Even with top-ranked Alabama and LSU sitting out this week there’s a lot at stake in the SEC this week. Here’s a look at the college football TV schedule — the games in the SEC with backups, just in case.
It feels like everyone is jockeying for position in the SEC East — Florida, Tennessee and Kentucky are the three in the mix — and despite the Crimson Tide’s dominance, they haven’t sewn up the West just yet.
Here’s a look at the TV schedule around the SEC and if there’s not something there that gets your blood pumping, some alternatives from around the country.
|Noon||Kentucky at Missouri, SEC Network, WatchESPN|
|Or you can catch Harbaugh|
|No. 2 Michigan at Michigan State, ESPN/WatchESPN|
|3:30 pm||No. 14 Florida vs. Georgia, CBS/CBSSports Live|
|Samford at Mississippi State, SEC Network/WatchESPN|
|Or check out a pair of playoff contenders|
|No. 8 Baylor at Texas, ABC/WatchESPN|
|No. 4 Washington at No. 17 Utah, FS1/Fox Sports Go|
The SEC’s featured game during the day portion of your viewing is the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party … we mean, the River City Showdown. Call it what you want, the Gators certainly have a name for it as they’ve owned it since 1990, winning 20 of 26 games, including the last two by a combined score of 65-23. Year 1 in Athens hasn’t been all sunshine and balloons for Kirby Smart and knocking off the Gators will help erase the sting of last week’s loss to Vanderbilt. Well, at least a little bit.
Kentucky needs some things to happen, but if it keeps winning, believe it or not, it remains in the hunt for the East title. We’re not holding out a lot of hope for the battle of the Bulldogs in Starkville. Samford’s a really good FCS team. Mississippi State needs a win. It might not be that easy.
You should be tempted to turn on Michigan-Michigan State. The Wolverines are the real deal and you think they remember what happened last season on their home turn in Jim Harbaugh’s first season?
You don’t have to wait for Pac-12 After Dark to see Chris Petersen’s Washington Huskies. At No. 4, they looked like a legitimate national title contender. Good enough to hang with the SEC’s best? See for yourself. Baylor wants in on that mix and would enjoy taking down the Longhorns in Austin.
|7:15 pm||No. 15 Auburn at Ole Miss, SEC Network/WatchESPN|
|No. 18 Tennessee at South Carolina, ESPN2/WatchESPN|
|7:30 pm||New Mexico State at No. 9 Texas A&M, ESPNU/WatchESPN|
|A couple top-tier alternatives|
|7 pm||No. 7 Nebraska at No. 11 Wisconsin, ESPN/WatchESPN|
|8 pm||No. 3 Clemson at No. 12 Florida State, ABC/WatchESPN|
The intrigue Saturday night begins with Auburn. Are the Tigers as good as they looked last week in their 56-3 rout of Arkansas? If they beat Ole Miss in Oxford, Miss., there’s a very good chance they are 9-2 for the Iron Bowl in November in Tuscaloosa. And that would be big.
Tennessee is nearly a 2-touchdown favorite against South Carolina, but the last four meetings have been decided by three points or less. Can Will Muschamp’s Gamecocks keep it that close this season? Speaking of spreads, catch A&M in the first half before it gets ugly. The Aggies are 43.5-point favorites.
If the SEC disappoints, you have two strong alternatives featuring four teams within the top 12. The one that should get most attention from SEC fans is No. 3 Clemson at No. 12 FSU. Both own wins against the SEC this season (Clemson beat Auburn and FSU topped Ole Miss). Win this one and Clemson’s path to the College Football Playoff is a near lock.