Florida is off this week before taking on Georgia next Saturday in what could be the defacto SEC East championship game for the Gators. Today's games are not the strongest on paper so let me remind you of some rooting interests you should have, as Andy laid out earlier in the week. Wins today by Alabama (over Tennessee) and Mississippi State (over Kentucky) would set Florida up to be able to clinch the SEC East with a win over Georgia next weekend.
Here are our picks for today's viewing windows:
Early (noon to 3:30 p.m. Eastern):
Clemson at Miami (noon, ABC): Undefeated Clemson goes on the road for only the second time this season to take on the Hurricanes in front of potentially hundreds of Miami fans.
Auburn at Arkansas (noon, SECN): The loser of this game officially takes the lead in the "most disappointing preseason hyped SEC West team" race.
Afternoon (3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Eastern)
Tennessee at Alabama (3:30 p.m., CBS): This annual third Saturday in October rivalry is being played on the fourth Saturday this year. Tennessee is coming off of a bye week following their come from behind victory over Georgia. The Crimson Tide are looking to make it 9 in a row over the Volunteers. This is one of our rooting interest games as an Alabama win helps the Gators toward potentially set up an SEC East clinching game with Georgia next weekend.
Vanderbilt at Missouri (4:00 p.m., SECN): A tale of two defenses and no offenses. We know Missouri has a good defense but Vanderbilt's is actually pretty good too. Missouri may not score a touchdown for the third week in a row. This game is ending 9-3, isn't it?
Evening (7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Eastern)
Texas A&M at Mississippi (7:00 p.m., ESPN2): This game looked a lot better a few weeks ago. Both teams lost last weekend, and as both have one conference loss already, this looks to be a sort of SEC West elimination game. This is also the only match-up of two ranked teams this weekend.
Western Kentucky at LSU (7:00 p.m., ESPNU): Hear me out. Western Kentucky is actually a pretty good team with a very good passing offense. Yes, LSU should win but it might stay interesting for a bit.
Kentucky at Mississippi State (7:30 p.m., SECN): Another rooting interest pick. A Mississippi State win here, if Alabama wins earlier, gives Florida the opportunity to clinch the SEC East with a win over Georgia next weekend.