SEC Watchability Rankings: Week 7
For nearly 12 hours every Saturday, SEC fans can plop themselves on the couch and tune into football games all day. No one wants to waste their time watching a boring game, though, so we ranked all eight games that SEC teams are playing in this weekend (South Carolina has a bye this week). 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.
5 GEORGIA DOMES
– No. 2 Auburn at No. 3 Mississippi State (3:30 p.m. ET, CBS): The game of the week is once again being held in the state of Mississippi. Make sure you’re at your TV for kickoff, because with the way these teams run the ball the game could be over if you tune in late. Dak Prescott and Nick Marshall lead two of the best offenses in the country, while the talented defenses on both sides will be tasked with stopping those fearsome attacks. Could the winner of this game rise to No. 1 in the polls?
– No. 3 Ole Miss at No. 14 Texas A&M (9:00 p.m. ET, ESPN): The meanest defense in the country takes on the high-powered Aggies offense in a late-night showdown. Will Ole Miss be able to ride its momentum from the Alabama game, or are they due for a letdown? Will Kenny Hill be able to shake off the worst game of his career and find holes in that potent Rebels defense? Will Dr. Bo or Mr. Pick show up? It’s going to be fun to find out.
4 GEORGIA DOMES
– No. 13 Georgia at No. 23 Missouri (Noon ET, CBS): This game got a whole lot less entertaining when news broke that Todd Gurley is suspended indefinitely for getting paid to sign some autographs. It’s still must-watch TV for SEC fans, as this game could well decide the winner of the SEC East. Will Hutson Mason be able to hold up under the Tigers withering pass rush? What kind of havoc can Maty Mauk wreak on the Bulldogs secondary?
3 GEORGIA DOMES
– No. 7 Alabama at Arkansas (6 p.m. ET, ESPN): Alabama has whomped Arkansas 52-0 the last two years, but this could be different. The Razorbacks have the one of the fiercest rushing attacks in the country, and Bret Bielema’s squad is hungry for an SEC win. Meanwhile, Alabama hasn’t lost consecutive SEC games since 2007, and they’re coming off a collapse against Ole Miss. They’ll be out for blood; will Arkansas be able to stand up to the West’s big boys?
2 GEORGIA DOMES
– LSU at Florida (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN): If you like incomplete passes, this is the game for you. LSU still hasn’t named a starting quarterback, while Florida is stuck rolling out Jeff Driskel. It’s the first time these traditional rivals have met as unranked opponents since 1989. If you like to see points on the board, maybe skip this one.
1 GEORGIA DOME
– Louisiana-Monroe at Kentucky (Noon ET, SEC Network): It’s a blast to watch Braylon Heard and Jojo Kemp run the Wildcat for the Wildcats, but they’re coming up against a team that got blanked by a struggling LSU team just a few weeks ago.
– Chattanooga at Tennessee (4:00 p.m. ET, SEC Network): Butch Jones will have to wait at least another week to get the marquee SEC win he’s chasing. This week, his team takes on in-state little brother Chattanooga, an FCS team. You know how these games usually go.
– Charleston Southern at Vanderbilt (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN3): If any SEC team was going to lose to an FCS opponent, it would be these rudderless Commodores. It’s unlikely that they sink that low, but it would be no laughing matter for Derek Mason if they did drop this game. Either way, you’re not going to get a lot of football enjoyment from this one.