4-2) AT NO. 7 AUBURN (9-1, 5-1)

When: 3:30

TV: WVLT

Skinny: After rushing for 444 yards against Tennessee, Auburn is averaging 320 yards per game rushing. Georgia will counter with the SEC’s second-best passing offense. Both defenses could be overmatched.

Key players: Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray’s durability has never been more apparent. He’s the only quarterback in the SEC East to start every game this season. Auburn’s Chris Davis leads the SEC with an average of 24.1 yards per punt return.

Line: Auburn by 3 1/2

FLORIDA (4-5, 3-4) AT NO. 11 SOUTH CAROLINA (7-2, 5-2)

When: 7

TV: ESPN2

Skinny: The Gators might have to put their vanishing offense in the hands of redshirt freshman Skyler Mornhinweg if injured quarterback Tyler Murphy can’t play. The Gamecocks are going for their third consecutive victory since losing to Tennessee.

Key players: South Carolina running back Mike Davis is averaging better than 10 yards more per game than second-place Jeremy Hill of LSU in the SEC rushing race. The Gators will need a big game from linebacker Mike Taylor after losing leading tackler Antonio Morrison to a season-ending injury.

Line: South Carolina by 13 1/2

NO. 1 ALABAMA (9-0, 6-0) AT MISSISSIPPI ST. (4-5, 1-4)

When: 7:45

TV: ESPN

Skinny: The Tide’s defense is putting up old-school numbers in an offensive era. It’s allowing only 10.6 points and 95.3 yards per game. The Bulldogs have been outscored by an average of almost 19 points in games against top-25 teams.

Key players: Alabama All-American linebacker C.J. Mosley was dominant last week against LSU, and sophomore Landon Collins is coming on strong in the Tide secondary. Mississippi State’s Nickoe Whitley leads the SEC with four interceptions, and teammate Jamerson Love is fourth with three interceptions.

Line: Alabama by 25 1/2

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Comments » 3

MikeNPS writes:

Wow! Vandy gave 2 free tickets to anyone who bought a $10 scarf, and yet the stadium still has thousands and thousands of empty seats for today's game. I guess fans have so little interest in the Dores that they decided not to show their gold.

underthehill writes:

Vandy didn't appear to think Ky was a threat and took them rather lightly..or Ky is better than I thought they were..looks like the Vols may have to be at their best to beat either..Auburn appears to be the real deal with Marshall at qb..and might be capable of beating bama..

underthehill writes:

in response to MikeNPS:

Wow! Vandy gave 2 free tickets to anyone who bought a $10 scarf, and yet the stadium still has thousands and thousands of empty seats for today's game. I guess fans have so little interest in the Dores that they decided not to show their gold.

Would you rather have 100,000 in the stands and get stomped ..or have 40,000 and beat Georgia and Florida..

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