So far in the first three weeks of the 2020 college football season we have been treated to early action. On Saturday, however, the rock concert really begins. The SEC kicks off its 10-game, conference-only season on Saturday, with a three-month sprint to Atlanta and the SEC Championship game.
There are other intriguing matches as well. No. 12 Miami Airport (FL) Hosts State of Florida And No. 24 Louisville Travels to No.21 Pittsburgh Among the key ACC games that can set the tone for the conference season.
What should you look for this weekend? Viewers’ Guide is here to help you navigate the action from noon-midnight. East at all times.
The biggest games
No. 23 Kentucky At No.8 Auburn – Afternoon, SEC Network: The first weekend should be a big test for the Tigers team with rank-on-rank SEC match-up college football playoff hopes. They have undergone a complete overhaul of the defensive line and the Wildcats are against the offensive line, which is one of the best in the country.
No. 21 Louisville 24th Pittsburgh – Afternoon, ACC Network: It may not seem like a huge game from a name-recognition standpoint, but it is a must-win for the Cardinals. They fell to Miami last weekend, and could not bear another loss if they wanted to make it to the ACC Championship game. The Panthers added their always-defensive defense with a dynamic offense under the quarterback Kenny Pickett.
Mississippi State At No.6 LSU – 3:30 pm, CBS: The Tigers begin their national title defense at SEC in the CBS Game of the Week against first year coach Mike Leach and the Bulldogs. Tigers quarterback Miles Brennan Joe Burrow has big shoes to fill after winning the Heisman Trophy last season, and plenty of fresh faces to grow up with if they are going to win their second consecutive SEC West title.
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No. 2 Alabama At Missouri – 7pm, ESPN: Crimson Tide enters the season with experience on both sides of the ball and looks to make a statement on the road against the experienced Tigers defense. This could be the game that starts the quarterback Mac Jones‘Heisman Trophy campaign? It will be interesting to see how he looks after getting a job in the off-season.
Florida State No. 12 Miami – 7:30 pm, ABC: This is another ACC game that defines the conference race. The Seminoles can’t give up their second conference game in the youth season, and Hurricanes ’victory over a hot opponent will undoubtedly give them tons of confidence … especially if the offense looks dangerous.
Other big games
State of Kansas At No.3 Oklahoma – Afternoon, Fox: Who wouldn’t love to get another glimpse of Suners Quarterback Spencer Rattler, Right? The Redshirt freshman looked like a superstar in the opener and gets a little tough on the challenge this weekend against the Wildcats. Any chance to see Lincoln Riley guilty in action is worth it.
No. 8 Texas At Texas Tech – 3:30 p.m., Fox: Another week, the Longhornes have another chance to prove they are “back”. This time, it was against a cross-state opponent who would destroy their season before it really crank. Longhornes quarterback Sam Ehlinger Looks like a star against UTEP. Is Red Riders defense better than minors? Well, maybe a little.
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No. 4 Georgia At Arkansas – 4 pm, SEC Network: Who will start in the quarterbacks for the Bulldogs: D’Von Mathews or JT Daniels? Coach Kirby said nothing more than Smart Daniels, not officially allowed to play earlier this week. Meanwhile, first-year razorbox coach Sam Pitman gets a chance to spoil his former boss’ season.
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