Here's a look at this week's SEC lineup:
Florida (5-4, 3-4) at No. 13 South Carolina (7-2, 5-2), noon ET, CBS: There’s not a lot of drama in this one unless Georgia loses later in the day at home to Auburn. Either way, the Gamecocks could clinch the Eastern Division title with a win against the Gators coupled with a Georgia loss to Auburn. South Carolina could be without sophomore quarterback Connor Shaw, who suffered a concussion last week in the Arkansas loss.
Kentucky (4-5, 1-4) at Vanderbilt (4-5, 1-5), 12:21 p.m. ET, SEC Network: Both of these teams are still hopeful of becoming bowl eligible and would need to win two of their next three games. That’s what makes Saturday’s contest so important for both clubs. The Wildcats have made five straight bowl appearances and got a lift last week from freshman quarterback Maxwell Smith in their win against Ole Miss. The Commodores have lost five straight SEC games, but had chances to win the past three.
No. 20 Auburn (6-3, 4-2) at No. 15 Georgia (7-2, 5-1), 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS: It’s all laid out there now for the Bulldogs if they’re going to win the East and make their first trip to the SEC championship game since 2005. They need to win Saturday at home against Auburn and then follow that up with a win against Kentucky at home the next Saturday. They get an Auburn team that will be ready. The Tigers are rested and healthy coming off a bye week.
Tennessee (4-5, 0-5) at No. 8 Arkansas (8-1, 4-1), 6 p.m. ET, ESPN2: The Vols will be trying to avoid their sixth straight SEC loss, although they thumped Middle Tennessee 24-0 last week. Arkansas has a little daylight now in the Western Division race thanks to LSU’s win at Alabama last week. This is the second of three straight games at home for the Hogs, who raced past South Carolina last week for a 44-28 win. Arkansas has a lot to play for the rest of the way. In addition to winning the West, the Hogs could also be in the BCS mix if they get a little help.
Western Kentucky (5-4) at No. 1 LSU (9-0), 7 p.m. ET, ESPNU: The Tigers deserve a little break after going into Alabama and winning 9-6 in overtime last week. There almost certainly will be some degree of an emotional letdown, but with so many key games upcoming, the Tigers don’t want to pick up any sloppy habits at this point. This will be a good opportunity to get senior quarterback Jarrett Lee’s confidence back and get him going again.
Louisiana Tech (5-4) at Ole Miss (2-7), 7:30 p.m. ET, CSS: The talk of Houston Nutt being out at Ole Miss is swirling, but Nutt insists that nobody has told him that he’s not going to be the coach. Either way, it’s anything but an ideal atmosphere in Oxford. The Rebels have lost 12 straight SEC games going back to last season and are locked into a second straight losing season no matter what happens the rest of the way. It could get a lot worse if Ole Miss falls to a very capable Louisiana Tech team.
No. 3 Alabama (8-1, 5-1) at Mississippi State (5-4, 1-4), 7:45 p.m. ET, ESPN: Something says the Crimson Tide won’t be in the best of moods this week after making so many uncharacteristic mistakes in their 9-6 overtime loss to LSU. Alabama has really had Mississippi State’s number recently, winning the past three meetings by a combined 93-20 score. The Bulldogs need to win one of these next three against Alabama, Arkansas or Ole Miss to qualify for a bowl game.