Through 10 weeks of the 2015 season, 42 conference games are in the books.

And while we may have solved the SEC East riddle in Week 10, the SEC West still has plenty of meaningful games left to be played during the final three weeks before a winner can be declared.

There are five conference games this week, with 13 of the league’s 14 teams in action. Tennessee, Texas A&M and Missouri will step out of conference for games this week, and Ole Miss has a Week 11 bye.

Here are some things we can learn about the SEC championship picture from Saturday’s five games:


Florida clinched a trip to the SEC Championship game with a 9-7 win against Vanderbilt at The Swamp in Week 10. Any games involving SEC East teams from this point forward will merely be to determine how those teams will rank behind the Gators in the division standings.

  • Florida at South Carolina: In what will be the final conference game for each team, the Gators are looking to simply get by as one of the one-loss teams holding out hope for a bid to the College Football Playoff. Conversely, the Gamecocks will be looking for just their second win of the conference season. At 1-6, a home win against Vanderbilt is the only thing standing between South Carolina and a winless SEC season.
  • Kentucky at Vanderbilt: Bowl eligibility is what’s at stake in this one. Sitting near the bottom of the SEC East standings, both of these teams have losing records overall. With the Commodores at 3-6, a loss for Vanderbilt ensures that Derek Mason’s second season will be a losing one. At 4-5, Kentucky really needs a win here to prop up hope of a .500 season after a 4-1 start to the year.


  • Mississippi State at Alabama: Thanks to last week’s mammoth win against LSU and some help from Arkansas in a wild game against Ole Miss, the Crimson Tide controls its own destiny in the SEC West. A trip to Starkville this week and a trip to Auburn on the final week of the regular season are the only remaining opportunities for the one-loss Alabama team to slip up. Mississippi State, meanwhile, has positioned itself as a dark horse in the SEC West discussion. The Bulldogs are 3-2 in league play with games against one-loss Alabama and two-loss Arkansas and Ole Miss left on the docket. If Mississippi State can win out and get a little bit of help from teams like Ole Miss and Arkansas when playing LSU, there’s still a slim chance things could work out for the Bulldogs. That longshot goes away with a loss to Alabama, so winning on Saturday is all that matters at this point.
  • Arkansas at LSU: LSU went from being the clear-cut favorite to being on the wrong side of a tiebreaker with Alabama in the matter of a few hours last week. The Tigers’ loss to the Crimson Tide, coupled with an Ole Miss loss to Arkansas, has created a situation where LSU needs help to win the SEC West. Not only do the Tigers have to win remaining games against Arkansas, Ole Miss and Texas A&M, but they need either Mississippi State or Auburn to knock off Alabama. Interestingly enough, the Razorbacks sit at 3-2 in conference play themselves, meaning a win in this game would actually tie them with LSU and give them a head-to-head tiebreaker with both the Tigers and Ole Miss. They, too, would need help in the form of teams upsetting Alabama.

East vs. West

  • Georgia at Auburn: In recent years, it is rare that the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry is played without some implication on the SEC Championship race. While this November tradition is likely to produce another fun game between two programs with winning records, it will not play a serious factor in the SEC race. Georgia is eliminated from SEC East contention thanks to Florida winning last week, and Auburn is also eliminated from SEC West contention thanks to four conference losses already on the Tigers record.