This week in the SEC

November, 21, 2011
11/21/11
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Here’s a look at this week’s SEC lineup:

FRIDAY

No. 3 Arkansas (10-1, 6-1) at No. 1 LSU (11-0, 7-0), 2:30 p.m. ET, CBS: They’re calling it the biggest regular-season game the Hogs have played in since their Southwest Conference days. The Tigers look to wrap up a perfect regular season, which would put them in the SEC championship game. The winner can’t necessarily punch its ticket to the Allstate BCS National Championship Game, but could sure start making travel plans.

SATURDAY

No. 13 Georgia (9-2) at No. 23 Georgia Tech (8-3), noon ET, ESPN: The Bulldogs’ winning streak is now at nine games and counting after clinching the Eastern Division championship last week with a win against Kentucky. The Bulldogs now finish up the regular season on the road against their arch-rivals. This is only the second nationally ranked team Georgia has faced since the second week of the season.

Tennessee (5-6, 1-6) at Kentucky (4-7, 1-6), 12:21 p.m. ET, SEC Network: The Vols broke through in the SEC last week against Vanderbilt and picked up their first league win of the season. They can now become bowl eligible by beating the Wildcats on the road. Tennessee has won 26 straight games in the series, the longest active winning streak in the country between two FBS teams that play every year.

No. 2 Alabama (10-1, 6-1) at No. 24 Auburn (7-4, 4-3), 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS: The Iron Bowl carries enough drama without anything else adding to it. But for the fourth straight year, this game will have an impact on the national title race. Alabama, which was No. 2 this week in the BCS standings, needs to win to hold that position. It looks like the Crimson Tide will get back junior left tackle Barrett Jones (ankle) for this game.

Vanderbilt (5-6) at Wake Forest (6-5), 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPNU: The Commodores are coming off a bitter 27-21 loss in overtime against Tennessee, a game that ended controversially. Now, they get one final shot to become bowl eligible. Wake Forest has had Vanderbilt’s number. The Deacons have won the past three games in the series -- 2007, 2008 and last season.

Florida State (7-4) at Florida (6-5), 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2: It’s been a ho-hum season for the Gators in Will Muschamp’s initial season as coach. They came out flat against Furman last week and had to pull away with a couple of defensive touchdowns in the fourth quarter to win. They’ve yet to beat an FBS team that has a winning record. Here’s a chance to make the offseason a little more tolerable -- by beating arch-rival Florida State.

Ole Miss (2-9, 0-7) at Mississippi State (5-6, 1-6), 7 p.m. ET, ESPNU: Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen refers to Ole Miss as the “school up north.” The truth is that it’s all headed south this season for the Rebels, who have lost 13 straight SEC games dating to last season. Of course, it hasn’t been a memorable season for the Bulldogs, who still need to win Saturday to become bowl eligible.

No. 17 Clemson (9-2) at No. 12 South Carolina (9-2), 7:45 p.m. ET, ESPN: This is the first time both of these teams have been nationally ranked coming into this game since 2000. It’s a bitter rivalry that divides households, and the loser has to hear about it for an entire year. The Tigers have already clinched a berth in the ACC championship game. The Gamecocks are looking to win 10 games in a season for only the second time in school history.

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