SEC Gameday: Saturday’s conference lineup

September 6, 2013 

NO. 12 FLORIDA (1-0) AT MIAMI (1-0), NOON (ESPN)

For Miami, a win means an almost-certain return to the AP Top 25 for the first time since 2010, bragging rights over a rival and being able to say the rebuilding phase might really be over. For Florida, it's a chance to leave a big exclamation mark on the series, since these teams are not expected to play again for a long, long time.

UAB (0-1) AT NO. 9 LSU (1-0), 7 P.M. ET (ESPNU)

LSU, which has won a nation's-best 42 consecutive nonconference regular season games since 2002, looks to build on its season opening victory over TCU and maintain its top 10 ranking. An upset by the Blazers would go down as one of UAB's greatest victories since defeating a Nick Saban-coached LSU squad in 2000.

SAM HOUSTON STATE AT NO. 7 TEXAS A&M, 6 P.M.

It's Texas A&M's last tuneup before a Sept. 14 rematch with top-ranked Alabama. Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel is expected to start after his was suspended for the first half of the opener Because of what the school called an “inadvertent” violation of NCAA rules involving signing autographs.

MIAMI (OHIO) at KENTUCKY, NOON

The Wildcats started Jalen Whitlow at quarterback last week against Western Kentucky, but he was replaced after throwing for 78 yards on 15 attempts. Maxwell Smith, his replacement, will start this week. UK rushed for 216 yards on 32 carries, led by tailback Raymond Sanders’ 98 yards on 14 carries.

WESTERN KENTUCKY AT TENNESSEE, 12:21 P.M.

Western Kentucky beat Kentucky 35–26 this past week and will be looking to make it two straight against an SEC team. The Hilltoppers had 216 yards rushing and 271 yards passing against UK. But Tennessee will be more of a challnege for coach Bobby Petrino’s team. Tennessee features tailbacks Rajion Neal and Marlin Lane.

ALCORN STATE AT MISSISSIPPI STATE, 3:30 P.M.

Mississippi State failed to score a touchdown for the first time since losing to LSU 19–6 in September 2011 in a 21–3 loss to Oklahoma State in Houston. The Bulldogs had only 333 yards of offense.

TOLEDO AT MISSOURI, 3:30 P.M.

Missouri had over 300 yards rushing and passing in a 58–14 win last week. The Toledo offense struggled against Florida, but could put pressure on the Missouri defense, which was among the worst units in the SEC this past season.

SAMFORD AT ARKANSAS (LITTLE ROCK), 7 P.M.

Arkansas was impressive in its 34–14 win against Louisiana-Lafayette with Brandon Allen throwing for 230 yards and three TDs. Two running backs (Jonathan Williams and Alex Collins) rushed for at least 130 yards.

SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE AT OLE MISS, 7 P.M.

Coach Hugh Freeze’s Rebels, after an opening week win against Vandy, plays an FCS team that lost to SE Louisiana 45–7 last week.

ARKANSAS STATE AT AUBURN, 7:30 P.M.

Arkansas State is the former team of Auburn coach Gus Malzahn. The Red Wolves feature quarterback Adam Kennedy, a transfer from Utah State. Auburn started the Malzahn era with a 31–24 win over Washington State.

AUSTIN PEAY AT VANDERBILT, 7:30 P.M.

Vanderbilt had a tough last-minute loss to Ole Miss this past Thursday night. Austin Peay, which trailed Tennessee 42–0 at the half last Saturday, will be an easier opponent.

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