One of the great SEC rivalries will be in the spotlight on Week 8 with Alabama and Tennessee now set to face off in the SEC on CBS Game of the Week. The Oct. 24 date between the Crimson Tide and Volunteers will be the 102nd meeting in the series with the Tide holding a 56-38-7 all-time advantage.
The game will kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET from Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee, with Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson and Jamie Erdahl on the call.
Among the many interesting storylines surrounding this year’s meeting is the latest chance for Jeremy Pruitt to measure his program against the class of the conference. Coming off a second-half collapse against Georgia, the Vols and their fans will be looking for a full four-quarter show of competitiveness against their traditional October rival. There is a lot of excitement about how Pruitt has elevated the program on the recruiting trail and in its eight-game winning streak that stretched from the 2019 season to the loss at Georgia. Hower, as Phillip Fulmer has mentioned, Tennessee will be judged by how it performs against three teams: Georgia, Florida and Alabama.
Other highlights from the Week 8 schedule in the SEC include Georgia’s trip to face Kentucky, Auburn traveling to take on Lane Kiffin and Ole Miss, and Florida hosting a Missouri team that’s looking more dangerous after a win against LSU.
All times Eastern
Noon — Auburn at Ole Miss — SEC Network
3:30 p.m. — Alabama at Tennessee — CBS
4 p.m. — South Carolina at LSU — SEC Network
7 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. — Missouri at Florida — ESPN or SEC Network
7 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. — Georgia at Kentucky — ESPN or SEC Network
Boston College (3-1) won a thrilling 31-30 overtime classic on Saturday against the Pitt Panthers at Alumni Stadium. But now it is time for the team to hit the road again, turn the page and prepare for #23 Virginia Tech (2-1) in the newest chapter in the team’s rivalry.
The Eagles and Hokies have had some memorable moments on the gridiron in the past 30 years. The moments are all engrained in our memories. Quarterback Michael Vick running for 210 yards and three touchdowns, Matt Ryan silencing Lane Stadium in 2007 or the Hokies beating the Eagles for two straight ACC titles. Boston College has won the last two matchups including last year’s season opener, but the Hokies own an 18-10 series edge.
This year, the rivalry enters a new phase. Over the past few years, former defensive coordinator Bud Foster and head coach Frank Beamer both retired. Justin Fuente, the former Memphis head coach has taken over the program with mixed results. This year the Eagles are the team making the shift. Jeff Hafley has taken over for Steve Addazio, and the years of a run heavy attack are gone, replaced by one of the top passing attacks in the conference.
The Hokies have only played three games, the Eagles four. But the two teams already have a pair of common opponents. Both played Duke, with the Eagles winning 26-6, and the Hokies 38-31. The other game was against UNC, who BC lost to 26-22, and the VT lost 56-45. It has been a very tumultuous start for the Hokies, who have had to play multiple games with 20 or more players out due to injury or COVID. Presumed starting quarterback Hendon Hooker only played part of the UNC game, but was incredibly effective scoring three touchdowns. Look for
Boston College will head to Blacksburg next Saturday to play the Virginia Tech Hokies. Today the ACC announced that the game will be in primetime, an 8pm start and will be shown on the ACC Network.
This is a historic matchup with some big games played between the two schools. Of course there was the game in 2007, when Matt Ryan helped Boston College win 14-10 over the Hokies on a last second pass to Andre Callender. But the Hokies have their share of big moments as well, including a pair of ACC Championship wins over the Eagles in 2007 & 2008.
Most recently Boston College won their second game in a row against VT in the 2019 season opener 35-28. Currently Virginia Tech is 1-0 with wins over NC State and Duke. As of this writing they are ranked #19 in the country in the AP Top 25 poll.
The other kickoff times in the ACC are as follows:
Clemson at Georgia Tech, Noon, ABC or ACC Network – network designation after the games of Oct. 10
Pitt at Miami, Noon, ABC or ACC Network – network designation after the games of Oct. 10
Liberty at Syracuse, Noon, RSN
Louisville at Notre Dame, 2:30 p.m., NBC (previously announced)
Duke at NC State, 3:30 p.m., RSN
Virginia at Wake Forest, 4 p.m., ACC Network
North Carolina at Florida State, 7 p.m., ESPN
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Week 5 in college football brings us a feast of compelling matchups across the conference spectrum, particularly in the SEC. No. 7 Auburn will head to Athens to take on No. 4 Georgia in the game known as the “Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry,” and No. 13 Texas A&M will head to Tuscaloosa to face off with No. 2 Alabama.
The AAC has a big matchup between No. 25 Memphis and SMU that will define the early-season landscape in a conference with hopes to place a team in the College Football Playoff.
What should you be watching on Saturday? Here’s a viewer’s guide to help you navigate through all of the action.
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The biggest games
No. 13 Texas A&M at No. 2 Alabama — 3:30 p.m., CBS: The Aggies haven’t topped the Crimson Tide since Johnny Manziel had his Heisman moment at Bryant-Denny Stadium in 2012. Can they break that streak on Saturday? It’ll take a magical effort from fourth-year starting quarterback Kellen Mond against the stout Crimson Tide defense. Good luck, Kellen.
No. 25 Memphis at SMU — 3:30 p.m., ESPN2: If Group of Five football intrigues you (and it should), you have to be giddy for this matchup. The Tigers haven’t played since Sept. 5 and have a pivotal matchup against a Mustangs squad that has put up 50 or more points in back-to-back games. Buckle up. There will be points-a-plenty.
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No. 7 Auburn at No. 4 Georgia — 7:30 p.m., ESPN: Make no mistake, this will be one of the defining games of the SEC season. Both of these teams looked sluggish early before pulling away
After a stunning come from behind win against Texas State, Jeff Hafley’s squad has to turn the page and prepare for #11 North Carolina. The team is riding high after two straight emotional wins. But the squad they face on Saturday is nothing like the first two teams BC have faced. The Tar Heels are much more careful with the ball than Duke, and features more high end talent than Texas State.
The North Carolina Tar Heels, led by legendary coach Mack Brown have turned heads over the past two seasons. They brought in quarterback Sam Howell, a dual threat quarterback who threw for 3,641 yards, 36 touchdowns and seven interceptions as a true freshman. And the future looks brighter as Brown has turned UNC’s recruiting classes into one of the best in the country. Earlier this summer, he landed Tony Grimes, a five star cornerback and one of the best in the country, who then reclassified and should play against the Eagles.
The talent of Mack Brown’s squad really jumps off the page. Along with Howell, the Tar Heels have Dazz Newsome who had 72 catches for 1018 yards and 10 touchdowns last season. He isn’t the only pass catching threat, as UNC also features Dyami Brown who also had over 1,000 receiving yards last season. On the defensive side of the ball, look for Chazz Surratt, arguably the best linebacker in the ACC. Last season he led the conference with 115 tackles.
It has been odd start of the season for the Tar Heels as they have only played one game due to COVID-19 cancellations. They opened the year with a big win against Syracuse on September 12th, but due to an open week and Charlotte postponing their game, haven’t played since. This could mean one of two