GAINESVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 17: Tight end Mychal Rivera #81 of the Tennessee Volunteers makes a reception for a touchdown against linebacker Jelani Jenkins #3 of the Florida Gators and safety Matt Elam #22 during a game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 17, 2011 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
The season keeps chugging along, but we're still in the icky part where there are a lot of bad non-conference opponents. We'll get this thing going real good shortly.
GAME OF THE WEEK
Florida at Tennessee, 6:00 pm ET, Saturday, ESPN
It's the only matchup of ranked teams in the league and College GameDay will be there, so naturally it's not the CBS Game of the Week. That's planning ahead!
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15
Louisiana-Monroe at Auburn, 12:21 pm ET, SEC Network
ULM beating an SEC team? Like that would ever happen, especially in the early game slot where no conference teams ever show up flat and blow games they shouldn't. Pshaw.
Presbyterian at Vanderbilt, 12:30 pm ET, CSS
A game for the ages.
Alabama at Arkansas, 3:30 pm ET, CBS
And you thought Bama's win over Michigan was ugly.
Texas A&M at SMU, 3:30 pm ET, FSN
This matchup of former SWC foes is the kind that really doesn't feel like it has anything to do with the SEC yet.
Western Kentucky at Kentucky, 7:00 pm ET, ESPNU
A rematch of the game that gave us "They s'posed to be SEC". What catch phrase will it give us this year?
Arizona State at Missouri, 7:00 pm ET, ESPN2
You can tell this one was scheduled before Mizzou joined the conference. Only Tennessee, LSU, and Georgia have been granted waivers to play Pac-12 teams. That's a little-known policy instituted after Arkansas had an unfortunate run-in with USC.
UAB at South Carolina, 7:00 pm ET, FSN
This Garrick McGee guy leading UAB probably won't give South Carolina too many problems. I mean, I doubt he has in the past.
Mississippi State at Troy, 7:00 pm ET, ESPN3
Here's the test for MSU: one week after getting a huge conference win over Auburn, you have to go on the road to the ominous environment of... a Sun Belt also-ran?
FAU at Georgia, 7:30 pm ET, CSS
Continuing the SEC's Tour de Sun Belt.
Idaho at LSU, 8:00 pm ET, PPV
There's something that just feels so right about LSU and the Vandals getting together.
Texas at Ole Miss, 9:15 pm ET, ESPN
Two things I know for sure about this one: the Rebels will win the party, and Texas A&M fans will gladly pitch in with their favorite insults.