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Around the SEC: Week 5 Football Matchups

After a month of college football, week five is upon us featuring Southeastern Conference clashes and meetings between teams for the first time in history.

Ole Miss opens SEC play on the road against No.1 Alabama looking to break their eight game losing streak against the Crimson Tide. The Rebels are currently 3-1 and are likely to face a difficult challenge against the SEC powerhouse. Alabama has not trailed after the first quarter in the past 18 games, no team has made a field goal against the Tide this season, and the defense has only allowed three touchdowns. Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze recognizes the caliber of competition coming into this game, but says the team is excited.

However, Alabama coach Nick Saban isn’t discounting the Rebels.  Saban says Ole Miss has been playing well.

Florida’s next opponent, the third ranked LSU Tigers, are welcoming Towson this weekend for the first meeting between the two teams.  LSU is coming off a narrow win over the Auburn Tigers last Saturday 12-10.  The Tigers are 30-0 under head coach Les Miles in non-conference regular season games. But Miles says they will be taking on a good Towson team with talented players.

Tennessee is hitting the road to face the Georgia Bulldogs, as they look to avoid an 0-2 start in the SEC.  Six of the last seven meetings between the two teams have come down to 12 points or less, with Georgia having won the last two games in the series. Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley says it will take some of their best playing to face this well rounded Georgia team.

The Arkansas Razorbacks will visit College Station, Texas to take on Texas A&M. The Aggies are coming off two wins where they put up big points against unranked teams.  But A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin says there’s still room for improvement.

A&M has lost each of the last three meetings with the Razorbacks, and another win for the struggling 1-3 team would be a huge boost to the progam and its fans.

Other SEC match-ups this weekend include Missouri traveling to Orlando to take on Central Florida for the first time in history at 11 am and South Carolina heading to Lexington to face the  Kentucky Wildcats at 7 pm.

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