The theme of the week in the SEC is moving on from last week. Whether it's Tennessee, Auburn or Texas A&M, we'll see how they respond to a big win the week before. And conversely, you have to wonder how Arkansas, Florida, LSU and Georgia will perform after tough losses.
Alcorn State at No. 20 Arkansas, noon ET, SEC Network
Losing by three touchdowns to Texas A&M hurt. The defense, which looked to be making strides after a tough 2015, ended up in a backslide instead. Now is the opportunity to regroup. At home against FCS Alcorn State, the Razorbacks need to get back to fundamentals and help Austin Allen, who is playing well at quarterback in his first season starting.
No. 23 Florida at Vanderbilt, noon ET, SEC Network
If you're still trying to figure out how the Gators blew such a big lead at Tennessee last weekend, you're not alone. It feels as if the offense went from dazzling to dismantled in a matter of minutes. The defense, meanwhile, went absolutely haywire. While losing a close game on the road to a ranked opponent doesn't doom Florida's playoff chances (however slim they are), the way they lost is cause for concern moving forward, especially with quarterback Luke Del Rio still doubtful to play Saturday against a capable Vanderbilt defense.
No. 11 Tennessee at No. 25 Georgia, 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS
OK, Tennessee. For those of us trying to look for reasons to believe in you, now is not the time to come out and lay an egg. That would be the old way of doing things, and you should have put that behind you by now. At home after losing in a blowout at Ole Miss, expect Georgia to come out of the gate with a ton of energy which the Vols will have to match.
Louisiana-Monroe at Auburn, 3:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network
Gus Malzahn won the so-called Buyout Bowl, but Auburn's offense isn't out of the woods yet. Making the change and giving the playcalling reins over to coordinator Rhett Lashlee looks like a positive move, but winning a game on field goals as they did against LSU isn't a sustainable scheme for Auburn. Louisiana-Monroe may end in a blowout, but pay attention to the Tigers' work in the red zone as a sign of things moving forward.
No. 9 Texas A&M at South Carolina, 4 p.m. ET, SEC Network
Are we looking at a trap game here? On the road, favored by double digits, a week after a big win against Arkansas, with a game against No. 11 Tennessee up next, it certainly looks that way for Texas A&M. The problem is that South Carolina, which managed just 10 points in a loss to Kentucky last week, just doesn't have the offensive firepower to make this interesting.
Kentucky at No. 1 Alabama, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN
Welcome to one of the most lopsided series in college football with Alabama leading Kentucky 36 wins to two. (There's one tie game in there, for what it's worth). This year looks just as lopsided. The Tide are obviously ranked No. 1 for a reason, and Wildcats coach Mark Stoops is on the hot seat for a reason, too. The Kentucky defense, which is Stoops' calling card, has struggled this season, giving up 40 or more points to Southern Miss, Florida and New Mexico State.
Memphis at No. 16 Ole Miss, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2
The Landshark defense better be careful. Shutting down Georgia was nice. But this Memphis offense can score in a hurry. Don't think so? Ask Bowling Green, which found itself down 56-3 at halftime to the Tigers. Ole Miss should feel good about itself right now, but it can't get caught looking ahead to Arkansas.
Missouri at LSU, 7:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network
It's going to be very interesting to see how LSU responds at home a week after their head coach was fired. Say what you want about Les Miles, but he was popular among his players. Now it's Ed Orgeron's turn. Coach O brings a lot of energy to the table himself, but as a defensive guy, you have to wonder how the Tigers' offense is expected improve with Miles and coordinator Cam Cameron gone. Against a potent Missouri passing game, they'll have to find a way to put points on the board.