What coaches are saying about the SEC’s two major showdowns this weekend

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  • Graduate of Northwestern University.

The SEC finally kicked off Saturday, adding a different degree of intrigue and legitimacy to the most unusual of seasons. After an appetizer of mostly one-sided pairings, the conference in which it just means more is serving up two very meaningful matchups.

Week 2 of SEC play features No. 2 Alabama hosting No. 13 Texas A&M, trying to break through in Year 3 under the $75 million man, Jimbo Fisher. If that’s not enough, the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry resumes, as No. 7 Auburn and No. 4 Georgia meet between the hedges.

As an SEC assistant told me, “You can’t play an all-SEC schedule and go too long before you play someone.”

Saturday provided the first glimpse at the four teams to be featured in Week 2 of the SEC season. All four teams won their openers, although Texas A&M made it interesting against Vanderbilt.

There’s plenty to dissect about these two games after the SEC’s opening weekend. Here’s what coaches are saying about what to expect and who to watch in Tuscaloosa and Athens this Saturday.

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