SEC race update: Week 13

The Eastern Division race was settled last Saturday thanks to Georgia's 19-10 victory over Kentucky.

The Bulldogs (9-2, 7-1) punched their ticket to Atlanta and will play in their first SEC championship game since 2005, which is also the last time the Bulldogs won an SEC title. They've won nine straight games entering Saturday's nonconference date at Georgia Tech.

The Western Division race (and perhaps the participants in the Allstate BCS National Championship Game) will be decided later this week.

Arkansas (10-1, 6-1) travels to LSU (11-0, 7-0) on Friday. If the No. 1 Tigers win, they clinch the West title and would face Georgia on Dec. 3 in the Georgia Dome.

If the Hogs win in Baton Rouge and Alabama (10-1, 6-1) loses Saturday at Auburn, the Hogs would win the West based on their head-to-head victory over LSU.

But if Arkansas wins on Friday and Alabama wins on Saturday, that would create a three-way tie that would be settled by the BCS standings that are released on Sunday. The SEC tiebreaker rules stipulate that if the second-highest ranked team is within five spots of the highest-ranked team, that the third team is eliminated and head-to-head competition between the two highest-ranked teams breaks the tie.

Therefore, with Alabama being No. 2 this week in the BCS standings, the Crimson Tide would be in the best position to win the tiebreaker in the event of a three-way tie because it would probably come down to Arkansas and Alabama as the two highest-ranked teams at that point. The Crimson Tide beat the Hogs during the regular season, meaning the Tide would get the nod and go to Atlanta to face Georgia.