There’s been quite a bit of talk about whether the SEC receives a favorable bias from ESPN and sportswriters around the country. There’s no question that losses in the SEC matter less than losses in other conferences. In addition close wins by heavy favorites don’t hurt the same as close wins in other conferences. That’s why there are three teams in top four of college football playoff rankings entering week 10.
The SEC doesn’t waste any time showcasing two of the top teams against each other. The Auburn Tigers take on Ole Miss in what many feel is an elimination game. However, that is not entirely true. With 18 one loss teams in the country, the chances that there are a two loss team in the college football playoffs is highly likely. Still, neither team wants to find out if they can make the playoffs with two losses.
The No.1 Mississippi State Bulldogs are still undefeated and have had a relatively easy time with the SEC in their home games. They have already beaten LSU, Texas A&M, and Auburn, but they still have road games with Alabama and Ole Miss. However, the Bulldogs must take care of business against Arkansas on Saturday.
Louisiana-Monroe vs. Texas A&M
The last time we saw Texas A&M take the field, they were getting demolished by Alabama. Now the Aggies will have a new quarterback to take the leading role in what should be an easy game. Everything is set up for Kyle Allen to succeed against ULM. Too bad the defense has regressed to last year’s form.
Florida vs. Georgia
The Georgia Bulldogs learned they will not have Todd Gurley for two more weeks. Since Gurley’s suspension commenced, Nick Chubb has taken over as the leading running back. The offense has received the bulk of the credit, but it’s been the defense that’s been rock solid. They should be prepared for an inspired Florida team that has nothing to lose. That’s always a dangerous combination.
Kentucky vs. Missouri
The Missouri Tigers have been under the radar since getting shutout by Georgia. Yet, the Tigers are the only other legitimate team capable of winning the SEC East. If they are able to get by Kentucky at home, they’ll face three SEC opponents with a combined two wins in conference play. It’s almost a safe bet that Missouri earns the SEC title if they win out.
Auburn vs. Ole Miss
The Auburn Tigers are facing an Ole Miss team that should be hungry for a win. The Rebels were held to seven points in their loss to LSU last week. To make matters worse, Ole Miss self destructed down the stretch. Bo Wallace threw a game clinching interception with two seconds left. Auburn’s offense maybe getting into championship form.
Old Dominion vs. Vanderbilt
Vanderbilt better not lose. Neither team has a winning record, so it’s not like the Commodores are facing a top team from another conference.
Arkansas vs. Mississippi State
Dak Prescott and the Bulldogs have continued to roll through the competition. Arkansas’ claim to fame this season is losing by one point to Alabama. The Razorbacks need this upset win to even think about becoming bowl eligible.