Want to look like a genius among your friends and strangers this weekend when you sit down on your couch or barstool to watch Week 10 action in the SEC?
We have you covered with 10 schedule facts pertaining to the matchups throughout the conference this week.
ALABAMA — LSU
The case for coach O
Think Ed Orgeron is making a case to become LSU’s head coach? Since taking over as an interim after Les Miles was fired, Orgeron has won his first three games by double digits. He is the first LSU coach to accomplish the feat. The Tigers have scored in every quarter since he took on the role, a marked turnaround for a team that scored zero points in the fourth quarter of its first four games.
To give you an idea how close the Alabama and LSU rivalry is, the last five contests between the schools at Tiger Stadium have produced a combined score of 103-103. The Crimson Tide won three of those games, including a pair in overtime.
The Week 10 matchup marks the 11th consecutive time the Tide and Tigers have squared off with both squads in the AP Top 25. It is the 10th consecutive game in which Alabama and LSU were ranked inside the poll’s top 15.
LSU is not a fan of facing former coaches. Well, two coaches, that is. The Tigers are 5-7 when facing a former coach. That list is small and includes Paul Dietzel and Nick Saban. Saban has won 7 of 10 meetings against the Tigers. Dietzel lost both his games as head coach of South Carolina in 1966 and 1973.
GameDay eye on you
When College GameDay rolls into Baton Rouge in Week 10, it’ll mark the 11th time the ESPN program has covered a Tigers home contest. All told, it’ll be the 26th time an LSU game has been featured by the GameDay crew, dating back to its contest against Alabama in 1996. LSU is 15-10 when featured on GameDay. The game also will be the 85th time that LSU has aired on CBS, in which it holds a 45-38-1 record on the Tiffany Network.
ARKANSAS — FLORIDA
Singing the blues
Arkansas won its first matchup against Florida, 28-24, when the programs played in the 1982 Bluebonnet Bowl. Since then, the Gators have claimed the next nine meetings between the schools, including a 3-0 mark in Fayetteville, site of the Week 10 contest. Florida has won those games by an average score of 36.3-16.8.
AUBURN — VANDERBILT
Closer than expected
Despite vastly different successes in the SEC, the Auburn and Vanderbilt rivalry is curiously close. The Tigers have won all eight of their games against the Commodores at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Auburn holds a 21-20-1 advantage in the all-time series. Vanderbilt, winner of two straight against Auburn, owns a 12-7 record in Nashville. The remaining games were settled in Montgomery, Ala., Birmingham, Ala., and in the 1955 Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, where Vandy prevailed 25-13. Fortunately for the Tigers, they’ll play host to the Commodores in Week 10.
GEORGIA — KENTUCKY
No Cocktail Party hangover
Kentucky could be in for a long afternoon when the Wildcats welcome Georgia to Lexington in Week 10. The Bulldogs have won their last nine games the week after facing Florida in Jacksonville’s “World Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party.” Kentucky has been the victim three of those times. Last year, Georgia turned a 27-3 loss to the Gators into a 27-3 win against the Wildcats the following weekend.
MISSISSIPPI STATE — TEXAS A&M
Texas A&M holds a 5-4 edge against Mississippi State, but it needed regular play in the SEC to sway the rivalry in the Aggies’ favor. The Bulldogs won three of the first five meetings prior to Texas A&M joining the conference in 2012, including the Independence Bowl in 2000.
MISSOURI — SOUTH CAROLINA
Columbia school will win
Missouri has a 4-2 advantage against South Carolina in their all-time series, but the schools are tied 2-2 when it comes to settling the Columbia Cup, created when the Tigers joined the SEC in 2012. Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp, who upped his record against Tennessee to 5-0 with an upset win last week, will look to even his career mark against Mizzou. He is 1-2 against the Tigers.
OLE MISS — GEORGIA SOUTHERN
Finally, a breather
Nothing personal, Georgia Southern, but the Eagles are a welcome sight for Ole Miss. The Rebels will play their first game since Oct. 1 against a team not ranked in the AP Top 25 when they play host to Georgia Southern in Week 10. Hugh Freeze’s program is looking to snap its first three-game losing skid since 2013 and prevent its longest stretch of futility since 2011.