SEC gameday

dscott@charlotteobserver.comOctober 19, 2013 

Three to watch

No. 11 South Carolina (5-1, 3-1) at Tennessee (3-3, 0-2)

Noon (ESPN)

The Gamecocks are feeling better about themselves after trouncing Arkansas last week. South Carolina’s offense is averaging 486 yards per game and Tennessee allows 471. That’s probably not good news for the Vols.

No. 22 Florida (4-2, 3-1) at No. 14 Missouri (6-0, 2-0)

12:21 p.m. (WAXN, ch. 64)

The Tigers announced themselves to the SEC with last week’s victory at Georgia. But Missouri is without quarterback James Franklin, who hurt his shoulder against the Bulldogs.

No. 6 Louisiana State (6-1, 3-1) at Mississippi (3-3, 1-3)

7 p.m (ESPN2)

The Tigers can’t afford another conference loss if they want their game against top-ranked Alabama on Nov. 9 to mean something. Ole Miss has lost consecutive games to Alabama, Auburn and ninth-ranked Texas A&M.

Number to know

15 Game home winning streak snapped last week when Missouri beat Georgia in Athens.

Observations

• The race in the SEC’s Eastern Division got really interesting last week with Missouri’s victory at Georgia. That leaves South Carolina, Georgia and Florida with one league loss, behind Missouri (2-0 in the league).

• LSU beat Florida last week despite season-low numbers from quarterback Zack Mettenberger, who completed 9 of 17 passes for 152 yards.

• South Carolina is the fourth ranked team Tennessee will play in its past five games. The Vols lost to Oregon, Florida and Georgia.

• Georgia hopes to have running back Todd Gurley back for Saturday’s game against Vanderbilt, which hasn’t beaten a ranked opponent in coach James Franklin’s three seasons.

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