Here are some things to watch during Week 6 of the Southeastern Conference football season:
GAME OF THE WEEK: No. 5 LSU at No. 22 Florida: The Tigers have been among the biggest surprises in the SEC this season, vaulting into the nation’s elite after victories over Miami and Auburn . They’ll hit the road to face a resurgent Florida program, which lost to Kentucky in the second week of the season but responded with three straight wins, including back-to-back road victories over Tennessee and Mississippi State .
MATCHUP OF THE WEEK: Vanderbilt WR Kalija Lipscomb vs. Georgia CB Deandre Baker. Two weeks after he helped Georgia hold Missouri’s Emanuel Hall without a catch, Baker gets to match up with another of the SEC’s top receivers when the second-ranked Bulldogs host Vanderbilt. Lipscomb has 43 catches for 480 yards and six touchdowns to lead the SEC in all three categories (though Hall actually has more yards receiving per game).
NUMBERS GAME: No. 1 Alabama has scored at least 45 points in each of its five games. This is the first time Alabama ever has scored 45-plus points in five straight games. … No. 13 Kentucky (5-0) is seeking its first 6-0 start since 1950, when the Wildcats won their first 10 games. … Saturday’s Kentucky-Texas A&M game marks the first time these two teams have faced each other since 1953. … LSU is one of only four Football Bowl Subdivision teams that haven’t thrown an interception this season. The others are Kansas, Georgia Southern and Boise State. … Mississippi State is one of four FBS teams that haven’t lost a fumble this season. The others are No. 12 Central Florida, No. 14 Stanford and Louisiana-Lafayette. … Florida has scored 43 points off turnovers. Last year, the Gators scored 44 points off turnovers all season.
UPSET WATCH: Kentucky is 3-0 against SEC competition and has jumped to No. 13 in the national rankings, but Las Vegas is still a little skeptical. The Wildcats are 5½-point underdogs heading into their road game against Texas A&M. The Aggies are coming off an unimpressive 24-17 victory over Arkansas , which has a 1-4 record.
IMPACT PERFORMER: Kentucky outside linebacker Josh Allen is the reigning SEC defensive player of the week after delivering three sacks and forcing a fumble in a 24-10 victory over South Carolina. Allen has six sacks and 10 ½ tackles for loss this season to lead the SEC in both categories.
Source: The Associated Press