No. 19 Florida, No. 14 Tennessee meet in SEC East showdown


By The Associated Press



Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs (11) throws to a receiver in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Ohio Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)


Here are some things to watch in the Southeastern Conference during the fourth week of the season:

GAME OF THE WEEK: No. 19 Florida at No. 14 Tennessee: The Volunteers will try to win their 10th straight game and end an 11-game skid against the Gators. This game also matches the preseason Eastern Division favorite (Tennessee) against the defending East champion (Florida). Both teams are undefeated but at less than full strength. Florida will have Purdue graduate transfer Austin Appleby stepping in for injured quarterback Luke Del Rio. Tennessee will be missing injured cornerback Cam Sutton and linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr.

MATCHUP OF THE WEEK: Arkansas OT Dan Skipper vs. Texas A&M DE Myles Garrett: The 6-foot-5, 270-pound Garrett is among the best pass rushers in the college game and finished last season with 19½ tackles for a loss, including 12½ sacks. He already has three sacks this season. Garrett is expected to line up against Skipper for most of the game. The 6-foot-10, 319-pound Skipper was an All-SEC selection at right tackle last season before moving to left tackle this fall.

NUMBERS GAME: Tennessee has fumbled 11 times this season but has lost only one of them. … Ole Miss’ Evan Engram has 20 catches and 302 yards receiving to lead all tight ends. … The 53 yards Florida gave up in a 32-0 victory over North Texas represented the lowest total the Gators have ever yielded in a single game. Florida leads all FBS teams in scoring defense (4.7), total defense (129.7), sacks (16) and opponents’ completion percentage (.340). … Missouri is ranked fifth nationally in yards passing per game and 16th in total offense. The Tigers were 112th in passing offense and 124th in total offense last year.

UPSET WATCH: No. 23 Ole Miss is a 7½-point favorite at home against No. 12 Georgia despite losing 10 straight to the Bulldogs in a streak that dates back to 1996. … Tennessee is a 6 ½-point favorite against Florida even though a favored Volunteers team lost to the Gators in 2012, ‘14 and ‘15. … Arkansas is a 6 ½-point underdog against Texas A&M at a neutral site game in Arlington, Texas. Both teams are undefeated.

IMPACT PERFORMER: LSU outside linebacker/defensive end Arden Key has five sacks already. No LSU player ever has recorded that many sacks through the first three games of a season since at least 1980. Key already has matched his 2015 sack total. His sack in the final two minutes of a 23-20 win over Mississippi State last week caused a fumble that enabled LSU to seal the victory.

Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs (11) throws to a receiver in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Ohio Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_112602098-0253727687c3472388e65ccd76780d79.jpgTennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs (11) throws to a receiver in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Ohio Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

By The Associated Press

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