A quartet of conference games highlights Week 4 SEC action

There will be plenty of SEC action this week as all 14 teams take the field in 10 games. There are four conference games starting at 11:00 a.m. CT when the Missouri Tigers take on the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

After that game we have the Tennessee Vols hosting the Florida Gators at 2:30pm CT at Neyland Stadium. Night games will include the Southwest Classic between the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Texas A&M Aggies from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and the Vanderbilt Commodores at the Alabama Crimson Tide from Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Outside of those four games, all six non-conference tilts should go in the SEC’s favor. We break down all 10 games with the Week 4 preview. All games are listed in kickoff order.

Kent State Golden flashes at No. 1 Georgia Bulldogs

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The No. 1-ranked Georgia Bulldogs (3-0) have a home win this week against Power Five conference rival Kent State (1-2). Kent State has lost to Washington (45-20) and Oklahoma (33-3) already this season. Expect another win for UGA on Saturday.

Missouri Tigers at Auburn Tigers

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The Auburn Tigers (2-1) posted their worst home loss since UGA beat them 38-0 in 2012, the final year of the Gene Chizik era. They now battle cross-division foes the Missouri Tigers (2-1) on Saturday. Both teams are looking for answers and this will be a big test for both teams. Like Auburn, Mizzou has wins over lesser opponents and a complete loss against a Power Five team out of the conference.

Auburn leads the all-time series 2-1

Bowling Green Falcons at Mississippi State Bulldogs

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Bowling Green (1-2) is looking for another win this week after beating Marshall, the team that shocked Notre Dame. The only problem is, Mississippi State (2-1) will try to pull off a letdown from Saturday’s 31-16 loss to LSU. Look for Will Rogers and company to light up the scoreboard at StarkVegas.

Mississippi State won its only previous game in 2013, 21-20.

No. 22 Florida Gators at No. 12 Tennessee Vols

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This week will see the Florida Gators (2-1, 0-1) take on the undefeated Tennessee Volunteers (3-0). This SEC East rivalry has been one-sided this century, with the Gators holding a 17-4 edge since 2000. The Vols last won in 2016, that game in Knoxville. If the Gators play like they did against USF, it could be a huge win for the Vols. Is Florida closer to last week or the team that beat Utah to open the season? That will be a tall order with Josh Hopple and Hendon Hooker humming this Tennessee offense.

Florida leads the all-time series 31-20

Tulsa Golden Hurricane at No. 13 Ole Miss Rebels

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After losing Matt Corral to the NFL Draft, the Ole Miss Rebels (3-0) and head coach Lane Kiffin reloaded the offense in the transfer portal. Two former USC players (Jackson Dart and Michael Trigg) chose to join Kiffin in Oxford. Add in former TCU RB Zach Evans and you have an explosive offense. The Rebels must take care of Tulsa on Saturday and move to 4-0 before their matchup next Saturday with No. 9 Kentucky.

Tulsa leads the all-time series 3-0.

Northern Illinois Huskies under No. 9 Kentucky Wildcats

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Mark Stoops has his Kentucky Wildcats (3-0, 1-0) humming again after wins over Florida and Youngstown State last week. The home team gets one more tune-up before the challenge with Ole Miss on Oct. 1. Will Lewis and UK got off to a slow start last week before showing muscle, we should fully expect NIU to struggle to keep up this week.

This will be the first meeting between these two schools.

No. 10 Arkansas Razorbacks vs. No. 20 Texas A&M Aggies (AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas)

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It’s time for another Southwest Classic between the Arkansas Razorbacks (3-0, 1-0) and the Texas A&M Aggies (2-1). The Hogs were swept last season by the Aggies on a nine-game winning streak. Could KJ Jefferson and Arkansas go for two this week? On the other hand, the Aggies’ offensive struggles continued against Miami despite the quarterback switch. We’ll find out if Jimbo Fisher can come up with something to give his offensive attack a boost.

Arkansas leads the all-time series 42-33-3

Vanderbilt Commodores at No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide

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It’s been a good start for the Vanderbilt Commodores (3-1) this season, but they’ll get a reality check this week when they travel to Tuscaloosa. The Alabama Crimson Tide (3-0) made quick work of Louisana-Monroe on Saturday. Vandy hasn’t scored a single point against the Tide since their game in 2007. Get ready for another one-sided affair at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

New Mexico Lobos at Louisiana State Tigers

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The LSU Tigers (2-1,1-0) are coming off a 31-16 win over the SEC West against Mississippi State and return to their non-conference schedule on Saturday. The New Mexico Lobos (2-1) hope to pull off the upset, but it will be a tall order with a talented Tigers team led by Jaden Daniels. This game shouldn’t be close and the bench players should play most of the second half for the Tigers.

Charlotte 49ers at South Carolina Gamecocks

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The hope for the South Carolina Gamecocks (1-2,0-2) is that the additions of Spencer Rattler and Austin Stogner will help close the gap. But it was more of the same as UGA rolled over the Gamecocks on Saturday, 48-7. SC should get back on the winning side of things in a big way when they host Charlotte.

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