- Edward Aschoff, ESPN Staff Writer
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Here's a quick primer for Week 9 in the SEC:
Kentucky (1-7, 0-5 SEC) at Missouri (3-4, 0-4 SEC) noon ET, ESPNU: The Tigers are coming off of a much-needed bye, while Kentucky is coming off of a tough loss to Georgia. The Wildcats are still pretty banged up, but Missouri is fighting for a bowl berth in its first season in the SEC. It's been a very tough adjustment for Mizzou, but this team can gain some good confidence going into the final stretch with a win Saturday.
Tennessee (3-4, 0-4 SEC) at No. 13 South Carolina (6-2, 4-2 SEC) noon ET, ESPN: Both of these team were run over this past weekend, and neither one's confidence is very high. But South Carolina could still make a top bowl if it wins out. Tennessee is still on the outside looking in when it comes to the postseason, but the Vols certainly haven't been eliminated. Marcus Lattimore is set to start for the Gamecocks, but it'll be interesting to see how Steve Spurrier deals with his quarterback situation.
Ole Miss (4-3, 1-2 SEC) at Arkansas (3-4, 2-2 SEC) 12:21 a.m. ET, SEC Network: The Razorbacks are slowly crawling out of that enormous hole they created in September. Arkansas has won two straight and has shown very good character with its bowl hopes almost crushed. But that defense will have its hands full with Ole Miss' high-powered offense. The Rebels are fourth in the SEC in total offense, while Arkansas is 13th in total defense. Every game matters for both as they fight for bowl eligibility.
No. 2 Florida (7-0, 6-0 SEC) vs. No. 10 Georgia (6-1, 4-1 SEC) 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS: The Cocktail Party has a ton riding on it this weekend in Jacksonville. A win by the Gators and they capture the East for the first time since 2009. A Georgia win and the Bulldogs take complete control of the division. Florida has been about as unconventional in its methods of winning as you could ask for, but the Gators are undefeated. Georgia still has some questions surrounding it, especially on defense, but a chance to wreck Florida's season would make the Bulldogs' year.
No. 20 Texas A&M (5-2, 2-2 SEC) at Auburn (1-6, 0-5 SEC) 7 p.m. ET, ESPNU: Johnny Manziel couldn't get past LSU's vaunted defense in the second half, and that makes two stout defenses that have held him in check. Well, he should get more breathing room against Auburn's defense. The Tigers are giving up more than 400 yards a game and are winless in SEC play. This is a chance for the Aggies to rebound, but it might be Auburn's last chance to win a conference game this season.
Massachusetts (0-7) at Vanderbilt (3-4, 2-3 SEC), 7 p.m. ET, FSN: With their win over Auburn last weekend, the Commodores are right back into the thick of the bowl hunt. Vandy needs three more wins and gets a great opportunity against winless UMass. The Commodores have a chance to really rev things up offensively, as UMass owns the nation's No. 111 defense, giving up 472.4 yards per game.
No. 11 Mississippi State (7-0, 3-0 SEC) at No. 1 Alabama (7-0, 4-0 SEC), 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN: Mississippi State's players have been saying since the spring that they believe they have a legitimate shot at taking home the SEC title this year. This team might be undefeated, but it's nonconference schedule has been questioned, leaving some respect still out there for the Bulldogs to gain. They'd gain a heck of a lot with a win or a tremendous showing against the nation's top team. Alabama is coming off of its most complete game of the season and is playing its best at the right time.
Here's a quick primer for Week 9 in the SEC:Kentucky (1-7, 0-5 SEC) at Missouri (3-4, 0-4 SEC) noon ET, ESPNU: The Tigers are coming off of a much-needed bye, while Kentucky is coming off of a tough loss to Georgia.