For nearly 12 hours every Saturday, SEC fans can plop themselves on their couches and tune into football games all day. No one wants to waste their time watching a boring game, though, so we ranked the nine games that SEC teams are playing in this weekend based on entertainment value. These rankings are subjective, but factor in league impact, how exciting and how close the games will be. Games are ranked on a 1-5 Georgia Dome scale (the site of the SEC Championship Game), with 5 being the most watchable game and 1 being the least. Note: all rankings are from the College Football Playoff committee. All games are played Saturday unless otherwise noted.


– No. 4 Mississippi State at No. 19 Ole Miss (3:30 p.m. ET, CBS): One of the most under-appreciated rivalries in college football is about to play its most significant game ever. The Bulldogs are playing for their playoff hopes, Ole Miss is hell bent on ending those dreams.

– No. 15 Auburn at No. 1 Alabama (7:45 p.m. ET, ESPN): It’s not the College Football Playoff play-in game many imagined a few months ago, but the Iron Bowl is one of the true treasures of the year thanks to the extreme passion that comes with the rivalry.



– Arkansas at No. 17 Missouri (2:30 p.m. ET Friday, CBS): A few weeks ago, it would have been hard to find someone outside of these fan bases excited for the Battle Line Rivalry. Now, Arkansas is one of the hottest teams in the country and Missouri is on the verge of a second straight SEC East title.

– No. 16 Georgia Tech at No. 9 Georgia (12 p.m. ET, SEC Network): It’s been more than a decade since these two teams stepped onto the field for some Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate this highly ranked. Both teams are going to try to trample the other with their potent running games.

– Florida at No. 3 Florida State (3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN): Florida might not be very good, but Florida State has a track record of letting not-very-good teams hang around this season. Will the Gators be able to hang in long enough to pull out the win and send Will Muschamp out with a victory and end Florida State’s playoff dream?



– LSU at Texas A&M (7:30 p.m. ET Thursday, ESPN): After you gorge yourself on a Thanksgiving meal, kick back to watch these two young teams battle it out. It doesn’t have the stress of playoff implications, but both have plenty to prove.

– South Carolina at No. 22 Clemson (12 p.m. ET, ESPN): The Palmetto Bowl always seems to bring out the best in Steve Spurrier, and Spurrier at his apex is as fun as any coach in the country. A sixth-straight win over their bitter rivals would salvage a disappointing season for the Gamecocks.



– Kentucky at No. 22 Louisville (12 p.m. ET, ESPN 2): Kentucky has to go on the road and beat their in-state rivals to avoid a complete collapse from their 5-1 start. Going against Bobby Petrino’s top-notch defense, it could be ugly for the Wildcats.

– Tennessee at Vanderbilt (4 p.m. ET, SEC Network): Tennessee has to be feeling pretty good about their chances of ending a two-game skid to the Commodores, but it’s not exactly top priority for the rest of the SEC to sit down to watch Vanderbilt play anyone. Vanderbilt has looked better as the season has worn on, but Joshua Dobbs will probably be too much for the ‘Dores to keep it close.


None this week.