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Vols eye­ing re­bound vs. Wild­cats

- By Matt Murschel Sports · College Sports · American Football · Basketball · Southeastern Conference · Tennessee · Kentucky · Georgia · NBC · University of Notre Dame · Notre Dame Fighting Irish · Louisville · Atlantic Coast Conference · Memphis · American Athletic Conference · Championship · North Carolina · North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball · Florida · Florida State University · Alabama · Mississippi · University of Mississippi · Nick Saban

Ken­tucky (1-2, 1-2 SEC) at No. 18 Ten­nessee (2-1, 2-1)

Noon Satur­day, SEC Net­work Ten­nessee re­turns home to Ney­land Sta­dium look­ing to bounce back from its first loss of the sea­son against ri­val Ken­tucky. The Vol­un­teers man­aged a sea­son-low in rush­ing yards (mi­nus-1) last week against Ge­or­gia and now must face a Wild­cats de­fense that hasn’t al­lowed a 100-yard rusher this sea­son. Ken­tucky’s Terry Wil­son, the SEC’s top rush­ing quar­ter­back with 221 yards, faces Ten­nessee line­backer De­an­dre Johnson, the SEC’s sack leader (3.5).

Louisville (1-3, 0-3 ACC) at No. 4 Notre Dame (3-0, 2-0)

2:30 p.m. Satur­day, NBC

Notre Dame is look­ing to ex­tend its 21-game home win streak when the Fight­ing Ir­ish host Louisville this week­end. The last loss at home came against then-No. 15 Ge­or­gia on Sept. 9, 2017. The Car­di­nals are look­ing to avoid their first four-game los­ing streak since the 2018 sea­son. Louisville run­ning back Ja­vian Hawkins leads the ACC in rush­ing (468 yards).

UCF (2-1, 1-1 AAC) at Mem­phis (1-1, 0-1)

3:30 p.m. Satur­day, ABC

These two pro­grams have com­bined to earn a spot in the Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off New Year’s Six Ac­cess Bowl dur­ing each of the last three sea­sons (UCF 2017-18, Mem­phis 2019). UCF has won 13 straight in this se­ries, in­clud­ing a pair of shootouts in the 2017 and 2018 Amer­i­can Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Cham­pi­onship games. The av­er­age score of the last three meet­ings was 49-42.

No. 5 UNC (3-0, 3-0 ACC) at Florida State (1-3, 0-3)

7:30 p.m. Satur­day, ABC

North Carolina is look­ing to start a sea­son 4-0 for the first time since 1997, which is also the last time the Tar Heels found them­selves ranked in the top 5 in the AP poll. Mack Brown’s team leads the ACC in to­tal of­fense (506 yards per game) thanks, in part, to run­ning back Michael Carter, who’s av­er­ag­ing 10.3 yards per carry this sea­son. Florida State hasn’t beaten a top 5 team since 2014.

No. 3 Ge­or­gia (3-0, 3-0 SEC) at No. 2 Alabama (3-0, 3-0)

8 p.m. Satur­day, CBS

This game is could be a pre­view of the SEC Cham­pi­onship Game as Ge­or­gia looks to snap a five-game los­ing streak against Alabama. Bull­dogs coach Kirby Smart is also look­ing to be­come the first for­mer Nick Sa­ban as­sis­tant to beat his ex-boss (0-21). Ge­or­gia fea­tures the top de­fense in the SEC, lead­ing the league in rush­ing, pass­ing, scor­ing and to­tal de­fense. Alabama, mean­while, is com­ing off a game in which it al­lowed 647 yards in a win over Ole Miss. Sa­ban is ex­pected to coach re­motely all week and miss the game af­ter test­ing pos­i­tive for COVID-19.

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