Week 13 in the SEC is also rivalry week.

In this year’s Iron Bowl, Alabama visits Auburn, where it will clinch the West and a spot opposite Florida in the SEC Championship Game with a win.

But this weekend’s slate feature other important storylines:

Gary Pinkel has implied this might be his last game as Missouri’s coach when the Tigers visit Arkansas on Friday. Les Miles might be coaching his next-to-last game for LSU when the Tigers host Texas A&M Saturday night. Kentucky has to beat visiting Louisville to become bowl eligible. No. 1 Clemson visits South Carolina for their traditional tussle.

Florida State battles Florida in Gainesville. Georgia travels to Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt takes on Tennessee in Knoxville, and Mississippi and Mississippi State renew acquaintances in their annual Egg Bowl matchup in Starkville.

Here’s what the league’s coaches had to say about their teams’ respective games this weekend:

Nick Saban, Alabama: “Auburn’s probably playing the best they’ve played all year,” Saban said. “They’ve gotten better and better, which I think is attributed to Gus and his staff.”

Bret Bielema, Arkansas: “Kids talk about how they love playing for him,” Bielema said, referring to Gary Pinkel.  “They’ll obviously be very, very motivated on Friday. Whether it’s his last game or not … I know it’s his last game at Mizzou for a while until he gets everything he needs to get under control. We’ll definitely have a few words before the game and wish him the best of luck moving forward.”

Gus Malzahn, Auburn: “You worry about everything in a week like this,” Malzahn said. “In our state, you know, both groups keep a close eye on each other. You worry about the confidentiality and everything. It’s always high this week, that’s the way it is every year. That’s part of what makes this rivalry special though. You know, you’ve got to be thinking ahead and you’ve got to protect what you’re doing.”

Jim McElwain, Florida: “We’re a 10-win football team that’s still got a long ways to go in a lot of areas,” McElwain said. “You guys know. You guys watch. But here’s the key: Part of the key is figuring out how you get wins even through deficiencies.”

Mark Richt, Georgia: “Who made you ask that question?” Richt said. “I know you didn’t think of that one. My focus is beating Georgia Tech right now. That’s my answer to you.”

Mark Stoops, Kentucky: “I ask for everybody there this week,” Stoops said. “We need the stadium packed. We need a great environment to root this team on and cheer this team on to get our sixth win. So, we need to use that home field advantage to help us.”

Les Miles, LSU: “I want to get me out of the way as best I can,” Miles said. “I don’t know anything other than, ‘Let’s go to work, let’s rally the troops, enjoy the men that I’ve hired and recruited. Let’s coach them hard and get victory.’ ”

Dan Mullen, Mississippi State: “I don’t like commenting on other jobs just because it’s a waste of time,” said Mullen, referring to reports linking him to FBS job openings. “I love the one that I have. Not much else on it besides that.”

Gary Pinkel, Missouri: “I’m really impressed with how Bret (Bielema) has handled this team, what they went through at the beginning of the season and how they came out of it,” Pinkel said.

Hugh Freeze, Ole Miss: “They have one of the most tremendous leaders that we’ve seen in this conference in Dak (Prescott),” Freeze said. “He’s a great player, a great leader, a winner, competes at a high level and gives that offense a chance to be really special at times.”

Shawn Elliott, South Carolina: “We faced the facts, exactly what had happened, what’s been going on and what we got to do to move forward,” Elliott said. “Our mood of our football team is very good if you can imagine that to happen.”

Butch Jones, Tennessee: “It all starts with Ralph Webb,” Jones said. “I think he’s one of the best running backs in our conference. Very explosive. Can hit the home run.”

Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M: “It will be interesting to see how that plays out with Leonard Fournette, they have the number one rushing attack in the league,” Sumlin said. “Somehow the last few weeks we’ve found a way to play better up front and have had a lot of energy. The same amount of energy we brought to Nashville we have to bring to Baton Rouge.”

Derek Mason, Vanderbilt: “Playing well, doing whatever it takes to keep this offense on the field,” Mason said. “Can we manufacture points? That’s what we have to do. We have to play well. The quarterback, the offensive line, running backs, everybody’s got to play well.”