The second week of the SEC’s 88th season features seven conference games – Texas A&M at Alabama, South Carolina at Florida, Auburn at Georgia, Ole Miss at Kentucky, Arkansas at Mississippi State, Missouri at Tennessee and LSU at Vanderbilt. Here are 10 numbers, along with the schedule, TV and odds, to get ready for the second Saturday of SEC football:
0 Road losses are on the record of Missouri coach Eliah Drinkwitz. In Drinkwitz’s only other season as a head coach, his Appalachian State team won all six of its road games in 2019. Missouri will visit Tennessee on Saturday for its first road game of 2020. The Tigers have lost their first SEC road game five years in a row. Since Missouri defeated South Carolina 21-20 in its first conference road game of 2014, Missouri has lost at Kentucky twice and LSU, South Carolina and Vanderbilt once each in its first SEC road trip annually.
1 Major-college football rivalry will have been contested more than Auburn and Georgia after the Tigers and Bulldogs square off on Saturday for the 125th time. Minnesota and Wisconsin have faced off 129 times (with No. 130 scheduled for Nov. 28). The Miami (Ohio)-Cincinnati and North Carolina-Virginia rivalries also have been played 124 times. While the Tar Heels and Cavaliers are scheduled to square off in Game No. 125 on Oct. 31, Miami and Cincinnati will not play in 2020 with the Mid-American Conference limiting the RedHawks to a conference-only schedule. Georgia leads the series with Auburn 60-56-8, reflecting the competitiveness of the most-played rivalries. Wisconsin leads Minnesota 61-60-8. Miami leads Cincinnati 59-58-7. The North Carolina-Virginia series has the biggest difference, with UNC leading 63-57-4.
2 Victories in the Florida-South Carolina series for Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp. In his four seasons as the Gators’ coach, Muschamp went 1-3 against South Carolina. With the Gamecocks, he’s 1-3 against Florida. Muschamp gets another chance for a win on Saturday when South Carolina visits Florida.
7 Consecutive victories have been posted by Tennessee, the longest winning streak in the SEC and the third-longest in the nation. The Volunteers’ most recent setback was a 35-13 loss to Alabama on Oct. 19. Air Force and Notre Dame have won their past eight games, and Florida Atlantic also has won seven in a row. In the seven games before its winning streak, Tennessee won twice. The Volunteers host Missouri on Saturday.
14 Consecutive Alabama games have featured at least 30 points for the Crimson Tide, the longest such streak in SEC history. When Alabama opened its season last week by beating Missouri 38-19, it broke a tie for the SEC top spot with Texas A&M, which had a 13-game streak during the 2012 and 2013 seasons. The most recent game in which Alabama failed to score at least 30 points was the Tide’s 44-16 loss to Clemson in the CFP national championship game on Jan. 7, 2019.
30 Consecutive home-openers have been won by Florida. The Gators will kick off their 2020 home schedule against South Carolina on Saturday. Florida’s most recent loss in its home-opener is a 24-19 defeat by Ole Miss on Sept. 9, 1989. The teams that Florida has beaten in the streak have been Arkansas State, Ball State, Bowling Green, Charleston Southern (twice), The Citadel, Eastern Michigan (twice), Florida Atlantic, Hawaii, Houston, Kentucky, Louisiana-Lafayette, Marshall, Massachusetts, Miami (Ohio), New Mexico State (twice), Oklahoma State, San Jose State (twice), Southern Miss (twice), Tennessee, Toledo, UAB, UT Martin, Western Kentucky, Western Michigan and Wyoming.
31 Consecutive home games have been won in October by Alabama. The Crimson Tide hasn’t been beaten at Bryant-Denny Stadium in the 10th month since South Carolina took a 20-3 victory on Oct. 2, 2004. Alabama hosts Texas A&M on Saturday.
84 Years since Auburn and Georgia squared off in a regular-season game in any month other than November. The teams are ready to meet outside the 11th month on Saturday in Athens. On Oct. 24, 1936, the Tigers defeated the Bulldogs 20-13 in Columbus, Georgia. Since then, the only Auburn-Georgia meeting not played in November was the 2017 SEC Championship Game, in which the Bulldogs took a 28-7 victory on Dec. 2. The only Auburn-Georgia game played earlier on the calendar than this year’s game is the 1892 meeting, the first game between the schools, which occurred on Feb. 20.
249 On-the-field victories as a college head coach for Alabama’s Nick Saban. A victory over Texas A&M on Saturday would make Saban the eighth coach to win 250 games at NCAA FBS programs (or major-college before that designation), joining Joe Paterno, Bobby Bowden, Pop Warner, Bear Bryant, Amos Alonzo Stagg, LaVell Edwards and Tom Osborne. Saban had a 9-2 record at Toledo, 34-24-1 mark at Michigan State and 48-16 record at LSU and owns a 158-23 record at Alabama for a career on-the-field mark of 249-65-1. Saban’s winning percentage of .792 ranks 17th in the NCAA record book for FBS coaches. Officially, Saban has a 244-65-1 mark because five victories in 2007 were included in 21 Alabama wins ordered vacated by the NCAA.
415 Passing yards for Tennessee QB Jarrett Guarantano in the Volunteers’ 24-20 victory over Missouri last season. Guarantano completed 23-of-40 passes with two touchdowns and no interceptions against the Tigers in 2019, and he’ll take aim at Missouri again on Saturday, when it visits Neyland Stadium. Guarantano’s career high also is the fourth-highest single-game passing yardage total in Tennessee history. Tyler Bray passed for 530 yards in a 55-48 victory over Troy in 2012 and Peyton Manning passed for 523 yards in a 59-31 victory over Kentucky in 1997 and 492 in a 35-29 loss to Florida in 1996.
This week’s SEC schedule includes (all times are CDT with point spreads from vegasinsider.com):
· South Carolina at No. 3 Florida, 11 a.m. at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida (ESPN). Line: Florida by 16.5.
· Missouri at No. 21 Tennessee, 11 a.m. at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee (SEC Network). Line: Tennessee by 12.5.
· No. 13 Texas A&M at No. 2 Alabama, 2:30 p.m. at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa (CBS). Line: Alabama by 18.
· Ole Miss at Kentucky, 3 p.m. at Kroger Field in Lexington, Kentucky (SEC Network). Line: Kentucky by 6.
· Arkansas at No. 16 Mississippi State, 6:30 p.m. at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, Mississippi (SEC Network alternate channel). Line: Mississippi State by 17.
· No. 7 Auburn at No. 4 Georgia, 6:30 p.m. at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia (ESPN). Line: Georgia by 7.5.
· No. 20 LSU at Vanderbilt, 6:30 p.m. at Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee (SEC Network). Line: LSU by 21.
Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.