Ole Miss (8-2, 4-2) at Arkansas (5-5, 2-4)
If it was anything like last year’s meeting… well, that would be hard to imagine. The Rebels are the favorites by 2 1/2 points according to FanDuel Sportsbook and are trying to rebound from a loss to No. 8 Alabama. The Razorbacks have lost two close games in a row, 21-19 to Liberty and 13-10 to LSU. Ole Miss won last year’s game 52-51 when Arkansas coach Sam Pittman’s unsuccessful two-point attempt failed. The teams combined for 1,287 yards and 14 touchdowns. Pittman expects to get back quarterback KJ Jefferson, who missed the LSU game with a shoulder injury.
Carnell Williams is no longer a player, but Auburn’s caretaker manager has had a huge impact in energizing the team and fans. The popular former Tigers running back and NFL Rookie of the Year led Auburn to a 13-10 win over Texas A&M that ended a five-game losing streak that began under the fired Bryan Harsin. This was followed by an overtime loss in the state of Mississippi. Now Williams is trying to get Auburn (4-6) to qualify for the Bowl, with games remaining against Western Kentucky and 8th-ranked Alabama.
Ole Miss freshman Quinshon Judkins is just 142 yards from the school’s 73-year rushing mark. Fullback Kayo Dottley has held the school’s rushing record for 1,312 yards since 1949. … Alabama should have no problem extending its 55-game non-conference winning streak in the regular season against FCS Austin Peay. That includes 41 straight wins at Bryant-Denny Stadium. … Georgia is tied for the national lead with 32 rushing touchdowns, 10 away from the 2017 school record. … Tennessee No. 5 had six straight sellouts for the first time since 2006. …Vanderbilt’s 24- The 21st win over Kentucky led to a 26-game losing streak for the SEC.
Texas A&M is a 32 1/2 point favorite over UMass. These days there’s no guarantee the Aggies can score that many goals, even with an apparent mismatch. This appears to be a safe bet for Texas A&M to end a six-game losing streak that is the program’s longest since 1972. But to cover that huge spread, even against UMass, it might take improved execution and playmaking. The Aggies are hoping to get injured tailback Devon Achane and tight end Max Wright back to support freshman quarterback Conner Weigman. Texas A&M ranks last in the SEC and 108th nationally with 21.5 points per game. UMass is 130th of 131 teams (14.0 ppg) and their defense isn’t faring much better.
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