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SEC Football Week Three Preview

by Steve Moulton
Welcome to Week3
Abilene Christian (2-0) at Missouri (1-1, 0-0 SEC)                  Series: First Meeting
11 a.m. CT • SECN+, ESPN+
Team 1 2 3 4 OT Total
Missouri 3 24 17 20 0 64
Opponents 10 20 6 28 0 64
• University of Missouri football will host the second of its third first-time opponents this season
in Abilene Christian University on Saturday, Sept. 17, at Faurot Field. • Mizzou is 168-71-8 in
non-conference matchups at home. • MU’s campus will celebrate Family Weekend Sept. 16-18.
Youngstown State (2-0) at Kentucky (2-0, 1-0 SEC)               Series: First Meeting
Noon ET • SEC Network                                              
Lexington, Ky. • Kroger Field (61,000)  
The Wildcats have climbed to No. 9/10 in the national polls, marking their fi rst top-10 ranking
in the AP poll since Oct. 14, 2007 (No. 8). It is also UK’s fi rst top-10 ranking in the coaches
poll since Sept. 30, 2007 (No. 8), and only the second ? me in program history. • UK has won 17
straight nonconference games, the longest such active streak in FBS, which dates back to the
2017 Music City Bowl loss to Northwestern.
Georgia (2-0, 0-0 SEC) at South Carolina (1-1, 0-1 SEC)         Series: UGA leads, 53-19-2
Noon ET • ESPN                                                                            Last: UGA, 40-13 (2021 at
Columbia, S.C. • Williams-Brice Stadium (80,250)   
Georgia comes into Williams-Brice Stadium ranked No. 1 in the country in this week’s
Associated Press poll. It’s the seventh time that Carolina will face the A.P.’s top-ranked team.
They are 1-5 when playing the No. 1 team previously, with the lone win coming against
Alabama in 2010.

Penn State (2-0) at Auburn (2-0, 0-0 SEC)                              Series: PSU leads, 2-1
2:30 p.m. CT • CBS                                                                      Last: PSU, 28-20 (2021 at State
Auburn, Ala. • Jordan-Hare Stadium (87,451)    
This will be Auburn’s fourth-ever regular season game against a Big Ten team after last season’s
September visit to Penn State. Prior to that, the last was a 1931 7-7 tie at Wisconsin (the Tigers’
only other regular-season road game at a Big Ten stadium) and the first was a 0-0 tie with Ohio
State in a game played in Montgomery, Ala., in 1917.
Ole Miss (2-0, 0-0 SEC) at Georgia Tech (1-1)                           Series: Tied, 2-2
2:30 p.m. CT • ABC
Atlanta Ga. • Bobby Dodd Stadium (92,746)          
The Ole Miss defense leads the SEC and ranks eighth nationally with six takeaways through two
games this year. • Quinshon Judkins (95.5) and Zach Evans (91.5) are the only pair of teammates
in the country averaging 90-plus yards rushing per game. • TE Michael Trigg is second in the
SEC, No. 9 nationally with three receiving TDs. • WR Jonathan Mingo is No. 2 in the SEC in
yards per reception (21.5). • LB Khari Coleman ranks No. 12 in FBS in total sacks (2.5). • DT
KD Hill was awarded the Chucky Mullins Courage Award and will wear No. 38 throughout the
2022 season
Vanderbilt (2-1, 0-0 SEC) at Northern Illinois (1-1)                Series: VU leads, 4-0
2:30 p.m. CT • CBS Sports Network
DeKalb, Ill. • Huskie Stadium (24,000)     
Vanderbilt is set to face Northern Illinois on the road this weekend for its final nonconference
matchup on the season. The contest will serve as the final tune-up for the Commodores before
they begin conference play. • Vandy owns a 6-1 record in its past seven road nonconference
matchups, including this year’s season-opening win at Hawai’i
UL-Monroe (1-1) at Alabama (2-0, 0-0 SEC)                           Series: Tied, 1-1
3 p.m. CT • SEC Network/WZZN 97.7FM
Tuscaloosa, Ala. • Bryant-Denny Stadium (100,077)    

  Alabama and ULM will square off for the fourth time in series history when the two teams meet
on Saturday afternoon at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The Crimson Tide owns a 2-1 (1-1 NCAA)
advantage in the series with all three games being played in Tuscaloosa. Alabama head coach
Nick Saban is 2-1 in his career against ULM, including a 1-1 mark while with the Tide. ULM
head coach Terry Bowden is 3-3 for his career against UA with all six contests occurring while
Bowden was at Auburn from 1993-98.
Mississippi State (2-0, 0-0 SEC) at LSU (1-1, 0-0 SEC)              Series: LSU leads, 76-36-3
5 p.m. CT • ESPN                                                                          Last: LSU, 28-25 (2021 at
Baton Rouge, La. • Tiger Stadium (102,321)          
LSU (1-1) jumps into Southeastern Conference action this week when the Tigers host
Mississippi State (2-0) at 5 p.m. in Tiger Stadium. The game will be broadcast on ESPN with Joe
Tessitore (pxp), Greg McElroy (analyst) and Katie George (reporter) calling the action. LSU is
coming off a 65-17 win over Southern last week, while Mississippi State posted a 39-17 road
win over Arizona. It will mark the first meeting between LSU coach Brian Kelly and MSU coach
Mike Leach. Last year, LSU beat the Bulldogs, 28-25, in Starkville. LSU leads the overall series
with Mississippi State, which dates back to 1896, 76-36-3.
Missouri State (2-0) at Arkansas (2-0, 1-0 SEC)                      Series: ARK leads, 7-0
6 p.m. CT • SECN+, ESPN+                                                      
Fayetteville, Ark. • Reynolds Razorback Stadium (76,000)    
Under head coach Sam Pittman, the Razorbacks are a perfect 6-0 against non-conference
opponents. With a win against Missouri State, Pittman would become the first Arkansas head
coach since Lou Holtz (1977-78) to win his first seven games against non-conference foes
Akron (1-1) at Tennessee (2-0, 0-0 SEC)                                   Series: UT leads, 2-0
7 p.m. ET • SECN+, ESPN+ 
Knoxville, Tenn. • Neyland Stadium (101,915)           
No. 15/16 Tennessee returns home to host its second MAC opponent of the season when Akron
visits Neyland Stadium for a 7 p.m. Saturday kickoff. The contest will be a digital broadcast only
on SEC Network+/ESPN+. UT leads the all-time series, 2-0, and the two teams are meeting for
the first time since 2012. The Vols already defeated MAC foe Ball State, 59-10, in their opener.
A day prior to the Akron game will represent the 50th anniversary of the first night game in
Neyland Stadium. On Sept. 16, 1972, No. 7 Tennessee topped Joe Paterno’s No. 6 Penn State,
28-21. This year’s Vols are seeking a 3-0 start to a season for the first time since the 2016
campaign when they won their first five games.

South Florida (1-1) at Florida (1-1, 0-1 SEC)                           Series: UF leads, 2-0
7:30 p.m. ET • SEC Network
Gainesville, Fla. • Spurrier-Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (88,548)       
Florida plays host to South Florida for the second time in school history in the third-ever meeting
between the schools. • The Gators are 2-0 in the all-time series including 1-0 in The Swamp. •
The two teams last met in Tampa in Week 2 of last season (Sept. 11, 2021) with UF prevailing,
42-20. The Gators totaled 666 yards of offense (sixth-most all-time), rushed for 363 yards and
passed for 303 yards. » That game represented one of four times since since 1996 that UF posted
300+ yards passing and rushing in the same game. The feat has been accomplished just 11 times
by Power Five schools since the start of the 2021 season. • QB Anthony Richardson was 3-for-3
passing for 152 yards and two touchdowns and also rushed four times for 115 yards (28.8 YPC)
and one touchdown. • With that performance, Richardson became the first FBS player in the last
25 seasons to rush for 100-plus yards, pass for 150-plus yards and complete every pass he threw
in a game. • Richardson became the first FBS player to record an 80-plus yard rush and 75-plus
yard pass in the same game since Taylor Martinez (Nebraska) in 2010 and is one of three FBS
players to accomplish the feat dating back to 1996
Miami (2-0) at Texas A&M (1-1, 0-0 SEC)                               Series: UM leads, 2-1
8 p.m. CT • ESPN
Bryan-College Station, Texas • Kyle Field (102,733)          
The primetime clash between the Aggies and Hurricanes is the fourth all-time matchup between
the two teams and the first since Miami traveled to Aggieland in 2008.

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