Alabama and Auburn seem headed for an Iron Bowl showdown that will decide the SEC West title along with the usual bragging rights, assuming neither team trips up along the way.
The SEC East, on the other hand, is more like a game of Whack-a-mole. Each week, a new school pops into the division race while another ducks under the table — only to resurface again later.
One more hot streak can make an East school “the last mole standing” and as many as four teams still have a chance of playing in the SEC Championship Game.
Here’s a look at the momentum rankings for each SEC school leading up to Week 11:
Rolling: LSU played its best defensive game of the season, committed only one turnover and was flagged for just three penalties. All of that wasn’t enough to get the Tigers on the scoreboard against the white-hot Crimson Tide.
The Alabama defense allowed only six first downs and 125 yards of offense, LSU’s lowest total since 2014, in a 10-0 win.
Jalen Hurts didn’t post gaudy passing stats, but he rushed for 70 of his game-high 114 yards in the fourth quarter. He scored the Tide’s lone touchdown, and ran for four first downs on the drive that led to the late field goal that put the game out of reach.
Rolling: Rawleigh Williams III ran for 148 yards and 2 touchdowns as the Razorbacks trounced Florida, 31-10. Drew Morgan added 95 yards and a score on 7 catches, while Santos Ramirez returned an interception 24 yards for another touchdown.
Neutral: Arkansas has alternated wins and losses since back-to-back victories against TCU and Texas State in September. It will try to break that cycle and pick up the Golden Boot this week against LSU.
Rolling: Sometimes, just getting through a trap game with a win is cause for celebration. The Tigers struggled a bit with a game Vanderbilt squad before pulling out a 23-16 victory.
Kamryn Pettway piled up 173 rushing yards in the win but pulled up late in the game with a left leg injury that is still bothering him this week.
Neutral: Quarterback Sean White missed the first half with a shoulder injury — that’s as specific as Gus Malzahn would get — but came in and completed 10 of his 13 second-half passes for 106 yards and a score. He’s expected to be ready to play against Georgia.
Neutral: Despite the loss at Arkansas, the Gators still can win their remaining conference games (South Carolina and LSU) to guarantee its spot in Atlanta.
In reverse: In three of its last four games, Florida has failed to top 250 yards of total offense. Luckily, the defense has been good enough to carry it more often than not in those games.
It gets tricky this weekend against South Carolina with quarterback Luke Del Rio on the shelf with a shoulder injury. He’s one of five starters that are either out (Del Rio, Alex Anzalone and Cam Dillard) or doubtful (CeCe Jefferson) for Week 11.
Rolling: Rodrigo Blankenship made all four of his field goal tries, including a 25-yarder at the horn, to push Georgia past Kentucky, 27-24.
Sony Michel and Nick Chubb combined for 215 yards on the ground, and the defense forced a couple of turnovers and kept the Wildcats’ running game largely in check.
The win puts the Bulldogs back above .500 just in time for a date with Auburn. Fun fact: Georgia has won eight of the last 10 meetings in the series.
Rolling: True freshman running back Benny Snell continued his stellar debut season, piling up 114 yards and a pair of touchdowns against Georgia.
In reverse: The stage was set, with more than 62,000 fans on hand at Commonwealth Stadium. Kentucky was playing for bowl eligibility and a chance to claim first place in the SEC East but fell just short against an up-and-down Georgia squad.
It’s a bitter pill, but one the Wildcats will need to go ahead and swallow before making the trip to Neyland Stadium to meet Tennessee.
Rolling: The Tigers were on the wrong end of a 10-0 decision at home against Alabama, but it had nothing to do with their defense.
LSU held the Tide to season lows in both yardage (323) and points. Kendell Beckwith was a big part of the reason why, tallying 16 tackles from his middle linebacker spot.
In reverse: The offense, on the other hand, never made a dent in the Alabama defense. After having a field goal try blocked on their opening drive, the Tigers only crossed midfield two other times.
Leonard Fournette was limited to 35 yards on 17 carries and Danny Etling failed to top 100 yards through the air while being sacked 5 times.
Rolling: Through seven games, the Bulldogs were floundering at 2-5. After consecutive wins against Samford and Texas A&M, things are a bit brighter in Starkville.
Quarterback Nick Fitzgerald piled up 394 yards of total offense and accounted for 4 touchdowns and Aeris Williams ran for 140 yards as Mississippi State gashed the Aggies for 574 yards and 35 points.
The defense, which has been poor at times this season, held up pretty well against one of the league’s better offenses.
In reverse: A trip to Alabama is usually a sure way to throw cold water on a hot streak, and as a 29-point underdog, the oddsmakers don’t like the Bulldogs’ chances.
Dan Mullen’s team needs two wins in its last three games to become bowl eligible, with Arkansas and Ole Miss following Alabama on the schedule.
In reverse: Missouri’s winless streak reached five games after a 31-21 road loss to South Carolina. The same problem areas that cropped up in the earlier losses resurfaced against the Gamecocks.
The Tigers lost the turnover battle, 3-0, and the defense struggled to contain Rico Dowdle (149 rushing yards) and Jake Bentley (22 of 28, 252 yards and 2 touchdowns) — a couple of true freshmen.
Despite the loss, coach Barry Odom’s team played a little better on both sides of the ball than it has in recent weeks. If it can clean up the giveaways a bit, Missouri might have a chance to get back in the win column this week at home against Vanderbilt.
Neutral: The Rebels snapped a three-game skid with a 37-27 win against Georgia Southern. Akeem Judd rushed for 139 yards and a score in the victory. Defensive end Fadol Brown recorded 14 tackles and half a sack for the defense.
In reverse: It’s clear things aren’t going well when a win still brings bad news. Quarterback Chad Kelly tore the ACL in his right knee and is out for the rest of the season.
The Rebels, like their neighbors in Starkville, need two wins in the last three weeks to reach the six-win mark. Trips to Texas A&M this week and Vanderbilt next week serve as the lead-in to the game against Mississippi State.
Rolling: South Carolina has gone from a 2-4 team a few weeks ago to a 5-4 squad with an outside shot of winning the SEC East.
The Gamecocks used its freshmen (Bentley and Dowdle) to great effect against Missouri and will hope to do so again in Gainesville against a banged-up Florida squad.
He’s not saying so, but it’s a good bet that Will Muschamp would love the chance to stick it to his former employer.
Neutral: Tennessee enjoyed a drama-free 55-0 pasting of Tennessee Tech, and as an added bonus, Florida’s loss at Arkansas brought the Volunteers back into the East race.
A home game with Kentucky offers the chance to keep the pressure on the Gators for the East crown, and history is on the side of coach Butch Jones’ team.
Tennessee has won 30 of the last 31 meetings between the schools. If the Volunteers beat Kentucky, Missouri and Vanderbilt to finish the season, they only need one Florida loss to win the division.
Rolling: Wide receiver Christian Kirk was phenomenal against Mississippi State. He hauled in 7 passes for 144 yards and a touchdown while returning a punt 93 yards for another score.
In reverse: As the No. 4 team in the first College Football Playoff rankings, the Aggies had a real chance of winding up in the playoff. Instead, the Aggies stumbled early, lost their quarterback with a right shoulder injury and ran out of time for a rally against Mississippi State.
A New Year’s Six bowl is still within reach, but overcoming the loss of Trevor Knight will be a tall order.
Neutral: The Commodores nearly strolled into Jordan-Hare and came away with the upset last week. Quarterback Kyle Shurmur threw for 221 yards and the defense did a good job of bending, but not breaking, against a potent Auburn offense, but it wasn’t quite enough.
In reverse: The loss interrupted a modest two-game surge and leaves Vanderbilt with a 4-5 record. After this week’s trip to Missouri, the Commodores close the season with home games against Ole Miss and Tennessee. With its strong Academic Progress Rate (APR), one more win will likely be enough to put them in a bowl.