One half of the SEC championship game is set entering the final weekend of the regular season. Now it’s up to Alabama and Mississippi State to decide who will face the Missouri Tigers in next week’s conference championship. On Friday, Missouri overcame a double digit deficit to defeat Arkansas 21-14.
With Alabama controlling the inside track to the SEC West championship, the Crimson Tide are in a must win situation for their playoff hopes. Unlike the Bulldogs, it will be nearly impossible for Alabama to not win the SEC title and make the College Football Playoff field of four. Therefore, Alabama has to not worry about “Kick 6” or any other thought that doesn’t pertain to beating Auburn in 2014.
By the time Alabama kicks off with Auburn, the Crimson Tide will know if they are SEC West champions or not. Yet, a loss to the Tigers would ruin a promising season at the end. That means all types of foliage will really be in danger around the Southeastern Conference.
As for Mississippi State, their main focus will be beating their chief rival, Ole Miss. The Bulldogs play earlier than Alabama, so it should be easier for them to concentrate on the game and play to the best of their ability. Although Mississippi State is the No.4 team in the College Football Playoff rankings, there is a question if they are a lock to hold one of the playoff spots. At least Mississippi State knows that a loss completely destroys their chances.
There are four games featuring SEC teams against ACC teams. Three of the four SEC teams are underdogs, but it could be based on the location of the game, as well as any other component. The (9-2) Georgia Bulldogs are a favorite over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.
Kentucky faces off with Louisville, and they seemed to be the better team earlier in the season. However, Louisville has fought through adversity to win eight games this season. While they attempt to get that ninth victory, the Kentucky Wildcats need another win to become bowl eligible.
South Carolina and Clemson have had some brilliant games in recent years. Still, the Gamecocks have been dominating the series as of late. If Clemson can’t pull off a win in this situation, they should never be a favorite again. Clemson hasn’t had the most explosive offense this season, but Watson will give it a go at quarterback.
The biggest game of the day could be when Florida takes on Florida State. Will the Gators go to the running game exclusively? It worked against Georgia. This is Will Muschamp’s last game as head coach, so many expect the Gators to play inspired football. In addition, Florida State is known for playing close games this season. The Seminoles are the only undefeated team left in college football. Their 27 game winning streak gets tougher and tougher to hold onto.
All eyes will be on the Alabama and Auburn game Saturday night. What will the SEC look like when all the carnage is done?