BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A big weekend for the big 3! LSU and Southern hit the road, both heading to Alabama, while the Saints are at home Monday night, looking for an answer to their 4th quarter breakdowns.
The SEC also has a few big matchups that will begin to shape the conference, and there may be an upset or two on Saturday.
No. 18 LSU (2-1) at Auburn (1-2)
LSU travels this weekend to face Auburn on the Plains. The Bayou Bengals are beginning to settle in at offense with quarterback Danny Etling and the defense is getting stronger each game. Auburn continues to struggle to score on offense (we're not counting the 51 points against Arkansas State) and the defense gave up just under 500 yards against Texas A&M last weekend. Both teams are facing a must win situation and the losing coach will find the seat heating up. LSU puts together their best game of the season.
LSU 27, Auburn 16
Southern (1-2) at Alabama A&M (1-2)
Southern made quite the statement against Alabama State last weekend, beating the Hornets 64-6. Willie Quinn accounted for five touchdowns and actually outscored the Hornets by himself. Alabama A&M lost to Prairie View 41-20 last weekend. The Jags are just getting started and will improve to 2-0 in the SWAC.
Southern: 45, Alabama A&M 28
Atlanta Falcons (1-1) at Saints (0-2)
The Saints are back home against the Falcons on Monday night. It's too early to call it a must win for the Saints, but it's a must win for the Saints. New Orleans has lost two games on the last play of the game. The young defensive backs for the Saints will be tested by Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and former Alabama star Julio Jones. It won't be easy, but Drew Brees will have a little bit of that Saints Monday night magic and New Orleans gets that must win and the city parties on until Tuesday.
Saints 30, Falcons 27
Kentucky (0-2) at No. 1 Alabama (3-0)
Not much to say here. Won't be pretty. Alabama rolls, Nick Saban takes the foot off of the pedal in the 4th quarter. That is all.
Alabama 45, Kentucky 13
No. 12 Georgia (3-0) at No. 23 Ole Miss (1-2)
Georgia comes to town winning their last two games by two points or less (Nicholls State 26-24 and Missouri 28-27). The team is led by freshman quarterback Jacob Eason and running back Nick Chubb. Ole Miss has already lost two games this season and are officially in desperation mode. The Rebs win this one at home. Chip Kelly and the offense get going early and often.
UPSET OF THE WEEK NO. 1: Ole Miss 32, UGA 20
No. 17 Arkansas (3-0) at No. 10 Texas A&M (3-0)
Texas A&M is averaging 530 yards of offense a game, while giving up only 357 yards per contest on defense. Arkansas will certainly want to run the ball. The Hogs are averaging 170 yards per game on the ground. This will be without a doubt the SEC game of the week and Arkansas will prevail late.
UPSET OF THE WEEK NO. 2: Arkansas 24, Texas A&M 20
No. 24 Florida (3-0) at No. 19 Tennessee (3-0)
Florida quarterback Luke Del Rio will miss the game in Knoxville. Up next, you guessed it, another former Purdue starter by the name of Austin Appleby. The Vols are also hurting on defense with injuries to key players. Low scoring game with the home team finishing on top.
Tennessee 17, Florida 9
No. 7 Stanford (3-0) at UCLA (2-1)
Christian McCaffery and the Cardinals continue their march to a PAC-12 title and possible playoff spot.
Stanford 20, UCLA 17
No. 11 Wisconsin (3-0) at No. 8 Michigan State (3-0)
This week we find out just how good the Badger team from Wisconsin that beat LSU is. Michigan State made a statement against Notre Dame and will make one against the Badgers.
Michigan State 31, Wisconsin 17
LAST WEEK: 7-2, OVERALL RECORD: 18-9