Eastern Kentucky (9-2) at Florida (5-4, 4-4 SEC)

WHEN: 11 a.m. Saturday.

WHERE: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (88,548).

TV: SEC Network.

SERIES: First meeting.


STAT THAT MATTERS: Against nonconference competition in 2014, Florida’s defense is allowing only 2.3 yards per play.

NOTES: A new era for Florida football will unfold soon enough. Following last weekend’s 23-20 overtime loss to South Carolina in Gainesville, Fla., Will Muschamp was fired as the Gators coach. With two games remaining on the regular season schedule — the last being against undefeated Florida State — one has to wonder how much motivation the program’s players have, especially as they welcome Eastern Kentucky to town Saturday afternoon. Freshman quarterback Treon Harris struggled against the Gamecocks, completing only 5-of-11 passes for 60 yards and a touchdown. The Gators defense has been stout most of the season. In the Gators’ one matchup against a nonconference opponent, they held Eastern Michigan scoreless and allowed only 125 yards.

Charleston Southern (8-3) at No. 10 Georgia (8-2, 6-2 SEC)

WHEN: 11 a.m. Saturday.

WHERE: Sanford Stadium (92,746), Athens, Ga.

TV: SEC Network.

SERIES: First time.


STAT THAT MATTERS: Georgia freshman RB Nick Chubb is averaging 103.9 rushing yards per game.

NOTES: Georgia is heating up at the perfect time. After Florida upset them 38-20 three weeks ago, the Bulldogs have won their past two games, including last weekend’s 34-7 victory against Auburn in Athens, Ga. Georgia’s final two games are against nonconference opponents, starting with Charleston Southern on Saturday. Charlesto Southern possesses a strong running game, averaging 230.5 yards. The Bulldogs struggled against the run in the Florida loss, but held Auburn to just 150 yards last week..

South Alabama (6-4) at South Carolina (5-5, 3-5 SEC)

WHEN: 11 a.m. Saturday.

WHERE: Williams-Brice Stadium (80,250), Columbia, S.C.


SERIES: First time meeting.

BETTING LINE: South Carolina by 24

STAT THAT MATTERS: South Carolina has won 35 consecutive contests against non-Power 5 conference opponents.

NOTES: The roller coaster season for the Gamecocks is finally coming to a close. Though South Carolina escaped from Gainesville, Fla., with a 23-20 victory, the Gamecocks had lost their previous two contests against Tennessee and Auburn. Coach Steve Spurrier must find a way to motivate his squad for its final two contests against nonconference opponents, beginning with South Alabama on Saturday. South Carolina averages 494.5 yards per game against non-SEC opponents.

No. 8 Ole Miss (8-2, 4-2 SEC) at Arkansas (5-5, 1-5 SEC)

WHEN: 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

WHERE: Razorback Stadium (72,000), Fayetteville, Ark.


SERIES: Arkansas leads 31-28-1.

BETTING LINE: Ole Miss favored by 31/2.

STAT THAT MATTERS: Offenses average only 4.1 yards per play against Arkansas’ defense in Fayetteville, Ark.

NOTES: It took nearly two years and two complete contests against LSU, but Bret Bielema finally picked up his first SEC victory as Arkansas’ coach. In a 17-0 shutout of the Tigers in Fayetteville, Ark., the Razorbacks held LSU to 123 yards. Ole Miss still has hopes of an SEC championship despite two straight Southeastern Conference losses. The Razorbacks’ defense will be looking to put up a similar number will have to deal with an offense led by quarterback Bo Wallace, who ranks third in total offense with 278 yards per game.

Western Carolina (7-4) at No. 1 Alabama (9-1, 6-1 SEC)

WHEN: 3 p.m. Saturday.

WHERE: Bryant-Denny Stadium (101,821), Tuscaloosa, Ala.

TV: SEC Network.

SERIES: Alabama leads 3-0.


STAT THAT MATTERS: Alabama has allowed only two rushing touchdowns.

NOTES: It took until Week 12 of the regular season, but Alabama is back as the No. 1 squad in the nation, at least according to the most recent College Football Playoff ranking. Since losing to Ole Miss back on Oct. 4, the Crimson Tide has had its share of close calls, including a one-point victory against Arkansas, an overtime win at LSU and a five-point win against Mississippi State. Alabama RB Derrick Henry will get more carries as starter T.J. Yeldon tries to recuperate from a left ankle injury.

Samford (7-3) at No. 14 Auburn (7-3, 4-3 SEC)

WHEN: 6 p.m. Saturday.

WHERE: Jordan-Hare Stadium (87,451), Auburn, Ala.


SERIES: Auburn leads 26-0-1.


STAT THAT MATTERS: Auburn still ranks No. 2 in the SEC in total offense, averaging 485.4 yards.

NOTES: After winning seven of its first eight, the wheels have come off the tracks for Auburn. Consecutive losses to Texas A&M and Georgia have Auburn sitting with three SEC losses, and there’s still one conference game remaining when the Tigers travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala., for the annual Iron Bowl against Alabama. Auburn still has one nonconference foe, Samford, to deal with before facing the Crimson Tide. The key matchup will be Samford’s offense, which averages 34.8 points and 415.4 yards per game, against an Auburn defense that has struggled in five straight games. Samford coach Pat Sullivan won the Heisman Trophy as an Auburn quarterback in 1971.

No. 20 Missouri (8-2, 5-1 SEC) at Tennessee (5-5, 2-4 SEC)

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

WHERE: Neyland Stadium (102,455), Knoxville, Tenn.


SERIES: Missouri leads 2-0.

BETTING LINE: Tennessee favored by 31/2.

STAT THAT MATTERS: Saturday will be Tennessee’s Senior Day. The Volunteers are 27-2 on Senior Day since 1985.

NOTES: Missouri can capture a second straight SEC Eastern Division title by beating Tennessee on Saturday and Arkansas on Nov. 28. A loss in either game would send No. 9 Georgia to the SEC championship game instead. Tennessee can become bowl eligible for the first time since 2010 by beating Missouri or by winning Nov. 29 at Vanderbilt. Tennessee pass protection vs. Missouri pass rush will be a key matchup. After giving up 30 sacks over its first seven games, Tennessee has allowed just three sacks in its last three games. The improved pass protection coincides with Joshua Dobbs’ emergence as Tennessee’s starting quarterback.

Vanderbilt (3-7, 0-6 SEC) at No. 4 Miss. St. (9-1, 5-1 SEC)

WHEN: 6:39 p.m. Saturday.

WHERE: Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field (61,337), Starkville, Miss.

TV: SEC Network.

SERIES: Mississippi State leads 12-7-2.

BETTING LINE: Mississippi State favored by 30.

STAT THAT MATTERS: Mississippi State’s rushing attack averages 229.7 yards rushing per game.

NOTES: Mississippi State wants to bounce back from its first loss of the season last weekend against Alabama. The Bulldogs are still in the hunt for an SEC West title and the national playoffs. A matchup to watch is Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott vs. Vanderbilt’s defense. Prescott had a rough game against Alabama last weekend, throwing three interceptions. He’ll try to get back on track against a Vanderbilt defense that ranks near the bottom of the league in most passing statistics.

By Lawrence Barreca, The Associated Press