It’s Week 11 in the SEC!
The SEC has top two teams in the College Football Playoff rankings, and both have big road games on Saturday. Both have also dominated the series against their opponents.
This college football Saturday is not only huge in the SEC, but in the College Football Playoff as well. There are seven games involving ranked teams in the CFP rankings. It’s November and we haven’t had a college football Saturday like this so far this season. It makes me a little sad because it means the college football season is coming to an end.
Here are my best games in the SEC.
Alabama vs. Mississippi State
Davis-Wade Stadium-Starkville, MS
Saturday, 7:00 pm-ESPN
Alabama is coming off a win over LSU, which appear to be much closer than the score showed. Mississippi State is coming off a less than stellar performance against UMass. There is about 80 miles that separate Tuscaloosa from Starkville, and you can be sure the cowbells will be ringing Saturday night in Davis-Wade Stadium. Can Mississippi State pull off the upset at home? Mississippi State has not lost at home this season. However, history does work against State. Alabama has owned the series winning 81 out 101 games including the last nine games. Mississippi State’s defense has been stout under the first-year defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, but in the two losses the Bulldogs got hurt by the deep ball. We know if MSU QB Nick Fitzgerald can’t run the ball; then the Bulldogs will struggle.
Unfortunately, the Crimson Tide lives on stopping the run. Yes, Alabama does have a few key injuries on defense, but I expect they will be ready to play. The Bulldogs’ Montez Sweat and Jeffery Simmons must make it an uncomfortable night for Alabama QB Jalen Hurts. Sweat has 6.5 sacks and Simmons has 3.5 sacks and seven tackles for loss. Also, if Mississippi State get inside the red zone; the Bulldogs must come away with points-field goals or touchdowns. If not, this will become a blowout quick.
Georgia vs. Auburn
Jordan-Hare Stadium-Auburn, AL
Saturday, 3:30 pm-CBS
SEC Game of the Week: This will be the 121st renewal of “The Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry,” the 74th consecutive season the teams have played but just the fourth time both are ranked in the top 10. Both teams want to win in the same way: Run the ball and shut down the run. Georgia has a great 1-2 punch with RBs Nick and Chubb and Sony Michel. Auburn has RB Kerryon Johnson, who leads the conference in rushing yards per game. Both defensive fronts are physical and aggressive.
The most exciting aspect of this matchup is we might see Jake Fromm and Jarrett Stidham throw a lot passes if both defensive fronts can hold their own against powerful running games. Both Fromm and Stidham have not been rely on as much as the talented backs for most the season; Saturday could be a breakthrough for one of them.
Georgia has owned this rivalry of late: The Bulldogs have won three in a row, five of six and nine of 11. In addition, Georgia has won on seven of its past 10 trips to Jordan-Hare Stadium. The Bulldogs have already clinched the SEC East and playing its way for a chance at a national title. This will be a close game.
Notable CFP Games on Saturday
#3 Notre Dame at #7 Miami
#6 TCU at #5 Oklahoma
#20 Iowa at #8 Wisconsin
#12 Michigan State at #13 Ohio State
#15 Oklahoma State at #21 Iowa State