College football continues barreling toward a four-team playoff, with the biggest match-up of the weekend coming in the SEC on Saturday night as Mississippi State and Alabama square off, with playoff places and SEC Western Division championships hanging in the balance.
The weekend starts with East Carolina traveling to Cincinnati, as they try to salvage a season that once looked so promising, but fell apart with a loss to Temple in Philadelphia in their last outing. The AAC, despite the fact it doesn't have any particularly good teams, is a tight race, with four teams (UCF and Memphis) carrying just one loss.
In addition, tonight includes Cal and Southern Cal squaring off, with the latter's chances at winning the Pac-12 South hanging by a thread.
While the Gamecocks play Florida, there are two other top-25 match-ups - the Golden Gophers try to stay in the Big 10 West race as they welcome an Ohio State team looking to cement their place at the top of the Big 10 East. Elsewhere, Clemson tries to keep its faint ACC Atlantic hopes alive as they travel to Atlanta to take on Georgia Tech, and Duke continues its hilarious crusade towards 11-1 and the ACC Coastal championship when they host Virginia Tech.
After our game, the main event of the week is in Tuscaloosa, as Mississippi State takes on the Crimson Tide. If that game goes south, there's an important Big 10 West battle between Nebraska and Wisconsin, and some other filler, but seriously, watch the SEC West game.
In the evening, Georgia tries to keep its SEC East hopes alive and Auburn tries to keep its SEC West hopes alive in a big clash in Athens. Missouri can make a big move in the SEC East by winning at Texas A&M, or open the door further to Georgia (or, shockingly, Florida) with a loss. The evening also includes Florida State traveling to Miami for one of their toughest remaining tests of the season.
What games are you looking forward to other than the Gamecocks?