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2020 SEC Football Watch Guide: Week 1

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College football is officially back for the Southeastern Conference, folks. After a long wait, the SEC is ready to get the 2020 season underway, and there’s plenty of intriguing matchups around the conference.

Arguably the best game of the week for the SEC, the No. 8 Auburn Tigers are hosting the No. 23 Kentucky Wildcats. The Tigers are looking to prove that they are a legitimate challenger for the SEC West crown, as is the case every three to four years, and Kentucky is seeking respect as Mark Stoops continues to steadily build a solid program.

Around four years ago was the last time Dan Mullen took a trip to Oxford and he came away from that game with a huge win as Nick Fitzgerald and Aeris Williams ran over the Rebels. But, Ole Miss has a new coach now and Mullen isn’t with Mississippi State anymore. Lane Kiffin and the Rebels are looking for a chance to spoil the start of what has the potential of being a banner year for the Florida Gators.

Mississippi State football fans are certainly well aware of one of the most interesting matchups of the week as Mike Leach and the Bulldogs go down to Baton Rouge to take on the No. 6 LSU Tigers. Will Leach’s famed air-raid offense be able to get MSU a victory in Baton Rouge over the defending national champs or will Ed Orgeron and LSU be able to prove that they aren’t just one-hit wonders?

The Arkansas Razorbacks are still attempting to rebuild what was once a really fun football team to watch. Just a decade ago, the Razorbacks were one of the best teams in the SEC. But one of the current best teams in the SEC is coming to town, and Arkansas is arguably the worst. The Georgia Bulldogs are aiming for a blowout win over Arkansas and a solid start to what could be a year that yields another SEC title and another playoff appearance.

Speaking of being hopeful for an SEC title and a playoff appearance, the Alabama Crimson Tide will start their season off by facing the Missouri Tigers. Nick Saban and the Tide are looking to add to their ridiculously amazing collection of trophies and championship rings this season while Mizzou is just trying to get moving in the right direction under a new coaching staff.

In College Station sits a team that could be the most intriguing to keep up with in the SEC this season. The Texas A&M Aggies are used to winning eight games a year, but in 2020, that would be a really good record. A&M has a dreadfully difficult schedule this year, but they start with a Vanderbilt team that might not win a game all season. That’s a good scrimmage for a team that isn’t looking to prove itself this week but rather is interested in taking down the Crimson Tide and the Florida Gators and the Tennessee Vols and the LSU Tigers and the Auburn Tigers. If they can somehow win most of those games, this year will likely be a success for Jimbo Fisher.

Will Will Muschamp be able to will his team to victory when the South Carolina Gamecocks host the Tennessee Vols? The Volunteers appear to be a team on the rise and Muschamp’s South Carolina team continues to sputter each and every year. South Carolina isn’t a blue blood, but the program has potential to be better than what it is. Muschamp needs to start proving that he’s the guy who can do that for the Gamecocks. Finding a way to take down a team that is moving up in the SEC East would be a good start for him.

Definitely go check out these games:

  • No. 23 Kentucky vs. No. 8 Auburn
  • No. 5 Florida vs. Ole Miss
  • Mississippi State vs. No. 6 LSU

Maybe watch this one:

No. 16 Tennessee vs. South Carolina

These are unnecessary unless you have nothing better to do:

  • No. 4 UGA vs. Arkansas
  • No. 2 Alabama vs. Missouri
  • Vanderbilt vs. No. 10 Texas A&M

Here’s everything you need to watch every single SEC game this weekend:

  • No. 23 Kentucky vs. No. 8 Auburn – 11 a.m. on SEC Network
  • No. 5 Florida vs. Ole Miss – 11 a.m. on ESPN
  • Mississippi State vs. No. 6 LSU – 2:30 p.m. on CBS
  • No. 4 UGA vs. Arkansas – 3 p.m. on SEC Network
  • No. 2 Alabama vs. Missouri – 6 p.m. on ESPN
  • No. 16 Tennessee vs. South Carolina – 6:30 p.m. on SEC Network
  • Vanderbilt vs. No. 10 Texas A&M – 6:30 p.m. on SEC Network Alternate

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