LSU interim coach Ed Orgeron yells directions during the second half of the team's NCAA college football game against Missouri in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016. LSU won 42-7. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)
Max Becherer
October 06, 2016

Here are some things to watch in the Southeastern Conference during Week 6:

GAME OF THE WEEK: No. 9 Tennessee at No. 8 Texas A&M: Tennessee is off to its first 5-0 start since its 1998 national championship season. Texas A&M has started 5-0 but finished 8-5 each of the last two seasons. The Aggies can show this year is different by beating Tennessee and earning their first 6-0 start since 1994, when they won their first seven games and finished 10-0-1.

It's the first regular-season meeting between these teams. Their two previous matchups - both Tennessee victories - came in the 1957 Gator Bowl and Cotton Bowl on Jan. 1, 2005.

MATCHUP OF THE WEEK: Arkansas running back Rawleigh Williams vs. Alabama run defense: Williams has rushed for 559 yards to rank second in the SEC. He's averaging 5.5 yards per carry. No. 1 Alabama is allowing only 68.4 yards rushing per game and 2.3 yards per carry. Alabama ranks third among all FBS teams in run defense.

NUMBERS GAME: LSU's 634 total yards in a 42-7 victory over Missouri last week represented the Tigers' highest total ever in an SEC game. ... Texas A&M has 12 touchdowns of 20-plus yards this season but has given up only two touchdown plays of 15-plus yards. ... Tennessee has trailed by at least 10 points in four of its five games this season. Since the start of the 2015 season, the Volunteers are 5-0 in games they have trailed by double digits. ... The Vanderbilt-Kentucky game this week features the SEC's top two tacklers. Vanderbilt's Jordan Cunningham has 52 tackles and Kentucky's Jordan Jones has 51. Jones has an SEC-leading 37 solo stops. ... Alabama's 17-game winning streak leads all FBS teams and is the second-longest streak of Nick Saban's coaching tenure. Alabama won 19 straight from 2009-10.

LONG SHOT: Vanderbilt is a 3-point underdog in a road game against Kentucky even though the Commodores have won four of the last five games in the series. ... Mississippi State is a 3-point underdog at home against Auburn. The line started with the Bulldogs as a 1-point favorite, but quickly turned to favor the Tigers.

IMPACT PERFORMER: Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald threw for 305 yards and ran for 110 yards in the Bulldogs' 47-35 win over UMass on Sept. 25. He's just the second QB in school history to accomplish the 300/100 feat, joining Dak Prescott, who now starts for the NFL's Dallas Cowboys. Only three QBs nationally have had a 300/100 game this season - Fitzgerald, Louisville's Lamar Jackson and Colorado's Steven Montez.


AP Sports Writers Steve Megargee in Knoxville, Tennessee, and David Brandt in Jackson, Mississippi, contributed to this story.


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