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Around the SEC - Week 8: Tigers & Bulldogs butt heads

A look at this weekends games across the conference

Seth Dunlap
October 19, 2018 - 7:02 pm
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As we get set for another weekend of college football, here’s a look around the SEC to get you set.

 

SEC WEST

#1 Alabama (7-0, 4-0 SEC) – The Tide just keep winning.  They haven’t really been tested yet, and won’t be until they come to Death Valley to face LSU.  LAST WEEK – W vs. Missouri 39-10, THIS WEEK - @ Arkansas

#17 Texas A&M  (5-2, 3-1 SEC) –  They Aggies have a negative point differential inside the conference, and had near-misses against Kentucky and South Carolina the past two weeks. LAST WEEK – W @ South Carolina 26-23, THIS WEEK – BYE

#5 LSU (6-1, 3-1 SEC) – Sporting perhaps the best resume in college football, even with one loss, the Tigers are a surprising College Football Playoff contender, but they can’t afford a let-down before facing Alabama.  LAST WEEK – @ vs. Georgia 36-16, THIS WEEK – vs. Mississippi State

#22 Texas A&M  (4-2, 2-1 SEC) –  The Fighting Jimbos escaped Kentucky in overtime last week, but they've still be outscored in conference play this season.  Now they’re a surprising, perhaps, road favorite against South Carolina, the first of three straight contests for the Aggies away from The 12th Man.  LAST WEEK – W vs. Kentucky 20-14 (OT), THIS WEEK – @ South Carolina

Ole Miss (5-2, 1-2 SEC) –  Ole Miss barely escaped Arkansas with a win.  They’re one win from bowl eligibility, but may be underdogs in all of their remaining games.   LAST WEEK – W @ Arkansas 37-33, THIS WEEK – vs. Auburn

#22 Mississippi State (4-2, 1-2 SEC) –  The Bulldogs are coming of a bye, and are looking for a redux of last year’s 30 points throttling of the Tigers.  LAST WEEK – BYE, THIS WEEK – @ LSU

#21 Auburn (4-2, 1-2 SEC) –  A devastating loss last week to Tennessee leaves head coach Gus Malzahn one loss closer to an unceremonious ouster in Auburn.   LAST WEEK – L vs. Tennessee 30-24, THIS WEEK – @ Ole Miss

Arkansas (1-6, 0-4 SEC) –  Hey, maybe the Hogs can get their second win of the year this week!   LAST WEEK – L vs. Ole Miss 37-33, THIS WEEK – vs. Tulsa 

 

SEC EAST

#11 Florida (6-1, 4-1 SEC) –  Don’t look now, but the Gators have a chance to make a run at the Playoff if they can run the table.  If they get by Georgia next week, they’ll be heavy favorites the rest of the regular season and can waltz to the SEC Championship Game.  LAST WEEK – W @ Vanderbilt 37-24, THIS WEEK – BYE

#8 Georgia (6-1, 4-1 SEC) –  The Bulldogs just got brutalized in Death Valley, and now they get a bye week to think about it. LAST WEEK – L @ LSU 36-16,  THIS WEEK – BYE

#14 Kentucky (5-1, 3-1 SEC) –  What a special season in Lexington.  They remain sneaky dark-horse contenders in the SEC East and will be favored to get to the Georgia game with just one loss. LAST WEEK – BYE,  THIS WEEK – vs. Vanderbilt

South Carolina (3-3, 2-3 SEC) –  A highly disappointing season continues for the Gamecocks after a home loss to Texas A&M.  LAST WEEK – L vs. Texas A&M 26-23, THIS WEEK – vs. Tennessee

Tennessee (2-3, 0-2 SEC) –  Great win by the Vols on the road at Auburn.  Perhaps that was the lynchpin win that helps turn this program around.  Keep thinking about that win, not about what’s likely to happen this week against Alabama.  LAST WEEK – W @ Auburn 30-24, THIS WEEK – vs. Alabama

Missouri (3-3, 0-3 SEC) –  It’s clear that the rest of the SEC East won the expansion battle when they added perennially dysfunctional Missouri while the West got the richest college football program in America.   LAST WEEK – L @ Alabama 39-10, THIS WEEK – vs. Memphis

Vanderbilt (3-4, 0-3 SEC) –  Is it baseball season yet?  LAST WEEK – L vs. Florida 37-27 , THIS WEEK – @ Kentucky

 

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