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FRIDAY, OCT. 27

TULANE AT MEMPHIS

TBD

SATURDAY, OCT. 28

Arkansas at Mississippi

TBD

OUR FIRST American Athletic Conference matchup offers a chance to see what coach Mike Norvell has done at Memphis since Justin Fuente left for Virginia Tech in 2015. The Tigers should contend in the AAC, thanks in part to fifth-year receiver Anthony Miller, who broke out a year ago with 1,434 yards and 14 touchdowns while averaging 15.1 yards per reception. Tulane, meanwhile, hopes coach Willie Fritz and his option offense can turn the program around. Last year, Fritz's first, the Green Wave finished a disappointing 4--8.

After the game, make the quick drive down to Oxford, Miss. It's just an hour and a half, and you'll want to be there bright and early to tailgate.

ARKANSAS AT MISSISSIPPI

Get to the Grove, the 10-acre green space on campus where Mardi Gras meets a debutante ball. If you miss the game, we won't blame you, although you should find your seats; it may not be a marquee matchup but it is SEC football.

Stick around Oxford on Sunday, and eat. City Grocery is probably the most popular restaurant in town, but you can also try Ajax or get ribs at B's Hickory Smoke BBQ. When you're stuffed, drive five hours to the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta—also the site of the national championship game on Jan. 8. Poke around then head three hours south to Troy, Ala., by Thursday. You'll pass Auburn on the way.