The SEC's 5 best games in Week 6 (sorry, Ole Miss)
It’s snack time in the SEC.
Week 6 is a fairly light week in college football’s best conference. There are only four games involving two SEC teams. Two other games, both from Mississippi schools, are out-of-league. And even the three inside the SEC are, by typical conference standards, average. Maybe a touch above.
None of the games feature two teams that are ranked, but one looms large for a division title chase. Another game could signal the possible end of a coaches’ tenure at a school. And a final game will bear out just how far both teams have come.
Oh, then there’s LSU-South Carolina. Whatever that is.
Here are the five best games in the SEC this week.
Mississippi State at Troy – This game falls in not because it is some pivotal matchup. Mississippi State should blast Troy, barring something odd. Stranger things have happened (think Louisiana-Monroe at Arkansas in 2012), so who knows, but this isn’t likely to be much of a game. It’s just there are six games this week involving SEC teams and the other one is Ole Miss versus New Mexico State. No thanks.
LSU at South Carolina – South Carolina sure has to be thrilled to be playing a home game in Baton Rouge. The massive flooding in the state of South Carolina has necessitated that, though. No way around it, really. To be honest, the Gamecocks probably didn’t stand much of a chance even in Columbia. The Tigers nearly are a three-touchdown favorite.
Florida at Missouri – Apparently the Gators are for real. Missouri, too, finally looked like a legitimate SEC team for the first time this season in Week 5. And typical of coach Gary Pinkel, he has his team hanging around almost halfway through the season even if they don’t look the part. Truth is, a Florida win would cement the Gators as the East Division favorite. But a Missouri win and the Tigers are right back where everyone (no one) expected, near the top of the division. Again.
Arkansas at Alabama – This was arguably one of the top five games in the league last season. Alabama escaped Fayetteville with a one-point win, 14-13. It was partly because of that the Razorbacks were expected for big things this year. Those dreams haven’t come to fruition, but a win at Alabama would re-ignite a fan base needing a real shot of optimism. Alabama, meanwhile, seemed to put to rest any notion it was “finished” by smacking Georgia last week. The Crimson Tide are 17-point favorites.
Georgia at Tennessee – If the Vols lose, the nail may as well be smacked into the coffin. Tennessee had expectations just as high as Arkansas last year. Two fourth-quarter-squandered leads and a no-comeback against Arkansas have Tennessee near the bottom of the East now. A division title, always an outside chance, is a no-chance now, but there are dreams of a bowl still. Georgia simply wants to show last week’s defeat against Alabama was a fluke. At least, they want to show the style and score of the defeat was a fluke, anyway.