Sunday, October 23, 2011

2011:SEC Thru wk 8

By Keith Antigiovanni

The South Carolina Gamecocks and Georgia Bulldogs sit atop the SEC East at 4-1 in the conference while Florida (2-3), Vanderbilt (1-3), Kentucky (0-3) and Tennessee (0-4) trail.
South Carolina has already beaten Georgia and the Dawgs will have to win out and hope South Carolina drops another game.

Although Florida is almost out of the division race they can play spoiler when they play both South Carolina and Georgia next week in their annual game at Jacksonville.

The Georgia-Florida game is: must win for Georgia
chance to knock out Florida
chance to get the Florida monkey off Coach Mark Richt's back

Florida, Vanderbilt, Kentucky and Tennessee are also fighting to gain bowl berths as each teams scrambles to become bowl eligible with four or three overall wins each.

Meanwhile over in the SEC West Alabama (5-0) and LSU (5-0) are on a collision course when the meet on November 5 in Tuscaloosa. The game will not only result in the SEC West champ but could one of the teams that make the BCS as Nick Saban's current team faces his old team against the man who replaced him in Baton Rouge 6 years ago, Les Miles.

The winner of this game gets a two-game edge with the game up in the standings and tiebreaker in case of a tie.

Arkansas (2-1) could also sneak in to the SEC title game in Atlanta if LSU can beat Alabama. Then Arkansas will get a chance at the LSU Tigers after Thanksgiving and possibly create a three-way tie in the West. The Razorbacks will have to win out of course to create this possibility.

The defending SEC Champ Auburn Tigers (3-2) have fallen out of the race and will have to play spoiler the rest of the way in their annual "Iron Bowl" game vs Alabama after Thanksgiving.

Ole Miss and Mississippi State are both 0-4 and playing out the string.

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