With three Top 25 matchups and another game where the losing coach might not be around after the season, there will be plenty to watch Saturday in the SEC.
No. 12 Georgia at No. 23 Ole Miss, noon ET, ESPN: In a rare cross-division matchup, Ole Miss is trying to avoid falling to 1-3 for the first time under Hugh Freeze. The Rebels could use a win after they squandered their second 21-point lead of the season last week to Alabama. Meanwhile, thanks to some late-game heroics from true freshman quarterback Jacob Eason last week, the Bulldogs are 3-0. With a win Saturday, Kirby Smart would become the first Georgia coach in 78 years to begin his career with four straight wins.
Kent State at No. 1 Alabama, noon ET, SEC Network: For the second time since he has been at Alabama, Nick Saban will face his alma mater. Saban was a member of the 1972 MAC championship team, which is still the last Kent State team to win a MAC title. The Crimson Tide have won 61 straight games against unranked teams but could be without wide receivers ArDarius Stewart and Robert Foster on Saturday. Both are considered questionable.
No. 19 Florida at No. 14 Tennessee, 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS: Florida currently owns an 11-game winning streak over the Volunteers, and the players are confident that they will make it 12 on Saturday. Said cornerback Quincy Wilson: "Nobody has ever seen a duck pull a truck. Florida Gators are going to win, simple as that." However, Tennessee has won nine straight games dating back to last season, it longest win streak since a 14-game streak spanning the 1998-99 seasons. Whichever team wins Saturday will become the favorite in the East.
Mississippi State at Massachusetts, 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN3: It's not every day you see an SEC team go on the road to play UMass, but the game, which will be played at Gillette Stadium, will offer the Mississippi State players a chance to play in an NFL venue. The Bulldogs are still trying to move on without Dak Prescott, and it will be worth watching to see who takes reps at quarterback Saturday. Both Nick Fitzgerald and Damian Williams played against LSU.
Delaware State at Missouri, 4 p.m. ET, SEC Network: First-year Missouri coach Barry Odom might be a defensive guy, but his offense leads the SEC in passing through the first three games. Quarterback Drew Lock has already thrown for 1,106 yards with nine touchdowns and three interceptions while his favorite target, J'Mon Moore, is No. 1 in the conference with 320 yards receiving. Both could be in for another big day Saturday.
Vanderbilt at Western Kentucky, 4:30 p.m. ET, CBS Sports Network: This is another strange road game for the SEC, but unlike Mississippi State, the Commodores only have to travel 67 miles to play at Western Kentucky on Saturday. In fact, Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason called it a "backyard brawl" earlier this week. He's just hoping his team can avenge last year's 14-12 loss to the Hilltoppers and avoid a third straight 1-3 start to the season.
No. 18 LSU at Auburn, 6 p.m. ET, ESPN: There might not be a more important SEC game on Saturday's slate. And it's not because either team is in playoff contention. It's because both coaches are on the hot seat and both face a potential "win or you’re fired" scenario. LSU has won four of the last five against Auburn, including last year's game when Leonard Fournette rushed for 228 yards and three touchdowns, but Auburn will be at home this year. Since 2000, the home team has 14 of the past 16 games in this series.
South Carolina at Kentucky, 7:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network: With all the "hot seat" buzz surrounding the Auburn-LSU game, there hasn't been as much talk regarding Mark Stoops. But the fourth-year Kentucky coach faces a similar must-win scenario Saturday. At quarterback, Stephen Johnson will be replacing the injured Drew Barker. Johnson, a junior-college transfer, threw for 310 yards and three touchdowns last week against New Mexico State.
No. 17 Arkansas vs. No. 10 Texas A&M (in Arlington, Texas), 9 p.m. ET, ESPN: The Razorbacks and the Aggies have both quietly opened the season 3-0 and are now No. 2 and No. 3 in our latest SEC power rankings. That means the winner of Saturday's game will become the top contender to Alabama in the West. Fast starts are nothing new for Texas A&M, which will be seeking a 4-0 start for the third straight season. But if Arkansas goes to 4-0, it will be just the third such start in the past 25 years (1998 and 2003).