Week 8 SEC & Big Ten Preview
In the eighth week of the college football season, members of the Florida Citrus Sports Team Selection Committee are making visits all throughout the SEC and Big Ten country, meeting with fans across both conferences in advance of the 70th Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl on January 1.
#15 Texas A&M (5-1, 2-1 SEC) will travel to Oxford to take on #24 Ole Miss (5-2, 2-1 SEC). The two highest-scoring offenses in the SEC look to get back on track after losses last weekend. The Rebels managed 480 yards of offense in their 37-24 upset by Memphis, including a season-high 440 passing yards. Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell leads the SEC in yards with 654. Aggies QB Kyle Allen is second in conference in scoring, behind only Ole Miss’ Chad Kelly. Allen threw for 263 yards in the Alabama loss, but threw a season high three interceptions, all returned for touchdowns. A&M’s defense will look to SEC sack-leader Myles Garrett to hold Chad Kelly in check.
Wisconsin (5-2, 2-1 Big Ten) will face off against Illinois (4-2, 1-1 Big Ten) at Memorial Stadium. The Badgers have won nine of the last 10 meetings, including six straight. Wisconsin QB Joel Stave is coming off of back-to-back 300+ yard games, in victories over Nebraska and Purdue. The third-ranked Badger defense will look to contain junior QB Wes Lunt. #8 Alabama (6-1, 3-1 SEC) hosts Tennessee (3-3, 1-2 SEC) Saturday afternoon. The Crimson Tide are on a four-game win streak after falling to Ole Miss in week three. They have forced 11 turnovers in those four games and currently lead the SEC in interceptions with 12. The Vols enter the game with an extra week of preparation . In their last game, a 38-31 victory over Georgia, QB Joshua Dobbs threw for 312 yards and three touchdowns and added 118 yards and two scores on the ground.
Other games this weekend:
Kentucky (4-2, 2-2 SEC) travels to Mississippi State (5-2, 1-2 SEC).
Auburn (4-2, 1-2 SEC) travels to Arkansas (2-4, 1-2 SEC).
LSU (6-0, 4-0 SEC) hosts Western Kentucky.
Northwestern (5-2, 1-2 Big Ten) travels to Nebraska (3-4, 1-2 Big Ten).
#1 Ohio State (7-0 3-0 Big Ten) travels to Rutgers (3-3, 1-2 Big Ten).
# 7 Michigan State (7-0, 3-0 Big Ten) hosts Indiana (4-3, 0-3 Big Ten).
Penn State (5-2, 2-1 Big Ten) travels to Maryland (2-4, 0-2 Big Ten).
Missouri (4-3, 1-3 SEC) travels to Vanderbilt (2-4, 0-3 SEC).