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 9 action in the SEC?
We’ve got you covered with 10 schedule facts pertaining to this week’s matchups throughout the conference.
FLORIDA — GEORGIA
The 95th version of the River City Showdown World’s Largest Cocktail Party between Florida and Georgia will be the 27th time that the Gators enter the rivalry ranked higher than the Bulldogs. Florida owns a 16-10 record in those contests. The last time an unranked Georgia upset the Gators was in 1989, when No. 20 Florida fell 17-10.
When Florida faces Georgia in Week 9 it’ll mark the Gators third-consecutive opponent who will be coming off a bye week — having faced Missouri in Week 7 and Arkansas in Week 10. The only other team in the nation with a similar slate is Western Kentucky.
River City discrepancy
Georgia holds the all-time series lead over Florida, but the exact record between the Bulldogs and Gators remains a point of contention. Georgia owns a 50-42-2 edge, or so it says. Florida claims the Bulldogs’ 52-0 victory in 1904 (the first meeting ever between the two schools) played in Macon, Ga., doesn’t count because the Gators didn’t officially begin varsity play until the 1906 campaign.
Georgia boasts a 43-39-1 record in games played in Jacksonville, but Florida is 20-6 since 1990 and 6-4 in the last 10 showdowns.
AUBURN — OLE MISS
Here we go again
Ole Miss can’t seem to get a rest. The Rebels Week 9 matchup against No. 15 Auburn is the seventh straight SEC contest dating back to the 2015 season against a conference foe ranked in the AP Top 25. Ole Miss is a middling 3-3 in those contests with its last game against a non-ranked SEC opponent coming on Nov. 7, 2015 in a loss to Arkansas. The streak doesn’t appear to be ending soon, either. After facing Georgia Southern in Week 10, Ole Miss returns to SEC play to face what will likely be a ranked Texas A&M squad.
The Week 9 game against Auburn will also mark the first time in 33 games that the Rebels find themselves outside of the national rankings.
Ole Miss’ last 6 SEC games
- Oct. 22, 2016 at No. 25 LSU, 38-21 loss
- Oct. 15, 2016 at No. 22 Arkansas, 34-30 loss
- Sept. 24, 2016 vs. No. 12 Georgia, 45-14 win
- Sept. 17, 2016 vs. No. 1 Alabama, 48-43 loss
- Nov. 28, 2015 at No. 23 Mississippi State, 38-27 win
- Nov. 21, 2015 vs. No. 17 LSU, 38-17 win
Ole Miss and Auburn have traded road wins in the last two years. But the Rebels have had little luck against the Tigers in Alabama going 13-3 all-time at Jordan-Hare Stadium, where they’ve never won two-in-a-row. Fortunately for Hugh Freeze’s squad, they get to play host in Week 9. Auburn is 309-159-18 (.655) all-time in the month of October, but only 138-125-15 (.522) on the road during the month.
SOUTH CAROLINA — TENNESSEE
Someone’s gonna finally lose
Someone’s going to lose for the first time against the other’s program when Butch Jones’ Tennessee squad faces Will Muschamp and South Carolina in Week 9. Muschamp went an unblemished 4-0 against the Volunteers during his time as Florida head coach. Jones and Tennessee have never lost to the Gamecocks in three games.
KENTUCKY — MISSOURI
Missouri is on a dubious run when it comes to SEC play. The Tigers have lost nine consecutive conference games and 10 of their last 11 contests — dating back to Week 4 of the 2015 season and a loss to Kentucky to begin the streak of futility. Mizzou’s last SEC win was Oct. 3, 2015 over South Carolina. After beating Missouri in 2015, Kentucky went on to lose 6 straight conference games, before downing…you guessed it…the Gamecocks this year to break its own losing slide.
Fortunes are turning in Lexington where Kentucky has a chance to mark some history with a win over Missouri. A Wildcats victory would be the first time they reach four SEC wins since the 2006 season. By snapping a 7-game losing streak to Mississippi State in Week 8, Kentucky earned its third-straight conference home win for the first time since 1996.
MISSISSIPPI STATE — SAMFORD
It’s been 53 years since Mississippi State and Samford lined up against one another. Mississippi State owns a 16-1-1 record against their namesake Bulldogs, including wins in the last eight contests. Mississippi State has won 11 straight over FCS programs with seven of them coming under head coach Dan Mullen, during which time they’ve outscored non-FBS opponents 363-85. The last time Mississippi State lost to an FCS school occurred in 2004 when Maine shocked the Bulldogs.
TEXAS A&M — NEW MEXICO STATE
Aggies vs. Aggies
New Mexico State is just what Texas A&M needs after sustaining its first loss of the season in Week 8 against No. 1 Alabama. The Aggies home contest against…well…the Aggies is the first meeting between the two schools and the first against the Sun Belt since 2014 (a 21-16 win over Louisiana-Monroe). Texas A&M has won 21 consecutive over non-conference opponents at home since losing to Miami at Kyle Field in 2008.