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USA TODAY sports college football staff picks for Week 4

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Welcome back to the SEC. The college football world missed you.

The conference gets its long-anticipated season underway Saturday with seven games. The biggest matchup sees No. 8 Auburn and Kentucky meet for just the second time since 2010. The Tigers and Wildcats are dark horse contenders in their respective divisions, and this game provides an important opportunity to get started on the right foot. 

Also worth watching are the challenging debuts for Mississippi State coach Mike Leach and Mississippi coach Lane Kiffin. The Bulldogs travel to No. 5 LSU, which starts its title defense, while the Rebels host No. 6 Florida.

Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler runs with the ball during his team's game against Missouri State, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020.

Elsewhere, No. 3 Oklahoma hosts Kansas State after falling to the Wildcats for its lone Big 12 loss last season. It could be a coming-out party for heralded freshman Spencer Rattler, who gets his first real test as the Sooners' quarterback. Also in the conference, No. 9 Texas faces a potentially tricky trip to Texas Tech.

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In the ACC, the spotlight game sees No. 14 Miami (Fla.) host Florida State. While the in-state rivalry has lost some luster, the Seminoles will be looking to rebound from their opening loss to Georgia Tech and the Hurricanes are hoping to build on the momentum of their strong start.