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SEC viewer's guide: Week 1

42m

All games are on Saturday

Noon ET

UL Monroe at No. 9 Georgia, SEC Network

It's the debut of Greyson Lambert at quarterback for the Bulldogs. Yeah, that's great and all, but everyone just wants to see whether Georgia running back Nick Chubb can clear 1,000 rushing yards by the fourth quarter. OK ... 500 will do.

UT Martin at No. 17 Ole Miss, SEC Network

This isn't much of a test for the Rebels, but they need to see whether Chad Kelly can be the guy at quarterback. He'll start, but coach Hugh Freeze plans to play Ryan Buchanan and probably DeVante Kincade too. Still, this is likely the final step in the process of naming Kelly the full-time guy.

3:30 p.m. ET

Louisville vs. No. 6 Auburn (in Atlanta), CBS

Bobby Petrino, Todd Grantham, Josh Harvey-Clemons and Shaq Wiggins are all back in the state of Georgia. Things could get a little awkward. As far as football is concerned, this one should be really fun to watch. The matchup between Auburn quarterback Jeremy Johnson, the new savior on the Plains, and Louisville defensive end Sheldon Rankins (eight sacks last season) should be great.

UTEP at No. 18 Arkansas, ESPNU

Another tuneup for the SEC, but all eyes will be on running back Alex Collins, who is now the bell cow in Fayetteville since Jonathan Williams is out for the year with a foot injury. Collins has rushed for more than 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons, but that was with help from Williams. It's Collins' show now, starting Saturday.

4 p.m. ET

SE Missouri State at No. 24 Missouri, SEC Network

What fans want to see from Missouri is a confident, consistent bunch of receivers. The Tigers return just 10 career catches from their receiving corps, with five coming from sophomore Nate Brown. The good news is that quarterback Maty Mauk is back -- and healthy -- and should have all day to play pass and catch with his wideouts.

Bowling Green vs. No. 25 Tennessee (in Nashville), SEC Network

I think you're seeing a trend with SEC teams not exactly challenging themselves in Week 1. But it's a chance for young guys and new guys to get their feet wet. Tennessee is a favorite to challenge for the Eastern Division this fall, and should light up the scoreboard with QB Joshua Dobbs facing a defense that gave up 33 points and nearly 300 passing yards per game last season.

7 p.m. ET

No. 15 Arizona State vs. Texas A&M (in Houston), ESPN

We've got a real shootout on our hands! Both teams averaged more than 440 yards of offense and 35 points per game last season, but both allowed more than 400 yards and 27 points per contest. The quarterback matchup between A&M's Kyle Allen and Arizona State's Mike Bercovici, a Heisman dark horse, should be very fun to watch.

LA-Lafayette at Kentucky, ESPNU

The Wildcats started last season 5-1 and then lost six straight. Chances are that losing streak will end Saturday in what is officially a sellout for the Cats. Coach Mark Stoops has a lot to replace on the edge, but Kentucky fans should have a nice time watching D-linemen such as Jason Hatcher, Denzil Ware and Cory Johnson.

7:30 p.m. ET

McNeese State at No. 14 LSU, SEC Network

OK, Brandon Harris. This is your team. No, this isn't much of a matchup, but it's a good chance for you to develop some confidence at QB going into next week's SEC opener at Mississippi State. Oh, and here's a good opportunity to see RB Leonard Fournette knock someone out of his boots.

New Mexico State at Florida, SEC Network

Objective No. 1 for Florida is to find a starting quarterback between Treon Harris, who will take the first snap, and Will Grier. While Florida shouldn't have a problem with the Aggies, they did lead the Sun Belt in pass defense last season (174.5 yards per game). Still, Gators coach Jim McElwain needs to figure out a way to generate points and watchable offense in his debut in the Swamp.

8 p.m. ET

No. 20 Wisconsin vs. No. 3 Alabama (in Arlington, Texas), ABC

This might be the perfect test for Alabama's stable of quarterbacks. Jake Coker, Alec Morris and Cooper Bateman could all see time, and the hope is that one comes away as the starter. On the other side, Alabama's frightening front seven faces a Wisconsin O-line that has to replace three starters with a trio of inexperienced players.

10 p.m. ET

Mississippi State at Southern Miss, Fox Sports 1

It's odd for a team like the Bulldogs to go on the road to face a team like Southern Miss. Mississippi State went from being the No. 1 team in the country for part of last season to being picked last in the SEC West. This game shouldn't make or break the season, but it's a good opener before the Bulldogs host LSU next week.