The Southeastern Conference, SEC, start their games this week leading to even better matchups in week four of the college football season.
#5 Florida at Ole Miss – Noon – ESPN
The fifth ranked Florida Gators open their season on the road in Oxford, Mississippi against the Ole Miss Rebels. Florida has hit 400 plus total points during the season for the last two seasons. Quarterback Kyle Trask, who took over after Feleipe Franks, went down with an injury. He threw for 3,000 yards and completed 67 percent of his passes for 25 touchdowns and only 7 interceptions. Florida went 11-2 and 6-2 in the SEC last season and will look to take further steps in their third season under Coach Dan Mullen. Ole Miss finished a disappointing 4-8 and 2-6 in the SEC. They fired Matt Luke and replaced him with FAU head coach Lane Kiffin. Kiffin, a former Alabama Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks coach, makes his SEC return after turning FAU from a 3-9 team to winning 10 games twice in his 3-year tenure. Kiffin comes into a similar situation at Ole Miss and could start the turn around with a win against fifth ranked Florida. A fast paced and high scoring game could be in order with this matchup, making this a very exciting start to SEC football in 2020.
#2 Alabama at Missouri – 7:00 – ESPN
Second ranked Alabama opens in prime time against Missouri and will look this season to make a return to the College Football Playoff. Alabama finished 11-2 and missed the playoff for the first time since its inception in 2014. Mac Jones will most likely start as quarterback after throwing 14 touchdowns and only 3 interceptions after Tua Tagovailoa’s injury. Missouri had a mediocre 6-6 season and 3-5 in conference in 2019. The Tigers hired Eliah Drinkwitz in the offseason after he led Appalachian State in 2019 to a 12-1 record. Drinkwitz will have a tall task replacing 6 offensive starters from last year. Taylor Powell, who came in after Kelly Bryant got injured last season, only completed 47 percent of his passes. Tune into this game to watch Alabama embark on another strong season in a new era without Tagovailoa.
#24 Louisville at #21 Pittsburgh – Noon – ACC Network
Pittsburgh will unveil new steel industry-based uniforms in this top 25 show-down. Pitt starts 2020 with a 2-0 record for the first time in 5 years. Led by Kenny Pickett’s 495 passing yards and 3 touchdowns, Pitt has been able to put their offense into gear. The Panthers have certainly bounced back after a below average 8-5 season and a mediocre 4-4 in conference play. Pitt’s opponent, Louisville, looks to recover after falling to #12 Miami at home. Malik Cunningham still managed to complete 72 percent of his passes, throw for 307 yards, 3 touchdowns with 1 interception in the loss. Last time these two teams met in 2015, Pitt came out with a victory.
Winning 45-34 at Heinz Field, we could see another high scoring game in the same stadium between these two teams this weekend.