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SEC Week 8 Preview

Taking a look around at the rest of the SEC.

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Game of the Week

No. 22 Mississippi State (4-2, 1-2 SEC) at No. 5 LSU (6-1, 3-1)

7 p.m. Saturday (ESPN)

The only ranked vs. ranked matchup in the league this week features another clash of Western Division teams, this time between the I-guess-they’re-decent Bulldogs and the somehow-quite-good Tigers. LSU’s only misstep so far has been against a Florida squad that is still an enigma, while State also fell to the Gators and to Kentucky. Gotta admit this game doesn’t grab me too much, but since there are possible playoff implications at work, it’s probably the best of what we’ve got.

Full schedule

Tulsa (1-5) at Arkansas (1-6)

Noon (SECN)

Poor Hawgs. Last week, it looked like they were finally closing in on their first conference victory of the season until Ole Miss rallied and Jordan Ta’amu went Super Saiyan, whipping up a game-winning drive to pull out a 37-33 win. Fortunately for Arkansas, Tulsa has also been on the struggle bus this season.

Auburn (4-3, 1-3) at Ole Miss (5-2, 1-2)

Noon (ESPN)

Now this is the noon game you should be watching, and not just because the Gamecocks are playing the Rebels in a couple weeks. Auburn looks like it’s speeding toward the edge of a cliff with no brakes, and I’m curious to see just how bad it could get for the Tigers. On the other hand, the Ole Miss offense is always entertaining, but they also don’t play a lick of defense. This game could be an unexpectedly fun one to take in.

No. 1 Alabama (7-0, 4-0) at Tennessee (3-3, 1-2)

3:30 (CBS)

Not sure why an execution of the Volunteers merited SEC Game of the Week treatment and a national television audience, but here we are. The Vols have some good vibes going after knocking off Auburn last week and finally experiencing happiness in conference play, but Bama’s the playground bully coming to take all their candy.

Memphis (4-3) at Missouri (3-3)

4 p.m. (SECN)

The Tigers are taking a break from the SEC grind and playing another set of offensively-oriented Tigers. Mizzou got trucked last week by Bama, but well, it be like that.

Vanderbilt (3-4, 0-3) at No. 14 Kentucky (5-1, 3-1)

7:30 p.m. (SECN)

Can Vandy dial up their annual in-conference upset against the Wildcats? Kentucky is fresh off a bye week and has new hopes of winning the East after Georgia’s loss to LSU, while the ‘Dores are just kind of out here trying their best (and almost succeeded against Florida). This could provide some late night drama.