A few things to watch out for during week 5 of the Southeastern Conference:
Georgia No.2 (4-0, 2-0) hosts Arkansas No.8 (4-0, 1-0) in one of two high-profile matches matching four of the seven schools ranked by the DRY. bulldogs waxed Vanderbilt 62-0 last week and is looking to stay on top of the East Division. After their first 4-0 start since 2003 and holding their best ranking in nine years, the resurgent Razorbacks seek their second straight loss to a top 10 team after beating then-No. 7 Texas A&M 20-10 Last week. Points won’t be easy between these schools: Georgia leads FBS in defensive scoring (5.8 points per game), 10 places above the Hogs (14.5). Alabama’s No.1 (4-0, 1-0) hosts Mississippi’s No.12 (3-0, 0-0) in a clash with Western Frontier rivals. While the Crimson Tide own that 55-10-2 streak, including last year’s 63-48 win, the Rebels come to Tuscaloosa with their best ranking since Week 7 of the 2016 season. Ole Miss opens the championship by leading the FBS in several offensive categories, including distance (635.3 per game) and score (52.7 points). The Crimson Tide is fourth with 46.5 points per outing and has intercepted six assists, ranking 10th defensively.
Florida’s No.10 (3-1, 1-1) visits undefeated Kentucky (4-0, 2-0) in a showdown with the East. Florida is averaging nearly 541 yards per game to rank ninth nationally and has the league’s best rushing offense at 322.5 yards per game, a notable departure of last season’s heavy-pass philosophy. Kentucky ranks fifth in the rushes at 204.5 per outing and is led by the SEC’s top fullback, junior Chris Rodriguez Jr. (522 yards). The Wildcats have the SEC’s No.2 defense (260 yards allowed per game) and report just 87.2 rushing. They allowed South Carolina just 58 rushing yards in last week’s 16-10 victory.
Arkansas has improved a lot, but still faces a huge test as an 18-point underdog, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, Georgia, who won their first two SEC games by a 102-13 margin. The Bulldogs have allowed only one touchdown this season and haven’t lost at home since Oct. 12, 2019 to South Carolina (20-17 in two overtime). Georgia lead the series 11-4 after last year’s 37-10 victory at Fayetteville, but the Hogs won their last visit to Athens, Ga., 31-24 in 2010.
Ole Miss quarterback and SEC passing leader Matt Corral has thrown a touchdown pass in 15 straight games and can tie Eli Manning for the second longest streak on the schedule on Saturday. Chad Kelly (22 games) holds the record. … Arkansas have beaten their opponents 34-0 in the first quarter this season. … Kentucky are 4-0 for the second time in four seasons, impressive considering they rank second-to-last in FBS’s minus-9 turnover margin. … Vanderbilt’s game against UConn does not promise an offensive explosion with the schools ranked 123rd (284.5 yards) and 129th (219.6) respectively on 130 FBS programs.
LSU second-year receiver Kayshon Boutte extended his touchdown receiving streak to six games with two last week to Mississippi State to share the lead of FBS with eight. He also ranks 39th with 309 receiving yards. More importantly, Boutte helped the Tigers (3-1, 1-0) bounce back from a season opener loss to UCLA with three straight wins before Saturday’s game at No.22 Auburn.
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