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Oklahoma: WR Sterling Shepard. The junior caught eight passes for 177 yards and a touchdown last week against Tulsa. QB Trevor Knight trusts Shepard enough to sometimes throw the ball up and allow his star to make a play.

FACTS & FIGURES

Oklahoma has won six straight games dating back to last season. ... Oklahoma is 37-2 against non-conference teams at home under Stoops. ... In the last meeting between the teams, Oklahoma beat Tennessee 26-24 in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 1, 1968. ... Oklahoma CB Zack Sanchez has four interceptions in his past five games. ... Tennessee opponents have converted just seven of their 31 third-down situations through the first two weeks of the season. ... Tennessee's last road win over a ranked opponent came against No. 10 Georgia on Oct. 7, 2006.

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No. 6 GEORGIA (1-0, 0-0 SEC) at No. 24 SOUTH CAROLINA (1-1, 0-1), 3:30 p.m. (CBS)

Line: Georgia by 5 1-2.

Series Record: Georgia leads 47-17-2.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

This is a game for early control of the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division. The Gamecocks were the consensus pick to take the East during the summer until their opening-game, 52-28 embarrassment against Texas A&M. Georgia took on front-runner status with its decisive, 45-21 victory over Clemson opening week.

KEY MATCHUP

Georgia RB Todd Gurley against South Carolina's defensive line. Gurley put up 198 yards rushing and three touchdowns (he had a fourth on a kickoff return) against an experienced Clemson defensive front that included All-American Vic Beasley. South Carolina's group includes four sophomores and senior tackle J.T. Surratt.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Georgia: QB Hutson Mason wisely handed things off to Gurley and Georgia's other backs to put away Clemson. If the Bulldogs can't get the running game going, it may be up to Mason to move them with his arm. He was an efficient 18 of 26 for 131 yards.

South Carolina.: RB Mike Davis looked like his speedy, powerful self in rushing for 101 yards and two touchdeowns to beat East Carolina. Fun fact: Davis outrushed Gurley in this matchup last year, 149 yards to 132.

FACTS & FIGURES

Steve Spurrier won his 200th game as a Southeastern Conference coach last week and can tie former Georgia coach Vince Dooley for second behind Bear Bryant with a victory over the Bulldogs. ... Georgia has struggled scoring points at Williams-Brice Stadium, averaging just over 11 its past seven trips here. The offensive drought hasn't hurt the Bulldogs, though, who've got a 4-3 mark at South Carolina since 2000. ... The Gamecocks have won 19 of their past 20 games at home, the lone loss coming two weeks ago against Texas A&M. ... Since 1992, Georgia has opened SEC play against South Carolina each season but one. ... While Georgia and South Carolina have generally battled for the top of the SEC East in recent years, the winner of this game the past three years has not reached the SEC title game.

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RICE (0-1) at No. 7 TEXAS A&M (2-0), 8 p.m. (ESPN2)

Line: Texas A&M by 32.

Series Record: Texas A&M leads 51-27-2.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

The Aggies have had two lopsided wins in their first two games but are looking for improvement in their last home game before three straight road contests. A win would give them a 3-0 record for the first time under coach Kevin Sumlin and the first time since 2010.

KEY MATCHUP

Texas A&M QB Kenny Hill against Rice's secondary. Hill is third in the nation with 794 yards passing, which is a school-record through two games, and his seven touchdown passes are tied for fifth in the country. He needed less than three quarters to pile up 283 yards and four touchdowns in Saturday's 73-3 win over Lamar. Now he'll face a defense that allowed 295 yards passing in a loss to Notre Dame.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Rice: QB Driphus Jackson. The dual-threat quarterback is the leading passer and rusher for Rice. He threw for 163 yards and a touchdown and ran for 61 yards against Notre Dame.

Texas A&M: WR/KR/PR Speedy Noil. The true freshman had a big game against Lamar. He had 71 yards receiving, a punt return for 67 yards and a kickoff return for 53 yards. His punt return was the longest by an Aggie since 2012 and he leads the team with four plays of 20 or more yards this season.

FACTS & FIGURES

The first meeting between these teams was in 1914 and they met every year until 1995. ... A&M has won 17 in a row over the Owls, with Rice's last win coming in 1980. ... The Aggies set a record for a college game in Texas last week with a crowd of 104,728. ... This is the first time since 2009 that Rice has played its first two games on the road. ... The last win by Rice over a ranked team came when the Owls beat No. 21 BYU 27-14 in 1997. ... Texas A&M allowed less than 100 yards rushing in both of its first two games. ... Six Aggies have at least 100 yards receiving in 2014 led by Malcome Kennedy's 170.