We start the SEC Week 3 Quick Snap with The Tide playing Louisianna Monroe at home this Saturday. In a weird way, I think Bama fans will hope they play the Tide close… anything to get rid of Bill O’Brien
Texas A&M hosts Miami a week after their shock home loss to App State. The Aggies flexed their ‘Big Scientology Energy’ this week when they tried to serve DMCA notices to any accounts sharing their hilarious ‘Yell Leader’ video. Expect the rest of the SEC fan bases to pile on the banter this weekend. If they lose, the jokes about A&M having to find $85 million for Jimbo’s buyout may not be all that funny anymore.
Georgia welcomes South Carolina to Athens, representing Shane Beamer’s first “ah so this is what it takes to win at a high level” moment of the season. I was genuinely concerned for Spencer Rattler, and his ribs. Then I rewatched a few episodes of Netflix’ QB1 series and I feel less concerned now.
Cupcake Reward Anyone?
Kentucky play Youngstown State at home in a nice, rewarding cup-cake game after their win in the Swamp last weekend. They couldn’t possibly slip up, could they? If you’re into tracking draft stock, it should be a good opportunity for Will Levis to showcase some attributes. Like a mid-season pro-day.
Ole Miss play Georgia Tech in Vaught Hemmingway Stadium. It should be a comfortable win for the Rebels, but this is college football. Not much that stands out here other than getting to see the further progression of Jackson Dart under HC Lane Kiffin.
Penn State travels to the plains to face Auburn. This is a window-into-the-locker-room game if we’ve ever seen one. Auburn are at home against a team from their biggest rival as a conference and they are underdogs. If Auburn doesn’t put out an Iron Bowl-like performance for their coach here, you have to say Harsin has lost his team. At the same time, if the Tigers pull out a result, it could be the turning point of the season.
Vandys Time to Shine
Vanderbilt play Northern Illinois in what should be their most enjoyable game for a few weeks. Their next three are Bama, Ole Miss, then Georgia. But hey, a 3-1 Vandy is still a 3-1 Vandy.
Mississippi State travel to Death Valley to play LSU. We all love to route for chaos in college football and this game should be just that. What LSU team turns up? Who knows. State know how to score points, as does LSU, kind of. The real reason I have faith in this game being chaotic is Leach v Kelly. Can you imagine Mike Leach dancing with recruits? I feel like Kelly is the type of guy that makes Leach say things like “I hate the way the world is now”.
Arkansas and Tennessee should pick up easy wins as they host Missouri State and Akron, respectively. Not much to say here, apart from Hendon Hooker to Cedric Tillman is super fun to watch.
The Gators look to bounce back against USF. The Bulls have scored 63 in their first two games and conceded 70. Anthony Richardson should dice this defence up and get his confidence back in the process. In-state rivalries are always fun.
-Jake Self @dynastybrit