Alabama’s work isn’t done. The third-ranked (AP Poll) Crimson Tide, which knocked off LSU last Saturday to take control of the SEC West race, must win Saturday at No. 20 Mississippi State to stay in control of its destiny.

Next week, No. 9 LSU faces a tough task, playing at Ole Miss, which dealt Alabama its only defeat in September. The Rebels dropped out of the top 25 after losing a 53-52 thriller to Arkansas, which survived in overtime with the help of a blind ‘Hail Mary’ lateral on fourth-and-25.

The nightmare for SEC national title hopes would be a sweep by the Magnolia State teams, resulting in a logjam with four teams atop the West standings with two losses.

No. 11 Florida, the SEC’s other AP Top 25 team, plays at South Carolina, which gave inspired performances in close losses the past two weeks to Texas A&M and Tennessee.

This season, the SEC is 2-3 against AP Top 25 non-conference games at the time the game was played.

Here’s a list of how SEC teams have fared against AP Top 25 (on the date of the game) competition and what, if any, current AP Top 25 teams remain on their schedule:


Florida (1-1): Beat Ole Miss, lost to LSU; Remaining: Nov. 28 vs. No. 19 Florida State.

Tennessee (1-2): Lost to Oklahoma, beat Georgia, lost to Alabama. Remaining: None.

Georgia (0-2): Lost to Alabama, lost to Florida. Remaining: None.

Kentucky (1-0): Beat Missouri. Remaining: None.

Missouri (0-2): Lost to Florida, lost to Mississippi State. Remaining: None.

South Carolina (0-3): Lost to Georgia, lost to LSU, lost to Texas A&M. Remaining: Saturday vs. No. 11 Florida, Nov. 28 vs. No. 1 Clemson.

Vanderbilt (0-4): Lost to Georgia, lost to Ole Miss, lost to Houston, lost to Florida. Remaining: None.


LSU (3-1): Beat Mississippi State, beat Auburn, beat Florida, lost to Alabama. Remaining: None.

Alabama (4-1): Beat Wisconsin, lost to Ole Miss, beat Georgia, beat Texas A&M, beat LSU. Remaining: Saturday at No. 20 Mississippi State.

Ole Miss (1-2): Beat Alabama, lost to Florida, lost to Memphis. Remaining: Nov. 21 vs. No. 9 LSU, Nov. 28 at No. 20 Mississippi State.

Texas A&M (2-2): Beat Arizona State, beat Mississippi State, lost to Alabama, lost to Ole Miss. Remaining: Nov. 28 at No. 9 LSU.

Mississippi State (0-2): Lost to LSU, lost to Texas A&M. Remaining: Saturday vs. No. 3 Alabama.

Auburn (1-2): Lost to LSU, lost to Ole Miss, beat Texas A&M. Remaining: Nov. 28 vs. No. 3 Alabama.

Arkansas: (1-2): lost to Texas A&M, lost to Alabama, beat Ole Miss. Remaining: Saturday at No. 9 LSU, Nov. 21 vs. No. 20 Mississippi State.