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1. The week started off with Ole Miss calling out Alabama. Now it’s Florida’s turn. On Thursday, Gators’ linebacker Jarrad Davis called out Tennessee’s freshman running back Jalen Hurd, saying “I don’t think he can hang with us.” You can bet the UT coaches showed that to Hurd as a way to motivate him, and from knowing him as a recruit, he’s the type of player who will play with a little extra chip on his shoulder come Saturday. There is good news for Florida. Starting left tackle D.J. Humphries will be back after missing the past two games with an ankle injury. Instead of losing a key player, the Gators get one back.

2. How great will the atmosphere on the Grove be this weekend? College Gameday is making its first trip to Oxford, and there’s word that famous singer Katy Perry will be the celebrity guest picker on Saturday. As Wright Thompson said in a recent promo, “bow ties, boat shoes and football, please dress accordingly.” All I know is that it’s a good time to be a student at Ole Miss. With what might be the largest crowd the campus has ever seen and the loudest crowd Vaught-Hemingway has ever heard, I should be concerned for the visitor. I’m not. Alabama has been here before, and no one in the SEC travels better than the Crimson Tide.

3. Speaking of great atmospheres, don’t sleep on Kentucky this weekend. The Wildcats are planning a blackout for Saturday’s game against South Carolina. For me, it’s one of the more underrated games on the slate. No, it’s not going to decide who wins the SEC or who makes the college football playoff, but it’s a huge game for the Kentucky program. It’s also an interesting contrast of coaches. South Carolina has the savvy veteran in Steve Spurrier while the Wildcats have a young, up-and-comer in Mark Stoops. Some say Kentucky is better off with Stoops, and long term maybe they’re right. But if I had my pick Saturday, I’m taking the HBC.

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