SEC football capsules

Arkansas at Mississippi State

WHEN: 11:21 a.m. Saturday.

WHERE: Scott Field (55, 082), Starkville, Miss.


LAST WEEK: Arkansas lost to South Carolina, 38-20; Mississippi State lost to LSU, 37-17.

RECORDS: Arkansas 4-6, 2-4 SEC; MSU 7-3, 3-3.

SERIES: Arkansas leads, 15-6-1.

LAST MEETING: Arkansas won 44-17 in 2011.

NOTES: Arkansas needs a win Saturday and then again Friday against LSU to become bowl-eligible. ... Arkansas has outscored its opponents 89-35 in the first quarter in the first 10 games, but have been outscored 112-79 in the second quarter and 92-34 in the third. Opponents hold a 61-53 advantage in the fourth quarter and overtime. ... Arkansas has 18 players who have made their first starts this season, most in the SEC and the fifth-highest in the country. ... Hogs RB Knile Davis (hamstring) could return after missing two games. ... Twenty-five seniors will bid farewell to Scott Field on Saturday, the Bulldogs’ final home game of the season. ... MSU leading rusher LaDarius Perkins (strained quadricep) is expected to play after missing the LSU game.

Western Carolina at Alabama

WHEN: 11:21 a.m. Saturday.

WHERE: Bryant-Denny Stadium (101, 821), Tuscaloosa, Ala.

TV: WBXH (Cable Ch. 16).

LAST WEEK: Western Carolina was idle; Alabama lost to Texas A&M, 29-24.

RECORDS: WCU 1-9; Alabama 9-1.

LAST MEETING: Alabama won 52-6 in 2007.

SERIES: Alabama leads, 2-0.

NOTES: After back-to-back tough games against LSU and Texas A&M, the Tide host the 1-9 Catamounts. ... The last time the Tide played a Southern Conference opponent, Alabama won 45-21 over Georgia Southern. The Eagles’ triple-option attack rushed for 302 yards. ... Highly touted freshman Landon Collins of Dutchtown High School has eight tackles this season in limited action. He also has a blocked punt. ... Western Carolina, last in the Southern Conference, has given up 40 or more points seven times this season. It ranks 116th in scoring defense and 119th in total defense ... WCU has lost 31 of its last 35 games on the road, dating to 2005.

Jacksonville State at Florida

WHEN: Noon Saturday.

WHERE: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (88, 548), Gainesville, Fla.


LAST WEEK: Jacksonville State beat Austin Peay, 38-23; Florida beat Louisiana-Lafayette, 27-20.

RECORDS: JSU 6-4; Florida 9-1.

SERIES: First meeting.

NOTES: Florida will be without quarterback Jeff Driskel (ankle) on Saturday. Jacoby Brissett will make his third start in two season. ... Florida has seven come-from-behind wins this season. ... This is the second of three nonconference games for the Gators, who are finished SEC regular-season play. ... JSU is 4-15 against FBS opponents.

Wofford at South Carolina

WHEN: Noon Saturday.

WHERE: Williams-Brice Stadium (80, 250), Columbia, S.C.


LAST WEEK: Wofford beat Chattanooga, 16-13 in overtime; South Carolina beat Arkansas, 38-20.

RECORDS: Both teams are 8-2.

SERIES: South Carolina leads, 18-4-0.

LAST MEETING: South Carolina won 23-13 in 2008.

NOTES: Wofford, Appalachian State, and Georgia Southern have tied for the Southern Conference Championship. The tiebreaker to determine the automatic bid in the FCS playoffs will be depend on the outcome of several games this week, but Wofford does not have the edge in any scenario. ... Wofford has played in two straight overtime games. ... Wofford, which runs the triple option, is ranked second in the FCS in rushing offense and 36th in total offense. ... Gamecocks QB Connor Shaw has been wearing a boot on his right foot because of a sprained foot. He is expected to play Saturday.

Alabama A&M at Auburn

WHEN: Noon Saturday.

WHERE: Jordan-Hare Stadium (87, 451), Auburn, Ala.


LAST WEEK: Alabama A&M lost to Jackson State, 35-21; Auburn lost to Georgia, 38-0.

RECORDS: Alabama A&M 7-3; Auburn 2-8.

SERIES: First meeting.

NOTES: Auburn is 0-7 in the SEC for the first time in school history. ... The Tigers are averaging only 17.3 points and 298.5 yards per game. ... Auburn ranks 11th in the SEC in points allowed (28.4) and 13th in total defense (435.5). ... This will be Auburn’s first game against a SWAC team. ... Alabama A&M started 6-0 but has dropped three of its last four.

Georgia Southern at Georgia

WHEN: 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

WHERE: Sanford Stadium (92, 746), Athens, Ga.


LAST WEEK: Georgia Southern beat Howard, 69-26; Georgia beat Auburn, 35-0.

RECORDS: Georgia Southern 8-2; Georgia 9-1.

SERIES: Georgia leads, 4-0.

LAST MEETING: Georgia won 45-21 in 2008.

NOTES: Georgia Southern, ranked sixth in The Sports Network FCS poll, ranks first in the FCS in rushing yards per game (401.20). The triple-option based offense averages only 68.10 passing. ... Georgia QB Aaron Murray has passed for 2,656 yards this season, with 24 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He has completed 65.8 percent of his passes. ... Bulldogs RB Todd Gurley has posted three straight games of 100 or more yards rushing. Gurley has rushed for 973 yards and 11 TDs, with an average of 6.5 yards per carry.

Sam Houston State at Texas A&M

WHEN: 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

WHERE: Kyle Field (82, 549), College Station, Texas.


LAST WEEK: Sam Houston State beat Northwestern State, 52-17; Texas A&M beat Alabama, 29-24.

RECORDS: Both teams are 4-0.

SERIES: Texas A&M leads, 10-0.

LAST MEETING: Texas A&M won 59-6 in 1997.

NOTES: Two of the nation’s top offenses in their respective divisions meet in College Station. The Bearkats average 48.20 points per game to rank first in the FCS, while the Aggies put up 43.10 ppg (fourth in the FBS). ... Texas A&M is on pace to break the SEC’s total offense record per game of 534.4, which was set by the 1995 Florida Gators. Texas A&M is averaging 545.4 yards per game... A&M QB Johnny Manziel is on pace to break the SEC record for total offense of 4,327 yards set by Cam Newton of Auburn two years ago. ... Sam Houston’s Timothy Flanders is the school’s all-time leading rusher and has 22 100-yard games in his career. He has 1,087 yards rushing with 16 TDs this season.

Syracuse at Missouri

WHEN: 6 p.m. Saturday.

WHERE: Memorial Stadium (71,004), Columbia, Mo.


LAST WEEK: Syracuse beat Louisville, 45-26; Missouri beat Tennessee, 51-48 in 4 OTs.

RECORDS: Both teams are 5-5.

SERIES: Syracuse leads, 2-0.

LAST MEETING: Syracuse won 24-13 in 1987.

NOTES: Both teams are seeking wins to become bowl-eligible. Missouri has reached a bowl game for seven straight seasons. ... Syracuse has won three of its last four games, including an upset over previously undefeated Louisville last week. ... Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib is the first Syracuse player to pass for 3,000 yards in a season. He is also the Big East’s career completions leader.

Tennessee at Vanderbilt

WHEN: 6 p.m. Saturday.

WHERE: Vanderbilt Stadium (40,350), Nashville, Tenn.


LAST WEEK: Tennessee lost to Missouri 51-48 in 4 OTs; Vanderbilt beat Ole Miss, 27-26.

RECORDS: Tennessee 4-6, 0-6 SEC; Vanderbilt 6-4, 4-3.

SERIES: Tennessee leads, 73-27-5.

LAST MEETING: Tennessee won 27-21 in OT in 2011.

NOTES: It’ll be a classic matchup of the Vols’ offense and the Commodores’ defense. Tennessee ranks 14th nationally in yards per game (495.1) and 20th in scoring (37.9). Vanderbilt is ranks 16th in points allowed per game (18.0) and 23rd in yards allowed (330.4). ... Vandy held Ole Miss to 55 yards rushing last week. It’s the third time the Commodores have held an opponent under 100 yards on the ground. ... The last Vanderbilt victory against Tennessee in Nashville came in 1982.

Samford at Kentucky

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

WHERE: Commonwealth Stadium (67,942), Lexington, Ky.


LAST WEEK: Samford beat Elon, 26-15; Kentucky was idle.

RECORDS: Samford 7-3; Kentucky 1-9.

SERIES: First meeting.

NOTES: Samford has an all-time record of 2-72-3 against the current members of the Southeastern Conference. ... With his 219-yard rushing performance in last week’s win at Elon, Samford RB Fabian Truss has rushed for 1,026 yards.

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