Game of the Week
No. 24 Auburn (6-3, 3-3 SEC) at No. 5 Georgia (8-1, 6-1)
7 p.m. Saturday (ESPN)
The newly-minted SEC East champions take on the ever-confusing Tigers in one of the South’s oldest and most evenly-matched rivalries. Georgia’s fully back on track and no doubt hellbent on winning out until the big showdown against Alabama. Auburn’s showing some life and back in the Top 25, and while they’re clearly having one of their off seasons, you never know when their black magic will reappear and guide them to a game-winning safety or something. This could be entertaining, and has chaos potential.
Vanderbilt (4-5, 1-4) at Missouri (5-4, 1-4)
The Tigers finally got a win in conference play when they shocked the SEC world and ruined Florida’s homecoming (hat tip to Bulldog Cocky for calling that one). Vandy is coming off a bye week, but their last time out, they also notched their first SEC win with a trouncing of Arkansas. This kind of feels like Mizzou either wins a 63-52 shootout or gets embarrassed. Tune in to find out!
Ole Miss (5-4, 1-4) at Texas A&M (5-4, 3-3)
The Rebels are coming off a demoralizing defeat, courtesy of our Gamecocks, and the Aggies lost a last-minute heartbreaker of their own when Auburn decided to not throw its season away after all. Under Kevin Sumlin, A&M had a habit of letting the wheels fall off in November, but maybe Jimbo Fisher and the Ole Miss “defense” can reverse that trend.
No. 16 Mississippi State (6-3, 2-3) at No. 1 Alabama (9-0, 6-0)
3:30 p.m. (CBS)
This could be a Game of the Week contender, since it’s two ranked West teams going at it and one of them is Alabama, but also — Alabama. Realistically speaking, the Bulldogs will just be the latest victim flattened by the Crimson Tide, especially since they’ve struggled in SEC play and Bama just shut out No. 7 LSU to wrap up the division. Sorry, State.
No. 11 Kentucky (7-2, 5-2) at Tennessee (4-5, 1-4)
3:30 p.m. (SECN)
The Wildcats are still in the Top 15 after Georgia dismissed them back to the kids’ table, but slip up here and they’re probably out of the Top 25 altogether. The Vols bounced back from that heartbreaking loss to our boys with...uh, with a 14-3 win over Charlotte. Yeah. Kentucky’s probably all right in this one, but we’ll see how they respond after getting punched in the mouth by Georgia and watching their hype train derail.
No. 7 LSU (7-2, 4-2) at Arkansas (2-7, 0-5)
7:30 p.m. (SECN)
The Bayou Bengals are coming off that aforementioned suffocating loss to Bama, while Arkansas — the SEC’s only winless team — got a rare reprieve with its bye week. It’s back to the grind for the poor Hawgs.