By: Hannah Oliveto
Here’s a look at the Week 10 SEC matchups in SEC football.
The Florida Gators (7-1, 6-1 SEC) are hosting SEC newcomer Missouri (4-4, 1-4 SEC). The last time these teams met was in the 1966 Sugar Bowl when Missouri won 20-18. This time the Gators are looking for the win and have extra motivation after losing their first game of the season to Georgia 17-9 last weekend.
The college game is seeing more dual threat quarterbacks than ever before, and Florida defensive coordinator Dan Quinn talks about the evolution of the mobile quarterback.
The Tigers are scoring 24.4 points per game and are coming off their first conference win over Kentucky 33-10. Missouri quarterback James Franklin will start against the Gators despite missing two games this season due to shoulder and knee injuries. Mizzou head coach Gary Pinkel says despite injuries the Tigers aren’t making excuses.
Another big game this weekend is No. 1 Alabama (8-0, 5-0) taking on No. 5 LSU in Death Valley. Last season the Tigers beat the Tide 9-6 before Alabama surged back and beat LSU 21-0 in the BCS national championship game. The team who wins could clinch the SEC West title.
Bama’s defense is ranked number one in the nation, permitting only 8.1 points per game and their offense shows terrific balance. Alabama head coach Nick Saban says quarterback AJ McCarron is improving.
LSU will need to make improvements on their offense to win the game. Tigers head coach Les Miles says the team is preparing for the game and is eager to play.
The number seven Georgia Bulldogs (7-1, 5-1) are hosting Ole Miss (5-3, 2-2). The Bulldogs are in control of their destiny after a win over Florida last week. A win against Ole Miss and Auburn will send them back to Atlanta in December for the SEC Championship Game. Georgia coach Mark Richt says Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace runs a solid, fast paced offense.
Other SEC games to watch this week are Texas A&M at Mississippi State, Kentucky hosting Vanderbilt, Tulsa at Arkansas, Troy at Tennessee, and Aurburn at home against New Mexico State.