Week 3 SEC Preview-esque: For the Record

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ARKANSAS at GEORGIA, 12:00 ET, ESPN

I know: When everyone tells you a game is going to be a shootout, it's never actually going to be a shootout. But Arkansas' defense still needs to prove it can stop -- well, anybody, really -- and Georgia's offense needs to prove that Todd Grantham's 3-4 defense is going to be able to stop a team like Arkansas. Georgia won't have A.J. Green, which will help, but I suspect both questions will be answered with "Not yet."

Arkansas 42, Georgia 24

VANDERBILT at OLE MISS, 12:21 ET, SEC Network

Do not be surprised if this game is 0-0 headed into the fourth overtime. Actually, I would be surprised if Vanderbilt didn't score in regulation against Ole Miss' defense. In any case, we all know that this is a game for front-runner in the race to be No. 12 in the SEC Power Poll.

Ole Miss 13, Vanderbilt 10

ALABAMA at DUKE, 3:30 ET, ABC

The Wallace Wade Memorial Bowl is about the most I've got for you on this game. We all know what's going to happen -- despite the rematch between Nick Saban and David Cutcliffe and the interest of any two FBS teams agreeing to play each other out-of-conference, this is one of the least intriguing games on the schedule this week. Alabama rolls.

Alabama 45, Duke 14

FLORIDA at TENNESSEE, 3:30 ET, CBS

This year's game is positively low-profile compared to last year's Urban Meyer-Lane Kiffin-Tim Tebow-REVENGE drama. But we know how this is going to go: Aside from the 2007 game, there hasn't been a game I would call a "blowout" since 1995. And we still don't know that Florida is all that good right now.

Florida 20, Tennessee 6

AKRON at KENTUCKY, 7:00 ET, FSN South

The Wildcats face their toughest test of the season so far. Yes, I know this is a MAC team that lost by 26 to Syracuse and in double overtime to Gardner-Webb of the FCS. (There's apparently no truth to the rumors that Joker Phillips told his team to consider this a practice for the game against Mississippi State later this season.) We still get no idea of what to expect when Kentucky heads to the Swamp next week.

Kentucky 38, Akron 7

CLEMSON at AUBURN, 7:00 ET, ESPN

We know next to nothing about Clemson because of their schedule -- except that the "other" "other" Tigers are 76th in total defense despite having played North Texas and Presbyterian College. On second thought, unless the Mississippi State game proves to be some sort of harbinger for the Auburn offense, we know all we need to know.

Auburn 56, Clemson 34

FURMAN at SOUTH CAROLINA, 7:00 ET, PPV

I don't gamble on sports or politics, but if I did bet on the former, I would always take the underdog in South Carolina's game against an in-state FCS opponent. South Carolina would avoid these games if not for the requirements of the state legislature, but not because of a high-minded notion about out-of-conference schedule. The Gamecocks always play badly; if they want to prove that this is the year where everything is different, this is a good place to start.

South Carolina 35, Furman 14

MISSISSIPPI STATE at LSU, 7:00 ET, ESPNU

Is it safe to change my preseason selections yet? This is the the one I think will be enough of a change from what I expected to happen to allow me to do so, but I'm still not ready to backtrack. But it will be close, and I'm probably wrong.

LSU 21, Mississippi State 20

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