SEC Week 4 Preview: Tennessee vs. Florida and Auburn vs. LSU

SEC ball is back in action this weekend as two top ranked teams unfold their doormats for  showdowns on Saturday.

Let’s tackle old business first. Who was the grandest of them all last week? Did A.J. McCarron hold down his national title status or did Johnny Football disrupt Bama’s glory?

Texas A&M and Alabama turned heads last weekend as they took to the gridiron for one of the best, viagra most highly anticipated games of the year. The matchup was a rather high scoring game with a final score of 49-42. In the end, it was Alabama that held the lead in the 4th quarter. Both QBs delivered, but Johnny Manziel slid in front of McCarron by the end of the game with 464 passing yards for 5 touchdowns.

Where is the spotlight heading this week in SEC football?

Florida QB Jeff Driskel
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This week things slow down for the SEC. Conference play has yet to dominant our weekends but there are a few games underway that will deliver the tough competition that any football fans live for.

Tennessee at #19 Florida, Saturday at 2:30pm on CBS

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Why you should care: The Gators may clearly have the advantage in this game as the Volunteers are coming off a blow out loss against the Oregon Ducks. Did I say blow out? I meant a demolition. Tennessee lost 59-14 to the Ducks last weekend, but that fall could be just the reason why the Volunteers come onto the field with high energy. Let’s be optimistic here people. This matchup may look like a shoe-in for Florida. If they win, this will be the ninth consecutive time that the Gators have beaten Tennessee. My vote goes towards the underdog in this matchup.

What to watch for: Gator’s QB Jeff Driskel is the focus of this game. He injured his knee in the Gator’s fall to the University of Miami two weeks ago and produced pretty poor numbers. Three interceptions and only one assisted touchdown in the Gator’s last game dug this stud a spot in the doghouse. Will he emerge or will he sink?

LSU QB Zach Mettenberger                                Photo Credit: bleacherreport.com

Auburn at #6 LSU, Saturday at 2:30pm on CBS

Why you should care: Tiger Stadium will host this faceoff in Baton Rouge where both teams will fight to keep their clean record. Neither team has lost a game this year but there is an important playmaker in all of this. The ranked LSU Tigers beat TCU at home for their season opener and Auburn… well they’ve faced no one worth mentioning. LSU has the upper hand. They’re at home, they’re in the Top Ten, and they are the team to beat this Saturday.

What to watch for: Senior QB, Zach Mettenberger has been a no-error player so far. He has zero turnovers and has passed for a comfortable 797 yards for the LSU Tigers. This may be the game where he pulls his treasures out of his secret chest. I’d keep my eyes on Mettenberger, he’s an essential SEC quarterback and is the offensive leader to a potential national title team.

 

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About the author: Paige Travis is the essence of a sports lover with a diva persona. She has played sports competitively for over 10 years and traveled around the country to compete on multiple levels, but don’t let the basketball shorts and ponytails fool you; she is a diva on a mission. Her obsession with heels is just as strong as her obsession with the Chicago Bulls and White Sox. Her favorite athletes include Derrick Rose and Johnny Knox and the very handsome Matt Kemp. Currently, Paige is studying Broadcast Journalism with an emphasis in sports and news at the University of Missouri.

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