South Carolina (4-5, 2-5 SEC) at Florida (5-3, 4-3)
WHEN: 11 a.m. Saturday
WHERE: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (88,548), Gainesville, Fla.
TV: SEC Network
SERIES: Florida leads 27-4-3.
BETTING LINE: Florida -7
STAT THAT MATTERS: South Carolina ranks last in the SEC in total defense, allowing 460.6 ypg.
NOTES: Florida coach Will Muschamp may have finally found his quarterback. Freshman quarterback Treon Harris has been a spark plug for a once-sputtering offense, helping lead Florida to a 34-10 victory over Vanderbilt last weekend. Against the Commodores, Harris went 13 of 21 for 215 yards while rushing 10 times for 49 yards and two TDs. Harris’ 215 passing yards were the most by a Florida quarterback on the road since Jeff Driskel threw for 218 yards at Tennessee in 2012. Saturday has the opportunity to be another quality outing for Harris, considering South Carolina’s secondary currently ranks No. 12 in the SEC in passing yards allowed per game. The Gamecocks also allow 7.3 passing yards per attempt, the third-worst number in the conference.
No. 1 Mississippi State (9-0, 5-0) at No. 4 Alabama (8-1, 5-1)
WHEN: 2:30 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Bryant-Denny Stadium (101,821), Tuscaloosa, Ala.
SERIES: Alabama leads 76-18-3.
BETTING LINE: Alabama -8
STAT THAT MATTERS: Opposing QBs have thrown for a combined 2,705 passing yards against the Bulldogs secondary.
NOTES: Mississippi State could take a huge step toward securing a spot in the four-team playoff and a berth in the SEC championship game. With a win, Alabama would likely climb into the top four and remain in the West race. ... The key matchup could be QB Blake Sims and Alabama’s passing game versus a Mississippi State defense that has been strong against the run but gives up more yards through the air than any other SEC team. ... Alabama RB T.J. Yeldon (sprained left ankle) has practiced this week. ... This is Mississippi State’s fourth Top-10 opponent and second on the road. ... The Bulldogs can match the program-record 13-game winning streak that ran from 1942-1944. They’ve never started 6-0 in SEC games. ... Alabama has won 13 consecutive games at Bryant-Denny Stadium, dating back to a loss to Texas A&M in 2012. Only Baylor (14 games) has a longer current streak. The Crimson Tide has outscored opponents 194-33 in four home games and outgained them by an average of 415 yards. ... Alabama is 3-1 against top-ranked teams under coach Nick Saban, who’s coaching his 100th game with the Tide.
Kentucky (5-5, 2-5) at Tennessee (4-5, 1-4)
WHEN: 3 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Neyland Stadium (102,455), Knoxville, Tenn.
TV: SEC Network
SERIES: Tennessee leads 76-24-9.
BETTING LINE: Tennessee -8.5
STAT THAT MATTERS: Tennessee has averaged 350.8 total offensive ypg at home this season, the third-lowest total in the SEC.
NOTES: The sky is officially falling for Kentucky’s Mark Stoops. At one point, the Wildcats were the surprise team making noise in the SEC East. Kentucky won five of its first six games, but ever since suffering a blowout defeat at LSU, it’s been a downward spiral. Kentucky is riding a four-game losing streak, including a 63-31 blowout loss last weekend to Georgia. Fortunately for Kentucky, Tennessee hasn’t fared much better in conference play. The Volunteers offense has struggled mightily, ranking No. 12 in the SEC in total offense and second-worst in rushing yards per game (131.4).
No. 9 Auburn (7-2, 4-2) at No. 16 Georgia (7-2, 5-2)
WHEN: 6:15 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Sanford Stadium (92,746), Athens, Ga.
SERIES: Auburn leads 55-54-8.
BETTING LINE: Georgia -2.5
STAT THAT MATTERS: Georgia has only allowed 96 rushing yards per game at home, the second-best total in the SEC.
NOTES: Georgia is looking to take a major step toward winning the SEC East in its final regular-season conference game. The Bulldogs trail Missouri in the division race, but hold a tiebreaker edge over the team they are chasing. Also, Missouri has three SEC games remaining, including two on the road, so Georgia likes its chances with a victory Saturday. Auburn’s title hopes took a major blow with an upset loss to Texas A&M at home last weekend, but the Tigers still have a shot in the SEC West if they can knock off the Bulldogs. ... Georgia RB Todd Gurley is making his much-hyped return after serving a four-game suspension for taking money for autographs in violation of NCAA rules. ... Auburn QB Nick Marshall began his college career as a cornerback for the Bulldogs, but he was kicked off the team for disciplinary reasons. He transferred to Auburn, switched to quarterback and beat his former team a year ago with a stunning 73-yard touchdown pass in the final minute a year ago. ... Georgia leads the SEC and ranks seventh nationally in scoring at 43 points a game. Auburn is third in the conference and 13th nationally at 38.7 points per game. ... These are the top rushing teams in the SEC, with Auburn at 286.4 yards per game and Georgia next at 256.3. ... Georgia QB Hutson Mason has thrown for 200 yards in only one game this season, but he’s coming off a career-best, four-touchdown performance against Kentucky. ... Auburn’s Cameron Artis-Payne rushed for 221 yards against Texas A&M, the biggest output by an SEC back this season. ... The Bulldogs are playing their first home game since Oct. 4.
Missouri (7-2, 4-1) at Texas A&M (7-3, 3-3)
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Saturday
TV: SEC Network
SERIES: Texas A&M leads 8-6.
BETTING LINE: Texas A&M -4
STAT THAT MATTERS: Texas A&M freshman QB Kyle Allen has a 134.5 passer rating through six games played. ... The freshman is 2-0 since taking over for Kenny Hill, who started the first eight games. Allen tied a school record for touchdown passes by a freshman with four against Auburn. He has thrown for 383 yards with five TDs and two interceptions as a starter.
NOTES: Mizzou looks to extend its winning streak to four games (with league wins over Florida, Vanderbilt and Kentucky) and stay in first place in the SEC East. ... The Tigers have 22 players from Texas. ... Missouri has won four of five against A&M, including two of the last three in College Station. Those include some Big 12 meetings. ... The Tigers are 22-7 in November since 2007. ... Missouri LBs Michael Scherer (83) and Kentrell Brothers (74) lead the team in tackles. ... Texas A&M K Josh Lambo needs two extra points to become the second player in school history to make 100 in a row. ... Freshman Myles Garrett is second in the SEC with 11 sacks and the Aggies have at least one sack in 10 straight games. ... The Aggies have 17 players with at least one reception. ... Senior CB Deshazor Everett needs two tackles to reach 200 for his career. ... Texas A&M is 15-2 in night games under coach Kevin Sumlin.
Lawrence Barreca and The Associated Press