- Chris Low, ESPN Senior Staff Writer
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We’ll start with the Western Division race, which should clear up considerably this weekend.
If Alabama (8-0, 5-0) wins at LSU, the Crimson Tide could clinch the West title the next week at home against Texas A&M.
LSU (7-1, 3-1) still has some work to do, starting with Alabama on Saturday in Tiger Stadium. However, the Tigers do get their next three games at home -- Alabama, Mississippi State and Ole Miss. They close the regular season on the road at Arkansas.
Mississippi State (7-1, 3-1) has an outside chance, but would need Alabama to lose two of its three remaining SEC games against LSU, Texas A&M and Auburn. The Bulldogs, who lost 38-7 at Alabama last week, still have a tough stretch remaining. They face Texas A&M at home this weekend and then play at LSU, home against Arkansas and at Ole Miss to wrap up the regular season.
Georgia, with its 17-9 win over Florida last weekend in Jacksonville, is in the driver’s seat in the Eastern Division. The Bulldogs (7-1, 5-1) have Ole Miss at home this Saturday and then Auburn on the road the following Saturday. If they win both of those games, they’ll be heading back to Atlanta for a second straight year.
If Georgia stumbles in one of its two remaining league games, Florida (7-1, 6-1) could clinch the East title this Saturday by defeating Missouri at home. That’s the Gators’ final SEC game.
The only way South Carolina (7-2, 5-2) can win the East is if Florida loses to Missouri and then Georgia loses one of its remaining two SEC games. In that scenario, all three teams would have two league losses, but the Gamecocks -- assuming they win out -- would win the tiebreaker. Here’s how: Florida would be eliminated because it would have two losses within the division. That would leave Georgia and South Carolina, and the Gamecocks would win the head-to-head tiebreaker based on their 35-7 victory over the Bulldogs back in September.