Weekend Preview: Tennessee at Texas A&M and Alabama at Arkansas Highlight Week 6 Schedule
In the sixth week of the college football season, members of the Florida Citrus Sports Team Selection Committee are making visits throughout Big Ten and SEC country, meeting with fans across both conferences in advance of the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl on December 31.
#9 Tennessee at #8 Texas A&M – 3:30 p.m. on CBS
Tennessee (5-0, 2-0 SEC) and Texas A&M (5-0, 3-0 SEC) meet for just the third time in history when the Volunteers travel to College Station for a meeting between conference contenders. Tennessee stayed unbeaten after a Hail Mary pass as time expired to knock off Georgia in Athens. The Aggies have knocked off three consecutive conference opponents including a 45-24 victory over then-No. 17 Arkansas in Dallas. Tennessee has taken both prior meetings in the series, with the most recent coming back in 2005.
#1 Alabama at #16 Arkansas – 8:00 p.m. on ABC
Alabama (5-0, 2-0 SEC) travels to Fayetteville for a conference battle with Arkansas (4-1, 0-1 SEC). The Crimson Tide hold a 16-8 record in the all-time series and are in the midst of the series’ longest win streak, having won the past eight meetings. Arkansas Head Coach Bret Bielema has increased his program’s overall and conference win total in each of his three seasons at the helm of the Razorbacks, but he’s still looking for his first win over Nick Saban and Alabama. The Tide has picked up where it left off last year, maintaining a 17-game winning streak that dates back to Week 4 of last season.
Indiana at #2 Ohio State – 3:30 p.m. on ESPN
Hot off of a 24-21 overtime victory against No. 17 Michigan State last weekend, Indiana (3-1, 1-0 Big Ten) travels to Columbus to face Ohio State (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten). The Hoosiers are off to another solid start under Kevin Wilson, who led them to their first bowl since 2007 last season. Now they’ll look for their first win over the Buckeyes since 1988 and first in Columbus since 1987. Urban Meyer has Ohio State running on all cylinders for yet another season, as they’ve outscored their opponents 228-37 through four games. The Buckeyes’ closest game was a 45-24 victory over then-No. 14 Oklahoma on the road. Ohio State has dominated the all-time series with Indiana winning the past 20 matchups to take a 71-12-5 lead.
Here are the rest of the SEC and Big Ten games:
Iowa (3-2, 1-1 Big Ten) at Minnesota (3-1, 0-1 Big Ten) – 12:00 p.m. on ESPN2
Maryland (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) at Penn State (3-2, 1-1 Big Ten) – 12:00 p.m. on BTN
Auburn (3-2, 1-1 SEC) at Mississippi State (2-2, 1-1 SEC) – 12:00 p.m. on ESPN
BYU (2-3) at Michigan State (2-2, 0-2 Big Ten) – 3:30 p.m. on ABC/ESPN2
Purdue (2-2, 0-1 Big Ten) at Illinois (1-3, 0-1 Big Ten) – 3:30 p.m. on BTN
Vanderbilt (2-3, 0-2 SEC) at Kentucky (2-3, 1-2 SEC) – 4:00 p.m. on SECN
Michigan (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) at Rutgers (2-3, 0-2 Big Ten) – 7:00 p.m. on ESPN2
Georgia (3-2, 1-2 Big 12) at South Carolina (2-3, 1-3 Big 12) – 2:30 p.m. Sunday on SECN
We’ll also be checking out some key games in the ACC, which could swap into the Big Ten spot in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl if a Big Ten team plays in the Orange Bowl. For a look at the important ACC games this weekend, check out our Russell Athletic Bowl weekend preview.
All times listed are Eastern Time Zone (ET), and all games are on Saturday unless otherwise listed.