Tennessee and Florida meet in pivotal SEC East showdown – FOXSports.com
Here are a some things to watch during the third week of the Southeastern Conference football season:
GAME OF THE WEEK: No. 23 Tennessee at No. 24 Florida: After ending an 11-game losing streak in this annual series last year, Tennessee now gets a chance to send Florida to its first 0-2 start since 1971. Florida opened the season with a 33-17 loss to No. 7 Michigan in which the Gators failed to score an offensive touchdown. The team that grabs the early lead in this game shouldn’t take anything for granted. In each of the last three Tennessee-Florida matchups, the winning team has trailed by at least nine points in the second half. Tennessee erased an early 21-0 deficit in its 38-28 triumph over the Gators last year.
MATCHUP OF THE WEEK: Mississippi State QB Nick Fitzgerald vs. LSU’s defense: The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Fitzgerald has thrown for 363 yards, five touchdowns and one interception while also running for 152 yards and three touchdowns through two games. He’s averaging 8.9 yards per carry. LSU will counter with its traditionally stout defense, and the Tigers should get a boost from the return of elite pass rusher Arden Key, who is expected to play his first game of the season on Saturday following shoulder surgery. He had 12 sacks last season.
NUMBERS GAME: Since the start of the 2009 season, Alabama’s defense has allowed 164 touchdowns, by far the lowest total of any Football Bowl Subdivision team. LSU (203) ranks second and Florida (210) is third in that category. … Tennessee RB John Kelly is the only SEC player to lead his team in both yards rushing (208) and receptions (10). … Georgia’s Jake Fromm was just the second Georgia true freshman quarterback ever to make his first career start on the