SEC Week 9 Preview

Alabama and Georgia get the bulk of the attention from the national media but there are still some scenarios that could unfold over the next few weeks that could bring chaos into the College Football Playoff picture. Kentucky and Ole Miss are the one-loss SEC teams that are hoping for Georgia and Alabama to stumble over the next few weeks so they can slide into their spot in the SEC title game in Atlanta.

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SEC Standings

Kentucky Football

Kentucky still has an outside shot at the SEC Title

East

  • Georgia 7-0
  • Kentucky 6-1
  • Florida 4-3
  • Tennessee 4-4
  • South Carolina 4-4
  • Missouri 3-4
  • Vanderbilt 2-6

West

  • Alabama 7-1
  • Ole Miss 6-1
  • Auburn 5-2
  • Texas A&M 6-2
  • Mississippi State 4-3
  • LSU 4-4
  • Arkansas 5-3

Georgia looks like a lock to win the East as they already have beaten Kentucky and it is highly unlikely they lose two games down the stretch. The West is another story as Texas A&M proved that Alabama is beatable and the Crimson Tide still has to play LSU, Arkansas, and an Iron Bowl game on the road against Auburn. The Iron Bowl has produced some crazy finishes over the last 5 years so there are a few teams that can come out of the West.

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Matchups for Week 9

Georgia Football

Georgia is the favorites to win the SEC and the National Title

Alabama is off this week and the big game in the SEC is the SEC East matchup between Georgia and Florida in Jacksonville. Dan Mullen is under plenty of pressure at Florida and this game almost seems like a must-win. If Florida stumbles down the stretch I would not be shocked to see Florida move on from Mullen at the end of the season. The expectations are high in Gainesville and Mullen could be the next coach to be shown the door unless things turn around quickly.

Missouri (-16) vs. Vanderbilt

Missouri is sitting at 3-4 and should be able to get by Vanderbilt with ease and improve their bowl positioning. Missouri has been a solid team in the SEC East since their arrival from the Big 12 in 2011 and I think they have the right head coach in Eliah Drinkwitz that will get the Tigers into contention in the near future.

Georgia (-14) vs. Florida

The Florida/Georgia matchup, better known as the “World’s largest cocktail party” is typically a very competitive game that is played each year in Jacksonville. The location is about half the distance from both schools and the SEC East is often on the line in this matchup. This year that won’t be the case as we have a Florida squad that will be playing with nothing to lose vs. the #1 ranked Georgia squad that needs to stay perfect to get into the CFP. I think Florida will come into this game with a very aggressive gameplan and they keep this game close until Georgia wears them down into the fourth quarter.

Ole Miss vs. Auburn (-3)

Ole Miss

Ole Miss has a big road test against a desperate Auburn team

Ole Miss comes off of a big win against LSU last week and hopes to stay right behind Alabama in the SEC West race in the event Alabama falls down the stretch. Auburn is the surprising favorite in this game but a closer look at their schedule reveals two tough losses against Penn State on the road and a couple of weeks ago vs. Georgia. I like this game to be the game of the weekend and I think Ole Miss and Matt Corral will find a way to get the win late in this one as they have much more to play for than Auburn.

Kentucky vs. Mississippi State (-1.5)

Kentucky is another one-loss SEC team that still has plenty to play for and needs a big road win against Mississippi State to keep pace to stay for a possible Sugar Bowl birth Mississippi State is the home favorite and I think they put together a complete game and get the win at home.

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