The bulk of SEC teams play out of conference this week, leading to a not so exciting slate of games. However, there are a few match-ups in the East division to savor as we head into week four of the season.
Vanderbilt @ Georgia
Georgia hasn't played a complete game all season but hasn't had to so far, as opponents have wilted in the second half. Part of that is the teams the Bulldogs have beaten aren't that good and part of it is Georgia's pass rush is much improved over recent campaigns.
Vanderbilt is a team led by a defense that can and will force turnovers. The problem is the Vandy offense is just as likely to turn it back over or stall on the ensuing drive. Vandy went on the road already once, losing to Northwestern. The hedges of Athens, GA will be no friendlier. Georgia QB Aaron Murray will have to limit his mistakes but in the end, the Bulldogs are the more talented team and should win the game.
Georgia 31, Vanderbilt 19
Missouri @ South Carolina
South Carolina vs. Missouri is a match-up of wounded QBs as both teams' primary signal callers have missed significant time this year with injuries. Missouri was a team touted as having the kind of spread offense that could hang with SEC competition but so far they've barely been able to hang with themselves and the defense isn't all that special.
South Carolina is yet to get all-star RB Marcus Lattimore uncorked coming off a knee injury last year, and with QB issues, expect a heavy dose of the run game this week. The Gamecocks' defensive line will be the difference in the game, though. They can create havoc in the backfield and Missouri hasn't demonstrated the ability to hold off a strong pass rush. It may be close early but expect the Gamecocks to pull away late.
South Carolina 27, Missouri 17
LSU @ Auburn
LSU holds an advantage at every single position in this game and barring a colossal meltdown should win with ease. Auburn doesn't need to let what is sure to be a lopsided loss derail the rest of the season and will try to get out of the game without sustaining injuries to an already thin lineup. LSU doesn't score tons of points because they aren't flashy on offense. They don't have to be with that defense.
LSU 34, Auburn 6
Kentucky @ Florida
Kentucky is a mess – a real mess. Florida, on the other hand, seems to have found itself in the game against Tennessee and that power run game, along with attacking defense spells bad news for the visiting Wildcats. The basketball games between these two in the not too distant future will be way more competitive than this contest. Expect the Gators to win big.