SEC Watchability Rankings: Week 9
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 six games that SEC teams are playing in this weekend (Georgia, Florida and Texas A&M have byes 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
None this week.
4 GEORGIA DOMES
– No. 3 Ole Miss at No. 24 LSU (7:15 p.m. ET, ESPN): The only game between ranked teams on the slate this weekend isn’t going to be pretty. LSU is going to struggle to score on offense against the Rebels defense, but they should be able to slow down Bo Wallace and the Ole Miss offense as well. The Tigers will be looking to take the ball away from a team that’s been good at not turning it over this season, while Ole Miss will challenge LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings to make some throws. Get ready for a low-scoring affair in Death Valley.
3 GEORGIA DOMES
– No. 1 Mississippi State at Kentucky (3:30 p.m. ET, CBS): The Bulldogs will be playing their first game in school history as the top-ranked team in the country, and many are anxious to see how they handle the pressure. Kentucky looked to be on their way up before LSU smacked them down to earth last week, but the Wildcats are a frisky team.
– South Carolina at No. 5 Auburn (7:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network): South Carolina hasn’t beaten Auburn since the 1930s, and as three-score underdogs it seems likely Gamecocks fans will have to keep waiting. Auburn runs the ball extremely well, while the Gamecocks can’t tackle. If they’re going to have a chance, Carolina will have to run the ball right back at them with Mike Davis, who leads the SEC in touches this season.
2 GEORGIA DOMES
– Alabama-Birmingham at Arkansas (12 p.m. ET, SEC Network): UAB isn’t having a great year in Conference USA, sitting at 3-4. While they’re middle of the pack nationally in defending the run, their defensive line is puny compared to Arkansas’ massive offensive line. The Razorbacks are coming off two disappointing efforts, so expect them to get back to their bread and butter, running the ball early and often against the Blazers. UAB is more than capable of putting up points, but they’ll have to get the ball away from Bret Bielema’s team to do it.
– No. 4 Alabama at Tennessee (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN): The Crimson Tide shifted into high gear against Texas A&M, shutting out a prolific Aggies offense. With the way Tennessee’s offensive line is playing, they could be in for a similar fate. Alabama hasn’t played well on the road so far this season, and if that continues they could be locked into a low-scoring battle against a tough Vols defense.
1 GEORGIA DOME
– Vanderbilt at Missouri (4 p.m. ET, SEC Network): The SEC’s worst team pays a visit to Missouri, with the Tigers coming off a bizarre win over Florida. The Tigers put up 119 yards of offense, yet won 42-13 over the Gators. Mizzou is only averaging about 180 yards per game in SEC play and has gotten nothing but inconsistent play from Maty Mauk, while Vanderbilt can find a way to put points on the board they might be able to hang around. They’ll once again be without quarterback Patton Robinette, though, and the offense has been miserable without him.