Things to watch in Week 9 in the Southeastern Conference:
GAMES OF THE WEEK
No. 10 Mississippi (6-1, 3-1) visits No. 18 Auburn (5-2, 2-1) in the SEC's only Top 25 matchup, while six teams take a break Saturday.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Later, Gators. Chameleons might be a better team name for Florida this season.
Coach Dan Mullen has successfully transformed his finesse offense — the one that led the nation in passing in 2020 behind Kyle Trask, Kyle Pitts and Kadarius Toney — into a formidable ground attack that nearly stunned top-ranked and defending national champion Alabama.
Southeastern Conference defenses are stealing the show for some of the top contenders after a season when the league championship game featured stratospheric offensive stats.
The SEC's seven ranked teams all have formidable — or at least improved — defenses.
Florida Atlantic (0-0) at No. 13 Florida (0-0), Saturday at 7:30 p.m. EDT (SEC Network).
Line: Florida by 23 ½, according to FanDuel Sportsbook
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Emory Jones first landed on Dan Mullen’s recruiting radar seven years ago.
Jones was a high school freshman in LaGrange, Georgia, and Mullen was scouring the country for another spread quarterback at Mississippi State.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s most prolific offensive trio in decades, maybe even in school history, is gone. Tight end Kyle Pitts, receiver Kadarius Toney and quarterback Kyle Trask left behind gaping holes for the 13th-ranked Gators to fill this season.
HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Florida coach Dan Mullen puts a positive spin on losing his three best offensive playmakers.
The Gators are replacing Heisman Trophy finalist Kyle Trask at quarterback and two first-round NFL draft picks, wide receiver Kadarius Toney and tight end Kyle Pitts.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — As the second round of the NFL draft neared its end, Kyle Trask kept glancing at his cell phone in anticipation of a call.
The former Florida star knew there was a good chance the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were interested in grooming a young quarterback to potentially become Tom Brady's successor.
Two Alabama teammates, quarterback Mac Jones and wide receiver DeVonta Smith, join Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence and Florida quarterback Kyle Trask as the finalists for the 86th annual Heisman Trophy.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida quarterback Kyle Trask made his future plans official Thursday, formally announcing he’s declining an opportunity to return to school and entering the NFL draft...
Heisman Trophy finalists Mac Jones and DeVonta Smith have been selected to The Associated Press All-America team, leading a contingent of five Alabama players on the first-team offense...
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Kyle Trask and No. 6 Florida look nowhere near ready for top-ranked Alabama...
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Missouri and Florida got into a benches-clearing scuffle at halftime that included several players throwing punches...