Week 6 in the SEC

October, 1, 2012
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Here's a quick primer for the SEC in Week 6:

Arkansas (1-4) at Auburn (1-3), 12 p.m. ET, ESPN2: This game is extremely important to both teams. A loss for either will essentially end any bowl hopes. Both defenses are at the bottom of the SEC, so that's good news for both offenses, especially Auburn's offense, which is last in the SEC and ranks 117th nationally in total offense (297.8 yards per game). Auburn also has the advantage of coming off of a bye, which should have helped quarterback Kiehl Frazier regroup from a rough September.

No. 20 Mississippi State (4-0) at Kentucky (1-4), 12:21 p.m. ET, SEC Network: The Bulldogs have had a solid start to the season, but it's been overshadowed to an extent. The Bulldogs are 13th nationally in scoring defense and might have the nation's best cornerback combination in Johnthan Banks and Darius Slay, who have combined for seven interceptions through four games. Kentucky hasn't had much to be happy about this season and quarterback Maxwell Smith (ankle) is injured again. This offense has to have him in the lineup if it's going to hang with the Bulldogs.

No. 4 LSU (5-0) at No. 10 Florida (4-0), 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS: We don't really know what to expect from this game. Both defenses were both very solid in September, but who knows what we'll see from the offenses? Florida's offense is much better than it has been the past two years, but it hasn't faced a front like LSU, while the Tigers have been very inconsistent on offense to start the year. The Swamp should be fired up for this game, as both are undefeated going into the game for the fifth time ever and this is just the fourth time both enter ranked in the Top 10 in the Associated Press Poll.

Texas A&M (3-1) at Ole Miss (3-2), 7 p.m. ET, ESPNU: Both of these offenses know how to move and score points. This should be a real fun one to watch in Oxford, but both defensive coordinators could be pulling their hair out by the third quarter. Both teams are averaging more than 200 rushing yards a game, so line play will be critical. Ole Miss has to find a way to slow quarterback Johnny Manziel, or his hot run will continue. The first team to 40 points might win this game.

No. 5 Georgia (5-0) at No. 6 South Carolina (5-0), 7 p.m. ET, ESPN: This is a major battle in the East race. The winner basically takes a two-game lead over the loser. Both lit up the scoreboard in South Carolina's win last year, and the Bulldogs' defense was gouged by Tennessee last week. Georgia's run defense has to come to play this weekend because Marcus Lattimore is getting stronger and stronger and has rushed for 358 yards and three touchdowns in his two games against the Bulldogs.

Vanderbilt (1-3) at Missouri (3-2), 7 p.m. ET, FSN: The Tigers are struggling to get their offense going, while Vanderbilt owns the nation's No. 29 defense. This should be a good test for Missouri. There is just too much talent at Missouri for this team not to put up more points or be more consistent moving the ball. James Franklin is dealing with shoulder pain, but the parts around him have to help out more, especially that banged up offensive line. The Commodores have their own issues on offense and having a quarterback controversy doesn't help.

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